“Business cards? They’re soooo 2015!” On the contrary, convenient naysayer, business cards continue to be the easiest, most cost-effective way to set yourself apart. If you’re a designer or illustrator, they’re also a wonderful way to get your work in front of potential clients. This week, we greet the new year with a startlingly evocative letterpress piece for a film production company, admire the eco-friendly business cards of a packaging designer, and give props to the most delightfully understated celebrity card we’ve seen in a while. (Previous Cool Cards of the Week can be found right here.)
Moody Film Production Company Business Card
All hyperbole aside, the back of this card for Wendigo could easily be featured in an art museum. Designed by The Distillery, the piece’s blending of gorgeously dark Colorplan Cobalt and the copper foil stamping of the company’s trademark antlers quite frankly give us chills in all the best ways. On the other side, the Colorplan Mist acts as an effective background for the contrasting contact details and debossed artwork. What a great way to start 2016!
A Use for all those Post-Holiday Boxes?
Packaging designer Julie Zaneboni transforms the scraps of materials that litter her studio into business cards for her services, all with the help of two custom stamps, a variety of colored ink pads, and a square punch. The result: unique business cards that cost her next to nothing and stand out in the prize-drawing fishbowl that is life to boot. Laura Berthier, who designed the cards, explains:
“Because recovery is one of [Zaneboni’s] favorite work themes, I put forward this eco-conscious design approach in a handmade work. She can customize each card by its material choice: a special paper or a neutral one, a piece of cardboard from an ex-mockup, a colored plastic sheet, or another incredible material found here or there…”
An Unassuming Celebrity’s Business Card
Steve Martin’s famous “aw shucks” business card has always been a favorite. Now it seems that actor Jonah Hill has taken to handing out cards of a far more humble nature in lieu of autographs: