An addition to the things that come in twos—lanyard and badge holder

Western culture is peppered with things that come in twos. From superheroes, there is the famous dynamic duo of all time, Batman and Robin. In food some of the more popular pairs are salt and pepper, cake and ice cream, bacon and eggs, wine and cheese. There is hugs and kisses for human expression. For objects, hammer and nail, pens and pencils, nuts and bolts come to mind. Jack and Jill, Romeo and Juliet, Yin and Yang, the list goes on and on.

While in the corporate setting, it is safe to say then that fast gaining popularity as the new pair to reckon with is the lanyard and badge holder. Soon this pair will probably be known as part of the things that come in twos around the world. What’s a lanyard without a badge holder to hold the identification cards for visibility? And what’s the use of badge holders holding the IDs without the lanyards to hang in from. Clearly, like many things that come in twos, one cannot simply exist without the other.

To further emphasize the point, the more intricate and fashionable designs lanyards have now become, badge holders have also evolved from simple plastic squares to leather and other hard and soft materials and now also come in different shapes and sizes. As lanyards become more sophisticated, so do the badge holders at its end which displays the important identification and access cards. Who knows, the lanyard that people put around their necks was invented with badge holders in mind, or it could be vice versa.

Badge holderIt is so hard to miss the pair when you walk around schools or business districts or practically anywhere for that matter. You walk in in a movie theater and you can see the ushers/usherettes wearing them. You go to a police station, you can see the detectives’ badges hanging from their necks prominently. You go to a hospital and you can see the attendants, nurses and even doctors wear them. You check in at a hotel, you won’t miss them. It can sometimes get to a point that because of its familiarity, not wearing one can make a person seem like out of place or stand out from the normal crowd.

In today’s modern world, no matter where you go, you would surely encounter a person wearing a lanyard either holding an ID or a cell phone hanging from it. Others have keys and some other small objects hanging from their lanyards aside from their IDs. The pair has already become part of modern culture that has been successfully embedded in people’s minds. It has become part of people’s everyday lives.

Of course, the pair is most associated with security. Aside from ease of identification, its visibility assures that only authorized persons are allowed access to certain areas in a building, office, school, etc. The pair is like a walking security guard announcing the wearer is authorized to be where he/she is supposed to be. But like any other form of security, the pair is not immune from breach, in fact far from it. While it reinforces identification, it is also the most easy to counterfeit and the least fool-proof as a form of security. The IDs and special access passes the badge holders house are far more sophisticated and hard to duplicate.

No matter, it is quite undisputable that this pair of lanyard and badge holder is now part and parcel of this generation and probably for the generations to come, judging by its presence in some sci-fi movies, albeit a lot more sophisticated in design and feature.

Banded Together: Knowing different types of Rubber Wristbands

rubberwristbandsRubber wristbands looks like circular strips which are usually built from silicone, terrycloth and other types of materials, mostly tailor-made depending on how they would be used. Such accessories are typically used today as a decoration around the wrist and are usually designed to highlight a special occasion, a cause or a personality someone supports. In other cases, they are used as a means of identifying an individual attending a massive event.

Being familiar to the types of bands will make any individual aware of the choices they will make before they decide to have one. Nobody wants to have their money and time wasted by having the wrong type of bands. Below are common classifications of rubber wristbands, the materials used to create them and how they are suited for anyone’s needs;

1.Customized Wristband – Personalized according to the customer’s taste, this type of band are more convenient to people who are not trying to mass-produce their creations. It is more likely to be unique in terms of design, and will usually stand out even if the wearer is in a large crowd. Eye-catching colors and decorations are major points to consider in checking if a band is personally customized or not.

2.Event Wristband – Signifies attendance to an event, it is given as a complementary gift to the attendees of a recently concluded concert, festivals, or conventions. In other cases, these types of bands are given before entering an event area to identify who are allowed to enter. These are usually imprinted with the name of the performers, sponsor of the event, or a catch phrase that can easily be associated it. Collectors often spend a lot just to get event wristbands that they have failed to acquire firsthand.

3.Medical Wristband – Used primarily inside medical institutions like hospitals, rehabilitation centers and laboratories. It identifies patients, their current medical conditions, and various other details that can be used to diagnose them more quickly. Sizes of these rubber wristbands differ depending on the size of the patient’s wrist. The details are laser-printed, handwritten, thermal imaged, or embossed to the band to ensure that the patient is properly tagged. Common details such as pictures, barcodes, and name of the patient are written on it.

4. Silicone Wristband – The common symbol used to represent a common cause. This is often made of silicone. This has become a very popular type of bands because of its affordability and customizability. Imprinted Logos of brands, sports organization, names of cause-oriented groups are the usual designs which can be seen on them.

5.Sweatband – Mostly built from a towel-like material called Terrycloth, this are usually used to wipe off sweat easily and are more commonly seen worn by athletes of all kinds. Alternatively, it is used as a fashion accessory by sports fans.

6.Ultraviolet (UV) Wristbands – These types of bands change color when exposed to certain amounts of ultraviolet rays (like those from the sun). They usually appear as white when they are still not exposed to UV rays, and commonly become fuchsia or blue. These serve as a reminder that the wearer needs to stay away from the source of UV rays and should apply decent amounts of sunscreen when going outside is unavoidable. As you may know, UV is capable of causing certain terminal illnesses.

Whatever kind of rubber wristbands an individual wears, the most important thing to consider is if it would be comfortable when worn, and will not be a cause for trouble, especially when going outside. It will not hurt to think about comfort over being flashy and glamorous every now and then.