Photo IDs Aren’t Just For People

In a touching story from a few years ago, we all learn that it doesn’t matter your position in life, everyone can wear a name tag!

To be easily identified in the hospital wards, Ralf, a Giant Schnauzer, must wear a Photo ID on his collar. Ralf has been working miracles by getting kids back on their feet after their operations. He sits with them during treatments or takes them on walks around The Royal Children’s Hospital.


An excerpt from Ralf, by Anne Crawford

therapy hospital dog wearing photo id name tag name badge“It was late March 2012 when Caroline Lovick discovered that the family pet, Ralf, a Giant Schnauzer, had become famous. Ralf was a ‘therapy dog’ at The Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne, padding the wards every week with Caroline, visiting young patients who were ill and injured, helping in their recovery in often remarkable ways. A daily newspaper published a story on 20 March about the ‘miracle’ pooch and the effect he was having on children and adolescents, with a photo of a toddler, Zeke Harrison, who had a rare genetic disease, walking the corridors of the hospital next to the huge black dog. The article and picture of the chubby-legged infant wearing a nasal-gastric tube went from Melbourne to Sydney to newspapers in the United Kingdom and the US, and then spread on the internet. The story took off in Europe. Spain. Turkey. India. Chile. A German radio station sent a crew to Australia to record a show on Ralf. Dawn French, the British comedienne, posted Ralf on her Facebook page. A woman called Karla from Donegal sent him a gift of engraved dog tags on behalf of the people of Ireland. Caroline had always known that there was something special about the dog that looks you directly in the eyes from beneath his shaggy forelock and bushy brows with kind brown eyes. But she wasn’t prepared for this. Ralf had gone global.”

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All pets can have their own Photo ID or name tags. Design your own, or choose from a variety of stock name tags.

Size Matters for Name Tags

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Tag sizes can important when you wish to have everything conveyed clearly without making your tag too big to be comfortably wearable. Here are some considerations to keep in mind when setting up your tags to ensure their quality:

1. Logo size and placement
It’s a common issue for logos that are designed to be printed on larger areas to not show correctly when reduced. We recommend that you carefully check your proof to see if all logo elements are readable at the requested size before signing off on it. Logos can take up space for names, so tag sizes will likely be increased if you include a logo.

2. Maximum and minimum sizes
The minimum size for all tags is 2.75 inches wide by .75 inches high; The reason for this is that it is difficult to cut by hand with reliable accuracy, speed, and safety under this size.  Anything over 8 square inches is considered to be a name plate.

3. Maximum size for Full Color
The maximum size we can print for Full Color is 3.25 by 2 inches, because the machine uses cards that are the size of a credit card.

4. Font
Certain fonts do not show up well at smaller sizes; If you’re set on one of these fonts, tag size may need to be increased.

5. Wear-ability
If your tag is too big, then it could be uncomfortable or distracting to wear. If this is a concern, you can request for us to send a first article to see how it looks and feels to wear before you order all your tags.

6. Length of names
If you require longer names or many credentials, it may be possible to fit everything on the tag by simply expanding the width.

7. Number of lines
Each line that is added will add some height or text size will have to be reduced. It is sometimes hard to balance these considerations if a lot of information or a large logo is required on your tags.

8. Frame sizes
Frames come in 3 styles: metal, black plastic, or picture frame. And 3 sizes: small, medium, or large. Tags must be made exactly to the frame size or they will not fit.

We hope that you will keep these considerations in mind the next time you order some name tags to maximize their effectiveness. Our goal is to give you the highest quality products we can, and part of that is informing you about what works best and why.

Get your name tags today!

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