Essential Basics for Designing Business Cards

Business cards serve a highly practical purpose, as they are a convenient tool for giving clients essential contact information. While Do-It-Yourself (DIY) options are available, professional printing is usually the better choice.

DIY vs. professional printing

DIY business cards are typically designed online or with a software program. These can vary depending on the design skills of the designer, and printing quality is another significant concern, claimed E Design Group.

Professional design and printing is the better option for businesses that want to make the right first impression. These can be ordered online, or the business may choose to work with a graphic designer and find a printing company to do a print run.

Size and paper

The standard size for business cards is 85mm X 55 mm. Cards of this (or a similar) size are compact and easy to carry in wallets. Using quality paper is very important and, generally, business cards should be a minimum of 200g/m in thickness. High quality cards are typically around 350g/m in thickness.


Business cards usually include only essential information about a business or person. A name, phone number, email address, physical address, website and job title or industry are some of the essential information needed on the card, but not all of these have to be included.