IDville Blog | ID Card Printers

Photo ID System Creates Secure ID Badges for Quiksilver Employees

by david 3. August 2011 09:00

Quiksilver, Inc. is a sportswear apparel company that designs, produces and distributes clothing, surf, skate and snow equipment for young-minded people. Started by Alan Green and John Law in 1970, Quiksilver quickly became a phenomenon and is now sold all over the world. Currently employing approximately 3,500 people, the business continues to be run on its original principals of word-of-mouth, quality and unbelievable service.

Todd Dickson, Quiksilver's director of building security, came to IDville in search of an up-to-date photo ID system that was "user-friendly and that did not break down every other day!!" (We could guarantee that!) He needed a photo ID system that would allow him to create different types of badges on one system.

Create your own employee photo ID cards
Create your own employee photo ID cards.

With thousands of employees at different levels within the company, I knew Dickson needed an affordable way to create unique IDs. He was going to be printing a lot of photo ID cards with Quiksilver being such a large company.

When Dickson contacted IDville he had some questions regarding the photo ID system choices. "The IDville representatives were very well-versed with the product which showed me a lot. Although cost was a big factor in our decision, as the prices are very reasonable, the professionalism was leaps and bounds ahead of the other companies we'd contacted."

I ultimately helped Dickson decide on the Single-Sided ID Maker Advantage because he was planning to print a large number of cards, on one side only and security-enhancing overlays were not important. Dickson purchased two of these photo ID systems to be used at two different locations.

Quiksilver’s photo ID badges are tamper-resistant. Their card design includes the employee photo along with the company logo; for added security a watermark of the employee's photo is also in the corner. "IDville continues to meet and exceed my expectations! It has become a great resource for my photo ID badging process."


David is an IDville Identification Specialist with over seven years product and sales experience.  Around IDville, David is known for his new product ideas, sports knowledge, and experience as a catalog model (you may have seen him in a previous IDville catalog!).

Currently rated 2.8 by 40 people

  • Currently 2.775/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5

Tags: , , ,

ID Card Printers

Paper or Plastic ID Cards?

by david 23. February 2011 16:20

The Case for Upgrading Your ID Cards

So you're ready to invest in a photo ID card system. You've got plenty of choices when it comes to print capabilities, quantities and security features. But have you thought about the actual ID card?

Paper ID cards have their advantages, especially in cost, but did you know that using a plastic ID card saves time AND money in the long run?

Choose an ID Maker System for Professional and Secure ID Cards
Shop ID Maker Plastic ID Card Systems

Let's take a look at the plastic card printing process versus printing and laminating ID badges.

First, take the picture with the web camera. Second, use the software to design your card and import the image. Third - print the card in less than 30 seconds!

Finish with a slot-punch to make your IDs wearable in minutes using a lanyard, retractable badge reel or strap clip, or slip it in a badge holder. If you decide you need dual-sided ID card printing down the road, no need to buy a new system. Simply use the one-time printer ribbon upgrade and you'll be printing dual-sided ID cards in no time!

Choose an ID Card Laminate System for Affordability

Shop ID Laminate ID Card Systems
Using an ID Maker Laminate System is more cost-effective up front, but think about the paper laminate ID card making process.

First, take the picture with the web camera. Then use the ID Maker Express software to design the ID and send it to your printer. Print the ID badge using the paper stock, then feed it through the laminator using the laminating pouches, making sure to line them up properly for a wrinkle-free finished product. Sound easy enough?

Think about that process for over 1,000 IDs as a gymnasium full of children waits. Not so simple. And loud.

Not only that, using your existing printer to produce ID cards requires color ink - a cost factor not included in the laminating system.

For a side-by-side comparison of Paper and PVC ID cards, read the rest of this article in the IDville Knowledge Center.


David is an IDville Identification Specialist with over seven years product and sales experience.  Around IDville, David is known for his new product ideas, sports knowledge and experience as a catalog model (you may have seen him in a previous IDville catalog!).

IDentify Newsletter: New ID Maker ID Card Systems

by david 16. February 2011 10:12

Our monthly newsletter, IDentify was published today with lots of valuable information about our new ID Maker Systems .  I've included an excerpt from IDentify below. To read the entire newsletter, click here. To have IDentify delivered to your inbox, sign up on

New ID Maker ID Card Systems 

Your organization has been using the same, tired laminated ID cards for years, and you’ve been on your manager’s case to improve security at your organization.  Now you’ve been put in charge of getting new ID cards for everyone, and you don’t even know where to start. After all, you’re not a security expert – you work in human resources!

With over 8 years experience in the photo identification industry, IDville provides all the expertise you need to select the proper photo identification system. Our experts have designed three different systems that are so easy to use you can set them up in five steps and print new ID cards in 15 minutes. Don’t believe us? Watch this video.

Our ID card systems come in three different variations that are sized and priced to meet your organization’s unique needs. Each ID card system meets our high standards for ease of use, affordability, and security.

For the small organization: ID Maker Value System
If you have a small team that won’t require more than 100 ID cards a year than the ID Maker Value System is right for you. It prints 1-sided ID cards that you can design yourself with the ID Maker Pro software.

For everyday use: ID Maker Advantage System
A great choice for schools and large businesses, the ID Maker Advantage System is our favorite! This system is available with either a 1-sided or 2-sided printer, so you have more card design options.

For advanced security: ID Maker Secure System
The ID Maker Secure System is the optimal choice for municipalities and government offices. It meets local and federal ID guidelines and has increased security features, including custom holographic overlays.

To find the right ID Maker system for your organization, request a System Information Pack today from our ID experts.

Product Spotlight: ID Maker System Components

The goal of the ID Maker Systems is to make photo ID card creation simple for your organization. To make the identification process easier, ID Maker Systems arrive with everything you need to create professional and secure ID cards all in one box. Each ID Maker System includes:

 ID Maker software
 PVC card printer
 High grade PVC cards
 USB web cam
 Full color printer ribbon
 Standard white backdrop
 Holographic designs
 Printer cleaning kit

 Click here to read the rest of February's IDentify Newsletter.


David is an IDville Identification Specialist with over seven years product and sales experience.  Around IDville, David is known for his new product ideas, sports knowledge and experience as a catalog model (you may have seen him in a previous IDville catalog!).

Customer-Focused ID Maker Printer

by david 1. December 2010 10:20

ID cards can be used to improve relationships between frontline employees and customers by displaying helpful information to customers. They also reassure customers they are working with an official and knowledgeable company representative.

An IDville customer from Cleveland, Ohio, recently shared how his organization is using the ID Maker printer to provide more useful information to customers at several quick oil change locations.

Learn more about ID Card Printers“This is the first ID Maker we have ever purchased. After doing extensive research, we found the ID Maker very affordable while producing a professional ID card. Our customers see these cards everyday in all 37 of our quick oil change locations and have commented on how good they look.

Instead of having our uniform company put names on the shirts, we can now display name, title, hire date and technical certifications. This is much more information presented to our customers in a clean, credit card sized ID card. Our team members are proud to wear them, as it fosters a level of accomplishment as they complete training certifications”

In addition to using ID cards to provide more information to customers, the ID Maker software was also based on customer feedback. The software program is designed to be as simple to use as possible.


David is an IDville Identification Specialist with over seven years product and sales experience.  Around IDville, David is known for his new product ideas, sports knowledge and experience as a catalog model (you may have seen him in a previous IDville catalog!).


Currently rated 1.0 by 1 people

  • Currently 1/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5

Tags: , ,

ID Card Printers | ID cards

The Benefits of a Dual Sided ID Card

by todd 16. November 2010 08:56

Not all ID card printers print on both sides of an ID card. Dual-sided ID card printers have a mechanism that prints on the front side of the card, flips the card over and prints the back. Single-sided ID card printers lack this function.

The primary difference between these two types of printers is the amount of printing space per card. A one sided ID card has very limited space whereas a dual-sided card provides more room for more information.

With dual-sided capabilities, information you don’t want displayed can be added to the back of the card. Some organizations print individual’s personal information, barcode or magnetic stripe on the back.

The back side of an ID card can also be used to display valuable information such as emergency contact information, mission statements or an address where a lost card can be returned.

If your ID cards will be displayed on a lanyard or a badge reel where they can easily be turned around, you may want to duplicate the card design on each side so the proper information is always displayed.

If you’re not certain you will need dual-sided ID cards, choose an ID card printer that is field-upgradable and can be converted from a one-sided to a two-sided printer without major expense, like our ID Maker Printer. Otherwise, you may have to purchase a new printer at a later date.

Shop Dual Sided ID Card Printers

Dual sided ID cards have many benefits and increased capabilities. 


Todd is an identification expert at IDville with over seven years experience. Around IDville, Todd is known for his excessive coffee drinking, beautiful daughters, and impressive ping pong skills.

Currently rated 2.7 by 3 people

  • Currently 2.666667/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5

Tags: , ,

ID Card Printers | ID cards

Use ID Cards to Spice up Your Events

by todd 6. October 2010 09:35

ID cards can add to the success of an event. Regardless of the occasion, you can make a memorable and professional impression at corporate meetings, training sessions, special events and conferences with a custom PVC ID card.

Personalize it. Tailor the badge to the specific audience. If you are hosting a small event with attendees from multiple organizations, create a unique badge for each by adding their logo to the ID card. The attendees will be pleased to have the branding opportunity, and it will help the attendees visually recognize the represented companies.

Apply a theme. For special events or conferences with a theme, print the artwork and slogan on the badge. When you incorporate a theme on the ID badges, it becomes a souvenir for the attendees. One company shared with us their practice of creating special themed ID badges for their holiday party. Many of the employees still display previous years’ badges at their desks! If you use ID Maker 2.0, utilize the design templates and artwork to create a unique ID card that’s perfect for your event.

Make it fun. To add an interactive element to your event, create photo ID cards on site. This not only provides an opportunity for you to entertain your guests, but it will also impress them with an inside look at your streamlined identification process.

Accessorize it. Don’t forget to consider accessories for your ID cards. Badge reels and lanyards can both be customized with a logo or organization name. If your goal is to reinforce a particular message or offering of your company, create a custom lanyard. The attendees wear them throughout the duration of the event and are constantly reminded of the message by their peers.

For more information on using ID cards at events, see our Event ID Guidelines in the Knowledge Center.

Currently rated 4.0 by 1 people

  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5

Tags: ,

ID Card Printers | ID cards

Find the Right ID Card Printer Supplies

by todd 17. August 2010 09:25

Each ID card printer is different and uses slightly different printer ribbons and cleaning kits. Using the proper ID card printer supplies is an important part of keeping your printer healthy and active for a long time.

You can find all the ID card printer supplies you need at IDville by using our System Supply Wizard. We have Evolis printer supplies, Datacard printer supplies, Fargo printer supplies, Magicard printer supplies and Zebra printer supplies to outfit many different ID card printers. Using our System Supply Wizard, you select the make and model of your ID card printer, and our website displays all compatible supplies.

This makes it easier for you or anyone in your office to replace printer ribbons, order new PVC cards or select a cleaning kit for your ID card printer.

An ID card printer is an investment for your organization, and you want to maintain your investment. I recommend you clean your printer every 700-1,000 prints using the printer cleaning kit made for your printer model. Cleaning kits vary in cost and most are in the $30-$60 range. It’s well worth the investment! Cleaning your ID card printer will result in better colors, improved printing, and a longer lasting ID card printer.

Find Your ID Card Printer Supplies at

Refer to your ID card printer manual or use our System Supply Wizard to order the correct supplies for your printer.


Todd is an identification expert at IDville with over seven years experience. Around IDville, Todd is known for his excessive coffee drinking, beautiful daughters, and impressive ping pong skills.

Five Elements of an Excellent Employee ID Card

by david 10. August 2010 08:34

ID cards have become an essential component of facility and workplace safety, and it’s nearly impossible to walk into a workplace without one. Organizations equip employees with ID cards to easily identify who does and does not belong in the building and to streamline personnel processes.

ID cards can play a pivotal role in an organization’s security plan, and creating the right ID card is imperative to achieving security goals. By considering the following ten ID card components, organizations can create the ID card that meets their needs.

1. Organization Logo
Add a visual security element to ID cards by incorporating your organization’s logo. Be sure your ID card design is consistent with the current marketing style sheet, including font, logo, and colors to reinforce the brand’s message and project a professional image. A corporate logo is a highly recognizable image by employees and security personnel, and it will make it more difficult for fraudulent cards to be created.

2. Design
An effective ID card design is both attractive and functional, and your card design can be just as important as the security features it incorporates. The card design itself can also provide valuable information using colors and graphics. For instance, hospital ID cards often assign a specific color to different floors or departments, making it simple to identify where employees work.

3. Single and Dual-Sided
Depending on what security or data features are included, ID cards can be single or dual-sided. Determine what ID card functions are priorities for the organization and consider how much space will be needed.

4. Orientation
ID cards can be displayed horizontally or vertically, and the orientation of your ID cards will impact how they are worn by employees. Consider the different scenarios where ID cards will be used.

5. Employee Picture
It is standard for ID cards to include a picture of the employee on the front of the card. The photo on an ID card makes it unique to the individual employee and should be easily visible. Photo identification is normally used on identification documents, such as a driver’s license, passport, or ID card, to increase the security and authenticity of the document. Likewise in the workplace, security and authority personnel should use a similar verification process with employee photo ID cards.

Read the complete list of ID card elements, “10 elements of an excellent employee ID card” in our Knowledge Center.

Sample ID Card Designs on Sample ID Card Designs on


David is an IDville identification expert with over seven years product and sales experience.  Around IDville, David is known for his new product ideas, sports knowledge and experience as a catalog model (you may have seen him in a recent IDville catalog!).

Currently rated 3.5 by 2 people

  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5

Tags: ,

ID Card Printers | ID cards

Welcome to the IDville Blog!

by dan 17. June 2010 08:10

We’re excited to premiere the IDville blog this week. We hope you’ll use this blog as your primary resource for information about all things related to identification security, including:

- ID card printers
- Implementing ID cards
- ID card design
- Visitor identification
- Event identification
- ID card and printer maintenance
- Facility signage
- ID Maker tips and tricks 

We’ll be blogging once a week to share important information you can use to make your organization more safe and secure. Check back often for our latest updates, or have our latest posts sent directly to your email by registering in the box to the right.

In between blog posts, you can visit the Knowledge Center. The Knowledge Center is your resource for:

Sample ID cards
Case Studies
Frequently Asked Questions
- Past Identify Newsletters. You can also sign up for our monthly newsletter!

In addition to our new blog, we also launched an IDville Facebook page today. Because we know budgets are tight, we're offering you access to exclusive offers and discounts when you like our Facebook page! A new offer is posted every week, so be sure to keep an eye out for our updates in your News Feed. If you like the IDville page this week, you’ll get a coupon code to save 15% on your next purchase!

Thanks for visiting today! On behalf of the IDville team, we look forward to sharing our identification expertise and making ID cards easier than ever before!

Dan is the IDville General Manager and oversees all product management and marketing for the IDville brand.  Around IDville, Dan is known for the catchphrase, "talk to me," his not-so-secret designer past, and his passion for Michigan State sports.

Currently rated 3.0 by 8 people

  • Currently 3/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5

Tags: ,

ID Card Printers | ID cards

Sign Up for IDville Emails!

Get special offers, information and tips with IDville’s email updates.

Sign Up

We Think You'd Like

IDville on Facebook