To fully appreciate custom lanyards, it is important to understand just what is done and how much effort is exerted in creating one. It is not a one-step process, and it certainly is not just about picking one and taking it home right away. The client gets to pick the design and more likely, it does not end there. The lanyard manufacturer will produce a proof of the suggested design first and then present it back to the client. The client may not be automatically pleased about it. You are starting to get an idea as to how personalizing can take time and effort, but provide you with a well-crafted end product.
Negotiations and design
First, the client will visit a few lanyard manufacturers and designers to see whose rates would fit his budget and preferences best. He might shortlist some just to make sure that he is covering all bases. Once he finds the best option, he could present the intended design and negotiations would be made. The manufacturer may make some suggestions or accept the design as it is. This could become a quick meeting or it could also extend, especially if the client is still not sure about what he wants.
Initial designs could be created. The lanyard seller/manufacturer may provide a brochure of similar designs just to get a clearer idea as to what the client wants. The client may also come complete with digitally designed and printed designs to make sure that the graphics is done right. Things may move on more smoothly if the custom lanyards only require personalized texts, such as a motto or the simply the name of the company. Some clients may request variations of the same design for different types of employees, segregated by rank, although most companies use the same lanyard design for everyone.
Process depending on material
Once a design has been agreed upon, a material should be selected. The process for manufacturing custom lanyards would vary depending on the material selected. If the images and texts would be printed, polyester or silk may be the preferred materials. A silk screen process is required when designing polyester and a dye sublimation process is done when creating images and texts on silk. Polyester, however, may also be used for stitching the design on.
Sending the proof
The manufacturer would create a single proof of the design before going into mass production mode. He would send or show the proof to the client. If no changes would be made then the mass production can proceed. The client also has the responsibility to send a feedback quickly if he wants the final products delivered on time.
Delivery would proceed as negotiated upon once the custom lanyards are finished. The client could opt to pick up the lanyards or to have them delivered to the company address. It should be clear beforehand if there would be additional delivery charges.
Incorporation into the company
Once the lanyards are delivered, the client has to make sure that they are incorporated into the company as soon as possible. After all, they have been commissioned to provide the company a sense of identity and corporate branding. Every employee must have an ID with the personalized lanyard.
It takes a few processes to complete a personalized lanyard for a company or institution. Because of this, employees must respect the ID and what they each represent in their companies. They are wearing the IDs, and therefore also the lanyards, and must therefore project a certain kind of identity. After all, the people are part of the branding of any institution.