Good news: You never need to leave your couch again.
Business cards are here to stay even if we have more efficient ways to promote our identity. A business card design is a proof that its owner is careful to details and is interested in promoting his business the right way. If you have a great business card you’ll get noticed, you’ll be promoted on various circles and websites and that’s how you’ll get a lot of exposure. There are many types of business cards, some of them are sticking to the old rules or formats, some of them are implementing a few new features and some of them are extremely creative and bold. In this article you can see 30 extremely clever designed business cards which I’m sure you’ll like.
A business card is just like an elegant suits: it will never be outdated even if there are many other ways of promoting you or your business. A business card shows more than your name and address; it shows that you care about your image and your business. Nowadays, the trend in business card is to make them either in classic or extremely atypical, with strange shapes, materials or writings, for creating a catchy look.
The history of business cards started as early as 15th century in China and 17th century in Europe where the French monarchs would use them as a piece of paper that contained the information of the guest who was visiting and they were called visiting cards, not called business cards. They were shaped and sized in a similar way to a playing card and became a staple of the elite by the middle of the century. .
By the reign of the French King Louis XIV (r. 1643 to 1715), however, visiting cards had become a staple of upper echelon etiquette with a sophisticated system of rules attached to their use. Exchanging of contact information became essential and the visiting card and trade card were merged and handed out on less formal occasions. In the United States, however, business card use became widespread in the 1890s (the so-called age of the Captains of Industry or “robber barons”) and the cards achieved their current level of ubiquity by the early 20th century. Only the very highest social circles continue to draw a distinction between a visiting card and a business card although the former are still in limited use. Below you can see 40 examples of vintage business cards which I’m sure you will like.