Business Card Sizes
Business Card Sizes
Business cards can cards come in all shapes and sizes. Also, depending upon what part of the world you’re in, the standard business card sizes and aspect ratio may be different from the business card sizes you grew up with. Perhaps your planning a trip to Japan, and you want your business card size to match the standard Japanese “Meishi” (that’s Japanese for business card ^_^ ). Or maybe you just want to have that warm gushy feeling of being cooler than everyone else with a card that is in the European Standard Business card size.
How to make memorable cards?
With billions of business cards being passed around in this world, simply choosing a non-standard business card size or an international sizing could help you create a more memorable business card. In this post, we aim to show you various business card sizes available, provide templates, and share insights that will help you choose the right card for you.
Also if you haven’t read our post on How to Use Business Card Templates you might want to check that out.
Standard Cards are your staple in the business world. They are very versatile, come in a variety of paper options, and look awesome when designed well. They are hands down the most popular product we print and many people are happy to use them. However, many don’t know that within the “standard” heading there is room for variance.
Below are four of the most popular standard card sizes used around the world:
US/Canada Standard : 3.5 x 2 in | 88.9 x 50.8 mm
European Standard: 3.375 x 2.125 in | 85 x 55 mm
Japanese Standard: 3.582 x 2.165 in | 91 x 55 mm
Chinese Standard : 3.543 x 2.125 in | 90 x 54 mm
Just visually, you can see we are talking very small differences in sizes, but it’s interesting in itself that these variations do exist.
Well besides different dimensions suiting your design better than others, people do typically notice when they get a card that is sized slightly different than what they’re used to. It’s kind of like the difference between a black Armani suit and black Burberry suit, they are both excellent quality but you can just tell something is different ^_^.
The point is, when your window of opportunity may only be 10-20 seconds to make an impression on a person, having something slightly different can definitely help you stand out from the pack.
There are many standard sizes out there ^_^ and thanks to Wikipedia we have access to a very detailed list of standard business card sizes separated by region, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Business_card, remember though that the sizes listed on that page are the final dimensions and your print-ready files will need at least 1/8 inch bleed added.
Mini cards, also known as “slim cards” come in at 3.5″ x 1.5″ and are really cool because they are essentially the same size as regular business cards, just a bit slimmer. Design wise this opens up a lot of opportunities for formatting the cards similar to the standard since the shape is essentially the same.
When designed well mini cards make a big impact! In fact, mini cards are a personal favorite of mine ^_^. You can check out some more example mini cards on our website here.
Square Cards are offered in two sizes, 2.5″ x 2.5″ for the standard square and 2″ x 2″ for the mini square. Larger or smaller sizes are possible, but uncommon, in fact it’s easy to forget until you see them side by side but the 2.5″ x 2.5″ standard square is taller than your standard business card.
I’ve found square cards are quite popular with artists, modernists, squares, and our young “hip” clientele. Square cards can offer a unique format for people to present their company information, and it has the novelty of being a square. However keep in mind, due to its size long horizontal or tall vertically formatted logos often do not work as well on these cards unless designed with other elements that help balance it out. Furthermore, long names, long titles, long email addresses, and people who want to cram in a lot of information often run into issues with these cards.
So as always we suggest to:
KEEP IT SIMPLE guys ^_^.
For more examples of mini cards visit our mini category page
Credit Card Sized:
If your looking for a plastic card that matches your average credit card size, go Euro standard. The Euro standard like your average credit card is 3.375″ × 2.125″ inches. This is a particularly nice size since you know it’ll fit in the credit card slot of a wallet! Note: If you are wanting to match that credit card thickness, you need to order at least a 30pt plastic.
Circle cards are another awesome unique format to have your business card in. Perfect for just about any business. Circle cards come in at the standard diameters of 3″ inch and 2″inch, and depending on what card stock you get they can double as awesome coasters!
Perhaps the type with the biggest potential to be unique is the die cut card. In this process, you have the option for almost any shape. Just imagine and create.
Note: This type of card does, however, require an extra step of submitting a die cut template mask with the print-ready art files.
At Print Peppermint we offer a large selection of pre-made die cuts as well as custom die-cut capabilities. Need help creating your custom die cut template? We can help! Custom die cut cards are available HERE. Alternatively, you can get in touch us here to get a list of our pre-made die cut shapes!
Still not sure about what business card sizes to go with? Not a problem ^_^, nothing beats getting an actual sample in your hands to check out what suits your needs. All you need to do is hop on our site and order your sample pack today!
Did you see a size that wasn’t listed? Or want to order international sized cards? Contact us here to get your custom quote started today!
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