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3 Reasons to Choose Custom-Shaped ID Cards

Posted by Dan Ryan on Jun 2, 2017 2:00:00 PM

Let's be honest: there aren't a lot of secrets about ID cards.

While there are a number of concepts in the identification industry that are a bit mysterious to the average person, the concept of credentials isn't one of them.

Most people are pretty familiar with the basics: they know what an ID card does, what the different kinds of ID cards are (student ID cards, employee badges, etc.) and what functions cards are able to perform.

In most cases, knowing the basics is enough. It'll help you have a decent idea of what you need, and you'll be able to fill in the rest as you go.

However, in the case of ID cards, we've found that there's something fairly basic that many people don't know: you can get custom-shaped ID cards!

Yes, employee badges, student credentials and more can be ordered in shapes other than the rounded-edge rectangles most people picture when they think about ID cards. 

In fact, ID cards can be round, triangular or even shaped like a giant tooth — whatever your imagination can think up!

Rectangles are out — shapes are in!

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Topics: card tips, ID cards, JetPak, ID card design, id card tips, custom id cards, custom-shaped id cards

4 More Things You Need to Stop Doing With Your ID Badges

Posted by Dan Ryan on Apr 19, 2017 1:00:00 PM

Back in December, we published a post on this blog titled "4 Things You Need to Stop Doing With Your ID Badges."

That post talked about several weird things we had seen and heard of people doing with their ID cards or employee badges, including scraping their car windshields and propping open doors.

And while we applauded the innovative and outside-the-box thinking that led to these interesting use cases, we stressed that while ID badges are versatile, their use should be limited to identifying people, granting access, processing payments or similar functions.

What we didn't expect was to hear from a variety of people who not only liked the post, but reported more odd ways that they had seen ID badges being used.

We discovered that there were people in offices and at job sites of all kinds using their ID badges for a variety of unorthodox purposes, and decided that these new uses deserved some time in the spotlight as well.

What do a box, a piece of cake and a sticker have in common?

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Topics: card tips, ID cards, employee badges, employee ID cards, custom id badges

Holographic Laminate vs. Standard Laminate: Which Should You Choose?

Posted by Dan Ryan on Mar 24, 2017 1:00:00 PM

When choosing a new ID card printer, one of the more important decisions you'll make is whether you want a laminating printer or a standard printer without lamination.

Why? Because choosing one over the other drastically alters your next steps.

Laminating printers are more expensive and require more printer supplies, but the cards they create are going to last much longer than their non-laminated counterparts.

For this post, we're going to assume you decided to make a bigger up-front investment and went with a laminating printer, because you don't want to worry about replacing broken ID cards every few months.

Great!

However, your decision-making days aren't over: you still need to decide what kind of laminate you are going to use to protect your new ID credentials.

Holo or plain? The choice is yours.

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Topics: card tips, ID cards, government ID cards, laminated ID cards, employee ID cards, lamination

3 Signs It's Time to Get New Employee Badges

Posted by Dan Ryan on Feb 24, 2017 1:00:00 PM

At some point in its long, illustrious life, after thousands of swipes or hundreds of scans, an employee badge will need to be replaced.

No matter how well it's protected or how careful the wearer has been, no badge can last forever.

Organizations frequently try to put off re-badging their employees, coming up with a variety of different excuses:

  • "Oh, it's good enough."
  • "It's not in the budget right now."
  • "I already know you, who cares if your name is illegible?"

It's hard to fault organizations for trying to save money by putting off a re-badging program.

After all, issuing new employee badges can be a large expense, and is definitely one that an organization needs to plan for when budgeting.

However, it's also essential to security to not postpone a re-badging program indefinitely.

The longer an organization waits to re-badge employees, the more likely that organization is to encounter some kind of security breach.

So...how long is long enough?

How much mileage can you squeeze out of those ol' badges before it's time to upgrade?

While it's best (and easiest on the poor finance person who's trying to do your budget) to issue new employee badges at regular intervals, here are three signs that your re-badging program can't wait any longer.

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Topics: card tips, ID cards, employee badges, employee ID cards, custom id badges

4 Ways to Help Your Employees Remember Their ID Badges

Posted by Dan Ryan on Jan 13, 2017 11:00:00 AM

It's happened to all of us.

You're walking up the stairs at work in the morning, ready to start the day. You might still be half asleep, but you've got your coffee, your lunch bag and you're ready to start the day.

You get to the front door and reach for your employee badge...

"Uh oh."

Then come the familiar steps:

  • Check the other pocket? Nope.
  • What about your back pocket? Nada.
  • Is it in your backpack? No dice.
  • Maybe the car? You took the train today.
  • Did I drop it on the stairs? No.
  • Maybe it's in my shoe? Now you're being ridiculous.

It settles in: you forgot your ID badge!

Don't worry. Everyone forgets. Happens to the best of us.

However, when it comes to ID badges at the workplace, forgetting a badge can cause a variety of problems, both for employees and the employer.

From having someone stuck outside until a fellow employee arrives to the employer having to deal with the potential security issues of an unidentified person walking around the facility, the "I forgot" headaches start to add up.

The easiest solution, obviously, is to help employees stop forgetting their badges. Easier said than done, right?

However, there are steps you can take to help employees remember their credentials, from specific card-carrying accessories to some good, ol' fashioned embarrassment.

Functionality, cell phones and embarrassment: what do they have in common?

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Topics: card tips, ID cards, cell phone wallet, employee badges, employee ID cards, office tips

How to Take a Great Employee ID Photo

Posted by Dan Ryan on Dec 16, 2016 12:00:00 PM

It's the most important aspect of any student ID card, employee badge or other ID credential, yet it's the aspect that gives organizations the most trouble: the photo!

On the surface, taking a photo seems like it should be easy: just point the camera at the subject, press the button, put the file on a computer, crop it to fit and voilà — an ID photo!

However, anyone who has ever tried to take an employee ID photo knows that's never how it works.

There's always something that comes up:

  • "Why do I look like a ghost?!?"
  • "What's with all the shadows?"
  • "Ugh, I have red eye!"

It's OK to admit it: taking a good employee ID photo is hard. 

However, there are a few tips and tricks you can use to drastically cut down on the number of re-shoots you need to do, making those days of "selfie" photo ID badges a distant memory.

You don't need to be a pro to get professional-quality shots

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Topics: card tips, ID cards, ID card design, employee badges, employee ID cards

4 Things You Need to Stop Doing With Your ID Badges

Posted by Dan Ryan on Dec 9, 2016 4:00:00 PM

ID cards are pretty versatile, able to be used for a variety of different things.

An ID card can...

  • open a door.
  • pay for your lunch.
  • record your attendance at work.
  • log you into your work computer.

Yes, the tasks an ID card can accomplish (especially a smart card or a proximity card) go far beyond what you'd expect from a small rectangle of plastic or synthetic paper.

However, that doesn't mean an ID card can do it all.

Admit it: you've used your ID card, especially your employee badge, for non-ID purposes. We know your card didn't get that crack or those frayed edges from being worn on a badge reel all of the time.

We've all been there: we need a quick tool to perform a simple task. And when you're at work, your employee badge is right there at all times. It's tempting to reach for it...

But you have to resist! Using your ID badge for the tasks below may seem like a quick, easy solution, but it'll ultimately shorten the lifespan of your credential and cost your employer money down the line.

Put your hands up and step away from the ID badge...

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Topics: card tips, ID cards, employee badges, laminated ID cards, employee ID cards

The Blueprint for the Perfect Employee Badge [Infographic]

Posted by Dan Ryan on Nov 8, 2016 11:00:00 AM

Creating a great employee badge for your organization can be tricky. 

You want something professional, but not too expensive; something that looks cool, but won't be too hard to personalize and issue.

Basically, you want it all.

Fortunately, creating an awesome ID badge for your employees isn't as confusing as it may seem.

Today, ID cards can be completely personalized, from the inside out. You can add everything from custom ID card security features to pre-programmed chips that allow the cards to open doors, make payments and more.

When creating these ID cards, however, there are a few important steps you should follow if you want to get the most out of your new credentials.

We call these steps a "blueprint" to creating the perfect employee badge, and put the steps into a handy infographic for you to download and view before your next big badging operation.

Get your free infographic and create the best ID cards possible

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Topics: card tips, ID cards, employee badges, infographics, employee ID cards

How to Choose the Right ID Badge Accessory: 5 Questions You Need to Ask

Posted by Dan Ryan on Oct 28, 2016 4:00:00 PM

You have your new ID cards all picked out.

They're perfect. You custom designed them with your organization's logo, included a bar code for use in the office cafeteria and even added a smart chip that lets your employees use them to gain access to the building.

Awesome!

Now, how are you going to carry them?

For organizations starting an ID badge program, a lot of effort goes into choosing and creating the perfect ID credential. It makes sense: after all, the card itself is the center of the badging program.

However, your employees will be using these credentials every day, and will need a way to carry them around. For that reason, choosing the right ID badge accessory is an essential part of running a successful badging program.

When it comes to card-carrying accessories, you have plenty of choices. 

Strap clip? Lanyard? Badge Reel? Badge Holder? Neck chain? 

While each of the above is a great ID badge accessory in its own right, certain accessories are better suited for use in specific situations.

So, how do you go about finding that perfect accessory? We've got you covered!

Several key attributes help determine the right ID badge accessory for you

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Topics: card tips, custom lanyards, lanyards, card accessories, custom badge reels, strap clips, badge reels, badge holders

Product Spotlight: Colored PVC ID Cards

Posted by Dan Ryan on Aug 24, 2016 3:40:00 PM

Product Spotlight is a feature that will run multiple times a week, designed to showcase individual products in our broad offering. We'll highlight key features, discuss how the product is used and more. Interested in seeing a particular product featured here? Let us know!

Product: Colored PVC ID Cards
Product Category: ID Cards
SKU: 1350-20xx (view full list)

Think about every ID card or employee badge you've ever had. What do they all have in common?

OK, wise guy: yes, they all have text on them. And some kind of graphic. Very funny.

If you're like most people, there will be another common thread connecting most of your ID badge experiences: all of your ID badges used plain white PVC card stock!

While most finished cards will have some kind of color photo or graphic, we're talking about the card itself here: white is the standard color for ID badges of all kinds, from basic student ID badges to corporate ID credentials.

It's easy to see why: white is easy to print on, understated and plain. White is ol' reliable, producing the same steady-but-unremarkable results, time after time.

However, if we're being honest, white PVC cards are also something else: a little...boring.

Add a splash of color to any card program

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Topics: card tips, ID cards, colored ID cards

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