Business card maps have become increasingly important for the promotion of one’s business. Since a business card is the bearer of all the vital information, it is only credible that it carries a map of the location where the business is situated. It can be done using any map building tool or software like Adobe Illustrator or MS Publisher software. A standard business card measures around 3.5 by 2 inches. Below is a simple illustration using MS Publisher 2007.
Things You'll Need
- Internet access
The user first needs to got to Maps.google.com or Mapquest.com and then search for his business address. It is advisable to keep one recognizable street or avenue in the vicinity, because it helps in locating adjoining areas faster.
Once the location of your business comes into focus, copy the location to put in the business card. The figure may have to be cropped to suit the individual needs. Press Alt+Prt to capture the shot. Open MS Paint and copy the picture. Save it.
Open Microsoft Office Publisher 2007 and select the business card option.
The user can choose from among the pre-designed templates or may opt for a customized template. Once the template is chosen, basic information like name, business address, contact details, logo and relevant other information has to be filled in.
Then go to “File” menu, and then to “Insert picture” and browse through to open the saved map image. Insert it on the business card, and after final editing, it is ready to be printed and put to use.
In case the reader is using Adobe Illustrator, the user will have to draw his own map. Go to “File” and select “New” to create a rectangle or square document. First your dimensions should be selected and after that, click "Okay" to create the document. Use the “Pen tool” and the “Line tool” to draw avenues, streets, etc. Use the “Text tool” to add the names of streets, and use the shape tool to create small boxes which may denote landmark buildings.
It is advisable to include your business logo or a star to highlight the location of your business. Now save the file.
The next step is to insert the map. To get your map added to your business card, you should insert the file. For example, select "Place" from the File menu in Illustrator and browse to the file location on your computer. Click to open the file. Once the file is there in the desired location, it has to be resized until it fits well with the overall layout. It is important to note that the map text is big enough to read, because the final business card will actually be smaller compared to the image with which the user will work onscreen. The directions should be very easy to follow. If possible, you can test your card on several people to be sure that they are decipherable.