When you hand your card to someone, if they can’t immediately tell what you do, you run an extreme risk of having just wasted that card. Make sure to include your unique selling proposition. Offer at least one critical reason the recipient of your card should contact you.
2. Sketch out your layout
3. Collect Assets
It's time to gather all of the digital elements of your card. By taking a bit of time at the beginning of your design process, you won't interrupt your creative flow to go in search of an element you knew you needed in the first place. You're able to simply design.
Logos and Images
Choosing the right font can be a daunting task. Here are 80 beautiful typefaces that will make your card scream “Professional Design.” Once you've selected the font you want, download it so it's easy to access.
Almost as important as choosing the right font is choosing the right font size. You might be tempted to use a smaller font to fit more on the card, but if your font is unreadable, it's immediately lost its effectiveness. Here are some good guidelines
- Company name: 12-15 Point
- Your Name: 9-10 Point
- All Other Info: No smaller than 7 Point
Text (DOUBLE CHECK)
4. Complete Layout
Now that you’ve got your basic plan sketched out and your assets gathered, it's time to start placing them.
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Elements of design and proper layout
The focal point of your card should be split between the logo and company name. If you have a logo or design, make sure it grabs attention.
Don't get stuck in the corner. A common design mistake is to push most of the content to the edges. Don't be afraid of negative space (whitespace). Embrace the emptiness if it's there.
Use contrast to liven up your design. Lead the eye of the reader by using strong elements of contrast. Color, element weight, typeface, boldness, and almost any visual action (or inaction) can be used to create a leading line to guide your reader.
Don’t be afraid to go vertical.
- Info - Is all the information on your card accurate and complete? Double check every character on your card for accuracy. Open a browser that you don't usually use (no cookies to auto populate the text) and type in the info character by character to replicate your recipient's experience.
- Readability - Is everything easy to read? Is there enough space? Do you have the right fonts and font sizes? Readability is the single most important element of your card. If it’s not easy for you to read, it’s going to be that much harder for your recipient to understand your information.
- Formating - Ensure that all content is within the proper margins. The closer you go to the edge, the more likely the printers will cut off your text or images. The higher quality the printer you use, the closer to the edge you can design. Business cards are not the right place to live on the edge.
- Colors - Make sure your colors are accurate and printer friendly.
- Print Samples - It's always a good idea to print a sample or two before either sending them off to the printers or running off five hundred copies yourself. Make sure that everything on your printed card matches what you see on your screen.
6. Free Business Card Templates
If you're just getting started in business card design, creating a card from scratch can be a daunting task. That's why we developed a collection of free business card templates to be used with CorelDRAW.
Just choose from the selection of business card templates below to make your card quickly and easily. All of the template designs are pre-formatted with sample placeholder text that you can replace with your own. Easily customize the colors, font, and layout, add a company tagline and more to create business cards that showcase your brand.
Choose between a .CDR or .CDT file for any of the business card templates below and click on the link to get started.
Please note: You must have CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X5 or newer installed in order to properly access these template files.