Design Restrictions for a #10 Envelope

A client of mine asked me to design a #10 envelope for him. I’ve designed lots of things but I don’t do many envelopes and my client wanted his logo to be placed on his envelope in an unusual place turned 90 degrees counter clock wise running down the left hand side of the piece. I needed to know if the USPS would allow this. Going to the USPS website is like trying to negotiate a maze in The Shining. It’s too complicated and filled with postal jargon. I did stumble upon this page: Who knew! The post office has a person called a Mailpiece Design Analyst who analyzes mailpiece designs.

You may be thinking – sure call or email the post office and never hear from them but I was very surprised. They set me up with a ticket but then put me right through to an actual person! She even gave me her email address so I could send the design to make sure it met all the post office requirements and did not cause the envelope to have special handling or extra postage. For those of you struggling with postal regulations and making sure your design meets them, this is a great resource. Happy designing!

Contact Dana Neal Designs if you need expert advise on letterhead, business card or envelope design.

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