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    Restrictions in measurements for business cards and letterheads

    Hey there,

    i was wondering whether the measurements of business cards and and the space-limitations of letterheads vary from country to country ?

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    When I was in school, I was taught not to limit myself on size restriction, however..

    While in The States, I saw most of the designers are sticking with 3.5 inches by 2 inches (excluding bleed of .25 while working on it.) The reason behind this is that the regular size can fit easily into any card holder, card wallet, etc, unless of course, you're going with the fancy .

    And in Asia, it's pretty much the same, although for the letterhead, people in Asia prefer A4 to US legal.

    Just my 2 cents.

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    The definately do, for example in South Africa we use A4 (210 x 297mm) for letterheads and in the US they use Letter (215.9 x 279.4mm)

    Not 100% sure about business card sizes but I know even within South Africa we use 2 different sizes 50 x 90mm and 55 x 85mm and I think its for the same reason as stated above is that some sizes fit better.

    Don't restrict yourself though, just make sure the size suits the application!

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    the standard size is 92 x 54mm

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    The standard bank-size is 85,6mm x 53,98 mm, with round corners radius 3,7mm
    We use this size as standard for business cards

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    BCard = 85mm x 55mm
    Letterhead = A4 210mm x 297mm

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    With letterheads it depends on which country you're in. In the US, letterheads are US letter size (215.9 x 279.4mm). In Australia letterheads are A4 (210 x 297mm).

    In Australia, business cards are commonly 90 x 55mm or 89 x 54mm but they can be any smaller size really.

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    Wikipedia is good start point if you want to learn something.
    Check the link, there is section "Country/Standard" with standard dimensions for some countries.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Business_card

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    in the US standard is 3.5 inches by 2 inches. But why should you as a designer just follow the heard.

    I think there most deferential characteristic in the piece whether it's a flyer or a BC it's what going to aid with making a mental note.

    Imagen your self in a convection giving out the same basic BC as the other hundred exhibitioners.

    My BC are 24pt painted edge,spot UV you on black silk coating & plain white silk coating 4 color on the other side. Every time i hand someone a card same reaction "wow what a nice card"

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    There so much technology out there & technique that it's almost a shame to limit your self.

    Also i being using a lot of crafting techniques for some of my projects. A simple search for "diy card project" turn up a a lot of good options, you can incorporate into your cards.

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    I use 90x50 or 85x55.

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    there are standards, but it's always good to think otherwise too

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    I think there's a standard for almost everything, everywhere. In Germany we have the so called "DIN" – the "Deusche Industrie Norm" or "German Industrial Standard". (remember the font, eh?) The DIN has measurements for BC, Letterheads and much more stuff.
    As one sad before, it's clever not so restrict one in the process of designing. Maybe you have to restrict it in the end but maybe you find a different solution that works better although it's different.
    The final result just has to work!

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    Exclamation

    Why not ISO Standard? :)

    ISO 216 and/or ISO/IEC 7810

    Maybe a good alternative of.

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    http://designerstoolbox.com/

    great resource

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