The introduction of color printing technology has made people believe that printing in full color is better than black and white. But we are sure that there are a number of artists and designers out there who can prove that limiting an artwork to black, white and shades of gray can produce an artwork that is even more powerful and dramatic than images with a full range of color. To illustrate this, we decided to pool together 20 fresh and striking business cards in black and white. Scroll down and be convinced that indeed, “less can be more” that is, less color can lead to more expression. So here are great examples of the power of black and white.
01-Business card of Fuse. Printed on GF Smith, Colorplan Ebony 540gsm with white satin foil.
02-The Outpost Armory
03-Business Card Design for the Creative Director of Wildorb Design Studio
04-Pao and Lee Design Office
The BB logo and tribal pattern are spot-coated and printed a slightly lighter value. The tribal pattern is a little bit different on each side.
This card was produced on cream paper stock custom duplexed to black paper stock. (Black letterpress on the cream side and white ENGRAVING on the black side) Then it was finished with custom die cutting.
Straight forward 4-color print with rounded corners and a satin finish.
08-The Lord loves Murten Saerbi
The logo is screen printed on an Italian paper called Sirio Black 480gr/m². The white text you see is actually a silver ink that can be processed in a same way as a normal spot color.
The ikon America business card design highlights an extremely clean/simplistic business card. The design compliments the brand of the company and includes a slim cut business card stamped with decorative metallic silver foil.
10- Jessie David business card design
The Jessie David business card was designed for a fashion designer out of Seattle, Washington. This slim cut business card design effectively attributes simplicity, professionalism, and modernism into the overall style and brand of the business card.
11- Suede Card: Alexis
This black suede business card is a heavy 24pt smooth stock. The suede card is stamped with decorative silver foil and metallic silver ink to display a modern and luxurious printed brand.
12-Unique Business Card 870
Beautiful and unique black and white business card. 16 pt. matte finish with uv spot front. Design was optimized and sent for printing via Visionamp Studios Printed by GR Print.
Beautiful laque business card printed on a black plike.
Papier Gris foncé 300grm Pantone Metal 8001c
15-Business Cards for Heart Roasters
16-Silk Card: Dyalect
This business card is extremely custom in many forms. The card is printed on a 16pt silk matte finish card stock and contains spot gloss highlights on both sides. The design called for a one of a kind die cut (custom shape) and die cut punch to create an incredibly unique company image.
Photographer Laramie Carlson asked me to design him a logo and stationery. The logo was inspired by a camera lens and the black and white color scheme is symbolic of the sharp, high-contrast photos that Laramie consistently takes. The last unifying element was a hyphen, which was placed at specific proportionate intervals as a play on the word “grapher”. Letterpress by The Mandate Press.
Business card of video and sound producer, Paul Hartsook.
19-Cross Section Studio
20-Capsule Design Business Cards
21-Boyle Design Group Business Cards, fresh from the foilers.