Business cards are one of the elements of corporate design that should be pushed beyond just graphics, and converge with several processes to become what they should be: a memorable, collectible and impressive piece to be carried away everywhere. The following are perfect examples, and have overcome the graphic-only component of the piece by using different materials and techniques. A recognizable pattern in all these designs is the use of die-cuts.
One heavy piece: A print-sticked application directly on a metallic-emboss treated plate, Duffy And Partners business card. Duffy
Print applications on inset embossed paper; multiple textures in one piece.
Print with golden / silver special inks. You can feel the texture of this piece just by looking at it. Design by NothingSomething NY
A soft-looking print applied on top of printed hard-paper for Photographer John Bragg. Design by Funnel.
Inset embossing; die-cut with application on-top of it. Design by Luke Dorny.
Print application applied to a lapping-treated acetate. Easily modified for multiple employees and and their job description. Design by Catalyst Studios
Speaking of heavy, this business card has completely re-thought the concept into a metal token reflecting the goods of the product design company: Dashdotstudios
Showing the love towards former racing Greyhounds and the issues revolving around them, this dog-tag metallic embossed plate + tampography for the business cards of the National Greyhound Adoption Program is quite an achievement. Laurie DeMartino
Each of these card is unique, the result of a hand-made process by Ethan Martin
Barkley Evergreen & Partners developed this multi-textured, thick business card for 40 Sardines Restaurant. Delicate inset embossing and on-top applications.Barkley Evergreen & Partners.
Die-cut, soft foil emboss for the logo with printed paper application and a even subtler background pattern for the business card body. Design by Honest Brothers
Patterns and thickness are the main visual elements in this business card for Le Club Fez; again, a label die-cut applied to the body of the card allows for easy replacement for new data. Design by Hook USA.
A very unique design created with die-cut paper and a wrinkle texture. Design by the Michael Strauss himself.
Art with an industrial approach to a corporate field; very experimental business cards with different and unique results. Design by Sonner Valle
Space150 is recognized for their well-designed and executed business cards. Dry cuts, neon inks and inset emboss makes part of the main ingredients for this pieces. Design by Space150
Another examples of business cards well-executed, with lots of textures and alternative printing processes helping stand out from the common: