After I established the underground scenario, building and constructing, I wanted the lanyards to be like security badges that you would need in a construction site. The organisers would be called “supervisors” to manage the event, the helpers as the “builders” to help out, the participants as “inspectors” as they are there to observe and touch the keyboards and lastly, the vendors as the “engineers” that have their own constructed their own designs for keyboards and keycaps.
The stripes on the designs are hazard markings as construction sites usually have these to warn people the area is dangerous. In this case, the hazard markings are used to draw people to the vital information on the lanyard, signages and information cards.
On the event day:
They are then provided with a blue marker to write down their names or their screen names (username).
Why the blue marker? Blue goes with the event branding, and also it stands out from the black and white design.
This would then be easier for the participants to identify one other and make new friends to chat about the keyboards that they have built.
Printing of the collaterals was primarily black and white to lower costs of printing. (lanyards, posters, signages)
All collaterals were manually cut by hand.