1. Introduce yourself or your brand or business.
The basics of a business card or business card should include your name and any desired contact details. Beyond that, maybe you’d like to add some images, branding, or graphic elements. Add your logo if you have one, or perhaps you can simply create your card with branded colors or images for a similar branded effect. These elements are a great way to get started and work together, fulfilling the essential purpose of your business card.
2. Take a smart and professional approach.
Whether you want to convey modernity or professionalism, an elegant business card design can help you do just that. We would classify this business card as elegant and professional for several reasons. First, the card’s muted, dark color conveys a little more seriousness. Second, there’s not much on this card, which gives us the idea that Miles Issac is the kind of guy who knows exactly how much to say at the right time.
For a professional approach, create a design that’s clean, bold, and understated with the help of Adobe Express. You can increase the ‘wow’ factor of your card by printing on nicer paper such as card stock or a matte finish.
3. Or choose a creative and fun approach.
If the brand for you needs to take a more original approach, then go for it. Don’t be afraid to make bold decisions, as your High-End Business Cards Fairfax, VA should be something that people will remember. This example has a lot of different elements in the play that is reminiscent of what it is like to be a professional ballet dancer. The color pink, the photography, and the artistic choice of the cursive font. Not to mention the central logo, as striking as it is memorable.
4. Present who you are with full-page images.
Full-page images are captivating, even when printed at business card size. If you want to use a photo as the main focus for your card, consider how the image fits on the page. Are you able to distinguish the important details of the photo? Does the photo make it difficult to read other text or details on the page? And remember, business cards are two-sided, so you can always include a full-size photo on the back.
5. Make a photo collage.
Photo collages are a fun and dynamic layout that allows you to share many images while working with a small amount of space. Collages can include photos in some squares, text in others, and even icons in some as well. Play with how you organize your content in the collage. This particular example is nice and consistent, as the images are similarly styled with similar warm and bright lighting. And, the text box even reflects that with the yellow and brown tones. Keep in mind that since a business card is small, you may need to crop images into your design, so use photos that can be flexible and still portray the theme even when cropped.
6. Include a photo in your design.
Add a photo to your business card. Compared to the previous example, here is a way to display a photo without making it full screen. Note the evenly spaced framing around the top, bottom, and side edges of the photo, and how the wavy icon designs tie everything together. Play around with layout and framing options to find the style that works best aesthetically.
7. Show your self-portrait.
If you really want to make sure the recipient doesn’t forget who you are, why not share an image of yourself on your card? Insert a photo or perhaps, as in this case, a drawing or sketch of who you are in a classy way on your business card. Choose an appropriate photo and a suitable location and size. This layout works well and the sketch matches the same dark teal blue color seen elsewhere on the card. Try this approach by drawing your sketch in any Adobe program and uploading your art directly to the Adobe Express workspace from Creative Cloud.
8. Use icons for images that present your business.
Icons are a versatile design tool for business cards. You can use social icons or contact icons, like the Facebook logo or a phone icon next to your mobile number. You can also resize icons to fill your business card, making them patterns or the main focus. This ice cream business card has a modern minimalist twist by opting for an ice cream cone icon. Use icons to convey emotions, actions, or symbols that are relevant to your brand or business.
9. Combine icons and images that match what you offer.
In this example, Lenny’s Landscape shows us an exciting design by overlaying graphics on the photo image. The graphic design style is flat, meaning there are no shadows or lines to create depth, but the overall design of the card feels dimensional with the help of the background photo. Not to mention that the card certainly communicates a feeling of freshness and lushness, which is probably what the reader wants in their own garden, which will spark a possible contract with Lenny’s Landscape. Use your logo or brand icons in combination with photos for a fun visual experience.
10. Choose the sources to expose something.
Font choices can communicate a lot in design. Here, the universal greeting Hello makes a strong statement by being front and center, in a single font. It feels like a warm and personal greeting because of the size and the handwritten font. What types of fonts complement your brand? What types of fonts do you see being used frequently in your industry? You can use negative space as seen here, but also color, size, and placement.