Your business card isn’t just something that makes stalking you easier, it’s an extension of your personality, as well as that of your company. (And if your company hasn’t a personality, you have larger problems than business card design.) This week we go in search of business cards with a little something extra, including those that feature an embossed map on the back, a travel writer who isn’t afraid of a little bling, and very possibly the most intricate card we’ve ever seen. (Previous Cool Cards of the Week can be found right here.)
Embossed Business Card
San Francisco design and advertising agency Hub Strategy & Communication hit upon a great idea for business cards – invest in blank cards with an attention-grabbing map of The Presidio on the back and rubber stamp employees’ names and complete details on the other side. While this could’ve easily devolved into flat-out tacky, the rubber stamp aspect actually ends up suggesting “hand crafted,” and that emboss is a great way to engage people’s fingertips (provided the contact details haven’t rubbed off on them first).
Travel Writer’s Business Card
Designed by Joe White for travel writer Biju Sukumaran, these beauties effortlessly wed the traditional compass star with a fountain pen to get the point across, standing out in gold foil whether on a black or white card. The accompanying Latin phrase “Hic sunt dracones” (usually translated as “Here there be dragons”) comes, of course, from the ancient practice of placing illustrations of dragons and other beasts on maps in areas that remained uncharted. A regal, dignified card, this. You feel your credit score rise 5 points just looking at it.
11-Color Letterpress Dragon
All right, this probably isn’t even a business card, but this stunning piece, designed by Maverick-Infanta, comes to us from those masters of the business card, Jukebox, printed for the upcoming -ING Creatives Festival in Dubai. Go on, feast your eyes on 11 – count ’em, 11! – colors, some rendered in spaces smaller than a match head. This isn’t a card you’d ever put aside – it would live in your pocket and, given a name, might even emerge now and then to eat those who vex you.