Fluorescent plastic cards & why they’re brilliant

Plastic cards that can’t be ignored – even in the dark

You might not choose lurid fluorescent yellow for your next lot of business cards, but having a card that leaps out at you in the gloom is extremely handy in certain situations.

Bar tabs & cloakroom tags

fluorescent plastic cards
Fluorescent plastic cards stand out & are more difficult to lose

Down you go to the Cellar bar for a much needed gin and tonic.

Then follows a few embarrassing moments scrabbling around trying to locate your bar tab card, eventually resolved by shining your phone camera light into your bag (queue building behind).

Repeat the same process upstairs when you’re trying to pick up your jacket from the cloakroom.

Fluorescent plastic cards are perfect for bars and clubs, making it easy for you – and the bar person – to find them.

We’ve recently printed some bar tab cards for the Club at the House of St Barnabas in London’s Soho because they wanted something that would stand out. Job done.

Theatres/cinemas and any sort of ‘after dark’ show

Same principle applies here really. As well as making great tickets (much easier to check seat numbers in the dark), they’re ideal for staff in these kinds of settings, making them easy to spot.

Festivals

Fluorescent plastic cards are perfect for festivals that stretch into the evenings, for both security staff and festival-goers. They make it much easier to check tickets, identify people and locate the tickets in the first place. That, and a fluorescent audience is going to look kinda cool in the photos.

In the workplace

If you have staff working in lower light situations, fluorescent plastic cards are the ideal platform for health & safety details, helpline numbers or any other important information. Even if it’s not low light, they’ll certainly stand out.

Fotodek fluorescent cards
Available in yellow, orange, green or pink

On school trips

We’ve noticed that schools are using the cards on school outings; their high visibility making it easy to spot and count children.

Promotional use

If there’s a lot of ‘noise’ around you from other companies or brands, for example during Fresher’s Week when you’re trying to promote your offer above everyone else’s, fluorescent plastic cards will help you stand out. They’ll be there shouting ‘look at me! look at me!’ whilst everyone else’s cards are quietly whispering their wares.

Print your own, or have them printed for you

You can buy packs of fluorescent plastic cards for use in your own plastic card printer very inexpensively. We sell 100 Fotodek Fluorescent cards in green, yellow, orange or pink for just £24. These are the same thickness as a standard credit card. We would recommend you print mono on them – ideally black, to get the best results.

However if you’re printing larger quantities, or want to include a magnetic stripe or signature strip, you’re best having them professionally printed. If this is something you’re interested in, please contact our friendly team for a quote.

Stay safe at festivals: protect your ID & cards

Protect yourself from ID theft at festivals this summer

If you’re off to a festival this summer, take extra care to protect your personal belongings. And we don’t just mean your sunglasses and camera: fraudsters only need 3 items of personal information to steal your identity.

Avoid being the victim of identity theft

Here are some tips for staying safe:

– Take only the essentials with you. Take one debit/credit card as your main card, plus another as back-up in case one gets lost/stolen. Make sure you keep them separate from each other. Empty out your purse or wallet and leave the others at home

– Keep any ID cards (like your driving licence, passport or any card that contains personal information like date of birth or address) separate from your bank cards

– Make sure your smartphone is locked by a PIN. Your phone can provide fraudsters with access to a lot of personal details

– Don’t leave any valuables in your tent, and sleep with your ID cards / bank cards at the bottom of your sleeping bag

– Use designated lock-up areas if they’re available for your belongings when you’re not in your tent.

If the worst does happen and your ID cards and bank cards are stolen, make sure you have the phone number for your bank with you, so you can quickly cancel them.

Credit reference agency Equifax has also released an app, specifically to coincide with festival time, which will allow you to check your credit report immediately to see if there have been any suspicious transactions.

Don’t let the thought of having your ID cards and personal possessions stolen stop you from having a great time. By taking some simple precautions, you can greatly minimise the risk of fraudsters accessing your bank account and stealing your identity.

 

Child ID cards: a new fixture at family festivals?

Family-friendly festivals are more popular than ever. From one-day music festivals like the Underage Festival in London to quirky weekend creativity spectaculars like the Just So Festival in Cheshire, our children are getting bitten by the festival bug early.

But as the festivals get bigger and more popular, the chances of parents becoming separated from their children increase.

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Child ID cards help with lost children

Child ID cards are a great safety precaution for children and parents

If you’re organising a family friendly festival this year, what plans do you have in place to handle lost children? How will you reunite them with their parents quickly?

Providing children with their own festival ID card is a great way of capturing all necessary personal information into one place. Including a photograph makes the child feel important and grown up (so they’re more likely to wear it without complaint).

Include parents’ names and telephone numbers, plus any allergy, special needs or healthcare information on ID cards. All of this ensures that the child gets the best care and swift action if they are in an accident or become separated from their parents.

If you’re offering camping over the festival, the ID cards become even more useful. It’s easy to become separated in a busy campsite, particularly when there are lots of other children to play with.

Make sure they’re visible

The cards can be attached easily like a name badge, or worn around the neck on a lanyard for older children. In our experience, a lanyard makes children feel like they’re at a ‘real’ festival – another bonus.

But are they cost effective?

You can buy a reliable and powerful plastic card printer from just £585.38, which includes everything you need. Although it might seem like a large initial outlay, you’ll be able to use it again next year – or for other requirements.

Simply take a photograph on the day and print the ID cards onsite. Or to save time in the welcoming process, ask families to send the information to you in advance.

Just be aware of data protection laws when it comes to children – do not store any of the personal information, and ensure relevant staff have gone through CRB checks.

You could even make a small charge to parents for the service.

The ID cards also gives the children a great memento of the festival to take home with them. And for parents, an ID card that can be used again.

Looking for a family friendly festival near you this summer? The Independent lists the top six child-friendly festivals here.