Classic Business Cards Of Tech Legends

While you have plenty of options to leave an impression online, offline, the business card still serves a primary use for the “here’s how you can contact me” approach. There are plenty of very interesting business card designs but if you have ever wondered what the business cards of tech legends like Bill Gates and Steve Wozniak looked like, have we got a compilation for you.

Below are 15 name cards belonging to people who have made a huge mark in the online and tech world. These names are probably not unfamiliar to the lot of you even though the designs really reflect the days of yesteryears. Some cards exude formality, others a sense of cheekiness. How far they’ve come from the days these business cards were making their rounds.

Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook. The co-founder and CEO of Facebook has the world at his fingertips and made himself clear to the world with the phrase “I’m CEO, Bitch” on his name card. (Image Source: anthonylee)

mark zuckerberg

Steve Jobs, Apple. Back in the day, the founder of Apple went by with a relatively simple name card. (Image Source: ofisyasami)

steve jobs

Jerry Yang, Yahoo!. The chief of Yahoo opted for a more fun approach with his name card. And just look at that email: jerry@yahoo.com. You can’t find emails like that anymore. (Image Source: bitrebels)

jerry yang

Eric Schmidt, Google. Google’s former CEO and now executive chairman used a formal and simple name card to introduce himself to fellow businessmen. The color for g seemed a little different though. (Image Source: bitrebels)

eric schmidt

Bill Gates, Microsoft. The backbone of Microsoft used bright orange as the colour palette for his name card. He even used his given name, William. (Image Source: designtaxi)

bill gates

Larry Page, Google. The co-founder and CEO of Google, Larry Page made sure everyone knew the company he was working for with the massive Google! logo in the centre. (Image Source: businessinsider)

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Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple. Wozniak went for a different approach as compared to Jobs. The co-founder of Apple opted for a metallic, almost credit-card-like feel for his name card. (Image Source: topdesignmag)

steve wozniak

Evan Williams, Twitter. Williams went for a very simple design for his business card. It looks like it is made from recycled paper! (Image Source: clubsoda)

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Mitchell Baker, Mozilla. Mozilla’s former chairman bore the original dinosaur logo of Mozilla on her business card. (Image Source: lizardwrangler)

mitchell baker

Meg Whitman, HP. CEO of Hewlett-Packard keeping it simple with her business card. (Image Source: startiger)

meg whitman

Tim Berners-Lee, founder of WWW. A man that many people thank today for inventing the world wide web, Berners-Lee went by with this classic business card design. (Image Source: telenet)

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Kevin Mitnick, ‘World’s Most Wanted’ hacker. Even the world’s most wanted hacker had his very own business card! It certainly is made to impress! (Image Source: acumendesign)

kevin mitnick

Richard Stallman, GNU. Stallman is known for his free software movement and for launching the GNU project – and less on his unusual sense of humor. (Image Source: cngulu)

richard stallman

Wright Brothers, Cycle Company. The Wright brothers were known to have built the world’s first successful airplane. This was the name card they used when they started their own company. (Image Source: psprint)

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John Donahoe, eBay. eBay is famous for being a successful platform for online shopping. The CEO used a classic design for his business card. (Image Source: auctiva)

john donahoe

Intriguing Finger Celebrities (Art)

If you’re willing, even your fingers can be transformed into famous people of your choice, and that’s what the Italian artist Dito Von Tease did for his Ditology project. He photographed his own index ‘dito’, (aka finger) and magically manipulates it into public figures like Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg with astounding accuracy.

Von Tease, who also goes by the name “Il Dito” (The Finger), started the project three years ago, when he first subscribed to Facebook. He decided to design an avatar using a photo of his own index finger and some digital retouching. He says, “I wanted to be free from my role, my oppressive relatives, and my not-very-friends.” The burlesque performer Dita Von Teese, whom he calls “an expert in disguises,” inspired his alias. He also wanted to explore the idea that we all hide ourselves behind an image we create. Which is your favorite? Please let us know in the comments below.

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(Image Source: Ditology)

Dito Avatar. With this level of accuracy and detail, it’s hard to tell if this really comes from a regular index finger. Dito Von Tease is not (just) another photo manipulator.

dito avatar

Dito Mario Bros. I love how vector designs are created to suit this Mario character. The artist truly cares about every single element that adds to the accuracy.

dito mario bros

Dito Mona Lisa. Masterpiece remastered, but how the heck did he re-create the cloth in renaissance style?

dito mona lisa

Dito Mozart. If you haven’t noticed the similarity yet, here is the photo for you to compare with.

dito mozart

Dito Ronald McDonald. Ronald McDonald’s look always freaks me out, but this one scared me with its seamless, realistic combination between background and portrait.

dito ronald mcdonald

Dito Mark Zuckerberg. If you use Facebook every day, will your finger start looking like Mark Zuckerberg? Nailed the hair.

dito mark zuckerberg

Dito Obama. Love him or hate him, you can’t hate Dito Obama.

dito obama

Steve Jobs. Forget Kutcher, put Dito Steve Jobs in the biography instead.

dito steve jobs

Dito Tattoo. Quick note: every master work like this takes between 8 and 16 hours.

dito tattoo

Dito Wrestling. All these convincing designs and textures makes me wonder if finger people actually exists in real life!

dito wrestling

Exceptional Paintings With Oil On Linen

Tristan Pigott creates exceptional paintings with oil on linen. His artworks are explorations of human characteristics, often presenting the people in them as awkwardly self-conscious. He plays on these characteristics by creating surreal narratives, where a person’s projection is emphasized by drama.

Tristan graduated from Camberwell College of Arts in 2012 studying Painting, and has been living and working in London since.

All images © Tristan Pigott