Before the days of smartphones, and mobile tablets – how could you expect someone to remember all the important things about you and your profession, how would you ensure someone walked away with the right impression after a chance encounter?
These business cards of the rich & famous show how their humble and sometimes quirky style ensured their owners were remembered alongside their brand, company or profession. How many opportunities would have been missed if even the likes of Steve Jobs hadn’t bothered to hand out a business card?
Jerry Lang – Yahoo CEO & Co-Founder
Jerry Land co-created in February 1994 with David Filo an Internet website called “Jerry and Dave’s Guide to the World Wide Web” consisting of a directory of other websites. It was later renamed to Yahoo! This business card just reeks of the 90’s!
Steve Jobs – Apple
Did he even need a business card? Of course! Everyone needs a business card, especially if you have a really spectacular product. You wouldn’t want to miss out on opportunity because the potential customer couldn’t remember your phone number.
Microsoft – Bill Gates
“William” Gates’ business card looks incredibly retro now, I wonder if at the time this was considered stylish.
On January 5, 2010, owners of the Polaroid brand announced a multi-year strategic partnership with Lady Gaga, who will serve as the creative director for a special line of Polaroid Imaging products.
How could we expect anything else from Warhol? This typically whacky and colourful card was created by hand by Warhol himself.
Triangle business cards? Whatever next! Fancy a Houdini Style Business Card? Check out Solopress’ bespoke work – we can do all kinds of crazy die cut stuff.
I mentioned earlier that some of these business cards were “humble”.
Not this one, however Isaac Asimov was a true natural resource, his works and efforts would have a significant positive impact for years to come, so we’ll let him off for being a bit of a “big head.”
Dr Albert Einstein
Albert Einstein is often quoted as saying “If you can’t explain it to a six year old, you don’t understand it yourself.” He liked things simple. Just like his business card.
The card was likely printed in 1864 by the Democratic committee as a campaign souvenir and implies Lincoln would be defeated in the ’64 election and on his way back to Illinois to practice law (and split rails). Owch.
Walt Disney – Cartoonist
Are you a graphic designer or artist? If you’ve not sketched up a business card demonstrating your skills then what are you waiting for! Get going, ink it up and send it over in pdf format and get it printed.