10 Business Card Fails (and 5 Good Ones)
It's hard to recover once you've given someone a bad business card!

Sara Barnes

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Let’s get real. Business cards are tricky things to design. They are small in size and you have to fit a ton of information on them.

Often they are the first impression that’s made on a client. What pressure!

While there are many fine designs out there, here are some that fall flat. Maybe it’s the obnoxious font choice or bad clip art. Whatever it is, we can learn where others have failed.

If you can avoid some of these major issues, you’re on your way to a set of business cards you’re proud to share.

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Now how about some good?

These cards are unique and well-designed. They are tiny pieces of collectable art!

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When you are deciding what you want your business card to look like, remember your audience. Who are you wanting to reach with this card? Potential clients or customers? Figure out the most critical information and design your business card around that. You can’t go wrong.

About the Author
Sara Barnes
Sara Barnes
Sara Barnes is a creative person living in Baltimore, Md. She loves embroidery, collaboration and the Web. For the past three and a half years, she's maintained the blog Brown Paper Bag. Updated daily, she shares textiles, illustration, design, products and more. In addition to blogging, she also enjoys collaborating with people everywhere, planning like Sampler, a love letter to contemporary embroidery, and the Collage Scrap Exchange, which pairs collage artists around the world. Follow her on Google+, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and Tumblr.


  1. HAHA dirty magic. hilarious!

  2. #5 is the wrost. so boring