Nameplates are usually around two inches long by eight inches wide, but their size will always differ according to the size of the font and how many letters are in the text.
Office name plates usually display the name of a room, like a conference area or break room, or the name and title of an employee. All nameplates are made to order and come in a wide variety of different materials; some examples are wood, plastic, bronze, aluminum and brass. While businesses and companies of all sizes are the most likely place to find office nameplates, any workplace that uses offices has a need for nameplates, including non-profit organizations, schools and government agencies.
Large workplaces have the greatest need for nameplates to keep track of employees and always order nameplates of the same style with uniform fonts and materials to maintain a professional and organized feel. Nameplates that identify an employee and their job title are usually two lines; the first in larger font contains the first and last name, and the second line names the employee’s function within the company.
Nameplates made specifically for corporate settings and office environments are usually flat. Those made for doors contain holes for nails or a wall mounting on the back. They are generally made of lighter materials like aluminum or plastic. Desk nameplates must stand on their own and have a lip that acts as a stand.
They are usually made of heavier materials like granite, glass, wood or metals like bronze and brass. Plastic nameplates are easy to manufacture and cost effective, but using bronze or brass maintains an air of professionalism. Besides text, modern nameplate manufacturers are able to design plates with logos, pictures and color graphics.
Depending on the type of material, office nameplates are fabricated in different ways. Wooden nameplates are usually carved or whittled and sometimes painted. Plastic nameplates are stamped, painted or etched. There are a few different ways of forming text onto nameplates made of metal. Engraving, etching and chemical-stencil engraving are just a few methods of physically removing some of the metal to create text or a logo.