Published at Saturday, 04 May 2019. Business Card. By Nanette Mahieu.
A cluttered business card is as bad as one with too little information. Be very clear what information you need on the card, and keep to that. A nice graphic, your name, your role, a slogan and your contact details are all you need. Nothing else is necessary. If you try to crowd any more information on to the card two things will happen. First, the important information will become hard to see and, second, you will end up having to use such a small font that the card will become very hard to read. If all of these elements are incorporated, the business card will create a strong impression that sticks in the mind of the person who it was given to, and help make it the card that really stands out from the crowd.
Early Days – It all started in Europe in the 16th Century, probably in France, when gentlemen used playing cards to write notes on to each other, and such was the acceptance of playing card games as a gentlemanly pursuit that they were accepted as legally binding documents. The note could be an IOU for a debt, a promissory note for money or a business agreement, and were known as Bearer Cards in recognition of the fact that once the card was signed the bearer had a contract in his hand. In 17th Century France the cards then evolved into visiting cards, where they were used to pass general notes and act as general calling cards when gentlemen were out visiting friends and businesses. This evolved quickly in to a form of social etiquette for the gentry and well to do where, rather than just dropping in unannounced, a card was first presented by a servant to check when it would be convenient to actually call in person. The convention spread quickly throughout Europe and calling cards became firmly established as the way to introduce yourself and arrange meetings.
Round Corners: Round cornered cards are a variation of standard business cards. Once they are printed, a die cut creates round corners to give it a different shape. This can give your business card a softer feel than standard cards and is becoming a popular option for printing. Be prepared to pay a little extra for round corners, but it might be worth it to add a touch of personality to your business cards. Be sure to create your design with round corners in mind so that you do not cut off any of your information.
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