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Social Media Marketing for Business

Peter Snowden


July 3, 2013

5 Ways to Make Business Card Logos Pop

Though they may realize the importance of logos, some business owners ignore the ramifications of even small changes to the design of the business card logos.

For example, the Harvard Business Review found consumers directly associate a symmetrical logo with ethical business practices. Besides keeping your logo in proportion, here are five ways you can ensure your business card logo stands out and sends the right message on your business card.

Use Creative Printing

The company doing your business card printing will be able to advise you on the most cost-efficient combinations of colors and special features, such as embossment or gloss. While varnish on the entire card makes it difficult to add your personal number or notes— a faux pas, according to business strategist Tim Tyrell-Smith— a spot of gloss is very impactful on an otherwise matte card.

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Photo by Connor Turner via Flickr

Consider Your Audience

The people getting your card may need to scan it quickly or read it in dim light and will certainly need to find your information on it later. Don’t sacrifice clarity for design. Size 10 fonts or higher in dark colors are the most readable. Resist the temptation to print contact information over your logo as a background, as this can obscure both. A better choice would be a large logo set to the side.

Think Front and Back

Small business card logos can be lost among a sea of tag lines, email addresses, Twitter links and phone numbers. Tyrell-Smith suggests devoting the back of the card to a logo and brand promise— a short phrase that explains exactly the services you can deliver to a client. This leaves room for customers to write notes and makes a bold first impression.

Choose the Right Background Color

Consumers strongly associate colors with certain types of brands. Green cards evoke images of health and environmentalism, and Empower Yourself with Color Psychology says a bit of red in the logo signals excitement. If your logo is already established, don’t change it. Brand consistency is most important in business card logos design. Instead, change the color of the card itself to send a message that aligns with or adds to your logo design. A black card, for example, makes a powerful statement and allows the logo to pop.

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Photo by Justin Ruckman via Flickr

Focus Your Message

Designers at Naldz Graphics recommend you thoroughly evaluate your goals for your card. Take a step back from your current design and consider the impression it gives. Poll people about whether they can read your text and what they assume your business does. A card with cut-out text may be memorable, but it may also leave the recipient only thinking about the interesting design, with little or no conception of the individual’s abilities or even their job title. Alternatively, cards that creatively incorporate business goals with design (for example, a comb-shaped stylist card or easel for an art studio, displayed by Creative Nerds) gives you the opportunity to make a minimalist canvas that highlights the logo and keeps the attention on your work.

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Photo by Seth Thomas Rasmussen via Flickr

How have you made your business card logo stand out? Tell us in the comments.


About the Author >> Peter is a business writer from Minneapolis, Minnesota who rebuilds rare cars on the weekends. He is the father of three little girls and has two dogs named Moose and Bronx.

  • Jai

    hi guys

    As always your posts are wonderful and informative.
    I have a comment and a question (and they are unrelated ;-))
    Is there a reason you decided to go with such a small font for your content? I find it at least 2 pts too small. It would be more comfortable, probably for most folks, if it was a bit bigger.

    Also, do you have any video tours of each of your products? I’ve considered trying your custom tab app that makes tabs viewable on facebook on mobile devices…and I have sent a few emails to you asking for examples of pages so I can look them up with my mobile phone, but I have never gotten a response. I’d sure appreciate more info so I can see examples .

    thanks so much
    Jai Sequoia

  • Jon Turino

    Nice article, Peter. I wrote about business card in back in March of 2012 and would be interested in your take on that post. I’d also be happy to send you a pdf of The A to Z Blog Book is you’d be kind enough to review it for me. Let me know and let me have your email address.

  • custom logo

    All these five steps are essential to create an attractive, effective and awesome business card. Business card is very important way to represent our business and in this scenario its design is most important thing. After reading these five steps i learn a lot of things about perfect business cards design which is important part of business advertising.

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    It’s not simple to choose the logo of your business card because this one will be very important. The five ways that you give to us are good, thank you so much for your article Peter, see you soon.