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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

Printer Ribbons: What does YMCKO mean?

Posted by Dan Ryan on Aug 12, 2016 1:45:00 PM

There are all kinds of random acronyms and abbreviations in the identification industry:

PVC. DTC. ID. RFID. CR80.

With all of these letters and numbers, product titles and descriptions can sometimes look more like alphabet soup than actual sentences.

Many of the acronyms are fairly intuitive. Everyone knows what "ID" is, and "CR80" is pretty easy to understand once you read about it the first time.

However, one of the more common ID acronyms is a bit more difficult to fully understand: YMCKO.

No, YMCKO (unfortunately) isn't a new and improved version of the YMCA. Sorry, Village People!  

Instead, YMCKO is an abbreviation used to describe the color panels contained in a PVC printer ribbon

Confused? We'll explain.

It's fun to print with a Y-M-C-K-O!

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Topics: ID card printers, infographics, printer supplies

Lanyards 101: The Anatomy of a Custom Lanyard [Infographic]

Posted by Dan Ryan on Jul 19, 2016 4:00:00 PM

Lanyards are one of the most popular ways to carry and display an ID badge, and it's easy to see why. They are, among other things, a very easy-to-use, versatile card accessory.

Custom lanyards take all that's good about a plain lanyard and magnify it with the addition of eye-catching branding. By putting your logo, slogan or other imagery on a custom lanyard, you're offering a way to carry a card or badge that also promotes your brand.

Basically, a cool custom lanyard can serve as a mini-billboard for your organization!

Whether you're using custom lanyards to sell in a gift shop or to issue to your employees, it's important to know what you're getting. And when you're designing your own custom lanyard, you're faced with a ton of choices:

Do you want a safety breakaway? What kind of finishing option do you need? Will you be wanting a plastic card clip, or a swivel hook? What material do you like?

It's enough to make your head spin!

Fortunately, we're here to cut through all the noise for you. We designed a helpful infographic that clearly identifies the major components of a custom lanyard, enabling you to be a more informed consumer next time you make a custom lanyard purchase.

Download our FREE custom lanyard infographic!

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Topics: custom lanyards, lanyards, custom products, infographics

Silk Screen, Dye-Sub and Woven-In: A Look at Our Custom Lanyards [Infographic]

Posted by Dan Ryan on Apr 20, 2016 10:00:00 AM

Custom lanyards are one of the most popular card-carrying accessories. They're easy to use, convenient and are a great way to enhance a brand through an eye-catching design.

With our custom lanyard offering, the possibilities are nearly endless. We offer so many different end fittings, materials, colors and additional options that you could design a different custom lanyard every day and be busy for years.

However, one of the most important parts of creating a custom lanyard is choosing the right customization method. Plenty of places offer cheap custom lanyards, but many keep you in the dark regarding customization methods, offering only a single option.

At IDenticard, we offer custom lanyards at an affordable price with three different customization methods: silk screen customization, dye-sublimated customization and woven-in customization.

Each of these three customization processes has its own unique benefits. To illustrate the differences, we've created a convenient infographic with high-resolution imagery and information on all three customization methods.

Which method offers the classic lanyard look? Which is best for high-detail imagery?

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Topics: custom lanyards, card attachments, lanyards, card accessories, custom products, infographics

The 3 Most Common ID Card Sizes [Infographic]

Posted by Dan Ryan on Mar 8, 2016 1:06:02 PM

ID cards are a common, everyday item. However, if you asked the average person for the dimensions of a standard ID card, the answer would probably be something like "the size of a credit card" or "a few inches."

The truth is, when many organizations are looking to get new ID credentials or to switch up their badging program, they aren't quite sure which size to choose. 

This helpful infographic below illustrates the three most common card sizes, including their dimensions and common uses, to answer the question:

What size ID card do I need?

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Topics: proximity cards, smart cards, card tips, ID cards, ID card sizes, infographics

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