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Business Cards Looking for inspiration for your next business card design? Check out Kariann’s collection of designer business cards on Flickr.

The set has 584 business cards ranging from traditional to wacky. Most belong to individual designers and small consultancies. So it’s not a surprise that many are overdesigned and outright gimmicky. They simply stand out more than they communicate.

For example, this business card forces you to scratch it to see any contact information:

Scratcher business card

Despite my aversion to novelty cards like the one above, I admit they’re still fun to look at, mostly as good examples of what not to do. It’s easy to make a design stand out. But it’s hard to do it without upstaging the content.

Here’s more from Kariann’s Flickr set, some are more gimmicky than others:

Business card 1

Business card 2

Business card 3

Business card 4

Business card 5

Business card 6

Business card 7

Business card 8

Business card 9

Check out the rest here.

To see ideas for what business cards might look like in the future, take a look at Ideo’s identity card explorations.

18 Comments

  • Joshua Kaufman

    gravatarMay 14, 2007
    1:50 pm

    Or just take some mod photos, go to moo.com and make your own in about 10 minutes.

  • Chanpory

    gravatarMay 15, 2007
    6:48 am

    Joshua, I’m quite quite fond of Moo. I only hope they will soon offer more products such as full-sized business cards and postcards. They could easily overtake 4×6 in the self-publishing space.

  • Pedro Villalobos

    gravatarMay 15, 2007
    12:54 pm

    I loved the SuperCapacity.

  • James

    gravatarMay 16, 2007
    7:27 am

    I want to know how one could make a card like that SuperCapacity one.

  • SpiKe

    gravatarJun 2, 2007
    7:25 am

    Some impressive ideas there, but are they all practical?

  • Amir Elion

    gravatarOct 3, 2007
    3:33 pm

    See some nore creative ideas for business cards: http://www.best100ideas.com/Newsletter/CreativeIdeas12.html#2

  • puran khanna

    gravatarOct 16, 2007
    11:41 pm

    I want to know how one could make a card like that SuperCapacity one.

  • hugo

    gravatarOct 17, 2007
    7:19 pm

    awsome lol im looking at these for school

  • Leo

    gravatarOct 28, 2007
    6:30 am

    Amazin. I was hit by ur design. thanks a million

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    gravatarJun 5, 2008
    2:50 pm

    Great post, I really enjoyed it. I will have to bookmark this site for later.

  • Raistlen Sean

    gravatarJul 3, 2008
    8:07 pm

    There is so much of todays design that is more than impractical and waistful and I could give you more than a thousand examples within contemporary society…so your point aboutit being practical is really moot. If it comunicates to the T/Audience and they retain the card with a memory regarding the designs impact then yes, it is practical and it has a longer shelf life with the example of SuperCapacity.

    There are some very nice ideas there, the peg idea is very off the wall and is something that I would employ in certain niches with great effect.

    Keep the examples rolling because it is great to have free online resources that are off the shelf sometimes without having to go through the marauding process of having to sign up for such a simple thing as to view.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Sim2u

    Quote: Spike – Some impressive ideas there, but are they all practical? End Quote:

  • janak chauhan

    gravatarMar 16, 2009
    11:03 am

    great ideas for making business cards thanks

    janak chauhan

  • Mgdezigns

    gravatarJun 25, 2009
    11:31 am

    I am also a business card designer and I love these its such an inspiration thx for sharing heres my shop Business Cards by MGDezigns

  • lovely

    gravatarSep 17, 2009
    4:50 am

    Amazing business cards i love super capacity Great! We also dealing in business card catch me Bussiness Card Printing

  • RIA

    gravatarApr 11, 2010
    2:44 am

    I JZ LUV “SUPER CAPACITY” THANKS ALOT…WZ REALI HELPFUL 2 GT MA ASSIGNMNTZ DNE..

  • hisham

    gravatarApr 11, 2010
    2:46 am

    super capacity!!!!! awesome….nd um gona gt 1 dne 4 ma fewchr software company..lol

  • Laura M

    gravatarMay 3, 2010
    5:58 pm

    You’d want to be careful that people didn’t mistake your “cards” for rubbish though – a dirty looking peg isn’t the most professional approach to business networking!

  • Kenneth

    gravatarAug 6, 2010
    6:35 am

    Great cards! I’ve seen some of these before but the Phonomat one is new to me and i think it’s really well designed. You might want to check out my site if you need more cards to add to your collection :)