Published at Wednesday, 27 November 2019. Business Card. By Georgitte Schmitt.
Trade Cards – Businessmen soon adopted the social convention for their professional needs, and recognised the potential for advertising their wares and services as well as letting people know where they were. At the time newspapers were limited in their circulation and printing techniques, so no other form of mass advertising was available. By printing a basic map of how to find the shop or business on the cards, they also became the earliest from of business directory. As printing techniques improved through the 18th and 19th centuries, so did the sophistication of trade cards, with ever improving colour and graphic designs, and Trade card production became a major printing industry in its own right. The improvements in printing, however, in turn led to the demise of the trade card. As newspapers and magazines with colours and pictures became cheaper and viable as mass media, they became a much more attractive place for advertising products and services, and by the end of the 19th century trade cards had virtually disappeared. The development of the telephone and changing social attitudes had much the same effect on calling cards with their use also falling out of fashion.
It is a fine summer morning and you are in a happy mood. You have just returned from a long and important overseas business trip and you have attended a number of seminars and exhibitions. As you sit down with a cup of coffee your secretary enters and hands you a stiff piece of rectangular paper. She announces that a well-dressed man had come to meet you regarding an important business deal and had left behind his business card. As you glance through the card, you are impressed by the quality of the board used to make the card. What strikes you is the superb color combination the logo and the lettering of the card uses. Your eyes are riveted to the same and you just cannot take them away.
Be Unconventional – Modern Business Card printing means the designs and colours available are virtually unlimited. You must have the relevant details on the cards and you are limited by the standard size, but beyond that, you can be as creative as you like. It's not necessary to be frivolous or outrageous to be unconventional, just use colour and design effectively. If you don't have a flair for graphics, then employ the talents of a professional. If your budget won't stretch to hiring in talent, then spend time looking at examples on the internet. If you type in a query to a search engine you'll find thousands of examples to inspire you, and it is well worth a day or so of your time to get this right. Once you find a design or a picture you want to use, don't be shy of spending a little money if need be to acquire it.
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