Published at Wednesday, 27 November 2019. Business Card. By Chantal Chatelain.
Simple cards. A simple card is generally printed in black ink on plain white or cream stock. This is an excellent style to select when utility is perhaps all you will need. It's really a no-nonsense approach that could catch the attention of clients and prospects that would not necessarily surprised by fancy design features-the folks who want ”just the main points, ma'am.” The design and style is simple, and the information and facts are concise and clear.
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.
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.
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