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30 Unconventional Business Cards

Friday, August 22nd, 2014

Story By VIGNESH RAMACHANDRAN

Yes, more traditional business practices are going digital these days. Though sometimes, a good ol’ physical business card is just as effective for that networking event, trade fair or random grocery store encounter.

But to make yourself memorable, leave behind the ho-hum, stock-designed business cards in favor of something a bit more creative. Who knows? It might be worth that little extra investment when your company stands out from the stack of cards already on everyone’s desk.

We scoured the Internet and found some pretty clever designs. Check out our list below of 30 creative business cards (in no particular order) — they leave quite the impression.

1. Face to a Name

Truly put a face to a name with this design by REACTOR.

REACTOR Business Cards

Embedded image courtesy of Card Observer.

2. Tabs

If multiple people from a company are passing out cards, this sort of tab style by Diesel Designkeeps things organized for recipients.

Diesel Design

Embedded image courtesy of Card Observer.

3. Stencil

A eye-catching design by “itomizer” for Davide Gasperini.

Davide Gasperini

Embedded image courtesy of Card Observer.

4. Your URL

If you’re looking to emphasize your online presence for a personal or corporate brand, this is a clear way to make a statement.

Embedded image courtesy of Imgur, donveto.

5. Hacker

If you’re a coder or web guru, why not show off your skills?

Embedded image courtesy of Imgur, BurgerGrease.

6. LEGO

This “card” doubles as a LEGO toy and memorable desk ornament.

Embedded image courtesy of Imgur, skmotay.

7. Not Just a Card

This card design complements what the company mission and includes actual lawn seeds. Designed by creative agency STRUCK.

Images courtesy of STRUCK.

8. Hungry?

Who wouldn’t love a business card you can eat? The only hitch would be noting down all that contact information before taking a bite. Dizzy Design created the card for The Bombay Bakery.

Source: cardobserver.com via Kathy on Pinterest

9. Snack Time

Organic beef jerky, anyone? Designed by the folks at Rethink, Canada.

Source: adsoftheworld.com via Scott on Pinterest

10. Useful

A business card you can truly use as a tool. This design also from Rethink, Canada.

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11. Cheese Grater

Yet another useful business card.

Embedded image courtesy of Imgur, dogbombs.

12. Natural

This card gets back to nature with a wood design.

13. Just Stretch It Out

Since you have to stretch it to actually read the text, this flexible card is super playful. And hey, the design stretches the imagination (pun completely intended).

Embedded image courtesy of Imgur, kid_z.

14. Photo Genius

If you’re a photographer, this design conveys a visual career with a camera viewfinder display.

Embedded image courtesy of Imgur, lordla.

15. Clear

Another transparent-style card.

16. QR Codes

Though arguably QR codes may not withstand the test of time, they could be a good way to lead people toward your online content.

Image courtesy of Flickr, Thomas Low/Thomas Lowe Design.

17. Augmented Reality

Want to get more interactive? Augmented reality cards can be unique solution. But the recipient usually has to hold these special cards up to his/her webcam for the experience to work.

Video via YouTube, andysignerdesigner.

18. Shapes

A unique square card with color that pops.

Images courtesy of Flickr, Kyle Van Horn/kvanhorn.

19. Beyond The Square

Why be square (or rectangle)? Cards with different shapes stand out amongst a pile, but some might not fit nicely in your wallet.

Source: neatdesigns.net via Lloyd on Pinterest

20. Mini Me

Why does size matter? Go mini. Design by MOO.

Image courtesy of MOO Inc.

21. Circle

Another anti-rectangle design.

Source: graphicfetish.com via Anna on Pinterest

22. Double-sided

Mullet style: party on the back, business on the front. Design by MOO.

Image courtesy of MOO Inc.

23. Facebook Style

For true social media aficionados, emphasize your brand’s Facebook presence. Design byMOO.

Image courtesy of MOO Inc.

24. Minimalist, Yet Personal

These handmade cards with hand-stamped ink leave an original impression. Designed by The Awesome Project.
Hand-Made Awesome Business Cards

Via CardObserver

25. Sliding

A clever visual effect when you slide the card. Design by Chez Valois for Caroline Biosvert.

Caroline Biosvert Branding

Via CardObserver

26. Skateboard

Think beyond plain paper — this design by JukeBoxPrint for Powell Peralta is quite unique.

Skateboard Business Card

Via CardObserver

27. Standing

This design by David Sjunnesson features a pop-out figure.

28. Words of Encouragement

Get direct with your text. Apple retail stores have reportedly used this card design for recruiting.

My friend's new business card. He works for some fruit company.

29. The Irishman

Sometimes, humor is the best way to break the ice.

Embedded image courtesy of Imgur, boomtownbuzz.

30. How Woz Rolls

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak’s card is totally sleek in a geeky kind of way.

News - Congress Seeks Faster FDA Sunscreen Approvals

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014
Lawmakers passed legislation on Monday intended to speed up pending approval by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of several types of sunscreen. The Sunscreen Innovation Act, passed by the U.S. House, seeks to garner approval for sunscreen active ingredients that have been under review by the FDA for as long as a decade – and that are already available overseas.

The Senate is readying a similar bill. The FDA hasn’t approved a new active ingredient for sunscreen since the 1990s.

Despite the measures, Rick Carlson, vice president of promotional products with Aloe Up Sun and Skin Care Products (asi/34362), believes it would take at least 18 months for the FDA to approve new sunscreen products, and at least a couple of years before they come to market. “The FDA is always concerned with a lot of other things other than sunscreen,” said Carlson, whose company manufacturers its own branded sunscreen and also has 13,000 retail customers. “Sunscreen has a lower priority [with the FDA] versus some serious drugs that are related to illnesses and diseases.”

Carlson cites the FDA’s deliberateness when it made a slew of changes two years ago regarding sunscreen, such as listing all ingredients, relabeling from waterproof to water resistant and mandating that sunscreens protect from both UV-A and UV-B rays. “The changes they made in 2012 were slow in coming – they took forever,” he says.

Richard Massey, regulatory affairs manager for SnugZ/USA (asi/88060), thinks that the approval of new sunscreens will be a significant development in retail, but if they carry a premium cost, it won’t sell well in the promotional product industry. “At least in my circles,” Massey said, “I haven’t heard a clamoring for whatever is out there that’s been approved for use in Europe, Australia or somewhere else.”

Cases of skin cancer have climbed 200% since 1973. While awareness about wearing sunscreen has been increased, it’s still cited as the primary challenge for combatting skin cancer, instead of any perceived failures of current sunscreen products on the market. “The ingredients that are currently available seem to be doing fine for us,” said Massey, whose company’s skin care category grew 9-10% last year. “Our customers have not complained that our sunscreen doesn’t work or that it doesn’t offer the protection that’s advertised.”

Source - ASI

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