We exhibited at CEDIA this year, which meant tons of meetings and tons of business cards. We are big fans of good design and thought it would be fun to put together a top 10 list. Based on the hundreds of business cards we collected, here are our top 10:
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1. AudioDave — It’s easy to try too hard when it comes to plastic business cards. That said, David Nakayama from AudioDave has a great balance. His company color is orange, which is the only saturated color here. There’s a fun ripple effect on the top and readability is easy. The only downside is the ability to write a note on this card, but it’s definitely memorable!
2. John Gracyalny — John is with Cities Market Studio and his card has a very unique look. With a hole-punch and detailing to make it look like a price tag, this card has beautiful detailing, stands out, and is easy to write notes on the back.
3. Carley K — It’s a little hard to see in the photo, but this card is thick and sturdy, has a great texture, and feels high-end. The logo grabs attention in the top right corner and only the necessary information hover adjacent in the bottom left. Carley is a digital lifestyle expert and you can see more about her at carleyk.com.
4. Michael Oltramare — The clean look of this card can only be from a tech founder in Switzerland (smarthome.ch). With Swiss precision, this simple yet stylish card has a strong brand, is effective, and has a great finish that’s hard to see but feels great when you touch the card.
5. Meridian — If you look really close you’ll see the beautiful detailed pattern in the entire face of this card. It’s high contrast, to the point, and exemplifies what the Meridian brand is all about.
6. Amazon Alexa — Dan Quigley on the Amazon Alexa team is deeply fascinated with hands-free and GUI-less products. His business card features full braille, a clean and unique look we have to applaud.
7. Roberto Gamba — Seeing this card in person, you wouldn’t be surprised to learn Roberto is from Milano. The card is thick and sturdy, has a beautiful texture, features bold black text and nothing unnecessary. Definitely one of the more beautiful cards we came across.
8. Johnnie & CO — We came across a surprisingly high number of plastic business cards, but this one from integrator Johnnie Sanchez has a distinct and clean look to it.
9. Jeff Wilson — Jeff’s company makes small living environments with high design. We love the architectural take on the front of his business card, and the clean logo on the back. The printing is high quality and for a simple white card, feels surprisingly delightful. Check out Kasita for more great design from Jeff and his team.
10. Pat Zakrajsek — If you visit Pat’s website, lightpad.com, you’ll find almost no information about this stealth startup. One thing you will see, however, is the clean design and eye for detail. His business card has a simple white face with clear and clean text, then a high contrast blueprint looking background that we can’t help but appreciate.
So there you have it, our top 10 business cards from CEDIA 2016. Keep an eye on this channel for more smart home, artificial intelligence, design, and startup related posts.