Graphic Design

Corporate Stationery

Elevating traditional brand touchpoints to make great first impressions.

What is corporate stationery?

Corporate stationery consists of your core branded stationery items. For printed items this will include your business card, letterhead, envelopes, presentation folder and ‘with compliments’ slip. Increasingly we are creating more digital templates for Microsoft Office including Microsoft Word letterhead templates and Microsoft PowerPoint presentation templates.

Frequently asked questions

What kinds of stationery does my business need?

The types of stationery your business requires will differ depending on your unique requirements. Whilst one business may rely on digital Microsoft Office templates, another may rely heavily on printed letterheads. Always consider what you have used in the past before spending up big on large quantities of items that will never get used — it’s a waste of money, paper and storage space! Items to consider include envelopes, with ‘compliments slips’, notebooks, business cards, postcards, presentation folders, pens, stamps, stickers and labels. The only consistent item we have produced for every client has been a business card — and it’s great there are so many versatile production techniques now available.

What do I need to consider for my stationery design?

After working out the basic question — what items do I need, it’s important to consider what your stationery says about your business and is it representative of your brand identity? Often your first piece of contact with a potential client will be a business card and it will serve as a reminder to what you spoke about and how you presented yourself. Talk to your designer about the impression you want to give. Should it be professional? Should it be fun? Is a letterpress business card covered in golf foil appropriate for a charity? Probably not.

Consider what is the key information you want to communicate. We tend to prefer the ‘less is more’ approach to stationery. You want your printed materials to clearly and effectively communicate your key information at a quick glance without getting lost amongst long tagline’s and unnecessary fax numbers. When you consider all your key information should be held on your website, simply including your name, phone number, email address, URL and logo is more than effective.

Our corporate stationery design process

Stage 1: Briefing

We begin by finding out about your specific project and putting together a detailed brief. What is it? Who is it for? When do you need it? What does it need to do?

Stage 2: Design

Once we have a completed brief, we move onto the design stage. Compiling the supplied content into a beautiful piece of communication. We’ll at this stage present potential finishes and stock selections to help your stationery be the best it can be.

Stage 3: Production

Production on any print project requires a high-level of training and experience. Shorthand organise all specifications, quotes and production from within the studio to keep your project streamlined and stress-free.

About Shorthand

A design studio

Shorthand is a design studio based in Newcastle, Australia. We blend expertise in brand, digital and graphic design to help businesses define and communicate their brands to their audience. Our name, taken from the classic writing-system of abbreviation using symbols represents the fundamentals of our work – distilling down the essence of a brand and expressing it visually.

Shorthand was founded in 2014 by Amanda and Scott Kirkman. After spending several years working at top creative agencies in Melbourne, the pair brought their unique experience back home to Newcastle. We are a design studio – not an agency. We don’t have account managers or a sales team, so you know you will be working directly with us. Shorthand was started the intent of staying small, favouring quality over quantity. Today we still stick by that ethos, partnering with brands both small and large from Newcastle to Sydney, Melbourne to San Francisco.

Interested in partnering with us on your next project? Let’s talk!

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