The big news is... LESS CARDS. I think a lot of people rely on the power of LinkedIn to connect up later. But I think this misses the point - half the time you can't remember the name of the other person to even look them up.
It does perhaps mean the job of a card has changed. It maybe doesn't need to carry all the different contact details it once used to - maybe your name and twitter (or linkedin account etc) is enough. So instead it should be about making sure you are remembered. Seems easy, but it isn't.
As such, the images below are mostly from the reverse of the card. The front, with contact details on, is mostly redudant as I mentioned above. The reverse is where it is at baby!
Here are some of my highlights...
Janice Day took the idea of 'blank space' and used it to her advantage. But she admitted she stole that idea from me.
Rosie Claverton's word cloud was striking. But this layout is perhaps becoming slightly over used - so don't go for this next year!
Liz wrote a little scene in courier font, which worked well.
But so did Andrew James Carter. Who probably did it better, but only because you read it later when you get home. And in fact Andrew was mentioned last year so is rapidly becoming king of the cards!