How Do I Choose the Best Corporate Stationery?

Jessica Ellis
Jessica Ellis

Corporate stationery refers to paper products used by a business or corporation, including letterhead, envelopes, business cards, notepads, brochures, and thank-you cards. It can serve as a valuable public relations tool, as well as helping to define the image and standards of the business. Choosing the best corporate stationery will depend on the goals and needs of an individual company, but some factors to consider include design, types and amounts of stationery required, security features, and ease of re-ordering.

Corporate stationery can be used for thank you cards.
Corporate stationery can be used for thank you cards.

The design of corporate stationery may play a huge part in the public image of the company. Logos, graphic designs, and other images may be used on corporate stationery to help promote a cohesive image of the business. Custom stationers can work with clients to help design a company logo that is easily incorporated into all types of corporate stationery. Other design considerations, such as layout, format, and font, may also help graphically depict the nature and mission of the business. A quirky t-shirt company may have corporate stationery that imparts a casual vibe and sense of fun, while a law firm may choose to emphasize its commitment to quality and honor by using traditional, handsome design principles.

Assessing the stationery needs of the business is an important part of choosing the right corporate stationery. If a company likes to send out promotional materials to prospective clients, it may need lots of small notepads that can be given as free gifts. A company trying to keep the budget for stationery down may want to have letterhead printed, but use plain envelopes instead of custom-printed versions. Properly understanding how paper and stationery is used in a business can help make stationery orders cost-efficient and suitable to the needs of the company.

Some stationery can serve as a built-in security device for a corporation. By using watermarks, holograms, and other difficult-to-imitate technology, company stationery can be used to ensure that a document is authentic and official. Security-enhanced paper products can be very useful for businesses that deal with proprietary or classified information, or even those in competitive industries.

Since corporate stationery is seldom re-usable, it tends to get used up rather quickly. An easy and convenient re-ordering process can help ensure that the business never runs short of letterhead. Patronizing a larger stationery business instead of a small, custom-order calligrapher or designer may help ensure that repeat orders have a short turn-around time and can be handled quickly.

Jessica Ellis
Jessica Ellis

With a B.A. in theater from UCLA and a graduate degree in screenwriting from the American Film Institute, Jessica is passionate about drama and film. She has many other interests, and enjoys learning and writing about a wide range of topics in her role as a wiseGEEK writer.

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@donasmrs-- Many printing services offer ready-made designs and colors for corporate and business stationery sets. My brother and I have a small business and we are working with a printing service for all our stationery needs. They are printing letterheads, cards, envelopes, CDs and even pens with our business name. You could also hire the services of a freelance designer for a unique stationery design if you want.


@donasmrs-- This actually depends on the type of organization and business and what type of work is involved. As the article said, some companies will want more casual stationery while others will want more rigid and professional.

For the most part, a little bit of design and color is completely acceptable as long as it's not overwhelming. Regardless of the nature of the company, it's important for the stationery to look classy. If the company has a logo, I suggest to make the logo the only design on the stationery. Colors associated with the company can also be used as a border on white envelopes, cards and paper. As long as the stationery has a classy, clean and professional look, different designs and colors can be used.


How much color or design is acceptable on corporate stationery, mainly cards and envelopes? I certainly don't want stationery that's unprofessional, but I don't want it to look routine or boring either.

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