The Accidental Developer: In Search of Better UX

It is I, David Allen, UX Prestidigitator.photo by Johan Famel My "official" title with InstantCard is UX Prestidigitator. "Prestidigitator" is a ridiculous way of saying "magician." And, in the interest of full disclosure, I'm normally the one who comes up with our employees' titles [...]

By |2021-02-10T09:11:54-05:00September 21st, 2019|Categories: Card Technology, Company News, ID Card Considerations, Stories|Tags: , , |

Making the move to professional ID Cards

Most people have tried laminated cards, which they quickly find to be flimsy, cheap-looking, and unsecure. When an organization is ready to produce professional plastic cards, there are just three choices: 1. Purchase and operate an in-house system 2. Contract with a local service bureau 3. Online [...]

By |2019-09-05T08:31:29-04:00May 14th, 2019|Categories: Potential Clients|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Pre-Printing Graphics on ID cards vs. Printing All-at-Once

Whenever a large organization is planning to roll out an ID card printing project, it has the option of choosing 1-step or 2-step printing: 1-step printing involves printing all information, both fixed and variable, on a blank white card in one single pass. 2-step printing involves pre-printing [...]

By |2020-03-17T10:21:03-04:00April 8th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Global Card Market Still Showing Continued Strong Growth

Many people ask us whether we worry about ID cards being replaced by mobile apps?   Our answer is: "maybe, but not for a long, long time".  While there are some situations where a mobile app has become a preferable solution, there are still many circumstances where a [...]

By |2020-03-17T08:36:07-04:00May 15th, 2018|Categories: Company News|Tags: , , , , , , |

More Than an ID Card Printing Service

As an alternate title, I might have gone with “don’t reinvent the wheel;” but I was once told to avoid cliches like the wind. Recently, I was migrating an extremely massive contact list from one big cloud service provider to another. Unfortunately, the new service provider didn’t [...]

By |2020-03-20T10:39:06-04:00September 28th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , |

Announcing Support for Adhesive Badges

Over the years, many InstantCard clients have asked us if we can print custom photo IDs on their existing "clamshell" badges.  These are the thick, hard plastic employee ID badges that are very commonly used to open doors in buildings.  Previously, we advised those clients to replace [...]

By |2021-07-14T07:11:45-04:00June 10th, 2017|Categories: Card Technology, ID Card Design|Tags: , , , , , , |

When to consider adding an expiration date on your ID cards

Many of our clients issue photo employee ID cards without an expiration date. For companies which have an exit interview procedure, an expiration date is often not necessary because they can recover the ID card when an employee leaves. Other organizations are not concerned about the potential [...]

By |2021-07-14T06:43:10-04:00March 20th, 2017|Categories: Current Clients, ID Card Design, Security|Tags: , , , , , , |

More Than Just a Flash-Pass

Without a doubt, a lot of our clients require simple, classic ID badges. And, while such badges can be printed in-house, they come to us because of a general, well-deserved hatred of jammed printers. We do, however, have quite a few clients who realize that by [...]

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