Business Card Printing

Originally speaking, a business card was more commonly known as a calling card. A bit of card stock to be presented as a way of introduction between the big society types in the 19th Century. More commonly now as business card is presented during formal introductions between business people as a memory aid convenience.

A collection of business cards can be attained by networking frequently and by amassing your own personal contact list can be an extremely valuable way to build your business.

Your business card may include the following: Company name, your name, position within the company, address, company website, contact email and telephone numbers. There are certain people who omit and add in to these elements, but for the majority of business cards, this would be common practice.

But not all business cards are equally made and right across the world, while thickness of card stock is probably the common denominator, the size of business cards vary right round the globe. More often than not, if I receive artwork from a new client in a peculiar size, they either work or live in a different country.

Common business card sizes

85 x 55mm
Ireland, Italy, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Austria, Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland, Belgium, Slovenia, Portugal, Turkey

88.9 × 50.8mm
Canada, United States

91 x 51mm
Japan

90 x 50mm
Sri Lanka, Argentina, India, Brazil, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Croatia, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, Israel, Kazakhstan, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Montenegro, Slovakia, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Bulgaria, Latvia, Mexico, South Korea and South Africa

Business Cards are Serious….Business
The use of business cards has become quite flippant in the UK & Ireland. Everyone has one and dishing them out left, right and centre is commonplace. However in Japan distributing business cards in a less than proper manner would be considered quite rude. Not that they don't dish out their business cards at the drop of a hat, but certain etiquette must be adhered to.

A meishi is a Japanese business card. When presenting your meishi to a contact, the process is more ceremonial than here in the UK. You must present your card, held with thumb and forefinger, your details presented to the recipient and before accepting it, the recipient will say "choudai itashimasu" ("I accept your name card”).

It is a sign of personal respect to keep your meishi unworn or dirty. Many Japanese people use leather pouches to ensure their business cards never become dog eared. Overall business cards are revered in Japan as a contact card. The receipt and acceptance of a business card in Japan has much greater significance than here in the UK.