How to design metal business cards:
Metal is the material used to make business cards. Metal is typically hard which is hard, shiny, fusible and ductile. This material is used because it has good electrical and thermal conductivity. The most important thing while choosing material depend upon budget and personal aesthetic. This process of making metal business cards is very difficult and different as compare to paper, wood or plastic. After selecting material next step is to choose design. There are different tools use for designing and making process and Ponoko is one of them. There is different thing to keep in mind while making the design of cards:
Logo is very important because it is the identity of any business and unique design of a log is first and foremost need.
The most common shape for business card is square with rounded ends because it easily adjusts in wallets and if there is a small hole in one corner then it easily become the key ring, printing technique of die-cutting allows you to cut out any shape you want and still print in bulk, and if you really want to be playful or stand-out, you can use virtually any shape: animal mascots, outlines of products your sell, or a shape that is wholly original.
It is very important step. This mostly depends on the standard of the country, so that’s a good place to start
- North American Standard: 3.5 × 2 in. (88.9 × 50.8 mm)
- European Standard: 3.346 × 2.165 in. (85 × 55 mm)
- Oceania Standard: 3.54 × 2.165 in. (90 × 55 mm)
No problem the size, you constantly want to think about three things when designing:
- Bleed area: the outmost part of the card expected to be removed.
- Trim line: cutting cards tagline of company
- Safety line: everything beyond this line is focused to cut down errors. Do not let important elements like text or logos fall beside this line.
Name : name of a person
Company name : professional name of your company
Job title : title of your job which let others how you met and what you do and how you even met
Phone number : professional contact number
Email :norm for non-urgent business communication
Website URL : URL of your business website
Social media: profile of your social accounts
Address : address of your company
QR code : viable shortcut to transferring whatever data you desire.
Slogan :it is optional to print the slogan or tagline of your company
Do not use thin fonts as you are using metal so thin fonts become indistinguishable. Typography is very necessary factory because font of text should be completely legible.
At the end of the designing save the design in pdf format after you make sure that every is good and up to the standard what your client want.
After this, design is use in production phase in which we cut metal but before cutting metal according to the size, shape and design first upload design file and metal is ready to start cutting. Chemical etching is the process used for cutting of metal. Etcher is the place which is sprayed by acid very carefully in a controlled amount and then metal sheets are placed onto that etcher.
Chemical etching can also create partial engraving into the card’s surface. For any etched content, the chemicals etch approximately 10% into the card creating a slight indentation you can see and feel. During chemical etching process there is also option of adding textured finish to the specific positions on Business master cards.
For business metal cards efficiency and precision is very important for good and quality work and that is why chemical etching is used for the production of metal business cards to get good quality of work.
Chemical etching is good method for business metal cards but for colorful business metal cards screen printing is used . For colors each metal card is chemically etched and then screen printing done individually by hand.
Another method which is used for chemical etching of metal is Laser etching. In this method, low wattage of laser is used to hit the surface of metal sheets instead of chemical(acid) which is used in chemical etching but laser etching does not create much depth and this method etches on metal sheet in silver color. A great example of this is a QUICK METAL CARDS. Lasers are also used for cutting cards that are 1mm+ thick. Chemical etching does not give this one properly textures ahead of 1mm, so we laser cut these cards as an alternative.
After the production of all cards last step in to check the quality of cards and for this purpose all card are inspected through Quality control.
There are different methods which are using for metal business cards making. There is positive and negative impact of every method. While choosing the method it all depends which kind and design of metal business cards you want. Keep in your mind while making that is must fulfill your customer demand and also in budget and within given budget it is efficient and precise.
One issue you may not be aware of is that fingerprints may be obvious on your metal business cards. They are especially visible on the specification of stainless steel, standard brass and matt black stainless steel card finishes. On a metal business cards this is not actually a concern because cards are normally passed out just once to the recipient. Though, for metal member cards, trustworthiness cards and bonus cards this may be further of a concern. To address this specific problem, development of card finishes to help mask fingerprints on cards. These are called brushed, prism and frosted finishes.
These business multi-tools fulfill many of the professional’s basic needs: advertising, brand recognition, call-to-action, and of course contact information. When designed right, these pocket-sized billboards can leave a lasting impression and create life-long customers from passing strangers.