Nameplates are usually shaped as rectangles but are also seen in other shapes, sometimes taking on the shape of someone's name. The primary use of nameplates is for informative (as in an office environment, where nameplates are mounted on doors or walls in order to identify employees) and commercial purposes (as in a retail environment, where nameplates are mounted on products to identify the brand).
Whereas name tags tend to be worn on uniforms or clothing, nameplates tend to be mounted onto an object (e.g. cars, amplification devices) or physical space (e.g. doors, walls, or desktops). Nameplates are also distinct from name plaques. Plaques are items of larger dimensions that are designed to communicate more information than a name and title.