Make beautiful Business Cards (without using images)

16th February 2009 by Denise

As we’re always showing you beautiful packs of Business Cards made with artwork or photography, we thought for once we’d show you something different. It’s not always appropriate or possible to use images on your cards; maybe you’re a writer, marketer or software developer, or perhaps you’re promoting an application – so what do you do then?

To start, we’ve seen some really nice designs made with Text-o-matic MiniCards, like these for example, by Kiwi Pinch Designs:

And if it’s words you’re after, we’ve spotted some lovely Wordle cards out there – used for everything from Weddings, to Business cards. Wordle makes beautiful tag clouds from your own text, and allows you to choose colours and fonts according to your personal style. These, Cards were made by Annie Mole, using Wordle, and promote her blog:

Some small businesses who have a logo (rather than freelancers, who often don’t) really make the most of it by printing in a variety of colours. This works really well when you take them out of your pocket to hand them over. It’s a great talking point as people pause to choose their favourite colour, and has just a bit more impact than a bunch of traditional white cards, which all look the same. These lovely cards by Gimme look good enough to eat:

Recently we’ve spotted two examples of companies or individuals using a form of customer endorsement or review on their cards. The first is a set of Business Cards from Mike Coulter, based on the Tweets of friends and colleagues. Why try to convince people of your brilliance when others can do it for you?

The second example are these beautiful cards from TrakAx. They’ve been designed to feature different quotes from customers and publications, and not only have the ‘wow’ factor when you take them out of your pocket, but are really good conversation starters, around the product:

So, what about you? If you’re in the same situation, promoting something that can’t or wont be photographed, what do you put on your cards? If you got any images, add the links in the comments – we’d love to compile a gallery of the best, for our Business Cards Ideas Pages

Comments (21)

  1. Mike:

    I have a website that finds misspelled items on eBay (as these aren’t found using the regular eBay search, these items can be won very cheaply).

    I used the Text-o-matic to show a variety of genuine misspellings found on eBay.

    They look great and people enjoy looking through them and picking out the one they like best.

  2. Denise:

    Mike – those cards are great! They work so well as a collection. They could also be a good game actually – if you look at some of them quickly you think they’re spelt ok. You could mix ‘em up with other cards that are spelt correctly and see how long it takes people to pick out the wrong ones.

  3. Mike:

    That’s a great idea – as long as I remember which are the correctly spelt words!

  4. Howard:

    Nice cards :)

    I made some similar ones myself. I’ve just uploaded the designs on Flickr:

  5. Will Baxter:

    Great cards. I have written a book entitled “Around the World in 80 Handbags” – Finding myself in the East of Minimalism from the West of materialism. I used Moo cards with different images to give out at a promotional party – each card has a picture of one of the strangers I met and the contents of their handbag on display. Worked in that party guests would chat to others about their card and look at others. Thanks Moo! Wouldn’t have implemented the idea without you.

  6. Denise:

    Hi Will, what a great idea – and a fascinating book! I guess you’ve already seen the What’s in your bag pool on Flickr? I love the idea of seeing the people behind the bags, and hearing their stories. Have you got a shot of the cards you made? Of course this could get recursive… What I’d really like to see is the contents of *your* bag, including the cards showing the contents of other peoples bags :)

  7. Kosso:

    I practically put my startup business pitch on my business cards.

    I have built a multimedia system on the web which can sometimes be hard to explain. So I did a diagram to illustrate what is does –

    After having a set of the mini moocards for Phreadz, I decided to make some fullsize business cards and put the diagram on it.

    Now when I give someone one of these cards, they study the diagram immediately, then go “ahhhhhhhhhhhh!!!”

    yay! it works! :)

    thanks moo!

  8. Denise:

    @Kosso – that’s a great idea – i know it’s a great idea as we’ve spent the last week working on something similar for MOO! Your cards look fantastic. Thanks for the great little Video too. It’s really nice to see people’s reactions to the cards and packaging. Good luck with Phreadz!

  9. Roberto Aiello:

    nice, please look at my cards on this page:
    you can see the first 5 business cards printed at moo. The first one is for a webdesigner, the 2,3 and 4 from myself and 5 for a customer.

  10. Cole:

    Hello Moo. My name is Cole and I’ve been a moo addict for some time now ;)

    I usually use moo cards to promote my freelance business or the latest half-arsed web project I have embarked on so photographs are rarely appropriate. Instead I always try to create a custom vector graphic specifically for the context (with the mini cards this is essential as it is such an unusual format).

    Always try to post examples up at flickr:

    Cheers for the lovely stuff over the years :D

  11. Denise:

    oh – hi Cole! I’ve spotted your cards before actually…I must admit, I almost contacted you to ask for one of your Panic and Run Away cards – they look great :)

  12. Terra:

    Your “contact us” web-based email system returns a 404 error when I click the “send to MOO” button. How else can I reach you?

  13. Denise:

    @Terra – That’s odd – it’s working here, please try again if you have time:

  14. david lee king:

    Hey – I did this – I just made some Moo Cards to pass out at SXSW to push my new book to people. I used three graphics: 2 Wordle images of words used in my book (here and here) and one using an image of my book cover.

  15. Will Baxter:

    Hi Denise,

    Well you asked for it so here it is! Pictures of me and my Moo cards as well as my handbag. Only trouble is, I couldn’t work out how to put an image on here so I had to change the entire front end of my website to host the image! You can view it here:

    ps: thank you for the flickr link! And if anyone’s interested in my upcoming book then you can join the mailing list by emailing with HANDBAGS in the subject header!

  16. Matt the "Company Kickstart" guy:

    I’ve been a designer for about 12 years now, and little things like great packaging always wins points with me. does a great job with something that simple, but that is why I use you guys now instead of OvernightPrints. Keep up the great work guys!

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