Business Card Design Tips

We do raised print business cards for hundreds of private individuals and professional services in a month, in the last week – we’ve produced thermo printed cards for a photographer, two law firms, an accountancy company, three designers, an architects practice, a group of dentists and one flying doctor! Our cards can be printed in any Pantone colour that you can think of, there’s 2,058 by the way – and on any any card thickness up to 400gsm. If you require more than two colours, we can print a third and fourth colour if the registration is not overly tight.

Business cards can also be printed in thermography in our Suffolk print factory on front and litho (flat printing) on reverse, alternatively you could have thermography on both sides. Thermo business cards are tactile, beautiful pieces of communication, therefore full colour photographs or all over solids will not work! They are suited for line work, and small solids, logos etc.

We are happy to take your artwork at Thermofast, we prefer to accept either QuarkXpress files, InDesign, Illustrator or Photoshop – or you can obviously save as a PDF, we can normally sort it from there.

Tips for submitting artwork

  1. Make sure you’ve added in the ‘bleed’ in your design, filling this area with any background colours or images. Ensure all important parts of your design are kept within the safe area, inside these perameters.
  2. Where possible designs featuring graphics or text should be submitted as vector based PDFs. To keep your text in vector format, we recommend applications like Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign and more recent versions of Adobe Photoshop. Please note, saving text in JPEG format could result in ‘fuzzy’ edges.
  3. Make sure you pre-flight your PDFs using the ‘Adobe PDF/X-1a’ preset. This option can be found in Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign and more recent versions of Adobe Photoshop.
Thermography Business Cards

Best Business Card font?
It’s best to choose up to 2 fonts for your business card, one for the business name and other for the information details, see a rough guide to our fonts here. Always make sure that the information detail is in an easy to ready typeface, and isn’t too small, around 5-6 point is the smallest you want to go. Sans serif fonts will always look more modern, Ie Arial, Helvetica etc. Serif typefaces, Times, Garamond etc are also good for adding some gravitas to a card. The rule is there is no rule, but do remember to include wacky typefaces (if you use them) with your artwork.

Business Card Designs
Decide on the design of your business card by your profession, make them fit for purpose. If you’re a wacky design company obviously you can go with something more edgy and abstract, if you’re an accountant or lawyer, a minimalist design would suit more. If you have minimal design skills, do stick to your day job and let us do it for you, as a guide, if you find yourself searching the internet for clipart, we ought to design them for you 😉

Colour Guide
Decide on what type of colour scheme is most appropriate to the profession you are in. A colourful business card could reflect a graphic design function, whilst a minimalist colour scheme could more appropriately suit a legal firm. Choosing the right colour scheme by your profession will help with attracting the right clients.

Thermo Business Card Price Guide
Our thermography prices start at just £49 for 250 cards, colour from just £53, All stationery can be printed thermographically raised print, or flat printed if required. Take a look here for more information on ordering cards, or at our main site Thermofast