So you have decided you want business cards and you knów you want them printed on elephant poo paper. Awesome. Just one small problem… You do not have a design just yet. We got you covered! In this blogpost we’ll share with you the most important tips for designing business cards. They mainly apply for elephant poo paper business cards specifically but some of the tips are useful for getting business cards made in general!
Think of the tips here as some ground rules (although some are optional as you will see in the post). Enjoy:
Use our InDesign Template!
An often made mistake is that people do not check the upload specifications of the company they want to order from before they start designing. Every printing company can be different in their specifications so its important to know what your printing company requires. Our template (which can be found in the FAQ, right here) helps you to see where the bleed and crop marks on your business cards will be, so you don’t risk the chance of an important feature on your business card not ending up on the final result because it got cut, literally…
Leave a lot of whitespace.
This is not a rule or must, but we do highly recommend this! Elephant poo paper is so special because of its details. It’s clear to see that its handmade and you can even see the fibers and twigs in the paper. If you cover this up with big chunks of (especially dark) colors, you will loose these details, that’s what makes it so special!
Don’t use tiny details.
Like explained in the previous point, there’s small twigs etc. visible in the paper. Imagine you put your phone number on the card design in a tiny font, like font size 8, and a twig happens to be positioned right on top of one of the digits of your phone number… You will not be able to read it! We recommend not to use a font size smaller than 10, preferably 12. But this also depends on the font of course!
Only write down the essentials.
Tying in with the previous point (since you cannot use font 6 and write your life story on the card), only put the most important stuff on your card. A business card is meant for two things: make sure the receiver can contact you and leave an impression. The latter is taken care of by the choice of paper ;-). But the contacting part? Well, do your prefer getting emails? Only put your emailadress on the card, not your phone number. Is your main goal to get people to see the products on your website? Just put your website address on your card. Keep it simple and decide what your call to action is going to be!
I hope these tips for designing business cards were helpful for you! Next week I’ll upload a post with actual design examples for you to draw inspiration from.
Unfortunately we do not offer printing business cards via us anymore. However you can order our 250gsm paper, which is the perfect thickness for Business cards. You can use this in your own printer, or for bigger quantities we recommend you bring it to a local printshop! Good luck.