I'm updating my company's name card, as we are expanding to other countries, we want to reflect those countries on our name card, but the problem I encounter is the map appeared very ugly, and we shouldn't simplify it as it will make some countries disappear.

What do you think?

Update: Thank you all for the useful tips, using country code is a good idea.

I think I should show the progress so that you guys can understand better.

First one simplified too much that removed some countries. Second one is aesthetic-wise unacceptable, too complex for a small card

[![This one simplified too much that removed some countries.][1]][1]

[![This one is aesthetic-wise unacceptable, too complex for a small card][2]][2]

  • What's a Name card? May 31, 2017 at 10:35
  • Name card as in business card, correct?
    – Luciano
    May 31, 2017 at 14:06
  • Yes, name card is business card. Jun 1, 2017 at 2:51

2 Answers 2


Use the country flag. You can simply place the country flags images(lets say of 32x32) at the bottom of name card and center align it.

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    What if someone does not recognise your country's flag? May 31, 2017 at 9:13
  • You could use Alpha-2 or Alpha-3 codes, officially defined in ISO 3166-2 Standard. More informations here : wikiwand.com/en/ISO_3166-1_alpha-2#/…
    – Brice
    May 31, 2017 at 9:52
  • @Brice yes nice. Actually I thought in question it is mentioned not to use text. Yeah nice one. Thanks for the help.
    – Srija Nair
    May 31, 2017 at 9:56
  • @Srija Yes I know, I was thinking to two characters used as monogram, maybe over the flag icon ?
    – Brice
    May 31, 2017 at 10:02
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    Be careful overlaying text on an image. ISO country codes aren't always understandable either (ESP? NER? ISL?), and by placing them on top of flags, which are also not always recognizable, you're creating something that's, let's say, one sixteenth as clear. Simply showing the country's name as text is the most easy to understand, I'm afraid. May 31, 2017 at 13:09

It is a small card, so I trust you want to keep it simple enough. And obviously a printed card means no popup or hover or tooltip. So, we need it to be in one layer and only one layer.

With that in mind, I will do a combination of flag and world map. Your first map is too simple, so much so that the borders are not proper. Considering you have locations mostly in Asia, you want borders to be a little better. It doesn't have to be perfect, just enough to keep the countries recognizable. See this link. https://image.freepik.com/free-vector/white-world-map_23-2147514300.jpg If this level of simplification works for your map, then select this. Keep the map as simple as possible while making sure that your locations are recognizable.

Second thing is flag. Instead of dots, you can add flags. That will help the location be a bit more recognizable. You can also do arrows for the location. Something like this. http://www.tiburondata.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/office-location1.jpg Instead of names, you can use flag to save space.

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