Lanyards have undergone various changes through time. From being twisted cords, they became flat Polyester. Before, the most common variety is a type of knot used to twist the cords or yarn; now, those with printed texts and logos are most popular.
Logo lanyards are up for customization, meaning you can employ any design that you wish for in your lanyard. Below you’ll discover the basic facts about each customization option available to you.
For you to know what designs could be or could not be incorporated into your lanyards, you have to be aware of their materials and restrictions.
The most common material used in making logo lanyards is polyester. This material can be screen printed with any texts or logos. They are also economical and yet durable.
This material is glossy. It can produce an attractive lanyard which has a smooth and soft surface. Nylon lanyards are great for special events and brand campaigns. They can make the printed texts and designs stand out.
Nylon is more expensive than polyester, but it is ticker and it lasts longer.
3. Woven Polyester
This material has restrictions. It can only accommodate simple texts; otherwise, the design will not appear legible. You can still make your logo lanyards stand out with this material if you choose big and bold letters.
4. Stitched Polyester
This material is used for tubular lanyards. They are the most economical type. They come in different colors. The designs can be silkscreen-printed or foam-printed.
5. Shoe String
Another cheap yet efficient choice is shoe string. They are best used during conventions and trade shows. Shoestring lanyards are usually 3/8 inch in width.
1. Silkscreen Printing
This process uses a framed screen made of mesh. The printers block off parts of the framed screen in the negative image of the customer’s design to form a stencil. The print will then appear on the remaining open spaces.
2. Heat Transfer Printing
Heat transfer printing uses heat press in applying heat-applied materials to different items such as logo lanyards. The applied materials have a heat-sensitive adhesive that sticks to the lanyards.
The designs applied through heat printing appear on both sides of the lanyards.
3. Foam Printing
Foam printing embosses your preferred design on the surface of polyester or tube lanyards. It results to a professional finished; thus, foam printed lanyards are best for trade shows and events.
4. Glow-in-the-dark Printing
To make the prints glow in the dark, printers use two-color inks. The first layer is printed with green ink and the second layer is processed using a special transparent ink.
Aside from printing, sewing is also used in applying texts to lanyards. However, if the design is complicated, sewing is not suggested as the result may not appear clearly.
1. Safety Breakaway
Some organizations and schools require lanyards with safety breakaways. This feature allows the lanyard to automatically fall apart when force is applied. It prevents the user from getting chocked if someone had accidentally pulled his lanyard.
2. Bottle Holders
This is the latest innovation for lanyards. A special ring attachment which functions as a bottle holder is included. This feature is intended for athletes and runners. The ring attachment fits standard-sized bottled water and energy drinks.
3. Reflective Bands
This reflective band or glow-in-the-dark band helps the wearer see more clearly during night time. It is best for students who attend night classes and employees with graveyard shifts.
Reflective bands are made of polyester. They can be sewn on the surface of any regular lanyard.
4. LED Buckles
The LED buckle increases visibility in dim places. It is attached between the lanyard and the badge holder’s clip or hook.
Since you’re now aware of these options’ existence, you should be able to make choices without going overboard in your customization pursuit.