Many people undervalue the prospect of having a premium business card when they’re trying to advance their professional careers. It is essential to have a business card design that correctly projects the image that you want your company or personal brand to stand for.
Think of your card as the one tie this potential customer will have with your company. You want them to remember you, not discard you.
There are different stylistic avenues that people take when they’re trying to design the perfect card. Each is different, which means each one should be different too. They’re like the snowflakes of the business world! We offer a large selection of printing options and features to create for you a one-of-a-kind custom business card.
Below are some helpful business card design tips you should keep in mind during the design process.
Keep The Design Simple
Remember that saying from the 5th grade, “KISS”? Well, that philosophy applies here too. Stick to the bare minimum of information. Doing this is useful for two reasons. It makes your card easier to read, and it makes the information on your card much easier to remember for those you network with.
What phone number do you want people to reach you on? Most of the time it isn’t necessary to include your cell, office, direct line, and fax number all on one card. Pick one or two that are the most important and only include those. Another thing to think about is social media icons. Just placing the symbols by themselves is usually enough to tell people where to find you on social. It isn’t necessary to type out your handles for each site.
Just seeing the icon tells people you are on Twitter, so they can enter your name into the search to find you easily, without cluttering up your card. Lastly, try to stick to one, maybe two fonts. Putting any more than that will make them hard to read and will look too busy.
Business Card Sizes
What is the standard business card size? When people think of the sizes, there is a typical size that comes to mind: 3.5″ x 2”. Why not make your card stand out among their stack with an unusual size? The European size is growing popularity in the states (3.375” x 1.125″) or try a square card. We can print 2″ x 2″ business card or 2.5″ x 2.5″ – both options help you to be a little different than the competition. Selecting the best business card size can help create a great impression.
Utilize your Space
People make the mistake of putting a lot of additional information all on one side when in truth, a two-sided card is the same price as a one, so why not use it! I always think of the second side as a book cover. It gives you a little taste of what you will find on the other side. Even if you only include your logo, it’s an excellent way to introduce yourself. If you have a lot of contact information that needs to be added on the other side, maybe separate it out by putting your web address &/or physical address with the logo on one side.
And if your logo is significant on the one side, you can either exclude it or make much smaller on the contact information side. This will help free up space and make the card less cluttered.
Match your Paper to your Business
Not sure which stock to select? It can be challenging as there is a lot of different stock to choose from. Each one is unique and can help tell your story; so, pick one that best fits your business. If you are an organic snack company, I wouldn’t recommend you order a plastic or glossy card. Go for an uncoated paper, such as The ModCard, painted edge business card, or linen. These papers will help sell the natural, organic feeling you represent. Learn more about which card stock is best for your print job; Coated vs. Uncoated card stock.
I had a customer that sold light screens, and he chose a 20PT frosted plastic card. The card type was perfect for him because it reinforced the idea of light shining through his screens. A clothing company may want to look at the velvet laminated cards because this soft-touch card can remind someone how their fabric may feel.
With so many different options, you can appeal to the senses of touch and sight at the same time. The above are four great ways to ensure that you have a practical and professional-looking card. The main things to adhere to are using the right size for you and your business and not overdoing the design. Designing your business cards can be tricky. A simple card with minimal information is much more effective than one that offers an abundance of information.
Still, have questions about your design? Feel free to contact us. We also have on-staff designers that can assist in getting you the perfect design. To get started and learn more about our design services, please click here.