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These business cards are money and they don’t even know it! José Ernesto Rodríguez’s business cards, which are stamped onto expired Nicaraguan bills, are certain to make a memorable impression, and carrying them around in your wallet will only add authenticity. 




Quantity Produced

150 Business Cards
1,000 Letterheads

Production Cost


Production Time

1 semester

Dimensions (Width × Height × Depth)

4 × 1.5 in

Page Count

Paper Stock

Real Nicaraguan expired bills90g Offset white

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Project Description

My goal was to create a very personal corporate design. Since I have just completed my graphic design studies, my contact info will change constantly over the next few years. Therefore I created a letterhead and a business card that can be updated easily and cheaply. For the business card I've used old and expired bills from my fatherland Nicaragua. The latest contact info is then applied with a stamp. I pre-printed the letterhead without information. The address, the sender, the customer data etc. is written on the back of the letterhead, so the front only has the pure text. The concept of the logo emerged at the beginning when I built a stamp with letters.

Production Lesson(s)

A bold typeface was necessary to make the information on the small stamp readable. The acrylic paint and stamp ink need at least one day each to dry properly. Printing and testing the letterhead a few more times before sending it to the printer would have saved me a bit of money and the test print.”

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Duncan Robertson

Former intern at UnderConsideration LLC.

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Date Published

April 2, 2013


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