Whether you're a fine artist, a landscape designer, a tattoo artist or work in another creative industry, you need a well-designed business card that tells potential clients what you do and communicates a sense of competency and professionalism.
Today we not only look at the best artistic card designs available at Placeit, but also explain the key characteristics of artist business cards and show you how to create your own stunning cards quickly and cheaply with minimum fuss.
Characteristics of Artist Business Cards
All effective artist business cards share certain key characteristics. The following list will help you to identify the component parts of your business card and determine which ones you want to include and which are optional.
1. Brand Name
Your brand name is the name your business goes by. For many creatives this is often your name while others create a separate name specifically for their business. A brand name helps potential clients recognise and remember the artist/company.
2. Logo Design
For most businesses, a logo is as important as the name of the business, but for creatives, whether or not you use a logo will depend on the nature of your business. For example, fine artists usually don't use logos, but a tattoo artist who owns and runs a tattoo parlour may decide that a logo is a good way to represent their business.
If you don’t yet have a logo and need some logo design ideas, the following article should help.
The colours you use in your artist cards should reflect your artistic style and/or your company’s brand identity. If you haven’t yet worked out your colour scheme and want to know more about how to do so, the following article will help you understand how to work with colour to construct a logo and your company’s brand identity.
The font you use also needs to reflect your artistic style and/or your company’s brand identity. For example, if your artistic style tends towards bold and modern then your font should mirror that style, whereas if your company's brand tends towards nostalgic, then a more vintage style font would be appropriate.
5. Shape and Orientation
Artistic card design can take a variety of shapes from ovals, squares, and circles to a range of custom shapes, but the most common shape is still rectangular because of the ease of fitting it into a wallet or cardholder.
6. Card Stock
When it comes to printing your card, the sky's the limit in terms of the type of material, but most high-quality creative business cards are often printed on 14- or 16-point card stock on glossy, matte or pearl surfaces. Glossy surfaces tend to make colours pop, while pearl and matte surfaces can look more sophisticated. To decide on a finish, consider what works for the overall design of the card and your brand identity.
7. Business Information
Lastly and perhaps most importantly is the information you add to your creative business cards. The thing to remember here is that space is limited. Aim to include only the most relevant information. For some businesses this may be your name and/or the name of your company, an address, telephone number, e-mail address and website. For many artists and designers, however, it can be as little as a name and a web address.
How to Create Amazing Artist Business Cards
Now that you've got a good idea of the elements that go into creating artist business cards, it's time to take a look at the steps involved in creating awesome designer and visual artist business cards.
1. Choose Your Card Shape and Size
As mentioned previously, though artistic card designs can take many shapes and sizes, most are rectangular with either a landscape or a portrait orientation. Their standard size can vary ever so slightly depending on the part of the world you live in. When trying to decide on shape and orientation, try to bear in mind your brand identity and be guided by it.
2. Add Your Logo and/or Other Graphics
If applicable, add your logo and/or any other graphics associated with your brand.
3. Add Text
Next, add the essential information that allows your business prospects to get in touch with you as mentioned above.
4. Add Brand Colours and Typography
Choose the colours and fonts you'll use in your art card design based on the kind of work you do or on your company's brand style. These choices will ensure a unified look between your business and the materials you use to promote it.
5. Finalise Your Design
Once you’ve completed your design, evaluate your work to make sure that everything works well together, that the text is legible, and the spelling is all correct. Later on, we’ll show you how to create the best digital artist business cards using the Placeit Business Card Maker.
Inspiration: 20 Best Artistic Business Card Designs (Creative Ideas & Examples)
Now let's look at some great artist business card examples available at Placeit.
Interior designers will love this gorgeous vertical business card. To customise, just add your own example photos to the design, add your business details, select the font and colours that complement your brand, and your card is ready for print.
Looking for just the right card for your fashion business? Check out this wonderful art card design, which offers a wide range of stylish background choices and plenty of other customisation features to help you make the card uniquely yours.
This elegant business card is a great creative business card for tattoo artists. With its ornate graphics and bold modern fonts, it's the perfect artist business card for adapting to a number of styles.
This card created specifically for landscape designers offers a selection of terrific backgrounds that feature an exuberant and colourful approach to nature. Choose the background that appeals most to you, enter your text, select font and colours and in a matter of minutes you'll have created a beautiful business card.
This super elegant business card is designed for architects who want a card that'll set them apart from the competition. You can upload your own photo and modify all colours and fonts to create a card that's uniquely reflective of your own business.
A great card for your interior design business, this template offers a choice of gorgeous textured backgrounds, combined with wonderful graphics and a selection of stylised fonts. Choose the graphic that best suits your business, add your text and colours, and you're done.
This example offers business card ideas for artists from different disciplines. With a great selection of abstract background designs that can be coloured with whatever colour scheme works best with your brand, this card is as versatile as they come.
Furniture designers will love the understated stylishness of this minimalist business card, which offers loads of great furniture related graphics combined with bold fonts and beautiful colours.
A stylish and elegant card for fashion designers, this card offers a number of attractive graphics, clean fonts and exciting backgrounds. If you can't find just what you need, you can always upload your own graphics and backgrounds to customise the artistic card design even more extensively.
A beautiful minimalist business card for interior designers, this card stands out for what it excludes instead of what it includes. All you need to do is add your details and your card is ready for use.
Entice potential clients to use your design services with this amazing design-inspired business card. Select one of the eye-catching photos on offer for your background or upload your own. Then all you need to do is add your business information, fonts and colours and you've got a terrific card ready for the printers.
If you’re in the market for fine art photography business cards, this is a terrific modern card that may be just what you're looking for. It features a wonderful selection of camera graphics, frames and background colours, as well as clean and bold fonts that allow you to customise the template extensively to create your one-of-a-kind design.
This card is striking because it gets the job done with the minimum amount of information. If its clean, simple style appeals, just add your company details, select the colours and fonts that match your brand identity, and your card is ready to go.
If you're a makeup artist, you need to have a creative business card that reflects your style and expertise. Well, here it is! Try out this wonderful card by adding your own details, selecting a gorgeous background image, and choosing appropriate fonts and colours for your brand.
Looking for professional business card ideas for artists? Check out this cool visual artist business card template with its two-toned background, abstract symbols and clean modern text.
This is another interpretation of the visual artist business card template above. Just add your own text, upload a photo of your own artwork, choose a different image divider, modify fonts and colours, and you've got a completely unique card ready to send to the printers.
Customise this terrific business card for interior designer or furniture sellers by uploading gorgeous photo examples of your work. Then add your business details, font style and brand colours and you'll have professional high-quality creative business cards that reflect your brand in no time at all.
Though this card is designed specifically with interior designers in mind, it actually would work well for other creative disciplines as well. That's because it's easy to customise with different colours, fonts and graphics. Use those provided or upload your own.
This clean and modern business card is designed specifically for tattoo businesses. Of course, they're not the only business who will love the boldness of this design. So, feel free to adapt it to your needs no matter what your creative industry.
This is just one of a number of vertical business card ideas for artists and designers available at Placeit. As is the case with all the other artist business card examples showcased here, you can customise this one extensively by changing colours, fonts, graphics and even layout. In the next section I'll show you exactly how.
How to Make an Artistic Business Card Online - Quickly
Now that you’ve have seen some of the artist business card examples available at Placeit, let's look at how you can customise your artistic card designs to truly make them your own using the Placeit Business Card Maker.
1. Select a Font
Start with the controls on the left. Add your business details and select a font for the business card.
2. Add Graphics and Background (if Applicable)
Move to the controls on the right and upload your logo, or if you won’t be using a logo on your card, select an ornamental graphic from those offered that best represents your brand.
Next select a side graphic if so desired.
Add a background if desired.
3. Select Colours That Match Your Brand
Use the controls on both the left and the right to change the colour of the business card background, as well as the colour of the fonts and other aspects of the art card design to match your brand.
4. Resize and Adjust Elements
Resize and move the elements in your business card design around to see what works best.
If you’re not happy with the changes you’ve made, you can use the Reset Layout button to return the design to its original layout.
5. Download Your New Business Card
Download your new business card and send it off to the printers.
You can learn more about creating a business card in our tutorial:
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Other Business Card Ideas for Artists
If you know your way around Adobe Photoshop and/or Illustrator, Envato Elements is another great site with plenty of terrific business card ideas for artists.
These artist business card examples come in EPS, AI and PSD file formats, and once you've downloaded a template, you can easily adapt it to a wide range of business purposes.
Just replace text placeholders with your own text, adjust the colours, and you’ll have awesome visual artist business cards and graphic design business cards ready to print.
What's more, you can download as many creative business cards as you want for one low monthly price.
Create Your New Artist Business Card Today
Now you know where you can find fabulous photo business card ideas—at Placeit and Envato Elements. These are just a small selection of hundreds of the best artist business cards they've got available, so if you didn't find one in this article that quite fits your needs, there are plenty of other great options to choose from.
Check out these business card options out and let us know in the comments below if you’ve found the perfect photo business card for your company and which it is. We’d love to hear from you.