Patrick Bateman, eat your heart out.
Chen Guangbiao, a Chinese millionaire who was recently interested in buying The New York Times for upwards of $3 billion, impressed the Internet on Wednesday when a photo of his business card was released by Business Insider. And while most of us stick to our names and basic contact information, let's just say Guangbiao is unencumbered by such conventions.
Save for a small headshot, the business card is all not-so-humble-brag text, listing the recycling tycoon's many self-reported accomplishments (you can see the photo on Business Insider's website): "Most Charismatic Philanthropist of China," "China Top Ten Most Honorable Volunteer," and "China Moral Leader," just to name a few.
While Guangbiao's business card is representative of his theatrical style of self-promotion through philanthropy (he's handed out money to street cleaners while wearing a lime green suit), it's not a style that most experts would recommend.
With only 2 x 3.5 inches of space, keeping your business card design simple and clean is important. A simple design is the best way to convey the most important information: how to get in touch with you. And for a multimillionaire, that card stock looks mighty flimsy. “A poor quality card can undermine even the best rapport or the most persuasive conversation,” Josh Spiro wrote in an article on best practices for business cards for Inc.
But if you're more interested in the Guangbiao school of business card design, Slate has you covered: The website has created a Chen Guangbiao business-card generator. "Now you can have a card fit for a Chinese billionaire," the site says.
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