bookmark_borderHow to make business cards in LaTeX

My business card
Originally uploaded by viralbus

When we set up our company, we needed some business cards.

VistaPrint will make business cards from a PDF file made according to the following specifications: “Full Bleed Size: 90mm x 52mm; Document Trim Size: 87mm x 49mm”.

I prefer doing typography in LaTeX, so I just needed to set this up properly.

I had a few problems with the margins, but with some help from DK-TUG‘s mailing list, I came up with the following:


The “[fixed]” option is very important here, but it is only available in the newest versions of memoir, so you might need to upgrade this package if you have problems getting it to work.

After designing the actual business card, I ran it through pdflatex and uploaded the resulting file to VistaPrint, and it worked beautifully, as can be seen on the photo.

bookmark_borderWhat’s the equivalent of an MP?

The excuse many MPs have given for abusing the expenses system is that their salary (£65k a year) is far too low compared to equivalent jobs.

It seems that they think they’re doing the equivalent of a medical doctor or a lawyer, which means that they think they should be earning more than £100k a year.

But is that reasonable? There are no formal requirements for becoming an MP, and backbenchers can to a certain degree decide their workload themselves. On the other hand, there is absolutely no job security (but a great pension scheme is provided).

YouGov just asked me a question about this:

Think about how much a Member of Parliament currently gets paid in salary. If MPs were to have their pay linked to that of another profession, which of the following professions do you think would be an appropriate link?

  • Senior civil servant
  • Headteacher
  • Doctor
  • Chief Executive of a FTSE 100 company
  • Judge
  • Police inspector
  • Teacher
  • Police constable
  • Social Worker
  • Nurse
  • Army private
  • Shop assistant
  • Call center worker
  • Cleaner
  • State pensioner

I don’t think any of these are exact equivalents, but in the end I opted for police inspector (i.e., ~£45k a year).

What would you have chosen?