Choosing The Right Lanyard

  • Jan 25, 2022

Did you know—there are many different options to consider when ordering lanyards for employees? Lanyards come in many different styles with different attachments, and it can be hard to know which kind is right for you. JQ Designs put this short guide together to help you understand what type of printing method is best for product, as well as the different kinds of attachments on the end of the lanyard.  Are you ready to choose the perfect lanyard?

Imprint Methods

The imprint method is the first consideration to understand. The type of imprint you choose directly affects what materials and styles are going to be available to you. This is also important for how good your logo will look on the finished product(s). This is partially dependent on what your logo looks like—is it all text; text and image; or a logo brand? This is where our expertise comes into play. We can help you make informed decisions on the best product for your need. There are three main methods for imprinting onto lanyards: screen printing, embroidery, and dye sublimation.

Screen printing is the most common decorating method for lanyards. In screen printing, the logo on the lanyard is printed by pushing ink through a stenciled screen with a squeegee. For multi-color designs, each color is done one at a time using a different screen for every color. When you run your finger over the printed lanyard, you'll be able to feel the design because it is printed on top of the material. If you have multiple colors—this can become expensive. However, if your logo translates to one color and looks good, screen printing may be the right kind of printing to make your logo look good.

Embroidery is another choice for decorating lanyards. Embroidered imprints are stitched onto the material using a high speed, computer-controlled embroidery machine, and your logo or design is reproduced with a tightly stitched thread. This printing method is great for logos or messages that are text only. A drawback to embroidered lanyards is that the back of the design will be reversed and can look unfinished compared to the front of the lanyards.

Dye sublimation, known as digital sublimation or just sublimation, is a process in which a design is transferred onto fabric through application of heat and pressure. The heat causes the inks to turn into a gas that penetrates the fabric and combines with it to form a permanent imprint. This method is excellent for full color or complicated designs. Your logo (or design) fuses with the fabric, unlike screen printing and embroidery, and when you run your hand over the lanyard, it will feel smooth.


Every lanyard has an attachment at the bottom where you can connect items such as ID badges, keys, name tags, security passes, etc. Here is a breakdown of the most common and popular attachments available. If you need a different type of attachment, JQ Designs will help you find the right type for your design or logo.


This has a strong closure. To open, press on one side and slide your ID badge or other item onto the hook. These can be a bit hard to open.

Bulldog Clip

This attachment opens by squeezing the two top ends together. However, it can easily come open if you lean or press something against the clip. Badges lay nice and flat with this clip.

Split Ring

Split rings are metal circles that you pry apart and wind your key or badge onto. These are very common. However, badges do not usually lay flat with this attachment, but it does secure items nicely.

Lobster Claw

Lobster claws are similar to the j-hook but are much easier to open due to a spring-loaded mechanism. Lobster claws also tend to have a larger mouth than j-hooks. These attachments are pretty secure and are easy to use. They are also made of a more substantial material, so they are a bit heavier.


Breakaway lanyards are not really an attachment so much as a feature. This feature prevents lanyards from becoming a choking hazard. A plastic clasp with interlocking parts is placed at the back of the neck of the lanyard. If the lanyard is yanked or pulled on, the clasp will come apart and the lanyard will come off, instead of causing injury to the wearer. The clasp can be put back together and the lanyard can continue to be used. This feature is a great innovation in design and is important for lanyards being used by children, in schools and workplaces, or in any facility or factory that is hazardous.

With the various imprint methods, lanyard material and different attachments, there are incredible possibilities for custom lanyards. As local experts for over 17 years—we love to answer your questions and give you the best advice! It’s what we do—We Make Your Logo Look Good! Now you’re ready to choose the perfect lanyard for your company or organization.