Are you an event organizer? Throwing a party? Do you want to help people strike up a conversation? That’s what Icebreakertags™ are for. Similar to name tags, people attach these conversation-starters to their clothes with a safety pin, but instead of a name, they answer a question.

It’s an idea I had while organizing CreativeMornings, a monthly breakfast lecture series here in New York. Icebreakertags™ make it easy to strike up a conversation with someone, even at 8.30am!

As I’ve seen a lot of buzz about the idea on Twitter, I figured why not build a site that let’s anyone use and customize them their liking. So, here it is, let’s you generate your own icebreaktertag for your next party, conference or other gathering. Type directly into the tag to add your name/twitter/prompt, insert a good question, customize it with your logo or any graphic of your choice, and hit print. It will then generate a printout with 10 tags on it. Fun, no?

A big thank you to Ian Storm Taylor, our Studiomates Intern for building the site!

Make sure to add photos of your best tags to the Icebreakertag Flickr Group.

Happy conversing!

17 Comments leave a comment below

  1. Well done on the new site Tina. It’s a great idea. This certainly outdoes the typical name tag. I’m sure Event Organisers will jump on this.

  2. I’m interested in how you were able to generate a printable sheet of tags based on variable user inputs. I have an idea for a website that would require PDF generation via SVG, which may be similar to what you did here. Any resources or people to talk to would be greatly appreciated! (I already @replied Ian.)

  3. Hey Matt,

    The way it’s done is really simple (and probably won’t help you much with PDF generation haha). The tags that you see in the print screen are always there, just underneath #overlay, which gets hidden by the print stylesheet. If you hide #overlay with the Web Inspector you should see them. And as for the values, they are just grabbed from the main form and distributed to the rest of the tags with jQuery.

    Probably not much help, although you can always hit print and choose “Save as PDF…” in Safari. Good luck!

  4. Thank you Tina and Ian for building this tool! That’s exactly what I was hoping for.

  5. Thank you Tina. This is awesome!

  6. Several of us can’t view your new offering in the most up to date version of IE 8? The view that suggests the browser is old and needs updating is kind of a 90’s thing to do – is not nice! Especially since it fails to inform us or link to the browser necessary to view it.

  7. Mateo, I am sorry your frustrated with our IE message. Ever considered Chrome, Firefox or Safari?

  8. This is full on awesome.

  9. These are great! I feel like I want to use them at my next party! Would that be too geeky?

  10. thank you very much, i was thinking how to make a doc to use this idea like… last night, you read my mind. thank you again and greetings from mexico.

  11. thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you

  12. Very cool idea. Just may have to use this at our next event

  13. Great idea! Love the wording! »icebreaker tag«
    Thanks for the nice online service.

    Greets from Germany!

  14. What a great idea! Thankyou :)

  15. I am the coordinator of a big WordPress Meetup in Atlanta. Love this idea as a way to show people that it is really okay to strike up a convo with anyone. I am not shy but some people need a bit of a nudge. This will help!

  16. I love the Icebreaker Tags and would love to use them at our client event in October. However I don’t know which tags to buy, that I can print them on. Can anybody help me?