ID lanyards are highly popular in schools, and with good reason. Naturally, most schools would require you to wear one, to make your identification card more visible at all times. Otherwise, you may be denied entry to school facilities. But even outside this imposed necessity, more and more students have been opting for customized lanyards because these provide a colorful and personalized touch, especially if you have to wear a school uniform. The uniform is one of the most dreaded things in school—nothing bores you faster than the thought of wearing the same outfit for months on end. Using a personalized lanyard, however, gives a sense of individuality that is considered priceless by the youth, especially when they feel like they are just a faceless part of a large crowd wearing the same uniform.
Lanyards are also a good way to show off that school spirit. It builds a sense of belonging to the campus, which helps initiate camaraderie and friendship. Most schools that require a lanyard usually provide it as well. But with good design, these lanyards need not be as dreaded as the uniform is. Many students actually prefer using well-designed school lanyards even outside the campus, and even after they graduate. Aside from being useful and convenient, a well-designed lanyard provided by the school is a good piece of memorabilia as well.
But have you ever wondered where ID lanyards came from? Lanyards seem so ubiquitous these days that you never seem to question where they actually came from, or who made them in the first place. While you might be used to seeing the necklace-like lanyards of today, the lanyards of the good old days are actually much different. Here is a little trip down memory lane and into the history of what people today know as ID lanyards.
The earliest known references to the modern day lanyard came at around the 15th century in France. The term actually came from the French word Lanière, which pertains to a thong or strap. Originally, lanyards were used to attach weapons like whistles, swords, and guns to a military uniform in a semi-permanent way. Since many tend to lose these objects in travel or in battles, the lanyard was created as an elegant solution to a common problem at that time. While swords and guns are a far cry from the items usually attached now to lanyards, the principle remains the same. The lanyard is there for items that have such a high propensity for being lost that you would have to tie it around your neck—literally. It was a quick hit, and the convenience it provides has allowed the lanyard to persist and modernize even after centuries.
Nowadays, lanyards are primarily used for holding badges or identification cards. Being small and thin items, these could be very easily misplaced. With the help of lanyards, however, that need not be a problem anymore. These are usually used in areas that require some level of security like hospitals and prisons. Schools and offices have also picked up on the use of ID lanyards. Even public gatherings may now require the use of lanyards, for convenience and safety.
Another common use for lanyards in its modern form is in securing your gadgets. Electronic devices like MP3s players, cameras, thumb drives, phones, and tablets, among many others, now come specifically designed to allow attachment to lanyards. You can easily find these slots or holes in the frame of the device. This should allow you to keep a close watch on your gadget when you are not using it, as well as prevent you from dropping the gadget by accident.
More recently, lanyards have moved into the fashion arena mostly among young people. You can see them worn as keychains around necks as well as dangling from a pants pocket.