Word processing and desktop publishing packages allow our team at Pel Hughes to create eye catching content. While we have the software to produce professional and attention-grabbing print materials, it’s our fine-tuned experience that really impresses our clients. 

Aside from producing quality copy and the great design on your print materials, the next biggest hurdle is ensuring that the copy is readable. Many DIY marketers make common readability faux paus on printed materials that can look unprofessional, busy, and amateurish.  

Great flyers, direct mail, and brochures need an organized structure and layout with a clear typeface for optimal readability. Below we will provide some of our tried-and-true tips for developing great print materials for optimal readability.  

Keep typography simple 

Selecting one font family for your entire printed piece makes it easier for the eye to decipher when glancing across the page. Choose a font that has many different weights, sizes, and styles to use for headings, quotations, or to emphasize a particular section. Build variety playing with these variables instead of switching between multiple font families. Popular font families are Serif (which includes Times Roman) and Sans-Serif (which includes Helvetica) for producing crisp, clean, readable copy.  

Stay consistent 

Consistency will lend authority to the look of your piece and will become part of your branding for that particular item. Therefore, be sure that all of the headers look the same, including size and font type. The same goes for sub-headers and pull-quotes. This helps readers digest your materials because the content is clearly organized for their comprehension. 

Use upper and lower case 

Using standard upper and lower case letters make the wording easier for people to read. This format is also what readers are familiar with and expect to see. While you can use all capital letters for emphasis in rare cases, it is not a good idea for regular print. All capital letters for a block of text is cumbersome on the eyes. Moreover, there is a negative connotation with copy that is all capital letters as people find it aggressive and unprofessional.  

Keep lines short and add white space 

People tend to read three to four words per eye movement. It’s a good rule of thumb not to have your reader make more than two eye movements per line, so limit your lines to six to eight words. Space is always a concern with printed materials so it’s important to develop concise copy to make reading as easy as possible for your potential customers. Flyers, billboards, and posters will work best with short, bulleted points and plenty of white space. Using adequate white space increases readability by helping your eyes focus on the content.  

Use serifs 

Serifs are the little, extra strokes or flourishes at the end of the main strokes of a letter. They flow well from one letter to the next, reducing eye fatigue. Like the rest of our bodies, our eyes get tired when they have to do a lot of heavy lifting. Long printed documents such as books or sizable reports are easier to read when serif type fonts are used. 

If you’re concerned with readability, contact Pel Hughes. Our team has vast experience working with businesses of all sizes in a wide range of industries. We can help you develop compelling print pieces to win over customers and build your brand. Fill out a contact form or give us a call at (504) 486-8646

A business card is important in virtually any industry. A simple business card is your brand. It shows potential clients not only what you do, but also gives them a glimpse into the type of person you are, and what they can expect from your work. 

The importance of a distinctive and creative business card is even more vital for graphic designers, however. Indeed, the very card that you are showing is in essence a small sample of your actual work product. As opposed to, say, a lawyer or businessperson, whose cards are essentially all the same, a graphic designer’s card must stand out from a crowd. 

Now that we’ve established the importance of a unique card for graphic designers, let’s take a look at some of the most effective design ideas to ensure your card stands out from the pack. 

 

  • Images 

 

When people think of a business card they think of text. Typically, a card states your name, title, address, the company you work for, and some contact information (email, cell phone, etc.). If you want your card to be distinctive among a dozen others, give your audience exactly what they don’t expect. 

Especially in the graphic design world, which is mostly digital, all you really need is a website for your clients to check out your work. Spice up your card by incorporating an awesome image or collage of images that showcase your talent. Move away from text-heavy cards and make your card more of a work of art rather than a technical piece. 

 

  • Textures 

 

Have you ever gone to a networking event or reunion and walked away with a stack of business cards? Usually there are two problems: 1. they’re all the same size and generally use the same material, or 2. someone tried to get too fancy and made their card into a Swiss army knife or unicorn that jabs you in the chest after you slip it into your sports coat. 

Solution? Textures. By using different textures, such as foil stamping or a 3D texture, people can immediately spot your card from others and grab yours first. Even textured letterpresses can be quite effective.

 

  • White Space 

 

Another mistake designers make with their cards is trying too hard to be too creative. They’ll lambast their card with intricate fonts or stuff it with graphics so that any information is virtually impossible to read or understand.

Go with a different approach and use simplicity to your advantage. Cards that use white space (and no, it doesn’t literally have to be white) are eloquent and give a sense of simplicity that viewers will appreciate. 

 

  • Transparency 

 

In an industry that tries so hard to be prominent, transparent business cards allow you to be simple yet keep that modern touch. In addition to just being cool to look at (or look through), the transparent look deviates from the traditional paper card that everyone is all too accustomed to. 

To take this idea one step further, you make use plastics to make your card waterproof. While your competitors cards are ruined once a client accidentally spills water or their card, or drops it in the rain, yours will still be looking shiny and new. Moreover, plastic provides a nice medium weight in between flimsy paper and heavy metal. 

 

  • Smart Card

 

Our last recommendation for a distinctive business card is one that gained traction in 2019, and is sure to flourish in 2020: make it smart. Including your name, address, phone number, etc. is so 2000. It forces people to either keep your card forever, or go through the painstaking effort of writing your contact information down and praying they never lose it. Don’t make your client work! 

By putting a QR code on your card your client can easily scan the card, and all of your information will automatically populate in their phone. Today, most business card makers allow for this option. Take advantage and make it easier for people that want your information, but don’t want to have to carry around a business card for the next few years. 

Step into the next decade with a modern card that not only shows your technologically-savvy, but also willing to take the leg work out of tasks for your client. Get smart. 

The practice of graphic design is one that is in constant flux. Although there are major elements that drive change every few years or so, industry trends often fluctuate year-to-year, or even month-to-month. 

However, there are a few trends that have transformed the practice altogether, and it’s minor alterations of these trends that designers focus throughout their career. From the introduction of color schemes, to the introduction of sound, to the influence of technology, graphic design has been influenced by a handful of significant changes. In this article, we discuss the four major changes that have shaped the industry. 

 

  • Color 

 

Although it can be argued that graphic design has been around for centuries or even millennia (think the Rosetta stone of 136 B.C. or newspaper design in the 1700’s), it wasn’t until the late 19th century that graphic design began to separate itself as a stand-alone practice. In the 1960’s, it really began to take off when then-Yale professor Josef Albers formed the basis of modern art educations of the twentieth century. 

Albers book, Interaction of Colour, posed a theory that color in design changes in direct relation to its surroundings. Color produces deceptive and unpredictable effects, which allow viewers to engage in a dynamic relationship with two-dimensional space. The way graphic designers use color today is largely based on the ideas and theories put forth by Alder nearly half a century ago. Although it may seem obvious, the impact color has had on graphic design is one of the most significant and substantial trends of the industry. 

 

  • Motion 

 

In taking some of the theories put forth on the use of color, graphic designers over the past few decades began to expand on the notion that audiences can engage with pieces on a deeper level. While color produces subjective effects based on objective surroundings, motion takes this a step further. 

Any believe that motion graphics are as important as typography, and the trend shaped modern graphic design. Pieces of animation or digital footage can create the illusion of motion and provide another way for viewers to engage with the piece. Motion has taken on a more significant role as it’s combined with many technological features that are available today, including audio. 

 

  • Audio

 

When most people think of graphic design, they think of an image on a canvas or a well done website. Sound is usually not one of the main factors. However, when you consider graphic design as a whole, many of the best websites, for example, include some sort of audio dimension. Similar to color and motion, audio provides yet another way for the viewer to connect with the final product. 

What’s more, viewers may not even realized the impact that audio has on their viewing experience. Take a few brand logos for example. If you were to look Intel’s logo, it’s fairly bland. However, the audio that’s associated with it launches viewers into a completely different dimension. Or the iconic “BWWAAHHHH” sound of THX. It may be subtle, but the introduction of audio into graphic design should not be understated. 

 

  • Technology 

 

Of course, what would this article be if we didn’t mention technology? Yes, technology itself is a broad category that can include everything from color, to motion, to audio, to 3D and virtual reality. But it’s technology that is the basis of practically every significant achievement in the field of graphic design, and as we get into a new decade, there’s no telling where technology will take designers in the future. 

While technology gave designers the ability to incorporate motion or audio into their pieces, computers today allow them to create three dimensional portals for the audience to step into, or use sensory design to mimic the phenomenon synesthesia (tasting sounds or hearing colors). 

Color, motion and audio were undoubtable three of the most impactful trends on graphic design today. And while technology helped establish these trends, the technology we have at our disposal today will produce some of the most amazing developments in graphic design we have ever witnessed. Buckle up!

A logo can be one of the most important features of any business. A logo is what your business stands for, it’s how you show yourself to the world, and perhaps most importantly, how consumers will recognize and remember your brand. 

In fact, a recent study by branding firm Siegel+Gale shows that logos are 13% more likely to get consumer attention and 7% more likely to make them want to learn more about the business.

However, creating such a logo is not an easy task. This article provides the top five design principles for an effective and unforgettable logo. 

 

  • Appropriateness 

 

As is the case with most rhetoric (especially visual rhetoric), considering and adapting your message to your intended audience is key. Fonts, color schemes, images, shapes, these should all be chosen with your audience in mind. 

A great logo doesn’t need to say what your company does–Mercedes’ logo isn’t a car and Apple’s logo isn’t a computer–however, it should stand out and allow your customers to connect with the logo.  

 

 

  • Simplicity

 

Simplicity is also one of the biggest characteristics when it comes to producing a first-rate logo. Examples of simple logos can be found is a majority of the most successful companies in the world. 

Look at Nike, McDonalds, Target, FedEx, IMB, The North Face, etc. These are some of the most recognizable and memorable logos ever created. And the one thing they have in common besides being the face of a successful business: simplicity. 

When creating your logo, just remember the K.I.S.S. Principle of Design: Keep It Simple Stupid. 

 

 

  • Versatility 

 

In addition to creating a simple logo that is designed for your intended audience, a great logo is also a versatile logo. This means that it can work across a wide variety of media formats and applications, and can be scaled to any size. 

Nike is another good example of a versatile logo, and reinforces the importance of simplicity. The Nike “Swoosh” can be formatted large and small, printed in black or color, turned in every which way, and you’ll still recognize it as the popular shoe brand. 

Although this can be subjective, consider colors that may clash or images that people may have to strain their eyes to see if it’s scaled down.

 

  • Timelessness 

 

The best of the best in the logo design world are those that can stand the test of time. Try to avoid a logo that uses current trends or popular images. Ask yourself, will this logo be as popular in 50 years? If the answer is no, you may want to go back to the drawing board. 

This doesn’t mean that it should be the same exact logo for the next few decades, however. Even large corporations such as Apple and Pepsi have tweaked their logo every decade or so. Just make sure yours can keep the same essential elements as it morphs. 

 

  • Originality 

 

Developing a logo from a blank canvas is difficult. Creating one that is simple and connects with your audience, while also withstanding trend changes and being versatile significantly compounds the task. And while it may be easier to cut corners and use elements from other successful logos, the lack of originality eventually comes out, and your customers will take notice. 

A logo that is creative and original shows that much like your business or product, it stands out from the crowd. An original logo will also show something to your customers that they have never encountered before. And this new design is what both current and future consumers will associate with your brand. 

If designing amazing and effective logos were easy, every business would have one. We wouldn’t be able to point to the Nike’s, the Apple’s or the Gucci’s of the world. But as we all know, this isn’t the case. By following these five design principles in your logo, you can expect a design that will be striking yet simple; trendy yet timeless. And most importantly, it’ll be something you can be proud to showcase as your businesses brand. 

Activism, chaotic typography, negative space designs and metallic elements dominated graphic design in 2018. However, that was so…well, 2018. 

Not to say that these trends have completely faded into obscurity–trends such as activism and metallic colors are still popular–but this is a new year and with it comes new graphic trends. Below are the top 5 graphic design trends this year that will show you have that trend-setting aptitude in your brand.     

 

  • Three Dimensions 

 

3D is at the top of the list for a reason. With the ever-evolving and rapidly-expanding advances in technology, 3D is allowing graphic designers to create 3D masterpieces that immerse the user in their designs.

In addition to recreating the flat world seen in most illustrations, we can expect designers to also use 3D to enhance webpages and create new VR and AR experiences. This stable trend is expected to expand immensely in 2019.

 

 

  • BOLD Light and Dark Color Schemes 

 

We all know contrast is nothing new and has indeed been a staple of successful design campaigns for decades, however this is 2019. Light and dark color schemes that really make that logo or font POP is the rage this year. 

Uncluttered and clean visuals are becoming necessary for viewing content on smaller screens, and contrasting colors such as black/hot pink is a big trend that spreading to designers generally. Many designers are now creating multiple versions of their light and dark palettes and it’s taking off with users. 

 

 

  • Gatsby-style (or Art Deco)

 

Back in the 1920’s, Gatsby-style art with elegant and geometric shapes were all the craze. In fact, the “modern” design era gets its name from this artistic movement that began after World War I. And this trend from the roaring twenties is roaring back in 2019.

Designers are embracing art-deco-inspired designs, especially in logo work. Logos or typography featuring art-deco feel luxurious yet comfortable and are set to blow up this year. 

 

 

  • Simplicity 

 

We semi-mentioned it in #3, but clean and simple graphics really are a staple of any successful design in today’s techno-world. The idea of minimalism is one of the most classic and timeless design trends, and continues to be the go-to, especially for web design. The fewer the elements of content, the less your audience will have to work. When surfing the web, that’s a good thing. 

 

 

  • Open Compositions

 

Its 2019 – leave it open to the imagination. After years of using boxes and frames to encase design elements in a strict order, this year the trend is to embrace a more open concept. Designers are creating pieces where viewers feel like they’re only seeing part of the whole thing and there’s an entire world off the page. 

In 2019, let your audience’s mind wonder and think, “what else is out there?”

Most graphic designers fall into the same traps at the outset of their career.  There is no shame in making these common mistakes. However, it is best to learn from the errs of others and sidestep setbacks when possible.  Let’s take a quick look at some of the most common graphic design mistakes to heighten awareness and help others avoid these pitfalls.

Mistake #1: Forgetting to Leave Enough White Space

White space is essential to every design yet it is often overlooked in favor of excess design and color.  There is visual importance in an area that does not have a design element. Leave ample white space to balance out the overarching design and the viewer’s eye will move through the piece with ease.

Mistake #2:  Using an Excess of Fonts

Using more than a couple fonts in any one presentation is a mistake.  Fonts are certainly visually pleasing yet they have the potential to distract the viewer.  Keep your fonts limited to a maximum of one or two so they do not overpower the rest of the design.


Mistake #3: Failing to Align the Elements

Each of your graphic elements should have a similar alignment.  Make use of the ruler/grid lines to ensure each element lines up exactly as it should.  This way, it won’t look like text is scattered every which way. Furthermore, elements aside from type should also be aligned with one another.  The piece is not ready until all shapes, lines and other visual elements are fully aligned.

Mistake #4: Too Much Design

There is such a thing as over-designing.  The polar opposite of leaving an excess of white space is overfilling the space available with font, color, images, etc.  If you think your piece might have a little too much visual flair, spend a few hours away from it, return and you will be able to perform more of an objective assessment.  When in doubt, err on the side of less as opposed to more so the design does not flood the viewer with an abundance of shapes, colors, etc.

Mistake #5: Skewed Type

Using excessive fonts and design elements will negatively impact the presentation yet skewed type can prove even more disastrous.  Do not drastically alter fonts. Do some resizing, tinker with kerning (the amount of space between letters), alter sizing as necessary, keep things within reason and your end result will prove engaging as opposed to distracting.

Graphic design is no longer constrained to the artful presentation of documents or websites.  Improvements in mobile tech and the world wide web have forged new paths for communication. Everything from the design of online stores to the aesthetics of logos, banners, flyers, slogans and brochures shapes customer perception.  Font is particularly important at conveying a message in a truly artful manner. The best graphic designers select fonts with care as each typeface has its own unique style.

The Font Selection Process

Choosing a font for a particularly project seems fairly easy yet the process is quite difficult once all of the options are on the table.  Choose the wrong font and the text will put customers in a bad mood, fail to convey the merits of the product/service or possibly sabotage an otherwise-acceptable design.  So don’t underestimate the importance of selecting the ideal font. Above all, the font you select should be legible. This means the font should be clear and readable with ease.  Each font character should be easily recognizable, regardless of whether it is presented in caps, lower case letters, italics or bold.

The target audience matters a great deal when it comes to selecting a font.  Learn everything you can about your target demographic and where the advertisements will be placed.  Once the typical customer’s perspective is established, it will be that much easier to select the appropriate font.  It might even make sense to use several different fonts in unison. Keep an open mind and always opt for the font with the most visual appeal.

Font Examples: Serif/Sans-Serif

Serif fonts are those with lines at the end of the characters.  This style of font is ideal for serious projects. The font type is also available without the forementioned lines at the ends of characters.  The line-less version is referred to as sans-serif. If you are looking for a modern design, sans-serif is worth consideration.

Gotham

Gotham is a relatively new font, debuting less than a couple decades ago.  This ultra-modern font is professional and sleek. If your presentation requires a bold look, give serious consideration to this distinct font.

Rockwell

Rockwell hit the scene way back in the early 1930s.  This font is grouped with slab serif as it has a mono-weight aesthetic created with geometric shapes.  Rockwell’s luxurious aesthetic appeals to upper and middle-class audiences while empowering the designer to retain a high level of quality. This font is typically used to inject some charm into a presentation.  

Caslon

Named for designer William Caslon, this font is available in numerous forms.  Caslon is generally suitable for body content and corporate typefaces. Furthermore, Caslon is used in books of varying sorts, magazines and journals.

Helvetica

Graphic designers around the globe favor Helvetica for good reason: it is a a professional font that has a truly idiosyncratic aesthetic.  Though some insist the spacing between Helvetica letters is insufficient, most onlookers admire this highly unique font.

Bodoni

Bodoni is best noted for its distinct typeface that has proven optimal for logos of varying sorts.  Bodoni has also been used in headlines, highly decorative texts and fashion advertising. The unique use of thin and thick strokes makes Bodoni quite visually intriguing.   

Garamond

Garamond arrived nearly 30 years ago.  This subtle yet striking aesthetic is optimal for website, magazine and even textbook design.  Anything geared toward education will look fantastic when presented in Garamond font.

Frutiger

Made by Swiss designer Adrian Frutiger, this typeface has been dubbed humanist as each character is designed with a focus on legibility.  Take one look at Frutiger characters and you will immediately notice just how clear they are. You can read Frutiger characters from close or far.  Whether you are looking for a font to be featured on a sign or any sort of display work, Frutiger is one of the better choices.

Trajan

Trajan has more of an authoritative feel.  Commonly used on movie posters, this font looks both professional and forceful.

Bickham Script Pro

Created by Adobe back in the late 1980s, this font was initially meant to be used in-house yet quickly spread to designers across the world.  This distinct typeface is optimal for generating visuals and items to be printed for formal events. Bickham Script Pro is artful while simultaneously simplistic, presenting a lovely visual balance with true mass appeal.

Futura

If you have limited space to work with, consider the Futura font to maximize your impact.  Futura is the ideal match for those designing a new logo or slogan. The font’s geometric base makes each character appear similar to circles, triangles, squares and other basic yet visually appealing shapes.

Graphic design is essential to content marketing.  Carefully crafted visual content has the potential to prove quite engaging and persuasive when presented by true professionals with extensive industry experience.  So don’t think of graphic design as drawings; this line of work is more about communicating in an artful manner with visually appealing images. From the perspective of a business owner or manager, it is best to think of graphic design as a bridge that connects the company to prospective clients.  Here is a look at how graphic design is used in the context of content marketing.


Graphic Design: Blog Images

Blogs have quickly become quite the important tools for connecting with potential clients.  However, blogs are rife with words that the human brain does not process as quickly as images.  Enlist the assistance of an experienced graphic designer and he or she will set the stage for the presentation of your blog content in a truly artful manner.  Even the use of a single graphic in a blog post has the potential to keep a substantial percentage of visitors on the page and engaging with the content. Furthermore, the best graphic designers know how to strategically implement images to break up those extended sections of text and keep readers interested.

Graphic Design’s Role in Calls to Action

Calls to action, commonly referred to with the acronym of CTA, should feature a graphic that makes an emotional impact on the audience.  Such an image proves indelible, linking the target customer’s emotions with your company for the long haul. Ideally, the CTA will be presented in an artful manner that inspires readers to complete an action such as clicking the link, entering contact information, subscribing or leaving a comment that opens the door for additional interaction.

Infographics

The best designers understand just how important images are to content marketing.  Infographics are visually pleasing as they command attention in a way plain text does not.  A carefully selected graphic or photo really will generate ample interest and engage the audience.  These images are especially important if the text in question is somewhat dry.

The Prudent use of Graphics Creates Lasting Connections

Visitors to your website, blog, social media, emailed newsletter and other online content will feel that much more connected to your brand if your web presence is handled by a skilled graphic designer.  Elite design shapes the audience’s experience with your brand and ultimately steers clients through the sales funnel on the path to conversion.

There are plenty of books, blogs, and articles on design. However, designers really are a visual bunch. After all, designers use their creativity to create visually appealing, stunning, and eye-catching work. Thus, it really makes sense that, when looking for ideas, tutorials, advice, and inspiration, that we look for visual guides.

YouTube is the place to look to find the visual guides you’re craving. Designers and other creatives on YouTube offer tutorials on software, UX, branding, marketing, and more to help fellow designers, artists, and creatives with vibrant, entertaining, and information videos.

Here’s a list of some of the best YouTube channels for designers:

The Futur: https://www.youtube.com/user/TheSkoolRocks/

The Futur is a YouTube channel dedicated to teaching designers about design, marketing, business, passion, creativity, and more. Videos range from a minute to 35 minutes, all meant to inspire designers. This is a website for both amateurs and professionals, and amateurs looking to become professionals.

Yes I’m a Designer: https://www.youtube.com/user/perhiniak

Youtuber Martin Perhiniak is a Certified Adobe Design Master and Adobe instructor. He was voted one of the top ten Adobe Instructors according to student feedback. He has worked as designer and retoucher on the films Cars and Toy Story, BBC’s series Dr. Who, and Mattel’s Team Hot Wheels. Perhiniak specializes in teaching viewers how to use the Adobe family of products, but he also excels at teaching the basics, like design principles, composition, and best practices. With hundreds of videos, it’s possible that a budding graphic designer may just be able to learn everything he or she needs to know from this channel.

Dansky: https://www.youtube.com/user/ForeverDansky

Dan “Dansky” worked professionally as a designer for 11 years before discovering his passion for teaching. Now, he works on his video tutorials full time. This is definitely a “pure” tutorial channel, offering tutorials on Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and Sketch, as well as a series on designing logos.

Howard Pinsky: https://www.youtube.com/user/IceflowStudios/

Howard Pinsky is an Adobe XD Evangelist, with a focus on XD and Photoshop. Designers of every level can find something useful on his channel if they’re using Photoshop, from retouching photos to editing, special effects, and more.

Adobe Photoshop: https://www.youtube.com/user/Photoshop

The official Adobe YouTube channel is a one-stop shop for videos on using Adobe products. The videos cover a wide array of topics, including a very comprehensive set of videos on photo editing and manipulation.

High Resolution: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzBkNPSxw15qrW_Y8p-oCUw/about

High Resolution is a design channel focused less on teaching designers techniques and more about the business and the process of design. High Resolution has videos from industry experts discussing the design philosophy used by successful companies, the future of design, and the issues and problems inherent in the profession and process of design. This channel helps designers take a step back from the sketchpad and take a look at the bigger picture and the actual business of design, particularly it’s role in marketing and user experience.

Your business card is a visual representation of you and your brand, so it’s important to design a business card that provides the reflection you crave. Many people are handed business cards every day, so it pays to make sure yours stands out. With the right design, you can leave a lasting impression on someone who could become your next customer. Follow these steps to design the business card perfect for your business.

Decide on a Message

Think about what message you are wanting to send with your business card. Do you want to appear unique? Creative? Professional? What are you hoping your brand communicates about you? Reflect on your personal brand identity so that you can share this messaging with your designer.

Consider a Different Shape

In a world full of the same rectangular cards, one easy way to stand out is to use a different shape. Technology is available today through new printing techniques that allow you to cut your card in any shape you want while still allowing you to print in bulk. You might prefer rounded corners, a card in the shape of your product, a shape that mimics your logo, or cards that have a portion of the card cut out for artistic purposes.

Add Your Logo and Other Graphics

Next, add your logo and other desired graphics on the card. You can work the text around these visual elements. Ensure that your logo has its own place to shine as this is what most people will associate with your brand. Some designers prefer to use one side of the card for your logo and the other for your information and other graphics. Additional graphics can fill the space on a business card. These graphics allow you to provide a more creative look to your card. You can showcase pictures of your staff, products, small and big logos or other images or graphics that reflect your business.

Decide on Text

This is an important consideration because it is what you explicitly communicate to your customer. Consider adding the following information to your card, as needed:

  • Your business name
  • Your name
  • Phone number
  • Business address
  • Job title
  • Email address
  • Fax number
  • Website URL
  • Social media contact information
  • Business slogan
  • QR code

Select Your Typography

Now that you have narrowed down your graphics and text, you will need to think about how you want your card to look. Consider the size of each block of text on your card. Everything needs to be 8 pts. minimum for people to read. However, you might want certain text to stand out more by making it larger, such as your name or the name of your business. You may also want to retain some white space for a more professional look. Choose a font that mirrors your personality. Use a color scheme that reflect your branding. Stick to colors that provide a nice contrast on the card but that are also easy to read.

Add Special Touches

There are many more ways that you can make your card stand out. One option is to use embossing, which creates a three-dimensional image and emphasizes certain areas of your card. Or, you can choose the reverse with letterpressing in which the printer presses the paper down while it inks it, making it look engraved. Foil stamping makes your text shiny. Spot UV coating provides a sheen to certain parts of a card. Another way to make your card stand out is to make it wider and thicker. You can also consider alternative materials like metal or rubber or use scented inks. Finally, transparent cards create a modern, sleek design.

After you take the steps to design the perfect card for your business, reach out to a designer at Pel Hughes to make your vision a reality.