by Patrice Gibbons, Content & Project Manager
Business cards create an instant impression. In one quick glance they convey more about your business than you probably realise. The design, the finish, the way they feel – each element communicates a message about the quality and credibility of your brand.
So…what are your business cards saying about you?
The first step in creating a memorable business card is knowing your target audience. The second is being clear on the message you want to send.
Keeping your audience front of mind will ensure you make choices that appeal directly to them. Think about how they will use the card as well. A good example is not choosing a white card for an industry such as construction or mining, where chances of the card getting dirty when handled are high.
It is also important to think clearly about the brand message you want to communicate. How do you want this card to position your business? Are you sleek and professional, high-end luxury, or fun and accessible?
Once you’ve locked the key elements of audience and message down, it’s time to focus on the detail.
Here are 5 Top Tips to consider when designing your business card:
Your business card should always incorporate your brand colours. Don’t introduce design elements or colours that are not associated with your brand, apart from white. White can be used to create space and flow, as well as draw your attention to text and design elements.
2- PAPER STOCK
Confession time…I’m obsessed with the texture and weight of different paper stocks. Choosing the right stock is an easy way to create a business card that is instantly memorable. Different stocks feel different to touch. An uncoated stock has a raw, matt feel, while a glossy stock feels smooth to touch. Textured stocks create a tactical experience that can become a talking point. The rules are simple. Go for a paper stock that will appeal to your audience and that suits your brand. For example, a raw textured stock is a great option for a natural or organic brand.
This is where you think about shape, size and any special design features. While an unusual shape – such as a square or a card with rounded edges can be memorable – be careful not to make it impractical. The top tip is to make sure your business card fits easily into the card slots of a standard size wallet.
Adding a unique treatment to your business card can instantly add a level of professionalism and style. There are a wide range of treatments available from embossing and foiling, to varnishing and die cutting. While they come at a higher cost than a standard card, the impact is also superior.
Remember, your business card is the impression you leave in the hands of contacts and potential clients/customers. Make sure your card is sending the message you want to communicate to the world.