The business card is almost obsolete. Academics, I've found, are relying more and more on their faculty webpages to introduce themselves professionally. It won't be long before our institutions stop providing business cards altogether. This is a shame because I have spent years accumulating a collection of business cards (some are quite rare).*
Sometimes I meet these folks at professional meetings; sometimes it's just a fun powwow over coffee. But if its somebody I admire, I make sure to ask for their business card. My favorite kind of card is one that is just simple and honest. For example, here's mine:
I see no reason to inflate my success. I've done okay; not great. My grammar is decent for the grandson of a coal miner. My kids are pretty well behaved. My online scrabble rating is above 1000. I floss. I eat kale from time to time. I can be honest with myself: not bad, not great either. So why not just say so on my business card?
Well anyway, my point is that I appreciate honesty in a business card. So here are a few of my favorites:
...and, of course, here is one of my most prized possessions. The business card of my colleague and close friend, Prof. Chris Keith:
If you happen to have a good idea for an honest business card, I'd love to hear it!
*all of the business cards featured in this post are totally real and not fake in any way.