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40 inspiring examples of letterpress business cards
ByCreative Bloq Staff2019-02-22T09:55:42ZGraphic design
These gorgeous letterpress business cards are sure to impress all who see them.
Letterpress printing has been around for hundreds of years and yet remains one of the hottest trends in stationery, so its little surprise that letterpress business cards can still turn heads. The ancient technique involves a surface with raised letters or artwork inked and then pressed into thick, soft paper, adding an exciting, tactile quality to the design.
Known for producing a clean and elegant style, the letterpress technique is favoured by many designers for creating unique and creative business cards. Here weve picked some brilliant examples of letterpress business cards to inspire your designs.
The textured stock helps the custom typeface stand out
Maldini Studios is a Stockholm-based interior design and construction firm that specialises in design and carpentry for private and public spaces. As part of a larger identity project for Maldini,Jens Nilssoncreated these fantastic letterpress business cards on textured stock from GF Smith and Arjowiggins, making good use of the bespoke Donadoni typeface he created for the studio.
Gold foil makes a perfect finishing touch for these luxurious cards
Produced byJukebox Printfor Gala Tuesday, these letterpress business cards create an instant impression thanks to their die-cut pineapple shape, backed up by eye-catching pink and green paper stock, plus a luxurious finish in the form of some gold foil.
Polish print and design studioPanBonToncame up with a very clever camera-inspired card for photographer Stawomir Mielnik, using uninked embossed lines to represent light, and turn a simple cube into a pinhole camera.
Sauvage Garages cards grab the attention with their bold colours
Sauvage Garage is a creative collective consisting of graphic artists, photographers, writers, illustrators and more, from all across France.Its business cards, designed by Anne-Perrine Cout and printed byLetterpress de Paris, keep things simple with strong colours and an evocative graffiti logo.
PhotographerStefan LeitneraskedKristina Bartosovato design a simple business card for him. Instead, inspired by his extrovert personality, she decided to do the exact opposite, and designed a bold logotype that really stands out when rendered in letterpress.
The Voltalab logo combines a test tube rack and keyboard
Voltalabis a recording studio built in the space where Cargo Studios and Suite 16 used to record classic bands such as Joy Division, The Fall, Happy Mondays and The Stone Roses.Fieldworkdesigned a whole identity package inspired by the buildings rich heritage, including these stunning minimal business cards. The cards showcase the logo mark, which is a visual play on the Voltalab name and combines references to a test tube rack and an octave on a keyboard.
Sarah Mangions Spotted Zebra branding is sophisticated yet slightly quirky
Sarah Mangions branding for Spotted Zebra, an online resource for writing, events and media management, needed to feel professional, bold and sophisticated with a slight quirkiness. Her letterpress business card design combines the logo in a simple geometric typeface, and a hand-drawn zebra illustration to add a custom feel.
Those little stamps make Le Balenes cards totes adorbs
We loveEleonora Petrolatis wonderful stylised whale-based logo for Italian communication agency,Le Balene, and how shes turned it into a distinctive business card design. But what really marks this project out is her inclusion of a set of stamps and coloured inks that people can add their own little customisations to.
Created using white foil, these five-colour letterpress business cards on triplex colourplan paper certainly pop. Using a bold and colourful pattern only plays to the cards strengths, which will certainly make for a memorable exchange. Designed byDont Try Studiofor Quentin Monge, theyre some of the best-looking weve ever seen.
Produced byJukebox Print, these ultra-thick cotton paper letterpress business cards bring 3D embossed design to the table. Using Jukebox Prints own innovative method, the attention to detail is wonderful, with the letterpress used to add text as well as a quirky textured background.
Christina Yan is a talented prop stylist based in Toronto, explains creatorBelinda Love Lee. This whole stationery set exudes sophistication and timelessness with a bit of edge. Each piece was letterpressed with the finishing touches of gold foiling, gold edging, and embossing.
Using a simple yet effective pattern of illustrative animals, these letterpress business cards pack a punch when it comes to originality. Designed for Singaporean online literary journal OF ZOOS, we love designerCharmaine Yeos execution.
TheLetter & PressBehance page states: Mr Rafal from Ireland needed some business cards for his photographic business. But not a usual ones really wonderful and over the top. So we printed the graphic with our historic press which can really show fine detail.
Combining craft and precision to produce a beautiful aesthetic, these cards from Singapore-based agencyOdddsare about as beautiful as they come. The Oddds website states: The identity broadens with usage of letterpress accompanied by glamour with modernism. This is created with the intertwining between bronze and a soft tone of turquoise. The play of metal tones and pieces with cotton represents the designers ideologies of art direction and design.
WhenCocoa Brandingwas hired to create branding materials for Elias Mendoza, an immigration and naturalisation attorney in the US, it needed to convey the unique and personalised touch that Mendoza brings to his work with all types of family and business immigration needs. Part of the branding solution was these heavyweight letterpress business cards, designed by Rodrigo Surez.
Brooklyn-based tattoo artistBailey H Robinsonhas a very distinct take on traditional American o Arms Incwas keen to design something that looked and felt like traditional turn-of-the-century type. The resulting letterpress card is an ornate delight that wouldnt have looked out of place in 1901 (except for the contact URL, of course).
This design for Motor City Chop Shop has its finger on thepulse of Detroits motorcycle culture. CreatedbyCompanyFolders,the cards surface features a dotted emboss effect for a coolbackground texture that doesnt compete with the letterpress text.Tires andhandlebars turn the curvy font into a chopper, while the slanted letters add a senseof speed and movement.
The Yard VFXis a visual effects company based in Paris. WhenMr Cup Studiowas tasked with redesigning the studios identity, the entire graphic language was built around the fact that it would be printed using letterpress. The eye-catching letterpress business cards feature a debossed astrological design, with the studios URL in striking silver.
Impressworks printed these letterpress business cards for designerMia Parcell. The job features a two-colour, double-sided print on our 600gsm Fluoro White Crane Lettra stock. Parcell took care of the artwork herself, with Impressworks coming up with the circular execution.
Simon Featherstoneis a freelance lighting designer and programmer, with vast experience in video and LED technology. The contemporary logo marque uses a pattern derived from LEDs and combines it with a bold gradient running from cyan to magenta. The branding collateral uses a range of cool grey tones to suitably reflect the high-end nature of the industry and communicate a professional and knowledgable tone of voice.
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