A proper name card is important for professionals, especially in business. It is a way to appropriately introduce yourself to colleagues, potential customers, and more people that may benefit you in your line of work. If you haven’t gotten yourself a stack of name cards, then you should really consider printing name cards for you immediately. But don’t do it in a rush. Design your name card the best way possible and print it in high quality. If you are unsure of how to do that, here are some handy tips that might help you out.
1. Stick to the Basic Design Principles
Sure, you want a name card that stands out. But never forget about the basics so that you can be sure to get a high-quality name card. Always remember the basics first, and then, later on, you can decorate your name card to make it look more interesting. The fundamentals of designing a name card are:
– 300 dpi
This resolution is the best for high-quality printing, so make sure that the settings in your design software are in that ideal resolution. If you design in a resolution less than 300 dpi, then it’s likely that the design that you make will appear pixelated.
– Design typography
The name card that you design should be able to provide information through text easily, so that means the content of the name card should be able to be read and understood by anyone who reads it. It is important to choose the right typography to ensure the legibility of the name card so that it can be one that effectively delivers information.
– Design close to the center
Designing the content or elements of your name card closer to the center is important to make sure that nothing gets cut off or trimmed during the cutting process. Keep everything at the very least 5 millimeters away from the edges, especially the important copy of the name card design.
2. Empty Space
A name card doesn’t have much available space for everything that you want to put in there. So make sure that you only include the most important information and omit ones that are not. Make a design that appears simple and clean by making empty space available between the elements in the design of the name card so that it does not look cluttered or stuffed. If you absolutely need to include more information than the basic ones, then try to utilize the other side of the paper instead of trying to fit everything on one side.
3. Choose the Right Finish
In printing shops, there are various finishes options that you can choose to be added after the name card printing process. These finishes can make your name card look a lot better. Some can even make it more durable. Many people at the very least choose to coat their name cards or laminate them for extra protection. Some others prefer to emboss, die-cut, or add fold for their name cards so that more information can be added onto it. Whatever the type of finish that you choose, just make sure that it is appropriate and suitable for the design, and most importantly make sure that it fits your budgets for the production.