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How to Improve Conference Name Badges
Ed Kohler

Matt Cutts thinks he can improve the typical conference's name badge. He breaks it down in this drawing:


2-Sided is a pretty good idea since they do tend to flip around.

However, Dan Grisby has proposed a different solution to the flipping problem that may work equally as well: Use two holes. If the badge has holes punched on each corner rather than a single hole in the middle, the spaced lanyard attachments would probably be enough to keep it from spinning.

Dan's solution to that part of the badge problem seems like the way to go because few conferences are set up for 2-sided badge printing.


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1. Posted by: Emily on January 18, 2009 10:33 PM:

I'm a meeting planner, and I LOVE the giant first name. Makes it so much easier to be nonchalant about the fact that you've forgotten someone's name.

2. Posted by: Graeme Thickins on January 19, 2009 7:50 AM:

Dan Grigsby has achieved his life's work.. he can quit now :-)

3. Posted by: Michael Deutch on January 19, 2009 9:55 AM:

In the spirit of keeping everything 'green', why not reusable conference badges? How much waste is created with disposable badges worldwide each year?

4. Posted by: Ken Montville - The MD Suburbs of DC on January 19, 2009 10:56 AM:

Looks like Matt has been reading The Back of the Napkin by Dan Roam. I'm glad he's taking a little time off to think of these things rather than ways to befuddle people trying to get Google juice for their websites/blogs.

I like the two-hole idea since it would cut down on ink and the necessity for duplexing printers.

5. Posted by: Lee on January 19, 2009 11:41 AM:

If people from manufacturing sites are attending, get the break-away lanyards for safety purposes, otherwise they are trash bound. Better yet, everybody would be safer with the break-away lanyards - it shows you care.

6. Posted by: Peter Verkooijen on January 19, 2009 12:37 PM:

Heartwarming to see the technology elite is hard at work solving societies big problems.

7. Posted by: Mickey Arledge on January 19, 2009 3:09 PM:

Hmmm - I think for maximum exposure, instead of 2 sided name tags, it's better to make the tag a big larger, maybe a would work (it's kinder to clothing). But I think with the larger version, the concept of adding Facebook info, Twitter info, etc. is absolutely a must these days. But I suppose if the name tag is on a lanyard, and yes, they do tend to flip - then yes, the idea of having information on both sides is good.

8. Posted by: Hugh on January 19, 2009 8:31 PM:

One of the best name tag innovations I've seen is to have a mini version of the conference schedule on the back of the name tag.

9. Posted by: Andy Mc-Badges on January 24, 2009 1:49 PM:

For the ultimate in cheap, effective (and green) badges just write people's names on their foreheads, it also saves people losing them!

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