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Card Design Considerations

Card Design Considerations

  • Are you printing on both sides of the card?  What if the badge is lost?  Is there a return address imprinted on the back?  Bear in mind that printing on the reverse of the card increases costs of both equipment and consumables.
  • Will a company name be visible on your photo ID? Some companies want this clearly visible, while other opt for a more obscure ID, utilizing on the employee photo, job title and ID#.
  • Will your ID badge expire? Most companies badge every couple of years to maintain up-to-date information and keep the photo database current.
  • Will your card design include a holographic overlay? Or a clear overlay?  Be sure that you have chosen the right cardstock if utilizing a lamination station.
  • Keep it simple!  Don't design an ID card that is too busy.  Stick to the basics and create a clear, concise visual display.
  • Do you have a guard gate? A security staff?  Perhaps your badges need to be visible from a distance. Keep this in mind when desining your card layout and incorporate a colored background that is easily identifiable from a distance.
  • How will you be displaying your badges?  Will you use a badge holder?  How about a lanyard or badge reel.  Deciding how the badge will be worn will be key in your designing decisions.
  • Will your badge be used for photo ID only? Or will you be incorporating your badge with an access control system?  Or perhaps a timeclock? Your photo ID can be used in numerous ways to accomplish a number of tasks.

 

 

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