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The art of the business card

by on 14/09/07 at 4:00 pm

The business card still remains an important tool in business. It’s an opportunity to communicate a message about you and your business, its a token of identity, a take home for the person who is really bad at remembering names and something to use to break the ice (conversation and windscreen).

We’re in the process of coming up with some new business cards and were looking for a little inspiration – we stumpled upon this site.

Here are a few of my favourites.


Help them find you easier with a mini-map card.


Add a little bling with a gilded edge.

Reused old cards for a second hand shop.

Also see Creative Business Cards.

See the rest here.

Shane Dryden is the 'Maven' at Ideate. The driving-force of Yuppiechef, Shane loves to write on advertising and innovation. He spots the non-obvious stuff behind the obvious, which seems obvious, but isn’t really that obvious (obviously). View more articles by Shane.

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6 Responses to “The art of the business card”

  1. Bafana

    Sep 18th, 2007

    I’ve been looking for already cut business card size 250 gsm but i can’t find them. The only paper I get of this size 250 gsm is the A4 size, cutting this papers using the paper cutter seems not professional, looking at the business cards. Can you perhaps help me by referring to the correct dealer, I have been to macro, peters’ papers, trade centre, game to name but a few.

    Your help will be greatly appreciated, customers are waiting for me to show samples.

    Bafana Skosana
    012 549 2902

  2. Shane

    Sep 19th, 2007

    Bafana, the reason why you can’t generally find cards that size is because most home printers don’t print anything close to a business card size. Even if you get them professionally done, the printers will almost always print on an A4/A3 and then cut.

  3. Bafana

    Oct 27th, 2007

    I find it difficult to cut proffessional business cards from A4 paper using paper trimmer, any tips would be appreciated.

  4. Johan

    Nov 9th, 2007

    Don’t use a trimmer. Use a cutting knife with a steel ruler on a cutting mat. It works fine for me.

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  6. Letticia

    Apr 19th, 2010

    I am looking to have gilded edge, embossed business card printed in South Africa – any ideas who can assist with this?

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