We're more than halfway through 2019, and what better time is there than the present to look at trending business cards this year? If you’re about to redesign your business card, don’t do a thing until you read this post and uncover the latest business card designs for 2019.
Business Card Trends 2019
Now let's take a closer look at some business card styles that are trending in 2019.
1. Experimental Typography
The whole point of a business card is to make it easy to share your contact details with potential clients and contacts, and that means that text is central to your card. In the past business card text has been quite functional but today, typography has evolved to an art form and now takes centre stage on business cards.
The first thing that’s clear about business card trends in 2019 is that designers are pushing the boundaries with typography to create cards that leave a lasting impression. A great example of this is the Fill in the Blank Card displayed on Behance, which cleverly uses blank squares to create a unique typography that mirrors the squares found in the film and that have been included around the top and bottom edges of the card.
2. Big, Bold and Colourful Fonts
Not only have fonts gotten more experimental, they've also gotten bigger, bolder and sometimes more colourful, again all aimed at attracting the client's attention to the most important information on the card. Take a look at this business card design from the Behance gallery.
If you're interested in jumping onboard this new business card trend and creating your own attention holding cards, Envato has some fabulous business card design templates like the Echo Business Card Design, which is super easy to customise using Adobe Photoshop. Don't worry, you don't need in-depth knowledge of Photoshop for any of the Envato business card templates. You just need to know your way around the software so that you can swap out the placeholder images and text for your own.
3. Clever Logos and Symbols
We couldn't complete our list of business card trends for 2019 without a nod to the growing popularity of cleverly designed logos and symbols, which are nothing short of a celebration of design. Of course, symbols and logos have always played a critical role in branding as they're yet another way for a business to create brand recognition and communicate brand values. 2019 business card trends, however, have seen an increase in these eye-catching logos and symbols like the one on the Félix Associés Business Card shown on Behance and featured here.
4. Minimalism's Reign Continues
Minimalism as a design trend shows no signs of waning in modern style business cards. Inspired by the 'less is more' philosophy which has so much relevance in today's eco-conscious world, minimalism emphasises clean lines and the rejection of superficial adornments.
In business card design, it brings a touch of sophistication and timelessness to your cards and though that won't work for all brands, for those that it's consistent with, it can be very effective. The Drawing Room, featured on Behance, is a fine example of the understated elegance of minimalism in business card design.
If you want to create your own delightfully minimalist modern style business cards, check out this Minimalist Business Card template from Envato Elements.
5. Maximalist Business Cards Make Their Mark
As great as minimalist business card styles are, they now have to share the spotlight with a new business card trend, maximalist business cards. If you've never heard of maximalism, it's essentially a style that was born as a reaction to the dominant minimalist trend and in many ways is the polar opposite stylistically to minimalism. Think mixed patterns, rich bold colours, layering, mixing and matching of textures and colours.
With 2019 business card trends that embrace maximalism, "more is more," and if your goal is to help someone remember you, a maximalist business card like The Bourbon (as shown on Behance) will certainly do the trick.
You can create your own maximalist business card styles with this Luxury Business Card Design template from Envato Elements.
6. Colourful Gradients
Another one of the current trends in business cards for 2019 is colourful gradients. Whether it's because of the sense of optimism they impart or whether they're just great fun, colourful gradients like this example, Hey Business Card from the Behance gallery, have proven to have staying power as modern style business cards.
7. Business Cards With Photos
Few media tell a story as succinctly and effectively as a well-executed photo, and that probably explains why one of the top business card designs for 2019 involves designing cards around a photo. The fact is that a relevant photo business card like the Beauty Business Card (shown on Behance and below) can make a business card both more engaging and memorable. If you use a photo of yourself, your cards offer the added advantage of helping people connect your face with your business long after they've met you.
Minimalist Business Card design templates from Envato Elements allow you to create your own special photo-inspired trendy business cards quickly and easily.
8. Vintage-Inspired Illustration
Vintage design has been influencing business cards modern style for a while now, and it's fascinating to see that 2019 business card trends haven't left this particular inspiration behind. In fact if anything, new business card design for 2019 have been expanding the vintage reference to include trends from a wider range of 20th century styles. So that whether you're a lover of 1950s inspired trends like this Lindsey Business Card (Behance).
... or you're looking for a 1980s inspired design like this Sweets Bakery Business Card design template from Envato Elements, you're very likely to find exactly what you're looking for.
9. Letterpress Printing
Letterpress printing—the oldest form of printing—has seen a resurgence in 2019. Letterpress is a specific style of printing that's achieved when a surface with raised letter—typically metal type—is inked and pressed to the surface of card stock to reproduce an image in reverse. Though it tends to be a pricier form of printing than contemporary methods, it also creates business cards of an amazingly high quality which communicate style and great taste. When combined with great design, letterpress cards like Letterpress & Holographic hot- Business Card from the Behance gallery and featured here, are hard to beat.
10. Die Cutting
Die cutting is a broad term, referring to a process in which a machine is used to mass-produce cut-out shapes in business cards. The sky's the limit with die cut business cards, which are definitely one of the leading business card trends for 2019. You can create unusual shapes and effects as seen in our example Personal Business Card (from Behance) below.
If you want to experiment with die cut templates, Restaurant Business Card Template below from GraphicRiver is another great place to start.
3 Great Resources for Awesome Business Card Design Templates
If you're new to design or a small business owner looking to create your very own card using one of the different styles of business cards trending in 2019, there are a number of terrific resources that'll provide you with a wide range of templates to meet just about every style preference you have. If you're proficient in Photoshop or Illustrator, try one of the amazing business card design templates at Envato Elements or Envato Market, both of which have a huge library of trending business card templates to choose from.
If you don't know your way around Photoshop or Illustrator, not to worry, we've got the perfect solution for you: the Placeit Business Card Maker, a simple and hassle-free tool that'll help you design different styles of business cards for networking quickly and easily.
Learn More About Business Cards
If you're interested in learning more about creating your own business cards, check out this selection of other great articles on the subject.
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Create Your New Business Card Today
As you can see, there are loads of amazing business card design trends in 2019. There are also loads of great templates available to help you make your own trendy business cards. If you're proficient in Photoshop or Illustrator, create business cards using one of the amazing business card design templates at Envato Elements or Envato Market. And if you're looking for a simpler and more intuitive business card design ideas, why not try the Placeit Business Card Maker?
I hope these business card design ideas have made you excited about all the possible ways you can make your own business cards. Why not select your favourite template and create your new business cards today? We’d love to see which one you choose.