Is there a standard size for business cards?

Discussion in 'General Business Forum' started by Brian McIntosh, Mar 31, 2008.

  1. Brian McIntosh

    Brian McIntosh UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    I need to have another batch of business cards printed and I have a design in mind. I can do the design work myself but I don't know the standard business card size. My current ones are 49mm x 87mm. I've measured some of the other business cards I have collected over the years and they all vary quite considerably in size. Before I can start to design my own one it would be beneficial for me to know the standard size, if there is one, or is it down to personal preference of the printer I use?
    Posted: Mar 31, 2008 By: Brian McIntosh Member since: Jun 6, 2007
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  2. neildigital

    neildigital UKBF Newcomer Full Member

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    Our standard size is 85mm x 55mm with 3mm bleed on each edge.

    Neil
    Posted: Mar 31, 2008 By: neildigital Member since: Apr 30, 2007
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  3. Brian McIntosh

    Brian McIntosh UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    I take it then that there is not really a standard size? What do you mean by bleed?
    Posted: Mar 31, 2008 By: Brian McIntosh Member since: Jun 6, 2007
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  4. Philip Hoyle

    Philip Hoyle UKBF Ace Free Member

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    I'd advise you to measure the maximum size of card that would fit into the average card holder. I find it quite irritating when someone gives me a business card that is either too thick or too large to put in my card holder file - rather than trying to cut it to size, I am far more likely simply to bin it.
    Posted: Mar 31, 2008 By: Philip Hoyle Member since: Apr 3, 2007
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  5. Brian McIntosh

    Brian McIntosh UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    Good point Philip. I'll need to investigate further.

    Moving on from that point, what's the best file format to save my design in so that I can get it printed?
    Posted: Mar 31, 2008 By: Brian McIntosh Member since: Jun 6, 2007
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  6. reggiemental

    reggiemental UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    Hi Brian

    As Neil pointed out, a standard size is 85mm x 55mm. However, cards can come in a multitude of sizes - 88 x 55, 90 x 50, 85 x 45 etc. If you're looking for a standard wallet size, then stick with 85 x 55.

    File format. If you're having a full-colour card (CMYK) then a .tiff is ideal, providing it is 300dpi. As you're a photographer, I presume you're using Photoshop so just make sure 'mode' is set to CMYK, and the workspace is set to 300dpi, at actual size.

    If the artwork extends over the card, (bleed), then you need to add 3mm to all sides of the card. e.g. If using an 85 x 55 size, set the workspace to 91 x 61. Then put guides in 3mm from each edge. The area inside the guides is your artwork. The area over the guides will be trimmed off at the cutting stage, leaving you with a final 85 x 55 card.

    Hope this helps.

    Paul
    Posted: Mar 31, 2008 By: reggiemental Member since: Feb 21, 2008
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  7. 30two Design

    30two Design UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    Hi there. From design point of view - we always set business cards to 85mm x 55mm as someone mentioned above. This is the same as a standard credit card size. I do know of some people who design to 88 x 55mm though so it doesn't matter too much - as long as it fits in a card holder or wallet then it'll be fine!

    Cheers
    Duncan

    EDIT...Seems Paul was typing at the same time as me...he's pretty much covered it all! With regards to file formats - if you have lots of small text on your card it is better to keep this as vector data so that it prints nice and clear - so if you can, save the file as a pdf.
    Posted: Mar 31, 2008 By: 30two Design Member since: Mar 18, 2008
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  8. Brian McIntosh

    Brian McIntosh UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    Thank you all for your replies.
    Posted: Mar 31, 2008 By: Brian McIntosh Member since: Jun 6, 2007
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  9. DanMartin

    DanMartin Editor Staff Member

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    According to Wikipedia, the standard size in the UK is 85x55 mm, 3.346x2.165 inches.
    Posted: Apr 1, 2008 By: DanMartin Member since: May 14, 2007
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  10. ARKHIbuild

    ARKHIbuild UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    Does anyone know of a good place to print business cards, letter heads, etc
    Posted: Sep 2, 2010 By: ARKHIbuild Member since: Aug 8, 2010
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  11. pixelbob

    pixelbob UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    I think now a days there is really no standard size for business card. I think it will depend on the style and how you want to deliver your business information to your potential client.
    Posted: Sep 2, 2010 By: pixelbob Member since: Sep 1, 2010
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  12. jules12345

    jules12345 UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    Ditto

    regards
    Jules
    Posted: Sep 2, 2010 By: jules12345 Member since: Jun 11, 2009
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  13. heroes_46

    heroes_46 UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    Hi Brian,

    The standard size of a business card is 3.5"x2".[FONT=Verdana,Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif]

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    Posted: Aug 1, 2011 By: heroes_46 Member since: Mar 23, 2011
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  14. -Cal-

    -Cal- UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    In the US and Canada yes.

    I've always wondered why our British Standard business card is 85mm x 55mm (considering that standard ID Cards, Credit Cards, Driving Licenses, etc are all 86mm x 54mm) but still haven't found out. Can anyone tell me please?

    (I'd hazard a guess that someone on the continent [seeing they use centimetres as opposed to our millimetres here in the UK] thought the standard ID Card was a good size and rounded the dimensions to the nearest half centimetre.)

    Here's a (DIY) link to a table of International Business Card Dimensions:
    en.wikipedia DOT org/wiki/Business_card#Dimensions
    for any other detail freaks around. :D
    Posted: Nov 29, 2012 By: -Cal- Member since: Nov 29, 2012
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  15. GraemeL

    GraemeL Pain in the neck? Full Member - Verified Business

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    Cal, this thread is really old.

    G
    Posted: Nov 29, 2012 By: GraemeL Member since: Sep 7, 2011
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  16. -Cal-

    -Cal- UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    I did notice that Graeme.

    I just wondered if anyone would be able to answer my question.
    Posted: Nov 29, 2012 By: -Cal- Member since: Nov 29, 2012
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  17. whoisvisiting.com

    whoisvisiting.com UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    85mm x 55mm. Moo.com are a superb print company for business cards and are just launching some new technology to be built into the business cards - so keep an eye out!
    Posted: Jun 14, 2014 By: whoisvisiting.com Member since: May 19, 2014
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  18. Nuno

    Nuno UKBF Big Shot Free Member

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    I wonder if a 2008 thread with the last post in 2012 needs a plug for Moo.
    There are several print companies that do short run digital, some, IMHO, better than Moo. Scuba springs to mind.
    Posted: Jun 14, 2014 By: Nuno Member since: Oct 10, 2011
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  19. jonrod

    jonrod UKBF Newcomer Free Member

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    We're also using this one..
    Posted: Jun 16, 2014 By: jonrod Member since: Jan 25, 2013
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