The Art of a Calling Card

7 February 2013

Sure, there may be an app for that and the argument will continue over handwritten vs. electronic; digital subscriptions vs. the Sunday Times and thumbing through a paperback vs. swiping a book on a tablet.  But, the more and more we become attached to our digital devices and the web, the real world and real interactions become much more precious.

Think about your first real job and the day you received your first box of business cards.  I was an intern at Neiman Marcus and I brought the entire box home on my first day of work, incredibly proud of my title, my name in PRINT and my new email address.  I loved that piece of cardboard and wrote little notes on the back sending one to almost every single person in my family.

The tactile experience and actual physicality of the business card is one that I don’t think will fade anytime soon.  Business cards have also evolved from a simple white square with pertinent contact information into an expression of creativity, ultimately becoming an extension of the business and the person.

For a look at recent trends, browse Pinterest, Cardonizer, and my personal favorite the Design Work Life blog. I have noticed quite a few include QR codes, which – I still don’t understand,  has anyone ever really used one? #tangent Puzzled face, moving on.   Here are a few that have caught my eye: 

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Starting with my favorite: Tommy Perez Paperkut business card.

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Rifle Paper Company Customized calling cards. Jackie-O!

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Pap Accessories by Lundgren + Lindqvist

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clever, although I like suduko more. Jose’s website: GoodGraphicDesigner – says it all.

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How genius is this:  The Animal Agency adapted the multicultural origin of their team represented by animals from their countries. Just beautiful by Borja Bonaque

How genius is this: The Animal Agency adapted the multicultural origin of their team represented by animals from their countries. Just beautiful by Borja Bonaque

Moo Cards

Moo Cards

Moo Cards are some of the easiest to make yourself with incredible designs from true artists. Just add your own digits and you’re in business.  The mini-ones are adorable too.

3 Advertising for Michael Barley Photography.

3 Advertising for Michael Barley Photography.

What do you think about business cards? Still meaningful exchanges? Or a thing of the past?
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