Tips for Designing Business Cards that Showcase Your Skills and Personality

Tips for Designing Business Cards that Showcase Your Skills and Personality

How bland are your business cards? If the answer is “very,” consider that while a functional but boring card may be getting the job done (if that job consists of sitting in someone’s rolodex), they may not be landing you very many design jobs.

Ideally, your business cards should be able to communicate instantly what you do and something about you. They should help your contacts remember who you are and what your skills are. With that in mind, here are a few tips on designing a card that’s both practically and beautifully designed.

  • Engage in personal branding

  • Your business card is one of your most important personal marketing tools. The same techniques that you use to market your clients’ brands can be used for yourself—you may want to create a personal logo or tagline that sets you apart. The same branding should be used on all your business documents, from your resume to your letterhead, to create a sense of unity.
  • Find ways to display what you can do

  • A business card is, admittedly, a very small canvas, but that shouldn’t stop you from designing something that shows off a little of what you can do. If you’re a web developer, for example, you could include a snippet of CSS as one of your design elements. If you work in WordPress, find an easy way to convey your specialty.
  • Use the right paper weight and texture

  • There are a large number of options when it comes to paper, coatings, printing methods, and more. A silk-lamination can give a luxurious feel to the card, for example, while foil can make specific details more noticeable. Explore what’s available and what will work best for you.
  • Don’t be afraid to go beyond the standard business card box

  • Who says that you have to use the standard business card size? For that matter, why does your card have to have the shape of a rectangle? Or made of paper? Or flat? Don’t hesitate to color outside the business card lines to make your card more memorable—adding the right embellishments can really make your card stand out. That being said, there are plus sides to going with the standards—it’s more recognizable as a business card and it fits better in business card holders. Try to strike the right balance between functional and unusual.
  • Include your information

  • Of course, while you’re busy creating a beautiful design for your card, don’t forget to include your all-important personal information. In addition to your name, phone number, and email address, you may also consider including a URL to your online portfolio, your social media accounts, and any special skills or certifications you may have.
  • Look for inspiration

  • There are plenty of examples of beautiful business cards out there. Get creative and have fun!

What does your professional business card look like? Have you ever gotten a job based on the strength of your card design?

Great Examples of Well Designed Business Cards

TV Editing Identity Design

TV Editing Identity Design

Brands for the People – Business Cards

Brands for the People – Business Cards

Travel Agency Business Cards

Travel Agency Business Cards

Interior Designer Business Card

Interior Designer Business Card

Radio DJ Business Card

Radio DJ Business Card

Quick Response business card design

Quick Response business card design

Business card design

Business card design

Azenby – Business Cards

Azenby - Business Cards

Simple Card Design Mom

Simple Card Design Mom

Black Out Hair | Business Cards

Black Out Hair | Business Cards

Ditch Design Business Card

Ditch Design Business Card

Mirrored Foils Card | Business Cards

Mirrored Foils Card | Business Cards

iPhone Business Card Design

Iphone Business Card Design

Chinese Wooden Business Card

Chinese Wooden Business Card

Personal Photographer Cards

Personal Photographer Cards

Smooth Business Cards

Smooth Business Cards

Tiko Trip Design

Tiko Trip Design

Business Cards 2.0

Business Cards 2.0

Elegant Envelope Card

Elegant Envelope Card

Furniture Business Card

Furniture Business Card

Exit Business Card

Exit Business Card

Pilates Business Card

Pilates Business Card

Black & White Design

Black & White Design

Tattoo Letterpress Card

Tattoo Letterpress Card

WWII Inspired Card

WWII Inspired Card

Bright Red Letterpress

Bright Red Letterpress

Cloverleaf Business Card

Cloverleaf Business Card

Hexagonal Business Cards

Hexagonal Business Cards

Magical Laser Cut Card

Magical Laser Cut Card

Hoey Design

Hoey Design

Garage Junkies Depot

Garage Junkies Depot

Mirrored Foils Card

Mirrored Foils Card

Graphic Designer Card

Graphic Designer Card

Ultimate Business Cards

Ultimate Business Cards

Debadge Design

Debadge Design

Bright Orange Letterpress

Bright Orange Letterpress

Sleek Simple Design

Sleek Simple Design

Written by Jessica Hansen

Jessica Hansen is a networking expert at UV Cards, a leader in the business card printing industry. Click here to create your business cards online.
  • http://websourcefree.com saha

    Amazing list of beautiful business cards. some cards are very nice and elegant. Your business card should reflect your brand. So you must follow all the listed points to design perfect business card.
    Thanks for this wonderful collection.

  • http://adobephotoshopsecrets.blogspot.com/ Bojan Živkovi?

    Nice examples and reminder to design things that people can easy understand and respond.

  • http://www.psd-dude.com PsdDude

    Really nice tips, I have never designed a business card but I shall give it a try really soon, so your tips will prove very useful! thanks for writing such great articles :)

  • http://www.aledesign.it/ad_ill.html aledesign.it – Creative Graphic

    I love this collection…even If see, who some example are so expensive to build! Good creativity in any case. Thanks for sharing.

  • http://frinleypaul.com Paul

    Good informative article. It gives me some new inspi­ra­tion, Thank you for hav­ing such a won­der­ful article.

  • http://seotrafik.com/ Yigit Alp

    Saying love them all is not enough for this collection. I wanna have them all. Great work great designs which remind me I should work more and be successful to have one of them.

    Thank you.

  • http://www.designnbuy.com/ odom neil

    The designing of business card is really very amazing. Actually sometimes I surprised a lot after seeing such kind of creative design business cards. All the points mention here are sure very important to keep in mind to make the perfect business card.