Everyone knows business cards are a necessity if you want to network and promote yourself. Sure there are a ton of different ways you can design them, but my personal favorite is with letterpress printing.
Not familiar with it? It’s a technique of relief printing that uses a printing press. You compose an image with movable metal or wood type (or on a plate) and press the paper against it to transfer the ink and create an impression on the paper.
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1. This business card has more than one function. It provides us vital information on the person/company, and the paper is thick enough that you can pop it out and make a 3D rabbit. Fun!
2. A square is a delightfully unusual size for a business card. Here the designer has used it as a way to display a very ornate O for Olli. I love the small details of the illustrated letter - especially the pigs!
3. If you think the square was unique, just take a look at this. Here they’ve used letterpress to create a business card for iced coffee. It’s an ingenious use of a relatively simple shape.
4. Let’s face it - a tag shape can be a challenge to design, but here the designers created a simple textured line to break up the space into a more manageable rectangle.
5. This intricately detailed card doesn’t have any color, but it doesn’t need to! The shadows and depth that are produced from the embossing makes the white paper stand out all on its own.
6. Here’s another design that utilizes pattern on white paper. The yellow accent color mimics the subtle background.
7. There’s a distressed look to this ink that gives the business card an aged feel.
8. I love this unusual shape paired with the great use of typography It looks hand-lettered, which works well with the process of printmaking. Both are involved and tactile processes.
9. This design is covered in pattern and punctuated by two areas with information.Because of this, it looks like the copy is layered on top of a repeating design.
10. This clever card uses the embossing of letterpress to make something you can easily personalize with your pen.
11. We’ve seen a lot of subtle designs with letterpress, but not this one. The bold blue and bright gold make this business card an eye-catching one.
12. Again this unusually-shaped card layers design and information and uses accent colors to emphasize the important stuff.
13. Just because you have only one color doesn’t mean it all has to look the same. This card uses a variety of directional lines to break up any visual monotony.
14. This designer uses embossing to impress “doodles” on the front of her card. On the back, there’s a nice organization of information. Check out the visual hierarchy. Can you tell the orange is the most important text?
15. We normally see white cards, but this paper is bright yellow. This relatively small difference produces a big effect. Suddenly your embossed areas looks different. Here it’s very striking, especially with the yellow. The letters really stand out!
Make a great im(letter)pression
The paper quality that’s used in letterpress printing is generally good because printers want to ensure the paper can handle the pressure of the process. This not only looks better, but it feels sturdy in your hand.
There are a lot of creative approaches to using letterpress in your design and take advantage of its embossing. By using the pattern, texture and text effects of letterpress, your next business card is sure to make quite the impression!