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 can include business cards, letterhead, envelopes, presentation folders, invoices, receipts and ‘with compliments’ slips. Digital corporate stationery can include templates for Microsoft Office products, including letterhead for Microsoft Word, presentation templates for Microsoft Powerpoint, and email signatures for Microsoft Outlook.

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 there’s a range of exciting production techniques available that can help yours be a memorable one.

What do I need to consider for my stationery design?

After working out what items you need, it’s important to consider how your stationery represents your brand identity. The first impression of your business a potential client is likely to experience is your business card. It will serve as a reminder of what you discussed 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 gold-foil appropriate for a charity? Probably not.

What do I need to consider for my stationery design?

Consider the key information you want to communicate. We tend to prefer the ‘less is more’ approach to stationery. Printed materials should clearly and effectively communicate your key information at a quick glance without getting lost amongst long taglines 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: Discovery

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. We 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 brand. Our name, taken from the classic writing-system of symbolic abbreviation, represents the fundamentals of our work – distilling the essence of a brand and expressing it visually.

Shorthand was founded by Amanda and Scott Kirkman in 2014, when the pair brought several years of experience at top creative agencies in Melbourne back home to Newcastle. We are a design studio, not an agency. We are intentionally small, favouring quality over quantity. We don’t have account managers or a sales team, so you know you will be working directly with us. We bring our big agency experience to projects of all sizes, partnering with brands from Sydney to San Francisco.

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

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