There are a few design traits to keep in mind if you want to make vintage business cards. From the style of your logo/name, to the color choices, and card type – everything plays a role in the look and feel of the business card. Below I go over the design traits that will help you create a stand out vintage business card design.
The Logo Badge
You’ll see on a lot of vintage graphic designs where the logo or the name of the business is in the form of a badge graphic. See if you can have your logo or initials turned into a vintage style badge just like the Buzz, Harlow, and Martin Hong business cards below.
Vintage Style Graphics
A simple way to create vintage style business cards is to include vintage illustrations – just like the sheep in the Many Fold Farm business card.
Etched graphics work for the vintage style, so do black and white images, and floral patterns. Other vintage style graphics that could be used include :
- Decorative boarders (like in the Ladies and Gentleman business card)
- People in Victorian fashion (illustrated or a black and white photo)
- Script fonts (just like the Copper Beehive business card)
- Patterns (used for the Martin Hong business cards)
Laying Out Your Contact Information
One way to layout your contact information would be in the form of a grid, seen in the Mal de Mar and V Communications business cards.
Another way is to leave a lot of white space. Today’s business cards tend to have everything grouped together, and have the business card full of graphics or text. In the designs below you can see a lot of designs that are well spaced out.
Your Color Choice
In today’s world you have so many options when it comes to printing business cards. Back in olden days though, printing was quite limited. It was also expensive. So the number of colors used were limited. To stay true to the vintage style, try and limit the number of colors you use. Black and white is a classic choice. Or add in a blue or red into the combination. Vintage prints have coloration, meaning the paper has turned yellow, grey or even pinkish – so go with an off white card for your business cards.
Having your vintage business cards letterpressed adds a subtle luxurious touch. This is how prints were made in the past. The text and graphics are pressed into the card, which creates a slight and subtle embossing – adding texture to the business card. You can see this effect clearly on the Mal de Mar and Copper Beehive business cards.
Sinclair Restaurant industrial style vintage business cards – designed by Oat
Elegant vintage style business cards with a badge logo for Harlow and Fox – by Oat
Vintage black and white photography business cards for the Cornershop
Vintage typography business card designs for Copper Beehive tattoo shop – designed by Two Arms Inc
Vintage style business card using an illustration – for Many Fold Farms foods printing by Beast Pieces
Retro vintage business card design for Buzz Studios
Luxury vintage style business cards for Fox Liquor Bar – designed by Joshua Gajownik
Business cards inspired by vintage travel posters – design by Open Door Design Studios
Embossed vintage business cards with each persons photo and a grid layout – designed by V Communications
Stamp inspired business cards for Liverpool English Pub designed by Reynolds and Reyner
Elegant black and gold business card design for Mal de Mar designed by Face
Floral vintage business card design by Ghost
Transparent, colorful, and patterned business cards for film maker Martin Hong by Warren Tey
Loving the vintage font choice and layout for the contact details – by Chad Michael
Elegant black and white photography vintage business cards with copper foil printing for Motherbird
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