Where should I get my business cards printed?

We love it when we get this question, and honestly, it depends a lot on what you’re looking for. That said, we want to be a resource for all of you, so we’ve listed out our best advice for where you should get your business cards printed.

Here we go…

BUSINESS CARDS ON A BUDGET

Pass on Vistaprint

Those deals that seem too good to be true — Are too good to be true. Sorry, Vistaprint.

If you’re on a budget for business cards, it might be an option you’re thinking about. However, think twice, friends, you get what you pay for. VistaPrint’s cheapest business cards, look just that, really dang cheap. (Disclaimer: If you do order their cards, and they arrive and don’t look right, please get a hold of their customer service and get them reprinted)

If you’re thinking, great tips, but we’re still on a budget. Click here to order.

Got Print

Our second, budget-friendly option is Got-Print.com. If you’re looking to save money on your cards, our recommendation is to order from Got Print. We’ve noticed better quality in their cards, and have been happy with the results

BUSINESS CARDS THAT WOW

Our Top Choice – Moo

As graphic designers, we know a thing or two about marketing pieces that make you stand out in the crowd. Moo is hands-down our favorite spot for business cards. Even their “standard” cards will outshine the competition. 

Click here to get 25% off your first MOO order! 

PRINTING LOCALLY

Almost every printer around town will print business cards, so if you have a favorite printer, I would probably suggest you start with them.

If you’ve never worked with any print shops and have no clue where to start, we have a few places we’d recommend to get you started.

 

Econoprint has a great next day service for business cards which makes it really easy to get what you need fast. I would typically recommend a thicker stock, but this is a great option for the standard business cards. Plus, you can’t beat that turnaround time! :)

 

Minuteman Press

Another great local printer we love is Minuteman Press, located in Waunakee, Wisconsin. We have used them for several projects and love working with them, they always do a great job and have really affordable pricing.

 

Although they aren’t in the Madison area, Bay View Printing in Milwaukee isn’t too far, so we still consider them to be a great local option. They enter our list as an extra special addition for those who really want some premier cards! They are a letterpress printer and have some really exceptional work.

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Below is a project we did for a client where we got to create a custom logo and print them with a letterpress debossed effect. It was a graphic designer’s dream to see this project come to life! (Designers have a special place in our hearts for letterpress since this is where our industry all begin.)

Tips for seeking quotes and comparing:

When you ask for a quote from a printer, don’t forget to find out the thickness on your business cards. You might ask for a quote from 2+ businesses but one might quote you for a thicker paper that would look more expensive. Be sure you’re comparing apples to apples.

 

 

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Our Favorite Go-To Sans Serif Fonts

It’s hard to believe I haven’t had a blog post about FONTS yet! It’s basically impossible for you to go about your day without looking at fonts. They are all around you, even for those non-designers out there! Well, maybe not last week when I was literally stuck in bed with the worst flu of my life. 🤔 But even then, there was text on my medication that I was taking… so I guess even when you’re sick you’re consuming type in some way.

There’s an insane number of fonts out there. Since there’s a lot of poorly designed options, we wanted to give you a hand. We thought we’d share our go-to san serif fonts that you’ll often find us using/suggesting with our clients. These typefaces might seem simple, but there’s a lot of power in simplicity. These subtle beauties would be great paired with a display font or your brand logo.

Roboto: A Versatile & Accessible Font

What we love about Roboto is how it works with just about every project (not that we actually use it that much, but we could). One of my favorite things about this typeface is that it comes with a Condensed Font. This means it’s a skinnier option and allows you to fit more letters on one line. Roboto is like my modern (and free!) version of Helvetica — beautiful and timeless.

Download Roboto here.

Open Sans: A Powerfully Simple Font

Similar to Roboto, Open Sans is another great option that can be paired with just about anything. While still very clean and simple, it has a little bit of whimsy. It comes with 10 styles which really gives you a lot of flexibility.

Download Open Sans Here.

Lato: A Sans Font with Character

Lato may be one of my favorite fonts because of the subtle character within the characters. 😉 When used in body copy, it’s a little tricky to see the nuances of the letterforms. However, if you have the opportunity for larger text, you can see that the corners are curved and show little modifications.

Download Lato Here.

Montserrat: A Modest Modern Font

Montserrat has a modern feel with the very circular forms, such as the O, C, G, and Q. Because of this, the font appears wider than other typefaces. When that O becomes more of a perfect circle and less of an oval, your overall width will reflect accordingly. With the most styles on our list, Montserrat is very versatile, just keep in mind your text will spread across more space. Sometimes this can be good and work in our favor, sometimes it’s not. (Sidenote: Think back to when you were in school and you had to use size 12 font, and it had to be 4 pages long. This would be the font you’d choose to get away with writing less, lol.)

Download Montserrat Here.

Raleway: A Quirky Yet Clean Font

Last but not least, we bring you a very popular font among many. Raleway is known for its quirkiness but still comes across very clean. What makes it quirky? 1. There’s little curls on the tails of the a and d. 2. The w’s are also very recognizable, which some may love and some may hate. 3. The letters are also a little goofy because they don’t follow along the same baseline. Again, some like that while others (like me) don’t. 

Overall, I think that Raleway is a great font for businesses that want to be a little casual, yet still professional.

Download Raleway Here.

What do you think? Are these some fonts you’d be interested in trying?

Next time you’re wondering what to use as your brand font, give one of these a try. Best of all, they’re designer approved! AND FREE!