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German Series



Belonging to the ISO 216 standard, DIN C8 is a unique paper size that holds its own in the world of print and design. This specific format measures 28mm by 40mm, making it one of the smallest sizes in the DIN C series. Its compact dimensions make it an ideal choice for applications requiring minimal space, such as business cards or small labels.

Interestingly, DIN C8 is part of a larger system that follows a logical and systematic approach to paper sizing. The ISO 216 standard, which includes the A, B, and C series, employs an aspect ratio of √2:1. This means when you fold a sheet in half along its longest side, you get two smaller sheets with the same proportions as the original.

DIN C8 paper dimensions


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2A046.81 x 66.221189 x 1682119 x 1683370 x 4768
A120.51 x 0.7113 x 181 x 237 x 51
4A066.22 x 93.621682 x 2378168 x 2384768 x 6741
A110.71 x 1.0218 x 262 x 351 x 74
A101.02 x 1.4626 x 373 x 474 x 105
A3+12.95 x 19.02329 x 48333 x 48933 x 1369
A1+23.98 x 35.98609 x 91461 x 911726 x 2591
A0+35.98 x 50.87914 x 129291 x 1292591 x 3662
A64.13 x 5.83105 x 14811 x 15298 x 420
A55.83 x 8.27148 x 21015 x 21420 x 595
A48.27 x 11.69210 x 29721 x 30595 x 842
A311.69 x 16.54297 x 42030 x 42842 x 1191
A91.46 x 2.0537 x 524 x 5105 x 147
A216.54 x 23.39420 x 59442 x 591191 x 1684
A82.05 x 2.9152 x 745 x 7147 x 210
A123.39 x 33.11594 x 84159 x 841684 x 2384
A72.91 x 4.1374 x 1057 x 11210 x 298
A033.11 x 46.81841 x 118984 x 1192384 x 3370

Moreover, DIN C8's size is precisely half that of DIN C7 and double that of DIN C9. This consistency across sizes allows for seamless scaling up or down without distorting content or design elements - a feature highly appreciated by designers and printers alike.

In comparison to ANSI standards used predominantly in North America, ISO's DIN series offers more flexibility due to its wider range of sizes. While ANSI focuses on traditional letter formats (like Letter, Legal), ISO's A,B,C series caters to diverse needs from large posters (A0) to tiny labels (C10).

While diminutive in stature compared to other formats within its family tree like A0 or B1; DIN C8 plays an essential role within specific niches where compactness is key. Its adherence to ISO 216 ensures compatibility with other sizes within this globally recognized system - making it not just another paper size but part of an ingenious design solution.

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Interesting facts about DIN C8

1: The Unusual Size

DIN C8 paper is known for its unique size, measuring 57 mm × 81 mm. It is one of the smallest paper sizes in the DIN series.

2: Origin of the DIN Series

The DIN (Deutsches Institut für Normung) series was first introduced in Germany in 1922 to standardize paper sizes. The aim was to simplify printing and reduce waste by using standardized dimensions.

3: Common Uses

DIN C8 paper is commonly used for small items such as business cards, tickets, or labels due to its compact size. It provides a convenient format for printing essential information on small surfaces.

4: Historical Significance

The DIN C8 size has historical significance as it was used during World War II by resistance groups and spies to create hidden messages or secret codes due to its discreet nature.

5: European Standardization

The DIN series became widely adopted across Europe and later evolved into the ISO (International Organization for Standardization) standard for paper sizes, known as the ISO A and B series.

6: Proportional Ratios

In the DIN series, each subsequent size is obtained by halving the longer side of the previous size while maintaining its aspect ratio. This ensures consistent proportions throughout all sizes.

7: Paper Weight Considerations

DIN C8 paper does not have a specific weight associated with it since weight varies depending on thickness and material used. However, it is typically lightweight due to its small dimensions.

8: Printing Challenges

Printing on DIN C8 paper can be challenging due to its small size. Specialized printers or techniques may be required to ensure accurate and legible printing.

9: Niche Collectors' Item

Due to its unique size and historical significance, DIN C8 paper has become a niche collectors' item among enthusiasts interested in paper sizes and their cultural context.

10: Global Variations

While the DIN series is widely used in Europe, other countries have their own standard paper sizes. For example, the United States uses the Letter (8.5" × 11") and Legal (8.5" × 14") sizes as their standard formats.