David Airey is an independent graphic designer working with companies of all sizes since 2005.

American Psycho business card

“Look at that subtle off-white colouring.
The tasteful thickness of it.
Oh my God, it even has a watermark.”

A classic scene from Mary Harron’s American Psycho, where Bateman and his co-workers pit their business cards against each other, debating the merits of bone, eggshell, and off-white.

Embedded above, or watch on YouTube.

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29 comments about “American Psycho business card”

  1. That was cool.

    Don’t think the hobo appreciated it afterwards though :shock:

  2. That was funny!

    Nice business cards David,I like the curved edge!

  3. Thanks for the business card flickr link, didn’t know this existed. The video is perfect ha.

  4. OK Brett – watch yourself. You’re complimenting another man on his curves. Could spell trouble for either of you.

    By coincidence I Stumbled upon the Creative Bits piece last night as well. Good stuff.

  5. Is definitely in my top 10 movie scenes from the past 10 years…

  6. The hobo, Chris?

    Thanks for the compliment Brett. I’ve been working out.

    Scot, where’s that Flickr link you mentioned? Am I being an idiot?

  7. That was indeed an AWESOME clip…
    allthough over the top… amazing.

  8. Good video, but that card design link was astounding! The flickr pool from where they got the samples is the same!

    Perfect timing too, as I’ve only got 11 of my previous cards left! :)

  9. I love this scene! One of my all-time favorite movies.

  10. Lol that video is great! I totally forgot about it.

  11. Thanks for the link to the business cards… I always need things to look at for inspiration, as you can only browse through CSS Mania so much!

  12. When I ask my flatemate did here like my new business card? He replied “It’s hardly bone”.

    What do you think about flickr moo cards?

  13. Paul, it’d be good to see your current card. Perhaps a blog post?

    Terinea, I wasn’t familiar with Flickr moo cards, so had a look. Seems pretty automated. What’s your take?

  14. your business card looks good. its an eye catch as well! its simple, not too much words :)

  15. Sad…but you gotta love it!

    I think day-by-day, you’re turning 575+ people into freaks! ;)

  16. “It’d be good to see what your current card is like. Perhaps a blog post?”

    Not really worth it! My last set of cards were printed plain black on good quality stock – to fit it with the ‘simple is better’ campaign that I was running at the time!

    However, if you want a peek at cards I’ve designed (albeit nothing as fancy as those on the link above) then there’s one here:

    Business card design.

    and I’ll be posting about my latest design work for Britster next week – so the card designs for that will be included.

  17. Good one David.

  18. I have to say that I totally agree with you. There are so many people that end up getting ridiculous about business. I hope that I don’t go crazy to the point where I start killing people like Mr. Bale did. :) Why didn’t this movie get any awards?

  19. Great video, I really enjoyed watching. Thanks for posting it, David.

  20. Haha. It’s been years since I’ve seen that movie. It’s neat to get a fresh perspective on an old movie. I forgot about that scene completely. Thanks for sharing!

  21. You know I would have never thought a post about a business card would have interested me.

    But your card is actually very nice. CLassy, clean, clever.

    Good work

  22. Armen,

    Freaks?! That’s a bit harsh. I prefer American Psychos.

    Paul,

    Interesting to see your designs. I look forward to your next instalment.

    Marc,

    Many thanks for the compliment. I’m glad you like it.

  23. Found your website through your post about SEO and Edinburgh Graphic Design. It was a good read so I came back for more and I had to comment on American Psycho. Underated movie with Christian Bale (who was underated at that time too.) That scene always stuck out in my mind. Love it when he freakz about the watermark near the end.

    Anyways… I will be moving my site over to wordpress soon so I might get into bloggin a bit more.

    Cheers

  24. Kleck,

    It’s good to know there’s something of interest for you on my blog. I hope the switch to WordPress goes (went) well for you.

  25. OH MY GOSH I love that scene from American Psycho. lol now every time i see a card i think of it lol, and i wonder “do people really do this?” “so what’s currently in now?” lol

  26. I laughed at this so much because I’m a graphic design undergrad and I can kind of feel his pain.

  27. I want the business card holder from Timothy Bryce

  28. I prefer American Psychos.I laughed at this so much because I’m a graphic design undergrad and I can kind of feel his pain.

  29. How can I get my hands on a business card that looks just like this and is not too expensive?

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