How to Design a Popup Business Card Step by Step

Inspire employers with a memorable popup business card.

Marivi Garrido Bianchini's business cardMarivi Garrido Bianchini's popout (or popup) business card design was featured in 125+ Creative Business Card Designs That Make You Unforgettable.

In this guest post, she explains her design process.

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I was born in Barcelona, Spain (1949) and at the age of three emigrated with my parents to Argentina where I ultimately obtained a degree of Architecture and Urbanism, and I also became a Math teacher.

During my teaching days, while looking for new practical and pleasant methods for my classes, I discovered Origamic Architecture.

  • Origamic Architecture: “the three-dimensional reproduction of architecture, geometric patterns, everyday objects, or other images, on various scales, using cut-out and folded paper” – Wikipedia

Since that moment, designing popup books and cards became my passion.

My business card is a pop-up design that I designed for a big exhibition at the Alcazar de Toledo (Spain) about Don Quixote. I think that it represents my business very well.

I thought that it could be interesting to write a few words about the design process I follow, in this case, designing a pop-up book.
pencil drawing

Step 1

Make a pencil drawing with a view to decide:

  • the scale of the work
  • its position in the base sheet
  • if any other pop-up object will accompany the main subject
  • which type of mechanism or movements would work well for each spread

 

 

Step 2

pieces on computerOnce the pencil sketch is approved e.g. by the client, I go on with the most technical aspect of the work, which is to transfer the idea to a set of pieces interlocked with one another.

I make a drawing of each piece on my computer with AutoCad or Adobe Illustrator.

Each part is like a watch piece that must be adjusted accurately in its place so that the entire mechanism works.

This stage is based more on geometrical properties rather than on the artistic inspiration.

 

 

 

Step 3

when it is a building interlocking pieces

I don’t design a whole building in the first stage.

Rather, I start by looking into the characteristic features that define it, and draw them into the pieces.

Then I print, cut and assemble the pieces to study and see if they will serve the purpose.

 

 

Step 4

book published
This is the adjustment stage where I take the first prototype and start making corrections, going back to the design of the pieces to modify them.

I print, cut and assemble them again as much as necessary until I get the result that I like best and am prepared to publish.

 

 

 

Different formats

The Miniature books are entirely my own creation from the very inception of the idea until its production.

Once I select a subject for the book I imagine the more convenient pop-ups and that will also determine the format, i.e. if it will be designed in the sliceform system like Vic's Cathedral or if it will be a carousel type as in “A.Gaudi” with 5 buildings to be unfolded as a 5-pointed star:

miniature book gaudi carouselminiature book vic's cathedral

The books can also be designed in the accordion system such as the “Illustrated Architecture Glossary” or finally, one 90º pop-up or single pieces interlocked such as in the “Four Seasons” book:

illustrated architecture glossaryFour Seasons

About the Author

marivi garrido portraitMarivi Garrido Bianchini has published 4 regular pop-up books and more than 25 miniature books and participated in many international exhibitions around the world starting in 2001 with the American Craft Museum in New York. Visit her website and her miniature book gallery on Flickr.

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Heather Krasna says

Wow. That’s all I can say. Just, wow.

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Danielle McGaw says

Wow Marivi – this is insane! I can’t imagine how unforgettable you would be with a business card like that! Very impressive idea. I can’t say that I would ever have the patience to do this myself (I’m just not that artsy) but I give props to anyone that does!

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vanesa says

just incredible, you are an artist

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Jose says

Excelent

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Ingrid says

Dear Marivi, friend, co-author and colleague, you know I think the world of your designing skills, you are an amazing designer and your work always touches me. All best, Ingrid.

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Alejandro Pérez says

Son excelentes tus trabajos en papel!! Espero ver muchos mas. Te envio un abrazo!

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Eduardo Juillerat says

Tarea ardua pero excelente, muy buen trabajo.

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Raquel Mateos says

Excellent!!!
Mariví, I love jour job and it is fantastic the way you share it with every body.
Thabk you and congratulations.

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TA says

WOW Marivi you excelled again. Everything is beautiful and I shared it on my Facebook and now going to share it on my blog also.

Love and Hugs
TA

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Norma Pignocchi says

Marivì Garrido es una extraordinaria artista. Tiene magia en sus manos. Su finura, sus detalles, el gusto por conviar colores y texturas. Realmente son manos mágicas. Adelante, ya sos màs que una artista que perduraras por siempre. Norma

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Carolina says

Hola Mariví, siempre haciendo cosas tan lindas ¡¡¡Muy buena la idea de las tarjetas personales pop-up!!!

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Okee Orikirigami says

Hola! Wonderful how your business card captures your craft, heritage AND sense of classic literature!

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Cathy Gerzina says

Loved the idea. It is sure to make a memorable impression.

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Lin Stanley says

How wonderful your work is Mariva. What an art you have to share with others.

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Frances G says

Thank you Marivi for sharing your creative ideas. I know these bring joy to anyone receiving them.

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Hamid Zadeh says

Dear Marivi,
As a colleague I have always admired your skill and abilities for creation of your artwork. Wish you lots of success and looking forward for your new book.

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Conny says

Hola Marivi, siempre quedaré anonadada con tus diseños, te he considerado siempre una gran maestra y sorprendente artista. No tengo palabras para poder decirte lo excepcional que eres para mí, haz sido y seguirás siendo mi motivación para algún día no muy lejano seguir tus pasos. Un abrazo bien fuerte.

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stephanie says

Marivi, thank you for the ideas!

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alice says

Dear Marivi,
Wow is right! Thank you for the creativity you inspire! Your pop up
creations are brilliant! I love your work and look forward to seeing what you will master next.

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Tamara says

Nice article and beautiful job! I ‘m a fan of your talent and creativity! Thank u much!

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Carmen says

Mariví, what you’re doing is just great! You’re very talented and I’m a huge fan since I met you.

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Edo J. says

Very nice tutorial how we like to do a amazing popup business card.

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Kate says

I get greeting cards at the holidays using these principles.

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