The best way standout in a crowd is to be different. Thus, in a modern world such as ours, one way to get noticed is to go retro or vintage. This can also be applied to business cards. Giving your business card a vintage or retro look will make it standout and memorable. Looking around the net, we realized that there are lots of vintage business cards that look very refreshing and unique.
One easy way to achieve the retro look is by using a combination of retro graphic elements and types such as logos and illustrations common in the previous decades. Another very useful element that you can use are grungy textures for a worn and torn look. For your inspiration, here are a total of 30 vintage business cards. Most of these retro cards are a mix of retro elements while some are very vintage looking so that they look like they are from previous decades or centuries. But do not be deceived… because most of these business cards were produced using modern and advanced printing techniques. To know more about each card, such as the designer, printer, process used to produce it and other useful information, just click on the preview image provided for each business card and it will direct you to the page where these cards were originally showcased. I hope you will find this collection inspiring as well.
In case you want to design your own vintage business card, then checkout our free retro business card template!
01-Giovanna Hurwitz – Makeup Artist
The vintage look was achieved using textures and colors.
An old play card-inspired design featuring grungy look and old-style type created a retro feel for this card.
04-Crab Apple Design Business Card by Moo
05-John Henry Donovan’s Colorful Letterpress Business Card
06-RakShniya Vintage Business Cards Printed on recycled paper
07-Vintage Business card made using only a color toner photocopier, some card and an ink stamp
08-Retro Business Card by Dolce Press
Vintage letterpress posters are truly a work of art because of the unique combination of graphics and typography. This was the inspiration in designing this retro-inspired business card. The business cards are a great mix of small graphic elements and type faces and printed on 100 percent cotton paper stock in black ink.
09-Circle Box Creative
10-Vintage Craft: Heavy natural textured paper made of 100% pulp
11-Phlights of Phancy
12-Vintage Personal Business Card
13-Vintage Business Card with Fork Holder
14-Candra Scott Business Card by Elixir Design
17- The National Museum of Nuclear Science and History
20-Nancy Levine, Photographer
21-How’s my designing?
22-Limited Press designed by Fred Dauzat, Letterpress by Studio on Fire
23-Le Club Fez, Designed by HOOK/Jason Johnson
25-Report Public Corruption dot org (RPC)
28-The Ten Count Foundation
29-Denis Arsu – Paintrust
Note from the designer: “A simple business card I made for my freelance design services. Being a music addict I used a quote from one of my favorite songs to promote myself. And I integrated the phone number in a bar code”
30-Felix Auer Grafik Design