We love working with small, local businesses, especially ones that share a love of the handmade. We printed these letterpress cards for Brooklyn Herborium, a shop started by two Brooklyn moms who wanted to create a line of skincare products that were healthy and environmentally friendly. Their design is simple and sweet, with a great floral and herb illustration.
We're loving rich black ink these days. Here is a beautiful design by Erin Hall of Hall & Co. The cards are duplexed, black and white stock, with rich black and matte gold letterpress. The playful script in this logo is such a fun example of hand-lettering. This is a business card that you'll want to hold onto!
We've been working with Chalk, a marketing and branding firm here in NYC for a couple of years. They recently asked us to print some of their redesigned business cards and we were impressed by how well they turned out. The bold indigo banner contrasts the bright white paper, making their logo quite striking.
It's always fun to bring another designer's vision to life, especially when it is as eye-catching as this. These letterpress business cards were a challenge to print, but will certainly make a good impression on their clients.
One of the best things about running a letterpress shop in Brooklyn is being a stone’s throw from so many talented people making incredibly beautiful things. Quite often, we’re lucky enough to get to work with some of them! We've been collaborating with Saipua in Red Hook for years to print a variety of things for their hand-made products. Along with their gorgeous floral work, they make olive oil based soaps and soy candles in small batches. We truly appreciate someone else who works with their hands everyday.
We recently printed these striking snake business cards for them. Their style is beautiful, wild and a little dark and matches our own aesthetic perfectly.
Sarah, the Founder & Creative Director at Saipua shared this beautiful photo with us. We just love the contrast of the golden snake among those breathtaking flowers!
Sometimes a really simple business card design is so effective. We printed this blind embossed card for a graphic designer and we love how the tactile nature of that deep impression makes any color unnecessary! It's a strong, bold layout and we think it looks great!
Sometimes a design for a business card lands on our desk and we just think "Yahoo!" These cards for Kirby and Kraut are no exception.
I don't even know where to start. We love the font used for the business name: it has a subtle vintage, handwritten feel while still looking really elegant. It reminds us of the kind of typeface Wes Anderson might choose for one of his movies!
And then there's the cabbage illustration printed in a bright lime green. We adore it. The whole card works perfectly and really benefits from the simplicity of the information provided.
Here's a close up to show the detail in the cabbage illustration:
Kirby & Kraut makes kitchen tools for home fermentation and preservation. Their website is dedicated to providing recipes and resources for food enthusiasts interested in preparing pickles, preserves and fermented foods at home. The business is based in Sunnyside, Queens NY and all the products are made in America.
We just finished printing gorgeous business cards for a mobile sunless tanning service. The designer created a pretty sunshine-yellow pattern for the back of the card and a simple layout for the front.
We like how the single yellow circle looped over the business name is then repeated in the graphic on the reverse:
This is such a charming card design: we love how the letterpress impression creates the feel of a textile in that repeating pattern.
Alongside our collection of in-house-designed business cards, we are always happy to print cards that are designed by other businesses and graphic artists. Lately, we have printed a variety of really lovely cards, each of which has it's own, unique charm. Brooklyn Herborium is a new store that sells holistic beauty products. We love how their card design references nature, plants and greenery:
Our Millstone is another new business; a bakery specializing in growing, milling and baking everything. Again, the card perfectly reflects the business through the use of illustration and color:
Finally, we love the simplicity of this last card that just features a name in a beautiful, cursive script. Sometimes the most uncluttered design can speak volumes when printed in letterpress:
We're looking forward to the launch of Najla; an online purveyor of lingerie that combines classic, elegant silhouettes and luxurious materials with expert artisanship.
We were asked to print business cards for Chalk 242. They are a branding, design and marketing agency based in New York and we loved the look of their own branding. It was a very satisfying challenge for us to replicate the weathered look of the dark blue on their business card. We had to ensure that the plate allowed for subtly different ink coverage in different parts.
We are proud of how we were able to capture the effect of a chalkboard! (And did we mention how much we love that deep-midnight indigo color?!)
It's no mystery that here at Sesame, we love being beside the seaside. Over the summer, we decamp to Marblehead, MA and spend hours gazing at the sea. And many of our designs have a distinct maritime flavor. So when we were asked to design business cards for a lovely new shop in Nantucket, we loved the fact that this shop is literally right on the water.
Check out this view:
And inside, it has been arranged so beautifully too:
Elise, the owner stocks some of our products in the store and we were delighted when she asked us to print her business cards. We love the vibrant color and the square dimensions of the card.
We've been working with our good friends at Hudson Made for over a year now and we've written about how much we love their website, styling and products before. Everything on their site is carefully curated and beautifully packaged (sometimes we have something to do with this!)
We were recently asked to print their business stationery for them and we love how the cards manifest their clean, sharp brand.
And here's a close up that show the depth of the letterpress impression:
We've been enjoying printing some square-format business cards lately. A little while ago, we worked on some amazing fluorescent pink square cards for David Ceraso and we've just finished printing business cards for a newer client, Roma. She is starting a holistic personal training business and we worked from her own designs. When she came in to meet with us and discuss what kind of card stock she wanted, she saw a sample of a square card and immediately fell for it!
Good luck with the new business, Roma!
We just printed this really cute business card for a client. We love the illustration of a paper plane! And the typewriter style of the text...
We have printed business cards a few times for Nicolette Owen owner of Nicolette Camille. She is a floral designer and she designed this card to reflect the scope of her business.
It looks so pretty in letterpress with all the fine detail picked out.
Here are a few more examples of some business cards we have really enjoyed designing and printing.
There's something lovely and tactile about a letterpress business card - you can really feel the indentation of the type on the card.
Once you have purchased your business cards, you might also want to think about keeping them in a nice holder! Here are a few options that we are really fond of - just click on the image to link to the store...
A business card can express something of the personality and interests of the person who gives it. This may be as simple as choosing a small image that represents your line of work:
Or it could be communicated via the choice of font and color:
In Japan, the business card or "meishi" is quite an important item in terms of how it is exchanged and received. The card should be held at the bottom two corners, face up and angled so that it can be read by the person receiving it. The recipient takes it by the top two corners using both hands. Placing one's fingers over the name or other information is considered rude. Upon receiving the card, one is expected to read the card carefully, noting the person's name and position. It's an acknowledgement of the status of the person giving the card - definitely a different experience to the more Western approach to distributing business cards!
Most of the business cards we print are rectangular. This follows on from the earliest examples of calling cards which would always be this shape. However, we also like the individuality implicit in a card with an unusual shape or dimensions. We recently printed this gorgeous square business card and now most of us here in the workshop are coveting them!
In the 19th Century, it wasn't just the information printed on the calling card that mattered, subtle adaptations to the card itself could convey meaning:
If a gentleman folded over the left hand upper corner of his card, it implied that his visit was congratulatory in nature.
A fold to the lower left hand corner meant that he sent his condolences.
If a gentleman was taking leave for a considerable amount of time, this would be communicated by a fold in the lower right hand corner.
I'm not sure people would pick up on these distinctions nowadays, but perhaps we should start experimenting with our own business cards:
Here at Sesame, we print lots of business cards. Even though they are a relatively simple item, we really love the challenge of designing something memorable and unique within the quite small parameters.
I've been investigating a little more about the humble business card and I wanted to share some anecdotes with you. This is also a great opportunity to post some photos of our favorite business cards.
During the 19th Century, the practice of “calling” upon relatives, friends, and acquaintances was a middle and upper class social ritual with strict guidelines and rules. Visiting etiquette hinged upon the calling card. Upon arrival, a gentleman placed his calling card on a silver tray, held by the servant who answered the door. This served to 'announce' him to the person he was visiting.
If a gentleman was visiting a home for the first time, he would leave a card and then depart. If the new acquaintance wished to receive a visit, he or she would send a card in return. If no card was sent, or if the return card was sent in an envelope, this signaled that the new acquaintance did not wish for a personal visit to occur. It was basically the well-mannered brush off. All those subtle little social clues...a little different to "un-friending" someone on Facebook!