30 Creative and Unusual Business Card Design Ideas

Some people may consider business cards to be a relic of the pre-digital age now that everyone is easy to find on social media, but the fact is they are still important and relevant in the business world.

A well-designed business card is a tangible reminder of you and your business that is both more personal and effective than simply dropping your Twitter handle into conversation.

Your business cards provide that all-important first impression for your brand and it’s worth investing both money and time into getting them perfect.

What to Consider When Designing Your Business Card

In these days of cheap outsourcing, it’s easy to go online and find someone to design your business cards for as little as $5 but you’re unlikely to get a particularly professional or memorable result.

Before you go straight out and commission a design, it’s important to put some time into considering exactly what you want.

Information to include:

  • Your name
  • Company name and job title
  • Brand logo and tagline
  • Physical address
  • Email address
  • Website
  • Social media profiles

Other things to think about:

  • The card style should match your brand and industry. Designers and advertising companies should strive for creative and unique cards. Corporate businesses should choose something simpler and professional
  • Consider card size and shape. Cards don’t necessarily have to be rectangular. An unusually shaped card or even a 3D ‘card’ can work well in some industries.
  • Type of card stock (thicker cards feel more expensive and seem more professional), or consider a different material for something more unique
  • Texture and embossing
  • Typeface, and colors
  • Special finishes such as foil and spot-UV inks
  • Include plenty of white space – don’t cram as much as you can on the card just for the sake of it.

30 Unique Business Card Design Ideas

If you’re feeling lost for inspiration, have a browse through some of these unique and innovative business cards that may give you some ideas for your own:

1. Intricate Laser-cut geometric design

Designer Smriti Kariwal designed these laser-cut black business cards for an interior designer. The idea was inspired by a view through a stained class window and the idea that an interior designer “connects the dots” to make best use of the available space.

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2. Metal Bike Tool Business Card

This innovative design for bike repair company, Broke Bike Alley, designed by Rethink is cut from metal and includes handy tools for tightening bolts on your bike (or opening your beer bottle!)

metal bike tool business card

3. Sewing Thread Business Card

This card for fashion label Matière Noire Studio was letter-pressed and wrapped with black cotton thread to represent both the natural materials used in garment production and the brand identity. The label focuses on producing sustainable fashion and the brand name means “dark matter” in English. Designed by Burak Kaynak.

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4. Wooden Business Card

This wooden business card designed and printed by Ink Rebels for a tree removal service perfectly represents the nature of the business and the wood grain provides an interesting texture that will make this card instantly stand out from other more standard cards.

wooden business card

5. Edible Bakery Business Card

These edible cookie business cards were designed by Ashutosh Karkanis for Dizzy Design to promote a bakery and won an international design award in the corporate identity category. The cards were available in different flavors including chocolate and vanilla.

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6. 3D Acrylic Business Card

This 3D puzzle card created for a games designer is designed as acrylic puzzle pieces that can be snapped together to create a useable die. To save space, only two pieces are printed with the designer’s name, email and a shortened website URL, along with a 2D barcode that can be scanned with a smartphone for more contact information. Designed by Sharra Culp and Daniel Marthaler.

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7. Seed Envelope Business Card

This clever business card was designed by Struck for a lawn enhancement company. It looks like a standard business card from the front, but it’s actually an envelope containing grass seeds.

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8. Tea Bag Business Card

This innovative idea from ForthCreative was designed for a freelance English teacher in Buenos Aires. The tea helped to emphasize the “English” theme and made her more memorable than other applicants, helping her to secure work in several English schools.

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9. Yoga Mat Business Card

This business card was designed by Rethink to look like a yoga mat, including being made from foam that could be rolled up.

yoga mat business card

10. Thermosensitive Photo Business Card

These polaroid-styled cards, designed by Bureau Rabensteiner for a photographer, were printed with a thermosensitive varnish that turns from black to grey when it reaches body temperature. By simply holding or touching the card, the receiver is able to create different effects and designs.

thermosensitive business cards

11. Cargo Box Business Card

This pre-folded business card designed by Eduardo Quadra and Eduardo Araujo for Tam Cargo replicates a cargo box once pressed into its 3D shape, right down to the brown cardstock and breakable warning logo.

cargo box business card

12. Folded Mouth Business Card for a Dentist

This foldout business card, designed by Hobby Creativos for a dentist replicates a patient’s mouth and displays a full set of teeth when opened out.

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13. Clapper Board Business Card

These cards, designed by Ralev for a video production company have a simple but very effective design that uses a rivet to convert a standard business card into a working clapper board.

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14. Cheese Grater Business Card

This business card not only works as a marketing tool for cheese shop Bon vivant, but also doubles as a working cheese grater as a gift for customers. Created by JWT agency.

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15 Screen-printed Fabric Business Cards

This handmade denim business cards that designer Brittany Elam created to promote her services would also work well for a fashion designer or a jeans manufacturer.

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16 Cotton Pad Business Cards

These letterpress cards use facial cotton pads instead of cardstock to advertise a dermatologist’s business.

cotton pad business cards

17 Circular Pizza Business Cards

Circular business cards are becoming more popular and work well for creative or playful businesses. This pizza business card created for a food blogger is an ideal example of how considering shapes carefully can make a big difference to the final design.

circular pizza business card

18. Neon Edge Business Cards

Often when you’re searching for a business card in your wallet, all you see is the edge. This simple business card design makes sure it will stand out with a bright green neon edge.

neon edge business cards

19. Holographic Foil Business Cards

There’s nothing more eye-catching than a bit of sparkle. These business cards double the effect with both a holographic foil background and a patterned foil logo that creates an ever-changing rainbow effect when the light hits it.

holographic foil business cards

20. 3D Embossed Business Cards

Embossed business cards not only look great but they also have a texture to them that gives the impression of high quality and makes them more memorable. These 3D business cards by Juxebox Print take the idea to the next level with a sculptured effect that can be used for many different types of business.

3D embossed business cards

21. Die-cut Camera Business Cards

These business cards, ideal for a photographer, are cut into the shape of a camera with a hole for the lens.

die cut camera business cards

22. Crayon Business Cards

These business cards were created by melted crayons for independent children’s store Kol Kid and can actually be used to draw with. They come in a variety of bright colors and every card is different.

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23. Temporary Tattoo Removal Business Cards

These business cards created by Innocean Worldwide for Baywood Laser Tattoo Removal Clinic. The cards come in a variety of different skin tones and can be applied on the skin over an existing tattoo so that potential clients can see what they would look like without the tattoo. This idea could also work well for tattoo studios with a selection of different temporary tattoo designs instead.

temporary tattoo business cards

24. Playing Card Business Cards

These business cards printed with Bronze metallic ink look like real playing cards and are a creative design idea that could be applied to a wide range of businesses.

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25. Glitter Business Cards

Glitter is always eye-catching and glitter business cards like these ones by Jukebox Print could be used for a variety of creative businesses such as makeup artists, bloggers, and bakeries.

glitter business cards

26. PH Tester Business Card

This simple but useful business card for a pool service company is printed on PH-sensitive paper, allowing customers to test their own pool water and call for servicing when required.

PH tester business cards

27. Transparent Liquid Business Card

This business card is both memorable and fun to play with. Made from transparent plastic, it includes red liquid that flows around inside the card like a lava lamp.

transparent liquid business card

28. Glow In The Dark Business Cards

These business cards, printed with glow in the dark ink, have a logo and other information that is only full revealed in the dark, fitting with the brand strapline “We live after Midnight”

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29. 3D Pop-up Business Cards

This pop up business card for an architect is simple but highly effective. This pop-up effect could be used for a number of different designs, suitable for different businesses.

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30. Sticker Business Cards

Turning your business cards into a sticker is a great way to get your business noticed by more people. These sticker business cards created for a skate shop can be used by skaters to patch up their shoes.

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Comments

  1. / Reply

    Without doubt great ideas. But I don’t advice create cards too much innovative. Peoples still prefer the cards easy to read, when the information is recognizable in a quick look.

    • JC,
    • March 17, 2010
    / Reply

    Some really cool cards here….definitely would get you noticed. THX!

  2. / Reply

    Now a days many people have worst and bad looking business cards.I think we always need some good kind of business card designs.

  3. / Reply

    I’ve seen most of these before, but there are some fresh ones in there as well. Great collection.

  4. / Reply

    Nice samples. I wonder how much some of these cost to make and if it’s actually worth it for the business.

    I feel business cards fall in the same category as resumes, such that it shouldn’t necessarily be too creative and unique. Instead, they should be clean, clear, and functional.

  5. / Reply

    These are phenomenal !

    The more interesting and engaging, the greater the brand recall.

    • Drew,
    • March 18, 2010
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    I love these card, they’re creative as hell, but I can’t imagine many of my clients folding, bending, and stretching them to get the message… the practicality of a business card seems to have been lost :-/

    • RaDe,
    • March 18, 2010
    / Reply

    Some of them are already well knon, but some are really goood

  6. / Reply

    These are all a lot of fun and would be a great little giveaway for a company. I think the ones that work best are those where you have the choice of keeping it as just a basic card or manipulating it but it still works either way, like the easel. The downside is it must add a fair bit to the price to get them specially printed, so would be out of the reach of a lot of small businesses. A badly designed gimmick will never work better than a creative little cardboard rectangle that has the details nice and clear.

  7. / Reply

    Thanks!

    Yes, agree with you Val. Alot of them are marketing tools for their brands. Some have simple and nice concept, like the Acupuncturist.
    They are definitely costly, and of course you need print in bulk.

  8. / Reply

    These are strange to me. It’s first time I see such creative like these. Nice roundup, Charlotte!

  9. / Reply

    Brilliant post! love it… my favourite is Nate Ping. What does Urban Waves do? does glow in the dark? does it have water inside?

    Thanks for sharing

  10. / Reply

    Great collection of business cards.

  11. / Reply

    We need to be creative, think something new that is more interesting to many people, and creates a unique design so that many people will patronize our product. As i see the pics it was so cool, amazing and have a fantastic design i love it. please continue inspires many people more power to your site! G-d bless ;-)

    • Mike,
    • March 24, 2010
    / Reply

    Your post is absolutely right–business cards are a now treated as a marketing tool, which is why all the creative business card examples that you posted are so cool. Some people may see them as unnecessary to convey contact info, but the way that this information is conveyed is almost more important than the information itself. I really like the business card example for the personal trainer.

  12. / Reply

    nice article i like it thanks for sharing it……:)

  13. / Reply

    Some of these are really clever, i really like the Hairstylist one as its just nice and simple and tries to get the read involved, ones like theses are the one who are likely to be remembered the most. I also like the way that more people are looking towards different kinds of business cards i.e the lego blocks, the peg, balloon etc. Good stuff

  14. / Reply

    cool post and some clever ideas, however the conventional rectangle card with a subtle twist, such as a vertical card with rounded edges instead of horizontal with corners may be less distracting from the main point of giving the card in the first place: to network. Some of these cards, imo, have too much going on. Having a card that stands up may be cool if its your card, but if someone elses card was standing up on my desk, it would probably get thrown in the trash.

    • spira,
    • April 17, 2010
    / Reply

    My favorite is the hairstylist one. That’s such a creative concept! I agree that the ones that you have to manipulate to get the information from are pretty much useless except maybe as conversation starters, but the ones like the hairstylist and the acupuncture and the easel are great different ideas that aren’t trying too hard to be unique.

  15. / Reply

    Excellent stuffs. Hairstylist and Brigada really caught my eyes.

  16. / Reply

    REALLY COOL IDEAS!

    I think my business card should make it on this list.

    IT’S TALKING BUSINESS CARDS, I can record or have them pre-recorded.

  17. / Reply

    Not bad. The Nate Ping one is definitely fresh as I haven’t seen any business card design like it yet. If you want other great business card designs you can add to your round-up feel free to drop by my site :)

  18. / Reply

    First time that i see new card on those lists…congrats.

  19. / Reply

    Great cards. All too often I see boring and uninteresting business cards that get lost in the stack of cards that I have sitting on my desk. Creative cards definitely make a difference in remembering who people are.

  20. / Reply

    Lovely images. I have bookmarked this page for future assistance. Specially I like the PC SUPPORT image the most. Keep it up. Thanks for sharing… :)

  21. / Reply

    Some great ideas for printed cards!!! Looking at these examples has inspired me to ensure our printed loyalty cards are as good.

    • Chilvers Reprographics,
    • April 5, 2017
    / Reply

    I love the edible cookie idea but I’m not sure how useful that would be in practice lol

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