Business Cards Produced Using Unusual Materials

By / Apr 6, 2009 / Inspiration
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As many of you know, I also run Card Observer, which is a site that showcases beautiful business cards. A few weeks ago, I showed you some of the best Letterpress cards that have been featured on the site, but lately I have been noticing more and more cards being submitted that are being produced using uncommon materials, such as plastic, wood, metal, and even some cloth.

Here are some of my favorites. If you want to see more details about the cards, just click on the images.

Fifth Floor Gallery

Fifth Floor Gallery

Wunderburg Design

Wunderburg Design

Zanzibar

Zanzibar

Grafanna

Grafanna

Sterling Design

Sterling Design

Duffy & Partners

Duffy & Partners

Catalyst Studios

Catalyst Studios

Sack Wear

Sack Wear

Dreamten Studios

Dreamten Studios

Plain Joe Studios

Plain Joe Studios

Jake Mates

Jake Mates

NGAP

NGAP

Geyrhalter Design

Geyrhalter Design

Murillo Design

Murillo Design

About the Author

Henry Jones is a web developer, designer, and entrepreneur with over 14 years of experience. He is the founder of WDL and ThemeTrust.

22 Comments

  1. Johnson Koh
    April 6, 2009

    These are really cool. Clearly shown that namecards are not restricted to just paper but can be printed with many other materials.

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  2. charliedoodle
    April 6, 2009

    This kind of stuff makes your business memorable.
    Smart and creative.

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  3. Steve
    April 6, 2009

    While aesthetically interesting, bar the Sack Company (and perhaps the fifth floor, wood… floor), I don’t think the materials used reflect the business of the holder. Which is a shame.

    Lots of business cards look good, but just because you can diecut – blind emboss, doesn’t mean you should.

    As an aside some of the most ‘interesting’ looking business cards I’ve had given to me have belonged the the most vanilla of companies.

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  4. joyoge designers’ bookmark
    April 6, 2009

    very nice b.cards thanks for the list

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  5. Finola Prescott
    April 6, 2009

    Interesting, I don’t see that correlation in the materials and work is so important – the materials support the feeling the business is looking for, their branding, that’s what it’s all about isn’t it?

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  6. Tessea
    April 6, 2009

    awesome portfolio // love zanzibar wood inspiration

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  7. claire stokoe
    April 6, 2009

    Nice cards, i’m a sucker for business cards even before the whole Moo thing. Plain Joe Studios is my fav..

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  8. The Producer
    April 6, 2009

    Defiantly a good way to get your business card noticed, whether good or bad it still got noticed.

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  9. printclick blog
    April 6, 2009

    The clear cards look awesome. Don’t see those too often. Thanks for sharing.

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  10. Taylor
    April 6, 2009

    Love the NGAP dog tags. Very clever.

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  11. Wade Jackman
    April 7, 2009

    Those are some very good examples of using different materials, I wish more clients were open to it. Unfortunately some of those cards will cost you a small fortune.

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  12. T
    April 7, 2009

    I see these posts all over the web, and they all have some great ideas.. my question is where are these being printed or etched or engraved?
    Is there a site that anyone knows of where you can order cards like these? Perhaps have them laser etched, this info is always left out and I think it would be helpful to share that info.

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  13. eyankulov
    April 7, 2009

    Amazing & creative!

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  14. aledesign.it
    April 9, 2009

    Beautiful..very interesting. some card are really fantastic…Good examples!! ;)

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  15. Gnibbt
    April 16, 2009

    This list misses the memorable (and practical!) cards handed out by Kevin Mitnick, security consultant and rather infamous cracker.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/ranh/106709219/

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  16. jhankar
    April 17, 2009

    thx for the post it makes a lot of difference in my ideas… thx again.

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  17. Jarek
    April 22, 2009

    Does anyone have any info on where most of these were printed?

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  18. George Nimeh
    May 2, 2009

    I’ve seen them on meat, have you?

    And then, there’s this:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4YBxeDN4tbk

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  19. Elio Assuncao
    May 5, 2009

    Great stuff,

    http://twitter.com/YODspica

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  20. tabiji
    August 4, 2009

    Some of these are cool but can you add which materials are used for these cards?

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  21. divinefusion
    August 31, 2009

    fun! have you seen these crazy cards? laser etched on beef jerky!
    http://www.meatcards.com/

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  22. Barbara Kadzinska
    July 8, 2010

    Wow, these are very beautiful.
    Our company just had new business cards made and even thought they are very stylish, they’re not as unique as these.

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