Why You Should KISS Your Name Tags

From conference to convention and every event in between, when it comes to your name tags, you should always KISS them. In other words, keep it short and simple. Simplicity is necessary to make your name tags work for you. And, avoid unnecessary complexity.

Professional tools such as name tags are essential in marketing and communication. They provide not only personal identity but corporate branding as well. Employees who wear name tags offer a sense of customer service and responsibility for that business. And, name tags are often the hardest working element to a person’s uniform in meetings, at conventions or during any event.

Here’s how you can and should KISS your name tags.

The KISS Principle

KISS keep it short and simple in designing name tags

KISS, an acronym for “keep it simple, stupid” or “keep it stupid simple,” is a design principle noted by the U.S. Navy in 1960. The KISS principle states that most systems work best if they are kept simple rather than made complicated. The phrase has been associated with aircraft engineer Kelly Johnson. The term “KISS principle” was in popular use by 1970. Variations on the phrase include: “Keep it simple, silly,” “keep it short and simple,” “keep it simple and straightforward,” “keep it small and simple” or “keep it stupid simple.”

Whether you’re adding names and titles or logos and names, you should always remember the KISS Principle. Make sure your text is concise and to the point. Avoid longer titles unless necessary, and use an appropriate logo for your brand.

Remember that you should use the KISS Principle on your name tags as it is the most important thing you can do for them.

Yes, you should remember your branding by adding a logo to all of the name tags in your office. Or when creating name tags for a conference, add different company logos to each company’s name tags. Everyone will appreciate their branded name tags, and it also helps with continued recognition for each business.

For a name tag to be the most effective, there are guidelines to consider. The first rule is to keep yours simple. Some people treat them like business cards or resumes, but personal identification should be straightforward and concise. Name tags should only include the bare minimum information necessary to identify the person wearing it. In commercial and retail settings, that means the person’s first name, unless there is more than one employee with the same first name. With such cases, adding a last name helps with identification.

So, for branding to work on your name tags, you need only to include what is necessary. Whether you are gathering information for a convention or making new name tags for your office, only include the bare minimum. 

According to Scott Ginsberg, the Name Tag Guy:

“How many times has someone rudely squinted at your chest desperately trying to make out those tiny letters? This is self defeating, embarrassing and actually works to decrease your approachability. Not to mention it makes the other person feel ridiculous! So, much like a retail price tag, your name tag must be readable from ten feet away — both the font and the name tag itself.

“According to a name tag survey done by David Alder of Biz Bash, 50% of a group of meeting planners claimed that ‘illegible font size of name tags was a major problem.’ And, consider the 75 million baby boomers that have reached, or will reach their bifocal days, this is a top priority. The recommended font size is 24 point – hopefully bigger if possible. Also, be certain to avoid cursive, script or other fancy letters.”

KISS keep it short and simple in designing name tags

So, always remember to KISS (keep it short and simple) your name tags, and they will do the work for you. No matter what situation you are in, these KISSed tags are sure to get the job done.

How To: Making Name Badges

use reusable name badge when making your own personal identification toolsFrom holiday decorations to home and office furniture, making something yourself feels great!

These days, it’s all about making something with your hands of which you can be proud. And name badges are no exception. Here are several examples of available DIY name badges.

Let’s start with the popular products:

from DIY to making name badges, speedy badges are the perfect solution for any business

Speedy Badges

This three piece system is customized using only a printer. Print on the removable insert and then add it to the window-style frame with the plastic cover. These inexpensive and simple to assemble badges are perfect for high-turnover positions.

from DIY to making name badges, mighty badges are the perfect solution for any business

Mighty Badges

Add a logo to the metal backplate on these reusable name badges. Then customize each one with a printed name and snap everything into place using the plastic lens cover. They are perfect for a professional look while maintaining a budget.

These two reusable name badge systems are designed specifically to help make your name badge needs effortless. Making each name badge is easy and quick, which makes them perfect for high turnover and seasonal positions in offices and retail establishments.

from DIY to making name badges, badge holders are the perfect solution for any business

Badge Holders

Badge holders come in several sizes and either a horizontal or vertical orientation. Printable inserts are available in eight different colors and are perforated for easy use.

If your printer can print it, you can make it! From printing names and titles to graphics and multiple colors, these badges have it all. Making these personalized badges is as easy as adding the information you need and hitting print. And, each badge holder is reusable.

Need something you can write on?

use adhesive name badges when making your own name tags

use name tag blanks when making name badges

use logo only name badges when making your personal identification

Adhesive Name Badges

Because they are so easy to use, these stick-on name badges are perfect for temporary use and are ideal for meetings, parties, conventions and other events.

Name Tag Blanks

Use these Name Tag Blanks in a variety of ways. Add names and titles with a sticker or label maker. Or, use a marker for a more permanent solution.

Logo Only Badges

Add a logo to any reusable name badge to make them stand out. Choose from laser engraved, UV Color or hot-stamped printing processes.

Adding names, titles and more to these name badges is the easiest thing you will do all day. Grab your nearest pen or permanent marker (careful if you’re using name tag blanks as you may not be able to reuse them) and write down all the information you need on your name badges. It’s a real DIY!

Need something a bit more permanent for personal identification? We have that too!

Mighty Badges Are Here To Save The Day

mighty badges are available in three backplate colors gold, white and silver and up to 10 sizesIt’s a bird! It’s a plane!
Nope, it’s Mighty Badges!

Out of all the reusable name badges we offer, Mighty Badges are one of our top sellers. And schools, offices, stores and so many other places can benefit from using reusable name badges. Reusable products like Mighty Badges are easy-to-use and quick-to-assemble. And, if someone moves on from your company, it’s easy to pass along the name tag.

Many companies find the need to hire more employees during the holiday months or for different events. Using reusable name badges helps keep identification costs under control. This is where Mighty Badges save the day!

The Stats (Sizes, Colors & More)

Each badge comes in three parts: the metal backplate, the printable insert and the clear lens. The inserts are fully printable on an inkjet or laser printer and can be replaced as often as needed for new names, uses and different events. The clear, plastic lens snaps into place over the top of everything to hold the badge together.

mighty badges are a reusable name badge that comes with three pieces and printable insertsChoose from one of 10 sizes (nine if you need a printed logo) and a variety of shapes, including rectangles, ovals and squares. Print almost any text and graphics on the inserts and stack the three Mighty Badge pieces together for a professional name badge.

Benefits (Affordability & Easy-To-Use)

  • Mighty Badges are easy-to-use, allowing them to meet multiple needs. You can customize them yourself with inserts, and you can get them right away. We also offer larger quantity discounts.
  • Using printable inserts is a perfect way to control name tag costs. Just print a new insert with each new employee or for different events.
  • UV printed logos add class and professionalism to these reusable name badges. The brightly UV printed colors fit any logo or graphics need. And with a logo printed directly onto the metal backplate, all you have to do is print a new insert with a name or title of your choice.

mighty badges are a popular choice for reusable name badges and come with three partsWe know that name tags are not all created equal! And, there are endless ways to use each reusable name badge. But, no matter your name badge needs, remember to weigh all your options before making your final decision. We’re sure you’ll find a way to have a Mighty Badge™ save your day.