Card carrying professionals

Business cards are one of the unsung heroes of the economy – for networking to bear fruit the people you meet have to keep and remember your business card – so it’s worth making them memorable. Here are 10 Business of my favourite business card designs from around the web. TrendHunter has a list of 26 but their design is clunky and requires a lot of clicking around.  Others come from this Toxel collection.

  1. Pop Up Business Cards
    These will make you stand out from the pack. Literally. They’re from a graphic design studio.
  2. Cardapult – a business card that converts into a catapult – from a mechanical engineer. There’s a video of it in action here. And instructions for how to make your own here.
  3. Minifig yourself – I’ve posted this one before – but it’s worthy of a rerun – if you work for Lego you get your own lego figurine business cards, they even customise them to look like you.
  4. The lock pick kit – perfect for locksmiths – produced for a “hacker” – this little card contains a working lock pick set.
  5. Google Me card – I’ve featured this one before too – from Ji Lee – it’s for the techno savvy entrepreneur who religiously maintains their web reputation – you would have to check pretty regularly that you haven’t been superseded by a triathlete, singer, criminal or football player.
  6. The auto dialing business card – Tom Ward created a business card that uses electronic signals to cause your phone to dial his number. Sound clever? Want to find out how he did it? Here you go (or as a PDF).
  7. Money – A significantly devalued currency opens up the possibility of using money to make money – a Zimbabwean hunter did just that – using bank notes as business cards. Talk about a silver lining. But there’s a cloud too – he had to pay a fine or serve a jail term for defacing currency.
  8. Smashed plates – if you run a traditional Greek restaurant and want to put your smashed plates to good use – try this:
  9. Or if you’re a debt collector with a penchant for breaking limbs… you could try this:
  10. Encourage a growing business – this designer wanted to leave an impression so went out on a limb to produce this growth model:

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