How to Design Bold and Beautiful Business Cards

Simple, yet striking card by Westphals Group. This card is about 3/4 the height of most business cards.


The first thing many entrepreneurs do as soon as they come up with an idea and a company name is have a business card printed. There’s something “official” feeling about getting your own business card when you work for someone else, too. But you may wonder if you still need a business card in 2012. With all the electronic options for communication in our digital world, should you still have a piece of paper to hand out with your name and contact info?

Rounded corners add something to this card by Save a Life with Style.

Yes. A business card is both tangible and valuable. The secret is making cards effective. Your card needs to look like “you,” your brand. Most card exchanges take place face to face, giving the receiver the opportunity to make an association with your face and your brand. This should really make an impression. The card should not blend in to the stack of cards already on the recipient’s desk.

Practicing what I preach. Simple. Black. And rounded corners.

Tips for Attractive Cards

Keep it simple. Your card should look current, not crowded. Sure you’ve got 22 social networks, three phone numbers, and seven email addresses, but Please do not list them all on your card. Pick the essentials, leave out the rest. If you don’t have a storefront, do you need a physical address? If your website links to your social media accounts, do you need them on your card? (I list a few of mine, because social media is a big part of what I do.)

Another mini card. Nutritional Healing uses a bold color.

Chose color wisely. Most cards are white or cream. Please don’t use white or cream (ok, the one below is cream, but it is an image)! Full color and photographs add visual interest. My card is black. I love black business cards because they’re relatively rare. Ok, I’ll verify this… Of the 300 cards I currently possess, 12 are black. (I designed four of them.)

A nice full-card graphic for this contractor. Very professional, Riopelle.

Think of your card as you would any first impression you hope to make, a favorable one. Is your business trendy, techy, traditional? Does your card reflect that? The more artistic industries can get away with using unusual shapes and materials for their cards, but the card still needs to fit in a wallet, card case, or pocket.

This card for Women magazine is a light color, but the graphic is striking enough.

Most importantly, always have your cards with you. Always! Get in the habit of asking others for their cards. And hand out your own. Want my two cents on your card? Link to it in the comments or email it to me, terra(at)fletcherfreelance(dot)com.

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Terra L. Fletcher
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  • Nice, I quite like the one by Westphals Group – it has a somehow impactful feeling..

    Additionally how about having a QR code (leading to your website) printed at on the namecard too? Make it easier for others to take a quick look at your site using their mobiles.

  • Over the years I’ve ordered dozens of business cards that were printed with less than expected quality. Last year my company printed some business cards with PCA Delta in Pompano Beach FL, and they were great. I’ve been printing with them ever since. If you need business cards printed go to I strongly recommend them.

  • Thanks for the great examples, Terra. My new cards are on their way and I can’t wait to get them. Like your suggestions, they’re designed to catch attention, raise interest and NOT list all the details.
    I really like the idea of a QR code – has anyone tried that?

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  • I do agree with most of your advice, yet find the fact you used the ‘Nutritional Healing’ card as a good example rather perplexing. It’s suprisingly dull, and you can barely see the subheading on the card.