Making your first impression count

Making your first impression count

Social networks have become powerful tools for connecting with potential customers and business associates, but the full impact of a first impression often gets lost in this digital atmosphere. Business cards, on the other hand, provide a physical and tangible reminder of your meeting. Whether it bears an eye-catching font or image, plays with different textures or is made of a unique material, your card can convey your business's personality through its design and functionality.

Printing companies Jukebox and MOO, along with several real entrepreneurs, shared business cards that are designed to make their carriers stand out from the crowd.

Credit: MOO's Printfinity

The art director

The art director
Credit: Dorota Pankowska

To show off her creativity, designer and art director Dorota Pankowska created her own business cards made entirely out of melted-down crayons poured into a silicone mold.

"They're the same size as a standard business card and only have my website on them, which is all the information a person needs nowadays to find out more," Pankowska said. "Most people think they [the cards] are great, although some don't even realize that the entire card is a crayon."

Credit: Dorota Pankowska

The woodworker

The woodworker
Credit: Jukebox

Business cards are generally made of really fancy paper. But what about a really fancy (piece of a) tree? Barn and Forest's business cards give customers a preview of the company's reclaimed wood creations.

Credit: Jukebox

The bakery

The bakery
Credit: Jukebox
Bakeries like this one can slice through the competition with these delicious bread-inspired cards.

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The skateboard company

The skateboard company
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California-based skateboard retailer Powell Peralta makes its way down the half-pipe and into the hearts of new customers with these tiny skateboards.

Credit: Jukebox

The painter

The painter
Credit: MOO
Diamonds are everyone's best friend! Angie Crabtree, an artist who creates commissioned paintings of gemstones, dazzles professional contacts with this diamond design.

Credit: MOO

The farmer

The farmer
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These delightful seed-packet cards invite potential clients to learn more about this farmer's agricultural gift, as well as create their own mini garden.

Credit: Jukebox

The social media professional

The social media professional
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Employees at social media management company Hootsuite keep it sleek and simple with the company's signature owl on the back of their business cards.

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The pencil sketch artist

The pencil sketch artist
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Pencil shavings no longer have to be trash. Artist Mark Li uses them as a playful way to present his creative and artistic abilities to new friends and business connections.

Credit: Jukebox

The sommelier

The sommelier
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Anyone who works in the wine business can pour up a glass of success with these unique recycled cork cards.

Credit: Jukebox

The chocolatier

The chocolatier
Credit: Top This Chocolate

Shana Elson, founder and owner of Top This Chocolate, gives customers a sweet surprise with her business card: It comes in a box with a business-card-size chocolate bar with toppings. In addition to handing them out to her own customers, Elson sells her business-card chocolate box on her website.

"These cards have personally worked for me — not only because they make me memorable, but they also allow me to convey the premium quality of my products," she said.

Credit: Top This Chocolate

The digital artist

The digital artist
Credit: Jukebox
Talented designers and special-effects artists like this one can showcase their mind-bending skills in a small package.

Credit: Jukebox

The brewer

The brewer
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These velvety cards emphasize the delicious texture of one of Ireland's most famous products, Guinness beer.

Credit: Jukebox

The illustrator

The illustrator
Credit: MOO
Illustrator and printmaker Isabella Valentina of Second Messenger uses fabulous printed foil on her cards to let her business shine.

Credit: MOO

The marketing tech executive

The marketing tech executive
Credit: Glass-Media

Glass-Media enables clients to project their own marketing content onto their own storefront windows with dynamic display and projection technology. CEO and founder Daniel Black provides contacts with an example of his work.

"People are so intrigued by my card [that] I no longer leave sales materials behind," Black said.

Credit: Glass-Media

The exterminator

The exterminator
Credit: Jukebox
What better way to advertise your termite-control business than with the very material associated with these critters?

Credit: Jukebox

The spirits company

The spirits company
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Thanks to 3D-printing technology, your business's mascot can pop right off the card, like this embossed wolf design.

Credit: Jukebox

The designer

The designer
Credit: MOO
Angel Kittiyachavalit of Design + Happiness uses her business card to showcase her cheery, playful aesthetic, while advertising her well-rounded design skills.

Credit: MOO

The bamboo charcoal company

The bamboo charcoal company
Credit: Ever Bamboo

Sell a unique product? Take a lesson from K.B. Lee, founder and CEO of Ever Bamboo, whose business card mimics the design of his company's bamboo charcoal odor neutralizers.

"The business card definitely leads [customers] to a positive impression of the product," Lee said. "I've heard of people saying that they'd remember me because of my card."

Credit: Ever Bamboo