DIY Business Card Design

Having little to no budget, I’ve had to DIY my own business card design as it costs money to hire the card printing shop to help you design your card.

In our first blog post, I did say that I would share with you how our business and website are developing as it goes, but as you have noticed, we eat a lot more than we develop this website, hence so many many posts on food.

So today, I’ve decided to share with you how I designed our business card (although it doesn’t look all THAT great) and how you can too.

First I’ll show you some examples of what you should try and avoid when making business cards.

Too many colours, too much information, no format

Too many colours, too much information, no format

If you are a sole proprietor or partnership, please don't 'Bling' up your position.

If you are a sole proprietor or partnership, don't pretend to be a Sdn Bhd or Bhd, it will come back to haunt you in the future.

There are other things you shouldn’t do, like make your business card super boring so that no one remembers it. You have to remember that your business card is also part of your branding strategy. Would you make a TV advert or newspaper advert super boring and forgetful for your brand?

No right? Then you shouldn’t do the same with your business card.

Next step is to get some inspiration.

I typed in ‘Cool Business Cards’ in Google and got these links, amongst others:

http://creativebits.org/cool_business_card_designs

http://dzineblog.com/2008/06/cool-business-card-3.html

http://freelanceswitch.com/general/18-smokin-hot-business-card-designs/

After going through those, I put together a business card design with not too many details, not too cramped, not telling people I’m a director of a listed company and also I tried to make it not too forgettable.

What I came up with was this:

Front of Business Card

Front of Business Card

Back of My Business Card

Back of My Business Card

The logo on the back is to keep the brand in the mind of whoever receives the card and I made it large so that they won’t easily miss it.

For the card itself, I chose the highest grammage (thickness) material they had and I had it matte laminated. This gives the card a slightly plastic feel when you touch it and the high grammage makes the card feel rigid and not cheap and flimsy.

It’s not the best card in the world, but I think it’ll do for now and when we have a nice big budget, maybe we’ll redo the design to something even better.

Hope this information comes in useful to somebody out there.


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5 Comments

  1. Harvard, 5 years ago

    I can help out with the next design since that’s almost what I do for a living.

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  2. Demsi Jake, 5 years ago

    Remember if you choose a “THICK” card and have it MATTE LAM, the card will be a little yellowish. It won’t be pure white.

    Comments on your card I’ll IM you. =)

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  3. William, 5 years ago

    Harvard: Thanks I’ll keep that in mind for the future!

    Demsi: Well I printed it out and it’s ok so far. The matte lamination did dull some of the colours but I knew that was going to happen before hand.

    No yellow tint on the card (yet) but over time that may occur… will just have to wait and see.

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  4. jack, 5 years ago

    Why don’t use a site like http://www.dcp-print.com who offers free business cards?

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  5. Maureen, 3 years ago

    Nice tips and indeed your own business card turned out looking good :)

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