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30 Bold Type Business Card Designs

30 Business Card Designs with Bold Type

For some businesses, their business card is the first thing that comes into contact with a potential customer. Making a business card that is informative and memorable, standing out among others, is an important task in creating a business card.

One of many ways to make your business card stand out is with bold type and text. Much like the bold headline trend in web design, the bold type trend in business cards encompasses the same idea. Here I’ve gathered 30 business cards with bold text designs. These business card designs are sure to spark some inspiration and help you in thinking of designs for your own personal business card using bold type and fonts.

*The names below are of the creators of the business cards, not necessarily who the card was created for.*

1. Aleks Faure

Alexs Faure Business Card Design

2. Erica Pruetting

Erica Pruetting Business Card Design

3. Radio

Radio Business Card

4. Johana Barretto

Johana Barretto Business Card

5. Bryan Patrick Todd

Brian Patrick Todd Business Card

6. Neil Tasker

Neil Tasker Business Card Design

7. Michael Sevilla

Michael Sevilla Business Card

8. Min Ming Lo

Min Ming Lo Business Card

9. Evan Huwa

Evan Huwa Business Card Design

10. Bobby Bullen

Bobby Bullen Business Card Design

11. Kim Carlos Rehn

Kim Carlos Rehn Business Card Design

12. Tomasz Biernat

Tomesz Biernat Business Card Design

13. Jord Riekwel

Jord Riekwel Business Card Design

14. Fabio Perez

Fabio Perez Business Card Design

15. Julian Hrankov

Julian Hrankov Business Card Design

16. Megan Martinez

Megan Martinez Business Card

17. Andrew Power

Andrew Power Business Card

18. Whitney Tucker

Whitney Tucker Business Card

19. Phil Coffman

Phil Coffman Business Card Design

20. Hype & Slippers

Hype & Slippers Business Card Design

21. Kyle Anthony Miller

Kyle Anthony Miller Business Card Design

22. Jake Dugard

Jake Dugard Business Card Design

23. Sean Farrell

Sean Farrell Business Card Design

24. Stephen Di Denato

Stephen Di Donato Business Card

25. Emir Ayouni

Emir Ayouni Business Card Design

26. Ryan Brinkerhoff

Ryan Brinkerhoff Business Card Design

27. Jake Dugard

Jake Dugard Business Card Design for Makers Union

28. Riley Cran

Riley Cran Business Card Design

29. Colin Tierney

Colin Tierney Business Card

30. Alex Sheyn

Alex Sheyn Business Card Design

Conclusion

Hopefully this little showcase gave you enough inspiration to maybe approve upon your own business card. Which one of these 30 business cards was your favorite?

365 Illustrations by Enfuzed artist of the month Jag Nagra

Illustrations and Designs by Jag Nagra

October artist of the month goes to designer Jag Nagra. Jag, 29 years old, was born and raised in the suburbs of Vancouver, Canada and has been designing since her graduation from design school in Spring of 2006.

Jag is most known for her 365 design project (which we will cover below) in which from January 29, 2012 to January 28, 2013 she created an illustration a day (365 days, 365 illustrations).

You can view/follow more from Jag Nagra via the links below

Before we get to her awesome designs, Jag was kind enough to answer a few questions for us in a small interview which you’ll see below.

Where are you currently residing?

I live in a different suburb of Vancouver, where I just purchased my first home this summer!

What made you want to become a Designer?

My older brother had taken some design classes in University, and one project in particular required that he photograph my hand, and insert it into a typographic layout. I think that was the moment that I realized that this was an actual profession. People got paid to do this kind of thing? That’s when I really started thinking I wanted to do this. Before that point, I had no idea that Graphic Design even existed. I was oblivious.

What University did you attend and what’s your degree in?

After high school, I spent 2 years taking general studies at a post-secondary institute. Throughout my entire childhood, I just thought you went to University after high school, and then got a career. I didn’t understand how it worked. And so after I walked away with this diploma in my hand, I was no closer to a career than before I had started. I then applied for a Graphic Design program at the Art Institute of Vancouver without really knowing what that entailed, and ended up falling in love with it.

Where did you land your first Design related job?

My very first paid design job was working at a small greeting card manufacturer that created Christmas cards for corporate clients throughout Canada. My job was to input their pre-chosen messages to the inside of the card. It really wasn’t the most stimulating job, but I was only there for a few months since it was seasonal.

Tell us a little about Page 84 Design:

Page 84 Design started as a creative outlet for me outside of my day job. It’s a way for me to experiment, and push myself into new realms. Last year, I began a 365-day illustration project so that I could teach myself how to illustrate. That lead to getting noticed by design blogs, which then lead to people hiring me as an illustrator. So I guess at the moment, I’m calling myself an Illustrator.

I’m excited to see where I’ll go with it next, but it’s cool because it’s all up to me. I don’t need anyone’s approval before I post something or experiment with something.

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

You mean when I’m not snuggling with my dogs? I have a huge passion and respect for photography. You could say that was my first love. These days, I gladly forgo my Canon camera equipment for the ease of use of the iPhone, and the ability to instantly share photos through Instagram. I’m obsessed!

Who/Where do you draw your inspiration from?

I love all things retro and mid-century modern.

What does your office look like?

I found this old solid wood desk on Craigslist that belonged to a retired doctor. It’s from the 1960’s and it’s so cool. They were moving to a new office space, and luckily I swooped it up for FREE before it ended up in the landfill. The donkey is an illustration of mine that I got printed on canvas.

Jag Nagra Office Picture

What design tools/software do you use?

I use a 17″ Macbook Pro, and I would say 80% of all the work I do in in Adobe InDesign..even illustrations.

Chrome, Firefox, or Safari?

Safari

What are some of your future plans/goals as a Designer?

I continually want to create things that will exist outside of a computer screen. A few years ago, I had this panicky realization that one day I would die, and my entire career would exist only in my computer files and I would stop existing as a designer. The thought of that is what lights a fire under me every day. I want to leave things behind for people to hold in their hands.

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Now the exciting part, Jag’s designs! Obviously we won’t be able to include all 365 illustrations she created for her 365 project, but we will include a few among other projects she has done. You can view all 365 illustrations on Jag Nagra’s Behance portfolio here or view them in her Vimeo video below.

These illustrations are truly awesome and I like the simplistic approach, you may recognize some of these illustrations as popular celebrities, as well as animals and a variety of other types of people and characters.

Mr. T

Mr. T Illustration by Jag Nagra

Hulk Hogan

Hulk Hogan Illustration by Jag Nagra

Danny Devito

Danny Devito Illustration by Jag Nagra

Elton John

Elton John Illustration by Jag Nagra

Mr. Miyagi

Mr. Miyagi Illustration by Jag Nagra

ET

ET Illustration by Jag Nagra

Colonel Sanders

Colonel Sanders Illustration by Jag Nagra

Snoop Dog

Snoop Dog Illustration by Jag Nagra

Barack Obama

Barack Obama Illustration by Jag Nagra

Larry King

Larry King Illustration by Jag Nagra

Kanya West

Kanya West Illustration by Jag Nagra

John Travolta

John Travolta Illustration by Jag Nagra

CeeLo Green

CeeLo Green Illustration by Jag Nagra

Jason

Jason Illustration by Jag Nagra

Wolverine

Wolverine Illustration by Jag Nagra

Movember Prints

Jag created these Movember prints for the Mustache Gentleman’s Alliance, you can purchase these prints here. All proceeds go to the Mustache Gentleman’s Alliance.

Movember Print created by Jag Nagra for Mustache Gentleman's Alliance

Hugo’s Hot Sauce

Jag Nagra did the branding, illustration and packaging design of a new line of hot sauce called Hugo’s Hot Sauce.

Hugo's Hot Sauce by Jag Nagra

Hugo's Hot Sauce Business Card by Jag Nagra

There you have Enfuzed’s artist of the month for October, Jag Nagra. Be sure to follow her on the social media links we listed above so you can view all of her past and current work.

Unique Video Game Website Designs

Unique Video Game Website Designs

When it comes to games, passionate players expect many more things than an exciting gaming experience. They want to know something about the developer, its history in producing great games, and are interested in details about the game’s creation. These days, video games are a real form of art. Avid gamers are eager to find out as many things as possible about the “artistic” features of their favorite game.

The best way to know more about a certain game is by taking a look at its website. Usually, video game webpages are very creative and they illustrate the game’s content flawlessly. They’re released several months earlier and can offer players a preview over the game. Here are some inspired video game webpages:

Wolfenstein: The New Order

There’s only one term that can describe this webpage: ORIGINALITY. It uses amazing background photos, cool animations, powerful colors and a very nice video popup. Its chic “next” and “previous” button will allow you to easily surf through the website. In the navigation bar you will find a nice retailer promotion where you can pre-order the game.

Wolfenstein: The New Order Website

Tom Clancy’s: The Division

Tom Clancy’s: The Division is a great mix between a community website and a creative video game webpage. It proves that a video game website can be both inventive and functional. It has a lovely general theme, high-resolution photos, and attractive videos. It presents the game in an accurate way.

Tom Clancy’s: The Division Website

Final Fantasy: A Realm Unborn

The Final Fantasy website impresses through its really rich navigation system and awesome graphics. It features lots of stylish buttons, an artistic theme, cool game images and a unique 3D in-game items viewer. It’s very rich from a graphics point of view and it definitely deserves its place on this list.

Final Fantasy: A Realm Unborn Website

Watch Dogs

Just like the game, the webpage has a very chis and futuristic vibe. The Watch Dogs site promotes all sorts of social elements from the game. It is packed with numerous interesting social widgets that visitors will find useful and engaging. It comes with a simple sticky menu that makes navigation extremely easy. Its main upside is the ultramodern style.

Watch Dogs Website

Saints Row IV

It is one of the best combinations between a video game site and an online community. It puts an accent on transparency and gradients using a modern silver & purple theme. The Saint Row IV website impresses with its amazing sliders and images, and multifaceted community profiles. The graphic elements and the numerous details make it a great video game website.

Saints Row IV Website

Borderlands: 2

It is an extremely creative and cool game, thus its website needed to be just as good. It follows the game’s cartoonish style and unique look. The page features content side animations that will help you navigate between posts with ease.

Borderlands: 2 Website

Website game design is extremely important for a video games because it gives players an idea of the game prior to the gameplay. As humans we are often influenced by general appearance; ergo, if the first web page of a video game is properly crafted, it will immediately grab attention; the more curious the player the better for the game developer.

5 Minimal Packaging Designs

5 Minimal Packaging Designs

A minimal design is one whereby all elements or details that are not directly related to the overall composition of the product or features of the design are deemed irrelevant and, thus, omitted.  It fundamentally strips down the design to such a simple outlook that it forces you to focus in on the quality of the product without being distracted by the aesthetics of the imagery.

This technique has been employed within the packaging sector for decades and today we are going to discuss 5 products that use minimal designs and the effectiveness of these designs.

1. Sliced Bread Notebook

The packaging of Sliced Bread Notebook uses simple typography, rather than advanced imagery, in order to emphasize the quality of the product. By choosing to use this minimal design instead of, say, a huge image of a slice of bread, plays on the consumer’s mind. It forces the consumer to take a second look, as it leaves them wondering as to what exactly the manufacturer is trying to sell.

After the first glance, they will begin to wonder if the product is a notebook or a loaf of bread. The use neutral colors were also extremely smart, as it allows the typography to stand out on the packaging.

Sliced Bread Notebook Packaging

2. Water in a Box

Designate – an advertising agency in Brighton – were responsible for creating this beautiful minimal design. Their objective was to produce a clean and simple design that would greatly enhance the marketability of the product. The blue and white color palette with the water drop icon, which was used for the main product, is what they opted to use to market the product.

This simple, minimal design speaks of the quality of the product. By simply looking at the design, the consumer’s mind is lead to imagine the level of purity and cleanliness that the product has and pushes them to purchase the product, in order to test the taste. The use of bold text also grabs the attention of anyone who comes across it.

Water in a Box Packaging

3. Meat Gift Wrap

The meat gift wraps are as minimal as you can get. They have a simple design that comprises of a clear exterior with an address paper attached for you to address the meat to your gift receiver, as well as any messages you may have for them. Unlike the traditional gift wraps with overbearing colors or a dark brown paper bag, this minimal design allows the consumer to clearly see their cut of delicious meat and makes them want it even more.

Meat Gift Wrap Packaging

4. Thelma’s Cookies

The simple minimal design of Thelma’s packaging smartly plays on the term ‘fresh from the oven’. The box opens beneath four range top burners that have been printed on the top of the box. Although simple, this package speaks of the quality of the product, as well as heightens the marketability of Thelma’s brand.

Thelma’s Cookies Packaging

5. Nike Air

The new packaging released in Berlin for the classic Nike Air trainer employs a minimal design that plays on the air aspect of the brand. It comprises of a transparent air filled container, used in place of the traditional shoe box. This allows the consumer to clearly see the product at first glance. The labeling and branding of the product is also clearly visible, which creates a greater appeal to the consumer to buy the product.

Nike Air Packaging

All in all, these minimal designed packages help to enhance the marketability of the products by drawing appeal to their quality, without the distraction of irrelevant imagery or content. These packages prove that sometimes “less is more” and, as displayed above, its use can heighten the salability of the product by attracting consumers and playing on their senses of sight and touch.

Minimal Classic Children Story Posters

Minimal Classic Children Story Posters

We are super late for artist of the month this month, but we didn’t miss it! Artist of the month for September 2013 goes to graphic designer Christian Jackson. Christian, born in Wisconsin and currently residing in the west suburbs, St. Charles, IL (Chicago); has been doing graphic design for 10 years now.

I chose Christian as September artist of the month because of his minimalism graphic design project, Classic Children’s Stories. Minimalism has been very popular recently and so have the re-designing of movie posters in minimalist form. These poster designs by Christian have encompassed the barest possible design while still being able to let you recognize which story they represent.

You can view/follow more of Christian via the links below:

Before we get to the posters though, I wanted to share with you some of the questions I had a chance to ask Christian in a quick interview.

How old are you?

Just turned 31 on September 15th.

What made you want to become a Graphic Designer?

I grew up in a very creative home. I’ve illustrated all my life. However my brain is just as much technical as it is creative. The organization of design really appealed to me, and it was a way to make my creativity lucrative and inevitably do what I love for the rest of my life – create!

What University(s) did you attend and what is your degree in?

Ha! No universities, just a terrible technical school that I don’t want to credit by even mentioning its name. I got my degree in print design, but now I work in interactive. Outside the basic fundamentals of design, I’m completely self-taught.

Where did you land your first Design related job?

Well I did small design jobs here and there on the side of a lame full-time job for years, but my first official full-time design gig was with VSA Partners.

Tell us a little about Sinch Art & Design:

Sinch started in 2007. Back then it was known as Square Inch Design. It’s my freelance alias for art and design. Online it’s a place where I post my latest work whether it’s a new art print for sale or a new interface for a client, and I also share a plethora of inspiration from other designers on my blog.

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

Spare time? What’s that? My time is always filled with something if it’s not client work, then it’s personal side projects, like the children’s book I’m currently illustrating (http://imaginemaggie.com). And when I’m not working I have two, tiny, crazy, little girls that keep me plenty of busy… and entertained.

Who/Where do you draw your inspiration from?

There is a thriving design community out there, which of course you already know. You’re blog in a great part of it. I’m plugged in all the time. Design in constantly in my vision. And though I draw a lot of inspiration from it, I’d have to say that my biggest source of inspiration is derived from ugliness. Things that are poorly designed really get my creative mojo going. I can’t help but try and come up with ways to make it better.

What does your office look like?

It’s the exact opposite of inspiring, which is just how I like it. I put a small desk in the corner of my loft. It has wonderful light and that’s all I need. I freelance and most of my creative thinking happens away from my desk. If I’m at my computer I’m working. So, the fewer distracting frills the better.

What design tools/software do you use?

I tend to stick to Photoshop and Illustrator for my design work. There aren’t very many print jobs these days so InDesign remains neglected which is just the way I like it. I also do a lot of illustration work, and for the digital stuff there is nothing better the Sketchbook Pro. It’s the most real-to-life drawing and painting app I’ve ever used. Hardware wise, I’m still rockin’ my iMac from 2009, and a Bamboo Wacom Tablet from 2007. You don’t need the latest tools to do the job right I guess.

Chrome, Firefox, or Safari?

It use to be Chrome across the board but since iOS 7 I’m diggin’ Safari on mobile and I keep Chrome for my desktop.

What are some of your future goals as a Graphic Designer?

To not be one… or at least not in the traditional sense. The only downside to my job is having clients, and if any of my clients are reading this right now, well… it’s true and I’m not sorry. I love designing, and I love creating things. My ultimate goal is to do it at my own discretion without the restrictions of what the client wants. I want to use my design abilities as an art-form and make things based on my own interests and inspirations. If people like it and want to buy it, then great! No client strings attached. It’s selfish and far fetched I know, but the heart wants what it wants.

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Now the fun part, his graphic design project! Here are just a few of the classic children’s stories posters by Christian, you can view all of them on his website here. These children story posters were done using the minimalist approach. You can also order any of these from Christian’s website to be put on a poster, iPhone case, T-Shirt, card, pillow, and more.

Goldilocks & The Three Bears

Goldilocks & The Three Bears Poster by Christian Jackson

The Wizard of Oz

The Wizard of Oz Poster by Christian Jackson

Pinocchio

Pinocchio Poster by Christian Jackson

Rapunzel

Rapunzel Poster by Christian Jackson

Little Red Riding Hood

Little Red Riding Hood Poster by Christian Jackson

Snow White

Snow White Poster by Christian Jackson

The Three Little Pigs

The Three Little Pigs Poster by Christian Jackson

Beauty & The Beast

Beauty & The Beast Poster by Christian Jackson

Cinderella

Cinderella Poster by Christian Jackson

Jack & The Beanstalk

Jack and the Beanstalk Poster by Christian Jackson

Chicken Little

Chicken Little Poster by Christian Jackson

Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland Poster by Christian Jackson

14 Flat Free WordPress Themes

14 Flat Free WordPress Themes

The age of flat design is among us, everywhere you look companies are re-branding and re-designing to stay with this trend. Although some consider the trend of flat design to be overrated and overused, I believe it is one of the few trends that needs to be used more. Flat design isn’t just about the color or the non-beveled look, it’s about usability and drawing the users focus to what matters.

That said, having a website that is clean and user friendly is a must. Most people aren’t fortunate enough to be able to afford for someone to build them a flat website or decent looking trendy website though. That is why I’ve put together this collection of flat WordPress themes that are all completely free, so all users have to do is upload one of these themes to their WordPress site and they’re now trendy :). All of these themes have two things in common, they encompass the flat design trend and they’re modern looking.

1. Revera by Fab Themes

One of my favorite themes in this list, revera utilizes a large homepage image slider to showcase posts. This theme sticks with the simplicity all around and shows off the 4 latest portfolio items and the 4 latest blog posts in sections below the slider.

Revera WordPress Theme by Fab Themes

2. Duena by Duena Studio

Duena utilizes some beautiful typography along with flat design elements and bright colors. This theme is perfect for personal blogs, it includes a homepage slider and is fully responsive.

Duena WordPress Theme by Duena Studio

3. Current by Site Origin

An extremely minimal and flat theme, Current is a great theme to help you show off your creative work in simple fashion. This is great blank canvas for developers and designers to build off of.

Current WordPress Theme by Site Origin

4. BirdFLAT by sysbird

BirdFlat is a very simple flat theme that is built in a pinterest style layout. This theme is fully responsive and is perfect for showing off your images.

BirdFLAT WordPress Theme by sysbird

5. Fizz by Site5 Themes

Fizz is the prefect example of modern and flat mixed together. One thing that stands out on this theme is the horizontal image slider on the homepage. This theme is fully responsive and great for a corporate style or business website.

Fizz WordPress Theme by Site5 Themes

6. Time by Site5 Themes

Beautiful and simple, Time is a great theme to use for a personal portfolio and blog. Time is a fully responsive WordPress theme and is widget ready.

Time WordPress Theme by Site5 Themes

7. Oceanus by Fab Themes

Oceanus is a great flat WordPress theme to use for a news style blog. It comes with a jQuery style slider on the homepage that displays a title and featured images from a selected category.

Oceanus WordPress Theme by Fab Themes

8. Mordor by Fab Themes

Mordor is a great visual theme that focuses on imagery and a very minimal and flat design. This theme is sidebar widget ready and includes a full width homepage jQuery image slider.

Mordor WordPress Theme by Fab Themes

9. Helix by Fab Themes

Helix focuses on a full screen slider and has a flat style menu on the left side of the theme. The blog setup on this theme is beautiful and it’s perfect for a personal portfolio style blog.

Helix WordPress Theme by Fab Themes

10. Garvan by Fab Themes

Garvan is a great news and online magazine style theme for any kind of blog. Garman focuses a flat design in a very minimal aspect.

Garvan WordPress Theme by Fab Themes

11. Binary by Fab Themes

Binary is a blog style WordPress theme that utilizes a widgetized left sidebar. Blog posts include featured images and excerpts on the homepage.

Binary WordPress Theme by Fab Themes

12. Virtue by Kadence Themes

Virtue is a minimal and flat style theme perfect for ecommerce websites. This theme is fully responsive and Woocommerce ready, it is also retina ready. The homepage features a large image slider, a featured projects section, as well as a latest blog posts section.

Virtue WordPress Theme by Kadence Themes

13. My Flatonica by myThemes

Flatonica is a fully responsive, very simple, full width, and flat style WordPress theme from myThemes. This theme supports custom background images, colors, logo, and favicon so you can easily manipulate it to your personal style.

My Flatonica WordPress Theme by myThemes

14. Pelican by Fab Themes

Pelican is a WordPress theme that is image focused. It’s flat style and large typography help to catch visitors attention. My favorite part about this theme is the hover effect on the images, each blog post’s featured image displays the title and read more button that folds from the left on hover, a very cool effect. This theme contains sidebar and footer widget areas.

Pelican WordPress Theme by Fab Themes