With all the advanced technology we have today, it’s fairly easy to provide additional services to people with special needs.
Making information accessible to as many people as possible is extremely useful, and making it accessible to visually impaired people may be a requirement, depending on your field of expertise and ideal clientele.
This easy-to-follow guide will show you to make a cool business card with a Braille component.
Step 1. Document creation.
A standard business card is sized 3.5” x 2”. In order to keep everything as easy as possible, I’d recommend using these measurements. Make sure to leave at least a 0.125” margin around the borders to avoid anything important being cut out during printing.
Online printing services will require files to be in specific formats, so check their specs out first before making your business cards.
Step 2. Design tips.
Add the essential information you would add to any other business card (name, company name, position, contacts and so on), but don’t make it too heavy on graphics.
Simple is always best. For this kind of card, try to keep the design elements reasonably unobtrusive.
Step 3. What to Braille.
For space reasons, you won’t be translating the whole card into Braille, so you need to know which elements are necessary and which are dispensable.
Your name and company, along with your most important contact details (phone, email, URL), should be included. Arrange them in order of relevance and always start with your name.
If you have problems fitting everything on the card, get rid of any extra information and use abbreviations where possible.
Step 4. Braille translation.
There are a number of Braille translators available on the Web, including Liblouis, Winbraille and Braille Translator. However, translators may not be totally accurate or sufficient enough for your needs.
While you can use Braille Grade 1 for basic info and numbers, you will need Braille Grade 2 for complex strings of text. Mistaking the two will appear weird to proficient readers.
If you want to double check your Braille, you should refer to an expert. You can search on the Web for dedicated Braille translating services or ask some organization for advice.
There are a number of Braille fonts you can use for free in your project. You can look on font repositories like Dafont and Fontspace.
Step 5. Printing.
The printing equipment for Braille is called Braille embosser. A Braille embossing printer is a specialty item and it is very expensive. It’s likely a Braille embosser will be out of your price range, especially if you only need to print your business cards.
The best option you have is to research and find a professional printer in your area that offers Braille embossing services. As an alternative, you can try a few online printers.
Feel your way to success.
Making your card Braille compliant may be time consuming, but the time and resources you invest in it will pay off and your customer base will become a loyal one.