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7 Professional Design Tips for Printing Business Cards

Read time: 4 minutes  |  Author: PRI Graphics  |  Posted: July 27th, 2023

Elevate Your Business Brand with Updated Business Card Design Tips

In the dynamic world of business, first impressions are everything. A well-designed business card can serve as the ideal handshake, offering a professional, memorable introduction to your brand. At PRI Graphics, we specialize in creating eye-catching business cards that make a strong statement.

Here, we offer you seven design rules that blend traditional wisdom with recent trends in creating business cards.

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1. Add a Personal Touch with a Photograph

Amidst the escalating shift towards digital, personalizing your business card is crucial. While your business card might be remembered shortly after a one-on-one meeting, over time, the recollection of you and your brand might fade. An effective way to strengthen this link is by incorporating a professional photograph. A picture does speak a thousand words and attaching your photo to your business card helps forge a long-lasting connection between you and your card.

2. Embrace Minimalism for Maximal Impact

Overloading your business card with information can make it overwhelming and ineffective. Rather than turning your card into a mini-resume, think of it as a concise, visual elevator pitch. An efficient business card provides just the essential information: who you are, what you do, and how to reach you. A minimalist approach gives your card a clean, modern look, enhancing its readability and impact.

3. Highlight Crucial Information

Your business card should act as a gateway to your brand. It should clearly state your name, role, and contact information. Additional details like your brand logo and business name reinforce your brand identity. Additionally, sharing only the most pertinent information on your card can create a more effective connection. More comprehensive information about you and your business can be shared on your website or social media platforms.

4. Prioritize Readability in Design

While it’s tempting to use unique and fancy fonts, readability should be paramount in your business card design. Choose fonts that are easy to read and large enough to be legible without straining the eyes. The easier your card is to read at a glance, the more effective it is in communicating your core information.

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5. Experiment with Unique Finishes

Adding unique finishes to your business card can make it stand out in a crowd. Some modern trends include printing on both sides, using the card as an appointment reminder, or adding embellishments like rounded corners, embossing, or foil applications. Remember to align these design elements with your brand and industry, and ensure the card remains a standard size for easy storage. As an example, standard business card sizing is typically 3.5″ wide by 2″ tall.

6. Always Keep a Stockpile

With remote work and frequent travel becoming the norm, having a stack of business cards on hand is crucial. Running out of cards when meeting potential clients or networking partners is a missed opportunity. At the same time, avoid printing excessive quantities that may become outdated or irrelevant, leading to waste. Consider using on-demand printing services, like PRI Graphics, to maintain a fresh, updated supply of cards.

7. Maintain Professional Print Quality

With the rise of DIY business card templates, it might be tempting to print your cards at home. However, nothing compares to the professional quality that a dedicated print shop can provide. Investing in high-quality printing underscores your professionalism and commitment to your brand, making a significant difference in the perceived value of your business card.

Rethinking Business Card Design

While business cards may seem like small pieces of paper, they are powerful tools that embody your professional identity and brand personality. As such, it’s essential to ensure your card is not only professional but also relevant and appropriate for your industry. For more inspiration and ideas, check out our article on Business Stationary Trends and this helpful post on How to Design Good Business Cards.

Reach out to PRI Graphics at 1-877-409-8889. Let’s work together to make your business cards distinct and memorable, helping you leave a lasting impression.

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About the Author

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PRI Graphics – Director, Marketing & Brand Management

PRI Graphics is a marketing and design expert who is passionate about new emerging trends in digital media and business strategy. A member of AMA with a PCM® in marketing management, he continues to strengthen his knowledge and skill sets in the marketing ecosystem. Prior to joining PRI, he pursued a career in filmmaking and carries on the passion for brand development.