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30 Creative QR code business cards

By Simon Goble | Business, Design, Resources | Jul 12, 2011

There is a lot of buzz around QR codes at the moment, so we thought we would take a look at some of the most creative and stunning QR code business cards on the web.

We love QR codes as they connect offline and online while challenging traditional design at the same time.

First of all, in case you have been living under a rock, let’s answer the obvious question. What the hell is a QR code?!

A quick response (QR) code is a two dimensional code that can be scanned and read by smartphone cameras to transfer information. The information can then be encoded to text, add a vCard contact, open a URL or much more.

So, by placing them on a business card, you can digitally pass on your contact details, direct people to a website, send them to a Flickr photo set or Facebook fan page or offer a special discount etc.

Hopefully the examples below will help to inspire you on how QR codes can be incorporated creatively in your designs. Or at least, provided a few interesting ways that they can be used to connect offline and online media.

 

Shelby Montross QR Code Letterpress

This card is a QR code that has been letterpress printed. It fits perfectly with more classic styling and design. Sweet.

 

Nightshade Labs

We liked this original card as it incorporates the companys’ beaker logo into the QR code (and yes it still works as well!).

 

Wanda Digital

The white QR code against the grey background on the back of the card matches the color scheme of the logo and looks great to boot.

 

Reblis

The QR code here is art in itself. Simple, but extremely artistic.

 

Big Fat Media

This card is on ultra-thick 4 ply cotton providing a premium appearance and touch. Absolutely stunning.

 

Perforated Business Card

We liked these cards from the Aquarius Club as each card has a QR code with meCard information of the person ready to be scanned and uploaded directly into a phones address book.

 

Peipei Yu’s Cards

We love what Peipei Yu did with not just the QR code itself, but the paperboard stand built in and box! Original, creative and fun.



 

Fridgehead

Cut out the QR code and it still scans…!

 

Tom Neal Film

We really liked the simple messaging on this card alongside the code. The rounded edges of the card also match the rounded edges of the QR code in the centre.

 

Digibrand

Beauftiful cards. The QR code sits nicely next to the cut out logo. The attention to detail on this card is really inspiring.

 

Soren Ragsdale

These cards are really clean and simple with no color. Yet they stand out!

 

23rd and 5th

Would you throw away business cards that looked this stunning? Thought not. The red QR code matches 23rd and 5ths logo perfectly.

 

Drew Hornebin

Drew included a couple of QR codes on this design with the logo in the background which shows off a real creative edge.

 

Kayma

Doko Dare used the QR code to direct users to their place page.

 

Casey Templeton

We really like the faded, old skool design on these cards. The QR code doesn’t look out of place at all.

 

Barefoot Media

Barefoot Media proudly use the QR code as part of their bold design.

 

Monkey Simon

Monkey Simon makes you want to scan it to know what it is…!

 

Stephanie Obodda

These minimalist cards are a real thing of beauty. Once again the QR code is the centre piece of the design and with amazing effect.

 

Tatadbb

These cards are really simple, but the combination of the extremely bright colors alongside the QR codes really draw the eye.

 

b-type design

The QR code IS the design in these cards. And they look great.

 

Metaform

The design by Mark Stokoe works perfectly with a code on the back. If you look carefully you may also be able to see the ‘M’ of the logo in the very centre of the QR code.

 

Social Bendodson

These cards are cool just because Zelda is on them… :-).

 

Soul Visual

These cards put the code right next to the printed contact details. Online and offline pefectly catered for!

 

NightOwl Craftworks

These business cards are really cute and made us smile. The text alongside the QR code encourages you to take a picture and visit their website.

 

Geng Gao

The bright vibrant colors and QR codes just make you want to pick one up…

 

Lanec Technologies

These rounded edge business cards from Lanec Technologies include a code with contact information for each employee.

 

Marc Heatley

Marc used a lot of space for the QR code on these business cards, but it macthes the design and font perfectly to great effect.

 

The Daring Librarian

These are probably our favourite cards (not just because they are MOO cards), they have so much personality, you have to take notice.

 

What are your views on QR business cards? Are you thinking of including a QR code on your next business card?

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000182462521 Florian Køwałkøwski

    I love the BigFatMedia one, it’s cool to have a soft touch on this card and the visual is basic but efficient.  In my opinion for having the best visit card you need to have the 5 senses, what about some flavour on a visit card, plus some music or something like that? I don’t know but I have some ideas now. 

    Also it’s funny to see that QR code can be implemented everywhere now. I see last week that someone has been tattooed with a QR code. 

  • http://twitter.com/Inspirationf Igor Ovsyannykov

    Nice collection, I knew that QR codes would blow up!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1469304159 Andrew Osborne

    According to a survey conducted by Jump Scan (don’t know more detail than that I’m afraid) 68% of U.S. scans are by iOS devices, 26% by Android. I know me personally, I know several people with Android phones who scan QR codes when they see them.

  • http://twitter.com/SweetMagStudio Chandler@Sweetmag

    Awesomeness! Barefoot Media’s card is nicely done!

    http://www.sweetmag.my

  • Andrew

    Um, I hear what you are saying, on a recent folder design I have done I placed a qr code underneath a business card which sits in die cut slots, so once removed you can scan and it gives you all the details on the card as an address book entry into your phone, card in your wallet, details quickly into your phone.

  • http://ixld.com/ Web Strategy

    Seriously nice cards, I love the cutout one and the one that folds into a cube.

    i hope some of our http://scan2.co clients start producing that caliber of collateral :)

  • Trytothinkforyourself

    No two ways about it: QR codes are the best way to show the world you care more about fashion than design.

  • http://twitter.com/bajiiba Amy Love

    Am I the only person who does not understand how one creates the QR code? Could someone please share the secret? Thanks so much.

  • http://twitter.com/logicalcreative Andy Powell

    30 QR code business cards – via @lydiar:disqus 

  • Anonymous

    Very cool :) i think we will be getting some of these

  • Deivid Valdez

    Just the right Article when I am looking to do new business cards, The Shelby cards are the perfect combination of a classic rich paper reflecting pure modern technology!

  • http://twitter.com/rainedragon Raine Dragon

    so… you would have to design your business card on your phone? I can’t say I’d be too keen on that.

  • http://twitter.com/speakertbrown Tony Brown

    Love the QR codes and the card designs…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=17402646 Drew Hornbein

    Hey, thanks for featuring my card design.

    -Drew

  • http://red-brand-media.com/blog RED Brand Media

    Very creative biz cards.  I’m partial to the embossed ones.  Great post!

  • http://www.facebook.com/kimdolleris Kim Dolleris

    The Disney ones are amazing! :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/marco.reyesvargas1 Marcos Reyes Vargas

    SON MUY INGENIOSAS LO QUE DEBERIAMSO VER LAS DE REALIDAD AUMNETADA SALUDOS

  • http://twitter.com/linkblots linkblots

    Some basic QR code best practices that you need to follow…#1 Mobile-optimized landing pages#2 Value exchange with the consumer for scanning (mobile coupon, discount offer, unique content, etc)#3 Use a QR code campaign management tool to create, manage and track usage (to improve the user experience!)The FREE QR code campaign management and point-&-click mobile web page builder at http://www.linkblots.comdoes all this and more – you should check it out if you are looking for a no-risk way to enter the QR code and mobile web space as a business.

  • http://twitter.com/vacshackcom A Cleaner Place (JJ)

    Thanks for sharing all these wonderful cards! 

  • http://twitter.com/gwynethjones gwynethjones

    Wow! I’m flattered, gobsmacked, & terribly chuffed you decided to include my cards on your QR Business card posting! Thank you!! SQUEE! 
    ~Gwyneth

  • http://twitter.com/Holzhair Nicolas Holzherr

    Some great QR code designs! Specially like the square cards with the QR codes on the back. Love to see how much effort some people put into the cards – definitely worth it if networking events bring in a lot of the business.

    When adding QR codes to cards, as important as the design is that you make sure you link *useful* information, ideally about the person, not the business – with the QR code. Too many people link a generic non-mobile-optimised website that is more gimmicky than useful. Information about the person on the card always work well (I am a bit biased of course, as that’s what we do! – sorry!). 

    Nick
    http://www.getqrky.com

  • http://twitter.com/Holzhair Nicolas Holzherr

    Derrander, the idea about putting QR codes on business cards is that often cards are handed out while out-and-about – rarely by a computer. QR codes encourage the recipient to quickly get information about the person. Unfortunately, few people take business cards home then do research about people so QR codes are useful to encourage people to do so whilst out and about. Key is just to link *useful* information. 

    Nick
    http://www.getqrky.com