Lanyards with their accompanying badge holders have now become the symbol of the name they carry. With the proliferation of new and innovative designs and a seemingly limitless source of materials, companies have now acknowledged such cords’ potential value and started putting in more effort to have theirs personalized and fit their companies’ personalities. It can be noticed that the larger the company is, the more intricate and beautiful are the designs of its lanyards. Presumably, a silent competition may be ongoing between these companies with as harmless as the lanyards as the medium.
Lanyards are the cord worn by mostly employees and students around their necks with the badge holders designed to hold the identification cards. Its popularity has grown tremendously over the past few years and yet no single factor can be attributed to its sudden recognition.
Companies can choose from a wide variety of options of fabrics used in fabricating lanyards. Available are polyester (affordable and most popular among the fabric choices, text and design are silk-screen printed on the lanyard), nylon (has the smoothest finish which allows for the clearest details and most intricate designs, text and design are also silk screen printed, with beautiful and glossy design finish), tubular (tube-stitched polyester material much like the same in a shoelace, text and design are printed, can be placed inside pockets and bags), cord (more recent design offering comfort and more visibility, round lanyards, cost-effective and yet attractive), dye sub (best for full color pattern prints, color intensive, examples of which are camo and rainbow and other multi-color patterns) and woven (same material as the polyester, however the text and design are woven with thread much like embroidery on patches, professional look and feel, can withstand getting wet).
After choosing their choice of fabric, there are also a number of attachments such as the key ring, bulldog clip, swivel hook, thumb hook, oval hook, no swivel hook, plastic j hook, thumb trigger, carabiner, cell phone loop, multiple and custom. Materials used in attachments are plastic and metals. Instead of attachments, companies can opt to choose badge holders or reels. Some design examples of these are the round or square clip, plastic and metal clip, metal carabiner, plastic lanyard reels, metal round reel, large plastic clamp and the common 4×37” x 3” see-through plastic most used in schools.
Colors can be customized to represent the color which the company is associated with, while the text designs and sizes can also be varied depending on the company’s specifications. Text colors are also available if wanted. Company logos can also be incorporated on the lanyard if requested. The thickness of the lanyard can also be specified. In short, a lanyard can be fully customized to suit a company’s preference and specifications.
There are a lot of companies on the internet that manufacture lanyards, attachments and badge holders. Most offer free shipping, choice of attachment, free color matching and free artwork proofs subject to approval by the purchasing company. Prices range from more than one dollar to less than one dollar depending on the lanyard size and the quantity of orders. Of course, the greater the number of orders, the lesser the price per piece. Free quotes are also offered based on estimates.
Most of these manufacturers have experts that collaborate with the company on the design, material best suited for the requirements of the company until the desired outcome is achieved.
Before, lanyards and badge holders were viewed only for their security and identification purposes. Now, it cannot be denied that functionality and design have also become important factors to consider.