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  • Just to comment on the badges at Paris, one problem was that the badge equipment arrived on the opening day of the conference. This meant that we had no way of preparing badges for the early arrivals (e.g. the night before). The result, for those of you who were there, was, of course, absolute chaos! Note to future organisers: make sure you have your badge equipment ready ahead of time.

    The second issue with the badges was that, while the second copy on the board was useful in concept, I felt it wasn't as good as it could have been. First off, we didn't have good lighting available and so the mugshots were pretty dark and indistinguishable. Secondly the size on the photo on the badge was, well, small. If they had been larger it would have been much better. The photo could take up one half of the badge area with the details on the other half.

    • It might have appeared chaos to the organisers, but every one I spoke to thought the idea was great. There are certainly improvements that could be made and some lessons learned, but in general it was a really good idea and worked really well. I noted lots of people taking photos of the photo board.
    • Hey, at least they were better than the idiots that aranged the badges for YAPC::EU last year. Or didn't arange them. And forgot the printer and the software.

      Oh wait, THAT WAS ME.

      Anyway the one thing I've learned about badges is that the thing that needs to be really big - bigger than anything else - is the person's name. We all know what's the conference is called already. But I don't want to have to squint at people's chests to see what they're called.