15 Beautifully Minimal Business Cards

By / Apr 16, 2009 / Inspiration

Following yesterday’s business card giveaway kick-off, I thought it would be appropriate to show some more beautiful cards from Card Observer. This time we’re going to look at those cards that are both minimal in color scheme and design elements. This minimalism in design is what makes these business cards so beautiful and effective. But since there’s not a lot going on with the design of these cards, the elements that are printed have to spot-on. That’s why it’s so important to find the right business cards printing services.

If you want to see more details about the cards, just click on the images.

Bryon Darby

Bryon Darby

Job Design

Job Design

February

February

Aaron Kapor

Aaron Kapor

Portsmouth Tea Co

Portsmouth Tea Co

Frederick Van

Frederick Van

IQ Videography

IQ Videography

Fuse

Fuse

Agency ND

Agency ND

Bellucci Stores

Bellucci Stores

Justine Ungaro

Justine Ungaro

Elemental Architecture

Elemental Architecture

Playful

Playful

Precision Networking

Precision Networking

Another Limited Rebellion, Inc.

Another Limited Rebellion, Inc.

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.

  • Freelancer Crowd

    Fuse is lovable.
    Bump/relief cards look good when you give them, but are not very practical in a long run as they age pretty bad.

  • http://www.egracecreative.com Brandon Cox

    Awesome post – I’ve been needing to design business cards for myself for quite some time – maybe I’ll get started today… and I’ll keep it minimal. Thanks!

  • http://twitter.com/psalisbury PeterS

    These are little works of art. Amazing!

  • http://twitter.com/SebHaigh Seb Haigh

    Lovely.
    Biz card fetish can be taken too far (viz. American Psycho).
    These err on the side of great taste.
    Good list…
    STH

  • http://www.twitter.com/nigel_dean Nigel Dean

    They are all great, but the best has to be Frederick Van. Simply fantastic!

    Great post, thanks

  • http://joaoramos.org/ joão

    wow, beautiful designs!
    deliciousing this *

  • http://www.joyoge.com/ joyoge designers’ bookmark

    nice clean business cards, thanks for share..

  • http://todayinart.com @todayinart

    I am a huge fan of texture, so Bryon Darby’s is my favorite. Thanks for the post Henry!

  • http://atimcalledoak.com oak

    All of these cards are stunning. This post also reinforces for me the importance of good presentation and great photography to really make the designs sing.

    I love the use of camera angles and depth of field and contrast in so many of these pictures. It’s the difference between the perception of a merely good card and a truly great design.

  • http://www.twitter.com/austinsaylor Saylor

    A L R f t w

  • http://www.HandBookLive.com laura

    I am looking at my cards right now and feeling sorry for them… Poor things never had a chance! LOL. Maybe we should do a HandBookLive video manual on business cards. Doesn’t quite fit our format though :)
    Anyway, I feel inspired, so thanks!

  • http://www.twitter.com/GuitarKat Kathleen

    These are beautiful. I just love minimal. :) It’s not simple and it allow you to just feel everything else instead of what is through the eyes. The texture, the quality of the wording…

  • http://sureshstudio.blogspot.com/ Suresh

    nice business cards… :)

  • http://www.danolsavsky.com Dan O

    Thanks for compiling this list, good work. I really need to make some new business cards. I like to go to http://cardobserver.com/ for inspiration.

  • http://twitter.com/krisis krisis

    Fully a third of these are awful. Pretty fonts, reverse type, and embossing do not make something beautiful – and certainly not useful! Pretty things get looked at and then tossed. If your business card has ceased to be a card to both brand and contact your business with, then you have failed.

  • http://condo-blues.blogspot.com Condo Blues

    I’m going to a conference soon and I could use some business cards.

  • Mike

    Ugh. Hint to designers: Business cards are white. White, white, white. Or maybe some light pastel shade. Business cards are not black. Why are business cards not black? So that we can make notes on the back about who this person is. A black business card is useless, and I toss them in the trash.

    Same for non-standard sizes and shapes. Design is above all about working within the requirements.

  • http://www.xbacon.com jax

    muito maneiro vou providenciar rs

  • Mel

    Minimal ? What is your definition of minimal I am wondering. Embossed cards are anything but minimal in my regard. Minimal is what I can print out of my inkjet printer, not $3 per piece business card wanna-be.

    Get your facts straight dude(ette)

  • http://www.becthomasphotography.com Bec Thomas

    I really like the IQ Vid, but most of those are outstanding. I’m really a fan of clean and simple, I think it makes a strong statement.

  • http://www.wallborder.org/ Allie

    Awesome business cards, I’ll have to keep these designs in mind for the next time I need new cards.

  • http://www.duncanlamb.com Duncan Lamb

    Guy Kawasaki’s cards should be on this list :

    http://blog.guykawasaki.com/2008/05/the-art-of-the.html

  • http://fullfx.antzfx.com aneeskA

    Agency ND is my favorite. although as Mike says, its black on the back which makes it difficult to put it for good use.

    take a look at our business card. we like to think of it as simple and elegant.
    here : http://tinyurl.com/dzcr34

  • http://www.dolcepress.com/blog Dolce Press :: Letterpress Studio

    Thanks for posting some of our letterpress work, great list!

    For anyone interested, you can see more of our letterpress business cards here: Letterpress Business Cards by Dolce Press

  • http://CreamyCSS.com Creamy CSS

    Amazing examples of really beautiful business cards,..

  • http://www.hi-fai.com/ Mr Web Design

    Good inspiration for people who get caught up in adding too much to their business card. Thanks.

  • http://www.fkncreative.com Erich Quist

    Hi,

    Does anyone know where some of these cards were printed? I’m looking for an online printer that will print on a wide selection matte black paper and maybe even offer spot glossing.

    Maybe I need to go to a local print shop…

    Thanks.

  • http://starksilhouettes.blogspot.com John

    These are really great designs. I always prefer business cards that are not too fancy but have a strong character and aesthetics to them. This is delicious-worthy.

  • http://www.k-win.fr kevin

    Very nice cards, love the Elemental architecture.

  • bob

    These cards sure do look pretty, but my engineer’s eye just sees a lot of wasted space. Where’s the person’s email, phone, website, pager, and other contact info?

    What is a business card, if not a way to pass contact info in a standardized form?

    Sorry to say but as beautiful/artistic as these cards are, they’re useless beyond that

  • Shannon

    I do did the minimalism. However, the cost of not having the contact information on some of these cards (like Frederick Van) negates the advantage of a neat design.

    Do we expect people to google the name? Why make it harder for potential customers to find you?

  • http://www.twitter.com/divinefusion divinefusion

    truly beautiful. Thanks for the post.//

  • http://design-notes.info alex

    real classy design here. really helps on my latest project

  • http://www.rightsidedesigns.com Yana

    @Mel Minimal refers to the design not the price. I the only thing on the card is a name, I don’t care if it’s embossed, foil stamped, diamond encrusted, it’s still minimal.

  • Smithwood

    I have to laugh at some of these negative comments. A business card should represent you and your brand. And that’s not always “white, white, white”. In fact, if you’re an agency, that will likely get you “ignored, ignored, ignored”.

    Business cards have a rich history, and for practicality’s sake, they’ve been replaced by smart phones and computers and such. Now they are small introductions and say volumes about the person presenting them and who they represent.

    So I for one find many of these sublime, beautiful, and very very purposeful. I personally don’t want to give a card to someone who needs to write notes on the back. Obviously I’ve not made the right impression.

    Rock on!

  • http://www.conseilsmarketing.fr Fred de ConseilsMarketing.fr

    Hi,

    Nice cards 😀

    I made also a list of 100 + nice looking or highly creatives business cards

    http://www.conseilsmarketing.fr/communication/comment-reussir-ses-cartes-de-visite-en-8-points

    Have fun !

  • http://www.dolish.com rick

    RED ALERT! You will regret your black/dark business card the moment you try to write down a note on it. And you can be assured your prospective client will be frustrated as well!

    At least make the back solid white or close to it.

  • http://www.webtwist-design.com Best Graphic Design

    This is a nice collection of great designs of business cards…loved few of them. Anyways, will look forward for some further posts on this.

  • http://www.pandltranslations.com JLibbey

    Most of these are clearly not designed with the recipient in mind. Reverse type and embossing are not friendly to middle-aged eyes!

  • http://ike6.com Isaac

    These are all classy, but why are they all shades of charcoal and gray? Are they all made BY designers FOR designers?

  • Benny2ts

    That’s ‘bone’.

  • http://clennsunico.com Manoballs

    Fuse is fantastic, very nice design.

  • http://www.cdpradeep.com/ Pradeep CD

    Really minimalistic…

  • http://post.neo.org.za Zayne S Halsall

    Hi,

    Excellent collection of cards, so thanks for that.

    Perhaps it might be worthwhile having a standard method of photographing these cards? The way they’re done now it’s hard to easily compare or judge how the card would look in “normal” lighting and angles…

    -zsh

  • http://www.fuelforart.com/ Sell Art Online

    Great cards i love the logo for Precision Networking and the card design as well.

  • http://www.level2d.com Nate Johnson

    Yeah, but what do these business cards GUARANTEE? They’re not dye-cut, foil stamped, OR embossed. They are crap. They probably didn’t even take 25 years to develop.

  • http://www.vavietnam.com Thiet Ke Web

    What a nice design! I’d love the name card of Precision Networking as well!

  • http://www.dawghousedesignstudio.com Jan

    Great collection! Thanks!

  • http://designerslab.blogspot.com/ Emilio Bello

    Very nice and classy. I love it!

  • http://mattfouty.com Matt Fouty

    Very cool, my kind of style! My cards probably fit in this category. http://mattfouty.com/blog/?p=71

  • Aaron

    Writing on a business card, especially a designer’s card is an insult. Shame on the uninitiated who write on people’s business cards. How many cards do you get in a day that you can’t remember this person’s card. It was the best card ever and you want to deface it???? My gawd, how tacky.

    Another reason why some would not want writing on their cards was car dealers. I worked for Honda for years and once a salesperson wrote a price on a card, the unloyal customer would take that card to another dealer. If you want to write notes, use note paper or something else.

    I really have a difficult time understanding why anyone would deface a designers card. Idiotic if you ask me. I didn’t even touch on the cultural issues of writing on a business card when in Asia. Just simply a BAD idea. I see this as a largely North American phenomenon, where we simply don’t know any better and care more about fastfood (for example) than business etiquette.

    • PG

      I’m with Alex. Aaron, lighten up. If a designer’s biz card is such a ‘work of art’ then they’ll more than likely have a version framed behind glass somewhere.

      Also, have you considered that the card is part of ‘stationery’? Helloooo… is the letterhead not to be written on either? Geeez.

  • http://freshalex.blogspot.com Alex H

    What are you so banged up about dude? Are you talking about when you design a biz card with text on it? Or when people actually write on the biz card to deface it? Who cares what you think, people are allowed to design it anyway they want. Have you heard of typography, it is a pretty big deal you know in terms of communication AND design.

  • http://photorestorationretouching.com/services.html photo retouching

    A really nice collection. I am in need of some inspiration as I am going to redesign my own.

  • http://www.delightedjourney.com amit

    very very nice and beautiful cards…….
    great creativity

  • http://www.albert-pak.com Albert Pak

    I’ve been looking into redesigning my business cards for awhile now – this is definitely a good inspirational collection :)

  • http://www.abrandlincoln.com pol

    let me add one to the list, it’s free to download and use.

    http://www.itsonlyacard.com

  • http://www.mauconline.net mauco

    I just love the minimalist concept in everything. pity I didn’t get to see these designs before we launched our new card designs. Great post.

  • http://www.stockexchangepakistan.info Raza

    I have selected element architecture for my new stationary of Pakistan Stock Exchange

    brilliant simply

  • http://www.cooltricksntips.com Rahul Jadhav

    Great collection. Simple yet beautiful

  • http://www.visualcontinuity.co.uk Tabrez

    Business cards are not objects of desire which are meant to end up on a shelf in a museum. It is only a piece of paper which serves as an introduction, and yes, it is meant to impress, but there is clearly nothing wrong with writing on a card. God forbid if someone creased one of the above cards! Graphic designed objects are meant to be used, written on, age etc etc.

    Regarding these cards, I’m not sure if I’ve become completely cynical with design, by I agree with the comment above that these are cards by designers for designers. Although, the Bryon Darby one is extremely beautiful!

  • http://printedproof.com printedproof

    Great collection. Love dark business cards.

  • http://heyerica.net ERICA

    beautiful collection!

  • http://www.gotham.com.au Gotham – Graphic Design Sydney

    Nice collection, makes me happy we went for a minimalist style for ours.

    http://www.gotham.com.au/images/business-card-design-gotham.jpg

    Nice to see other people don’t want to overdo their cards either!

  • http://www.howtobusinesscards.com How To Business Cards

    Great collection. Minimalist-style cards are my favorite type. Keep it simple!

  • http://www.businesscards.uni.cc J32

    Found the blog post through digg. Lovely clean and simple designs. I like that.

  • http://www.123freebusinesscardemplates.com Business card Templates

    Nice collection. Unique and creative designs.

  • http://www.overnightprints.com Business Cards

    Great collection- I really like the Fuse – design… super clean

  • http://www.aliusdesigns.com Xander

    These are some truly amazing works of art :) Great showcase

  • http://sellingarton-line.blogspot.com Art Smith

    Very cool selection of busniess cards. Got to love them.

  • http://www.markstrange.dk mark

    Interesting post, some gems hidden amongst the more mediocre designs here.

  • http://www.selog.in nitesh

    great collectionn….. very cool!!!!!

  • http://www.robbydesigns.com Robby

    I have created some nice designs like these and, though we can all see they are pretty, they were rejected by GrpahicRiver. Isn’t it a wierd world when we all like this style except GR ?

  • http://www.pinkograf.com pinkograf

    I love minimalist design on business cards!
    Here a big collection with 600 plastic business cards:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/biglietti_da_visita/

  • http://www.dotsads.com Website Design Qatar

    Really great collections. Good. keep it up.

  • http://www.chusid.com Jill

    This company also have a very unique business card but I don’t have a picture of it: http://www.envisionitmedia.com/services/creative.html

  • http://www.jakobschedler.de Jakob

    Nice list of inspiration!
    Very usefull to get a first impression of what businesscards can look like.
    :)

  • http://www.jendiamond.com Jen Diamond

    The Letterpress cards are gorgeous. They are so tactile and elegant.

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  • http://www.djuce.co.uk Scott Duncan

    I think the fuse business cards are excellent. It just shows that you dont need a mass of information on your card to make an impression

  • http://businesscarddesignideas.com Grant

    Absolutely love the first one! I like my cards minimalist and letterpressed–though most of the time those kinds of cards are the more expensive ones. But it’s worth it.

  • Tania

    Really awesome collection. I recently start working on designing after finishing my +2, and now i really want to see my design here, thanks 4 inspiring me..

  • Arden

    This guy has a beautiful minimalist business card design as well: http://crackpixels.com/go/135

  • http://www.bittenbydesign.com Bitten By Design – Syndey Freelancer

    It is nice to see the letterpress and embossing being used so well. These days with digital printing being so cheap, it is nice to see people take that extra step and get something done to add to the look and feel of the card rather than just rely on the low cost of digital printing.

  • http://www.anjrahuniversity.com Anjrah Susanto

    my favorite is Frederick Van design.. :)

  • http://www.geekandblogger.com Pavan Somu

    Great info for new entrepreneurs. Its worth to highlight & recommend your site for readers searching for business card templates & designs.