What are the best practices for business card and e-signature design followed by On-Target?

Business cards and e-signatures are essential tools for professional communication and networking. They should be designed thoughtfully to convey professionalism and reflect the brand effectively. Here are some best practices On-Target! follows for both:

Business Cards

  1. Keep it Simple and Clean: When we design your business card we ensure it is designed with clarity and readability in mind. Use a clean layout and avoid cluttering the space with too much information. Include only the most important details: name, title, company, phone number, email, and website.

  2. Reflect Your Brand: Ensure your business card is consistent with your brand’s visual identity. Use your brand’s colors, logos, and fonts. This consistency helps in reinforcing your brand identity in the minds of the recipients.

  3. Use High-Quality Materials: The quality of the paper and the printing can make a significant difference. A well-crafted business card using good quality card stock can create a positive impression and convey the professionalism of your brand.

  4. Add a Unique Touch: Consider adding a feature that makes your card stand out, such as a unique finish (matte, glossy), embossing, or a distinctive shape. However, ensure that these creative elements do not overwhelm the basic purpose of the card.

  5. Include a Call to Action: Sometimes, including a subtle call to action, such as "Visit our website" or "Schedule a free consultation," can be effective in encouraging further engagement.

  6. Double-sided Design: Utilize the back of the card effectively—perhaps for an appointment reminder, a brief tagline, or important social media handles.


  1. Keep it Professional: An e-signature should be neat and not overly decorative. Typically, it should include your name, position, company name, phone number, and email address. Optionally, you can add the company logo, digital business card, or social media links.

  2. Use Standard Fonts: Stick to standard, web-safe fonts to ensure your e-signature looks consistent across different email clients and devices. Avoid using too many fonts or colors that might not display correctly or might appear unprofessional.

  3. Optimize for Mobile: Ensure your e-signature looks good on mobile devices. Keep it concise because mobile screens are smaller and can make a busy signature look cluttered.

  4. Include Legal Disclaimers if Necessary: Depending on your industry, you might need to include a legal disclaimer or confidentiality notice in your e-signature for compliance reasons.

  5. Limit Image Use: While including an image like a logo can enhance the visual appeal, be mindful that some email clients block images by default. Use images sparingly and ensure they are optimized for quick loading.

  6. Test Across Email Clients: Before finalizing your e-signature, test it across different email clients and devices to ensure it appears correctly everywhere it’s likely to be seen.

Both business cards and e-signatures are not just practical tools but also opportunities to make a lasting impression. Effective design and thoughtful inclusion of information can significantly enhance their impact, helping to build professional relationships and promote your brand effectively.