When you use Socio Onsite, you can design and print completely custom badges that are unique to your event. When deciding which type and size of badge to use, there are several options, and you may not be sure which one is right for you. This article walks you through each option so you can make an informed decision. 🧠

Size

Socio Onsite supports several different badge sizes ranging from 3 x 2 inches to 4 x 6 inches. The size you choose depends on your preferences and needs. Before deciding on a size, think carefully about how much information you want to print on the badge. A smaller size could limit the amount of information it can hold and ultimately lead to a cramped-looking badge.

Type

There are also different types to choose from, including single- or double-sided paper badges and clear or white adhesive labels. Some types require ribbon, which adds a step to the printer configuration process.

We generally recommend tear-resistant 4x3 or 4x6 double-sided badges. These badges are durable, don't require badge holders, don't require printer ribbon, and are the easiest to print.

For other types of badges, here are some things to keep in mind:

  • Clear adhesive badges always require ribbon to print and always come in rolls

  • Clear adhesive badges must be adhered to another blank or pre-printed badge, such as a plastic badge

  • Single-sided badges require a badge holder, which Socio doesn't supply

  • Regular paper (not tear-resistant) badges require a badge holder, even if they're double-sided

Color

The ZD620 printer only prints in black and white. If you want colored badges, you can order paper or plastic badges pre-printed with color designs, and then print and apply attendee information with clear or white adhesive labels.

We recommend careful thought before ordering badges with pre-printed dark backgrounds. The ZD620 printer doesn't print white, but instead prints black around the elements that are white. The "white" elements will be the color of the badge background.

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