A brief history of Business Cards…

We have just received our new business cards in the Copperwire office, they are printed with soft touch laminate and are lovely to feel and hold.

We went for a simple design which clearly shows our company name and contact information on. We do a lot of business card designs for our clients and we are often given them from other companies at trade shows, meetings and various events and have quite a collection in the office now. I often like to have a look through at the different designs people have chosen and how they have had them printed.

History of the business card

This prompted me to have a look at the history of business cards, when they were first used and how have they become such an integral part of business life. According to The Economist business cards have been around for a long time in one form or another. The Chinese invented calling cards in the 15th century to give people notice that they intended to visit. European merchants then invented trade cards in the 17th century to act as miniature advertisements and also according to the designer-daily they were also used in the 17th century by prosperous and aristocratic people to announce their arrival in their local town. These business cards were usually decorated with engraved ornaments and elegant coats of arms and were usually the size of a playing card. By the 19th century most upper-class homes had a silver tray on the hall table to collect cards which then served as a record of who had visited the household.

These days business cards are a staple accessory held by the majority of people working in business. They tend to go in one of two directions, either straight forward and simple, designed to exchange contact information or often they can be creative and innovative and used to promote the business to its full extent and give a long lasting first impression.

Bored Panda created a list of 30 of the most creative Business Cards Ever. A few of my favourites are the Cheese Grater Business Card designed by an advertising agency in Brazil, the tearable divorce lawyer business card with information on both sides and the Lego business card that comes as its very own little Lego character with the name on the front and contact information on the back!! Visit https://www.boredpanda.com/creative-business-card-designs/ to have a look at the complete list. There are loads of different ways to present your contact information – next time we need to update our business cards maybe we should be brave and go for something completely different!!

The Cheesegrater Business Card came in the top 30 creative business card ideas compiled by Bored Panda.

The Lego Business Card is a small figure with details on the front and back!!

The Business Card for the divorce lawyer can be split in two with the same details on both sides!!

Business cards seems to be thriving even with the ever-increasing digital age that we live in, people still enjoy networking and creating personal relationships. Exchanging business cards may be an age-old tradition but at the current time it shows no signs of going out of fashion.