How To: Make a Circular Business Card
Forget rectangle and go circle!

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It doesn’t take much to make a business card that is fun and original. Giving the card a unique cut, quite literally, can be a way to make it stand out.

Circular cards are still a rarity, but they’re actually easy to design and print. This tutorial will show you how to create your own circular business card.

Create a new document, sized 3 inches by 3 inches, with a resolution of 300 and in CYMK mode. Since the document is a perfect square, the orientation won’t matter.

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Go to the shape tools and select the ellipse tool. Once inside the document’s area and when the pop-up menu appears, enter 2.5 inches as the value for both the width and height.

Use the vertical and horizontal alignment tools to bring the shape to the middle of the document.

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If you want to start with a little advantage, you can download a ready-to-use template from the Web. Many online printers provide custom templates you can use for designing the card.

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Designing the circular card is like designing a normal card. It can be one with just a simple logo and text, or it can be more graphics-oriented. Choosing a style over the other is up to you.

Having an idea in mind will help you greatly, so make sketches and try several different variants. It’s best to choose a design that will take advantage of the card’s peculiar shape.

I recommend a simple design because it’s clean, elegant and doesn’t disorient the viewer. Choose quality card stock to give it some depth and add other interesting special effects, like lamination and letterpress.

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The rules for text are the same as for regular business cards. You just have to make sure the text will blend nicely with the rest of the design.

Use fonts that will go well with the overall style of the card and that will be readable. Be particularly careful with placement and warping. You want the text to follow the round flow of the card, but you don’t want it to be overly distorted.

Include your name, main contacts (email, phone, website and social media links), specialization and companies or organizations you are affiliated with.

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Circular business cards can be really attractive. With a little creativity, you can adapt them to be used in many unique ways. You can turn them into coasters, fold them for different looks and so on.

Created in Illustrator CC.

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  1. Would love to do this, don’t have my own design software thought :((

  2. collective_designer

    very cool idea. have seen a couple off-shape biz cards that I thought were very neat and stood out well.