What makes a good business card?

posted 3 years ago in Career
Post # 2
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Blushing bee

Honestly, if you are still in school business cards aren’t super necessary. If you are going to networking events, it’s more likely you will be handing someone your resume. That said, it’s never a bad thing to have a few on hand, especially since you can usually get good deals on them. Just don’t buy so many that your info is out of date before you can use them up.

Since it sounds like you are unspecialized at the moment, go for something simple. Name, title (‘consultant’ sucks, use something that conveys your knowledge) two points of contact (usually cell and email). No address until you are firmly with a company or have no issue with a client showing up in the middle of your workday. No picture unless you are doing a job that is mainly face-to-face interactions (eg, realtor). Linkin, I’ve never actually seen on one. If someone gets your card they’re probably going to add you there anyways, so unless your name is super common in your field I don’t see the need. 

Post # 6
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Busy bee

ElectroFish :  lol. I was thinking the same thing! 

Anyways, if you’re attached to a school and can swing it, I’d get official school business card. If you can’t, I’d recommend a subtle design. Don’t go American Psycho simple but don’t get bright colors either. 

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

lurkingvee :  omg I’m dying because I keep thinking about that scene in American psycho where he looses it over the font. 

If you’re intent on doing personal/individual business cards make sure the voicemail for the number you have on the card is professional. Do not ever put your home address on a business card unless that’s where you do business. Keep it to helpful information but not too much. You want it to look professional not cluttered. 

I don’t believe they are necessary but may be good to have. Best to wait until a site like vistaprint has a sale and get them super cheap. Less colour is best when it comes to business cards. Rainbows speak volumes about childish design choices, keep it neat and down to a few colours if more than just black and white. don’t be afraid to think outside the box when it comes to design, but don’t go over the top. 

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

From a design perspective (i’m a graphic designer) these are my thoughts:

Keep it to 1 font, maybe 2. If you get too many fonts going, it gets too busy.

Simplicity is going to look more professional. Don’t worry about filling the whole card. White/blank space is good because it gives the eye a place to rest.

1 or 2 colors will look good. Maybe a black/grey for the majority of the text and then a pop of color for the important items like your name.

When you have them printed, a thicker paper/cardstock is going to feel more substantial and impressive.

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2015 - Hotel Ballroom

I’ve never had my own business card, but I have been handed many over the years!

I always find the ones that are embossed and made on THICK card stock stand out the most because they FEEL the most ‘prestegious’ when you touch them. 

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2014 - Church and University

No picture.

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

lantana :  So I think a good baseline with any business card would be:

-Simple and easy to read, free of any crazy designs or patterns

-Contact info at which you’d want business contacts to reach you; a phone number and email address would suffice, in my opinion. Make sure the email is professional, like [email protected] not [email protected]. I seriously cringe when I get resumes with emails like the latter.

-If you want a mailing address, get a PO Box for work mail

-Skip the picture

-Good quality paper/printing

 

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