A business card is a reminder of who you are and what you do and how can you be helpful in certain case. It reminds the one who was given it of who the giver was, basically. What happens if your wallet or business card holder is stuck with zillions of different cards? You won’t even remember who gave you what. That’s why standing out of the crows is one of the main headaches of business card designers (if the client demands so), since today it is hard to find something new and be unique.
There are hundreds and thousands of really creative and just beautiful business cards, which can be really used in real life – they are outstanding, memorable, smart, descriptive, etc., and most important of all they are usable too. What do I mean?
Today I will show you some crazy ideas for business card design, that will make you open your mouth like “what the …?” Almost all of them are actually smart and creative but just not usable, not pocket/wallet/card holder-friendly. But those guys in business card printing have done their homework to the fullest (overdone, actually) – they will never let you forget about them and they stand out of the crowd.
You do the judgement, here they are:
BKK Grill: Grill me business card
The business card was stamped using lemon juice as ink, however the only visible copy on the card is “grill me”. After grilling the card against fire, the scientific effect between heat and lemon juice will cause the stamped message to appear. The message is the name and contact detail of a stake restaurant called BKK grill.
Shuriken Business Card
I’d like to have one of those, but not in my head. Creative – yes, usable – no, thanks.
Designed by Albert Polyakov
Frizitka – Business Card for Hairdresser
I guess this card is good to have when you are waiting for someone and you got nothing to do. Play with the card (need to carry scissors though…)
Designed by Igor Perkusic
Y+ Yoga center: Straw
This idea is just brilliant! It’s not actually a business card as a card, but, hell, it works!
Advertising Agency: Leo Burnett, Shanghai, China
Site doesn’t work, but the idea was way too crazy! Hungry? Here, eat my card
Well, apologies on this card – it is usable. Nice and smart job! Turns out that it is a normal size business card, made of plastic, transparent.
Designed by Wildlabs.
Innovative business card, which look like ninja’s star and can be easily folded by origami folding way for an advertising agency located in Lithuania.
Designed by Alatvis.
The idea is nice and unique, plus you get a free pencil:)
Dept of Energy
How about some electric wires in your wallet?
Easel Business Card
Business card that can transform into an easel. I love this design and the idea. I’d put it on a shelf as a piece of art.
Designed by Egil Paulsen.
1scale1 Business Card
Lasercut business card with popout figure.
Designed by 1scale1.
Gitam BBDO Spicy Business Cards
These “business bags” are just awesome! Imagine you are meeting with one of the Gitam BBDO reps in a cafe, you are about to ask the waiter for some salt and pepper and the rep hands his card to you. Thoughtful. Here’s what they say:
We designed “Business Bags”! Business-cards used as small spices-bags, one for each department: To the sweet Account Executive department – a sugar bag, to the spicy and sharp Strategy Department – a pepper bag, to the extra hot Creative Department – a Chilli bag, and to the Senior Management, the “salt of the earth” – a salt bag.
Paper Saw Blades
These heavy duty paper blades pop out of our latest promo card to fly through the air as a dangerous incarnation of business cards. You can toss them at pets, logs and trees, use them as coasters or keep them on hand to contact us for your next custom letterpress printing project.
Designed by Beast Pieces.
Penny Shooter Business Card
Shoot up your colleagues, while on a conference.
The Penny Shooter Business Card does just as the name says. The fold-up magazine allows you to load up to ten US pennies and fire them off in rapid succession.
Designed by Cardnetics.com.
DJ business card for Global Sound
Designed by Deepak Nagar, Nasheet Shadani
Do a haircut yourself, while waiting at barbershop. Business cards for Glammer Education Institute of Hair Design by Y&R Thailand. The card allows for shapes to be cut out with scissors, creating unique hair styles.
Designed by Y&R Thailand.
Nice toy card that will never let you forget about who gave it to you.
Designed by Ângelo Nogueira.
Have other crazy ideas for business card design? Share with us in the comments!
Post photo credits: Christopher S. Penn
TrueKolor.net Owner. Professional Graphic Designer.