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Custom Pins 101: Text and Typography

Written on March 18, 2020 at 5:18 pm, by

From snappy one-liners to snazzy political slogans, text and typography are an important staple of making custom pins. However, between the small surface of the typical custom pin and the limitations of plating and color, adding pin text can take some thought and planning. In today’s Custom Pins 101, AllAboutPins is delving into the most important design factors and challenges for using text and typography in your custom pin design.

Working With Pin Text and Typography

Some designs wrap pin text in a text box or scrawled through the center of the design. Other pin designs are literally just a snappy line of text. But, however, the text is styled on a pin design, actual production is just the same as many of the other details in a pin design. Text is produced in raised metal over the rest of the design or recessed into a pin with an optional color fill to create visual contrast with the rest of the design.

However, unlike an emblem or image, text on a pin needs to be both visible and legible from the size of your average pin. Text on a pin should be at least 5pts for visibility and sized for adding a color fill in any recessed text. With the average custom pin around 0.75” to 1.0”, most pin designs don’t have room for a ton of text.

Challenges With Adding Text to a Custom Pin

Unlike changing a color scheme or deciding on a different plating option, integrating text on a custom pin is a more delicate process that comes with its own set of challenges that all come down to how much text you can add to your typically small lapel pin.

  • Scaling text for readability. Any text on a custom pin design needs to be brief, to the point, and legible at a pinnable scale.
  • Text competing for visual space. While tons of pins exist as a snappy line of colorful text, more complicated designs with drafted off of images or emblems are going to find their visual elements competing for limited visible space on a pin.
  • Keeping text concise on a pin. You can’t expect to fill a 1” pin with paragraphs on paragraphs of text. Deciding on text means paring down to the bare minimum it takes to get an idea or concept across in a single word or (extremely)brief sentence. 

Tips for Designing and Producing Pins With Text

By now, you’ve likely realized that the biggest challenge of adding text to a pin boils down to having enough space to see and identify text on a pin. Something that gets more complicated as you start adding other visual elements like emblems, pictures or shapes to a pin design. To master pin text, find ways to highlight the text and naturally draw attention to the ideas you want to convey on the design itself. 

  • Decide quickly if pin text is the main feature or a supporting design element. For instance, some pin designs are nothing but an iconic phrase, song lyric or motivational statement with a mix of typography and artwork giving the words a flair of character. In contrast, some pins use text to add character and voice to their artwork. Knowing where you stand between the two extremes will help you better contextualize how to use text on your pin.
  • Consider text as part of a whole design. Color, plating, artwork, and text should all be working as parts of a whole to catch the attention of anyone seeing the pin and to make a unified impression. For instance, this design created for a gaming production event uses a retro-gaming color scheme and design to capture a classic look. 
  • Keep a minimum of 5 pt font size and keep it brief. A 5 pt font is the smallest you should go for any text. Big enough for a color fill while still legible for display. For that matter, avoid using more than 10-15 words for any text on a pin. Less if you want bigger text. You won’t have space for much more on even the largest pins. 
  • Stick to Raised Metal Text for Darker Enamel Pins. Using darker colors like purple or black can make it difficult to impossible to see recessed text. Get around this with raised metal text, which can pull double-duty showing-off a brightly polished plating for a strong contrast.
  • If you’re using a specific font, send it to your manufacturer to speed production. Some artists draw up their own custom fonts and typography for their pin designs, but most people tend to find an appropriate font choice from the thousands already out there. If you’re among the latter, make sure to send it along to the design team so we’re not spending a ton of time searching or tracing the exact font style. In the long-run, this can make for a much more streamlined and quicker production process.

Designing any custom pin takes a lot more thought and consideration than most people would give credit for, but the look of your finalized pin design can make it all worth it. By carefully applying these tips to your next pin design, your next pin project with AllAboutPins is sure to look great. But if you still need help, don’t be afraid to contact us on social media or shoot us an email at info@allaboutpins.com. With an industry-leading design team and experienced talent, we’re sure to help you get things rolling.

Custom Trading Pins: Working With a Pin Manufacturer

Written on March 6, 2020 at 4:52 pm, by

If you want custom trading pins for your baseball or sports team, you’ll be working with a custom pin manufacturer. However, from plating styles to custom molding, it can sound like you and your manufacturer are talking different languages on how to want to design your trading pins. To help smooth the process and save you from a headache, here are some quality of life tips for working with a pin manufacturer like AllAboutPins.

Be Descriptive About Your Pin

Making it a priority for both you and the manufacturer to clearly understand each other during the design process of your pins. From looking over the art proof to explaining the scope of your project, leave nothing to chance when sending and articulating your ideas and wants. For the best results, but any ideas or design specifications in writing so the art team can review and confirm details. This is especially important for the spelling of text details and team names which can be a lot harder to clarify over the phone. While it’s acceptable to ask the design team to use its best judgment for small details and options, try to be as explicit as possible with the concept for your trading pins. If you can, include a sketch with your inquiry, even if it’s just a napkin sketch of your idea.

Quick Tip: The three main details you want to add in any inquiry is the size of your trading pins, their shape, and your team’s Pantone colors. 

Include All Relevant Team and Sports Content

One of the best ways to get a manufacturer on the same page is including any pre-existing art assets you’ll want featuring on the trading pin. This bit of foresight gives an immediate visual for your team’s personality and lets the design team know how to adapt a design while keeping the spirit of your team. Not to mention, it’ll save a lot of time and guesswork out of trying to replicate a design from scratch. Even if you do want a manufacturer to help you create a design entirely from scratch, it’s still helpful to include any official colors or emblems to keep the design consistent. In our experience, the best custom trading pins will combine existing assets from their team with new takes or adaptations to give the pin itself more character.

Quick Tip: Rather than shooting photos or website images of your team’s emblems, try to send in fully-vectored artwork whenever possible. It’s easier to adapt to a pin design and will quickly save on production time.

Proofread Your Art Proofs

This can’t be stressed enough. Proofread any artwork you receive of your design! Details like correct spelling, readability, size, colors, and font should be double and triple checked. The art proofs we provide are your first tangible means of seeing your design and how it’ll look before beginning final production. Details like the names of plating options, coloring methods, and distinct customizations might have different names depending on the manufacturer. But artwork can immediately show you what a manufacturer is talking about long before production. 

Working with AllAboutPins, you can also take advantage of unlimited design revisions from our team making sure every detail is exactly how you want it. The last thing you want is to open your box of new pins on game day to discover that your initial design has the wrong team colors.

Quick Tip: If there are any changes you want on a trading pin design or just a few extra color options, list them out all at once when getting back to the design team.

If in Doubt, Ask the Team

Especially important if this is your first time working with a company like AllAboutPins, a quick chat with a manufacturer can directly smooth over any inconsistencies with production language or give you a clear idea of the scope of options for your trading pin. While we offer unlimited revisions for all designs, some changes and concepts can be hashed out over a 30-minute conversation rather than a week of back-and-forths of your artwork. 

Quick Tip: Don’t be afraid to ask for any unusual design requests like multiple plating options or specialty design options like glitter paint. 

Selecting the Best Manufacturer for Custom Trading Pins

Looking for a manufacturer? You won’t need to go far. The team at AllAboutPins has over a decade of experience helping baseball teams and other sports design and make custom trading pins in just about every shape and size. Whether you’re an experienced team working on your next season’s trading pins or just getting started, these tips will prime you for a smooth and painless production process. 

Ready to get started? Just contact us at info@allaboutpins.com or fill our online form.

Custom Trading Pins: Add-Ons and Design Trends

Written on February 24, 2020 at 3:44 pm, by

Each baseball season, AllAboutPins gets a fresh influx of creative buzz for custom trading pins from teams around the country. From accounting for team sports to honoring local pide, personalizing and designing a pin can look complicated.

In this post, we’re going delve into some of the most popular design trends for a team’s spirit through custom pin design. Use these tips to understand the trading culture and produce a pin with us that looks great on the field.

Baseball Pins and Trading Culture

More than just another way to represent team pride, custom trading pins are a time-honored tradition in team sports like baseball, softball, and hockey that’s gone on to inspire its own sports subculture of collecting, trading, and displaying team pins. With that in mind, most teams personalize their designs for both display and trade. Often going for flashier add-ons than you might find on more artistic or fashion-based enamel pins, trading pins often take on much bolder looks than you’d find in most pin designs. 

Keeping the themes of team unity and a passion for pin trading in mind here are a few tips from the design archives at AllAboutPins to personalize your next baseball pin.

Sporting Outlines

What’s the name of the game? Incorporating elements of your team sport is one of the most popular ways of designing a custom trading pin. From stadium diamonds, crossed bats or hockey pucks, you can use sports emblems for a simple and quick outline of your pin shape. To further personalize your design, think about including more localized elements like team mascots, geographical outlines or slogans.

Quick Tip: Try looking for more unique emblems of your sport or team than just a stadium outline or the plain shape of a baseball. Seek inspiration from team emblems like mascots or team slogans for a pin design that’s much more personalized to you. 

Going Big

From the ability to see fine details to the visibility of the pin itself, size is a big factor for custom lapel pins. For most lapel pins, going bigger than 0.75” or 1.0” isn’t fashionable. However, when it comes to trading pins, that trend gets bucked with 1.75” being the average size. The reason goes back to baseball trading culture where many teams tie bigger bolder pins with a higher perceived trading value. Of course, size really isn’t the only factor. Some trading pins go for smaller sizes, but with more specialty design elements like glitter or moving parts. However, the vast majority of trading pins are going to be bigger than your standard lapel pin. 

Quick Tip: Take advantage of a larger pin to include fine or sculpted details that you couldn’t normally get out of a lapel pin. Big pins are where sculpted or molded details can really shine. 

Specialty Add-Ons

More than any other type of pin we make, trading pins designs love making use of specialty customizations or moving parts to make bigger and bolder designs. More on that in our custom trading pin design article but many teams add interactive elements to their pins like moving parts, danglers, and spinning balls to make their trading pin more of a showpiece. For trading especially, these kinds of add-ons can really bring take a design to the next level and make it much more popular for both youth and adult sports teams.

Quick Tip: Don’t make the moving parts of a specialty add-on an afterthought. Look for ways to make visual or actiony parts of your design really stand out. 

Limited Release Color Swaps

Got a great design but want to add an extra element of excitement to a pin? Try for limited style or color swaps in an order. For example, in an order of 300 pins in your original color design, including 50 or so limited releases in antiqued medallion plating. Doing so costs nothing extra on mold fees and can help give these limited color swaps a unique sense of rarity. 

Quick Tip: Some of the limited release versions don’t swap colors instead, but go for a fully-plated design in plain metal.


Need Help getting started? AllAboutPins has been helping teams customize their custom trading pins for almost 20 years. Our expert team of designers can help you personalize a pin design from every level. If you need more inspiration check out some of the links below for more advice on how to order and design a stellar custom trading pin.

6 Money-Saving Tips for Ordering Custom Baseball Trading Pins

Written on February 17, 2020 at 5:18 pm, by

A time-honored tradition in baseball and other youth sports, custom trading pins are a great way for players and organizers to showcase their team pride and build some non-competitive relationships with their rival teams. But ordering your team a set of trading pins doesn’t need to bankrupt your team’s budget. Whether you’ve been ordering trading pins for years or just getting started, today’s post from AllAboutPins has some actionable advice to help you save on your next order of custom trading pins.

Order in Bulk for Next Season

The minimum order from most pin manufacturers starts at 100 pins, but take our advice, that’s rarely going to be a great deal on your trading pins. Any order of pins comes with fixed production costs that we can spread out over larger orders. At an order of 300 pins, we can even waive mold fees entirely. Granted, you might not need 300 pins over a single season, but there’s always next year and having a few extra pins on hand to trade is always handy. For the best price breaks, aim to order at least 200 or 300 custom trading pins.

Go Die Struck With Custom Trading Pins

Need your trading pins quick and easy? Custom die struck designs to save on enamel color fill costs and to get your pins in hand much quicker. Of course, die struck designs won’t include color details for team colors and the like. However, it’s a great way to demonstrate the iconic nature of a team mascot or emblem with a bright polish or a classic antique. Not to mention, if you’re in an absolute hurry, die struck pins are the quickest possible production.

Order Smaller Pin Sizes

One of the quickest ways to save on your order is to cut the size of your trading pins. Most trading pins are ordered around 1.75”, but cutting on the size of your pin can dramatically cut production costs. However, most teams want pins that are at least 1.75” for trade and display, which we know is a big consideration for trading value. Our advice? Cutting down the size is also an effective means of stretching out your budget and make room for more specialty customizations like danglers, blinkers, and other moving parts that can make your trading pin more than just a display piece.

Go no Bigger Than 2”

It goes without saying that bigger pins will cost more than smaller pins, but especially so if your pin goes up to 2” or more. Bigger pin sizes inevitably call for more materials and heavier shipping package but at 2” it also requires an oversized mold that’ll incur additional setup fees. Not to mention, any pin over 2” is going to be really unwieldy to wear or display on most surfaces. For the best balance between cost and size, sticking your trading pins between 0.75” and 2.0” will prevent your order from incurring extra fees.

Cap Your Color Use at Seven

Unless having a crayon box of colors in your design is inherently important to team spirit, sticking to just seven colors or less will prevent any additional color fees when working with AllAboutPins. Speaking of which, if you plan on adding colors anyways, don’t be shy. The price for enamel color fill is the same whether you use one color or up to seven. If you need help with your color choices, check our write-up on color palettes!

Reorders Waive All Mold Fees

Need a pin for the new season? Reordering a previous design can cut mold fees entirely from the equation. We keep molds on file for up to three years and a reorder of an older design cuts out a lot of initial setup costs and ships quicker since we don’t need to create a new mold. Granted, a lot of teams want new designs each year. However, even reorders can be customized with new color schemes or plating options for a new look each season that can save you both time and money.


Get Started With Custom Trading Pins

Keeping these tips in mind, it’s possible to cut costs at nearly every part of the production process. However, don’t think for a second that trying to cut costs means sacrificing creativity with your team’s custom trading pins. Working with us, artwork and revisions from our experienced team are always free and we offer a full suite of free options to personalize every pin we make.

Designing Custom Trading Pins

Written on February 10, 2020 at 10:18 pm, by

Trading baseball cards are about as common as a phone booth these days, but a passion for collecting and trading lives on in the custom trading pin designs that flood our inquiries year after year. Custom trading pins collected and exchanged between sports teams whenever meeting for a match or social gathering. With nearly every team sporting their own custom trading pins, there are literally thousands of different trading pin designs each season. In today’s post, AllAboutPins is covering different ways you can make a great custom trading pin for your team.

Getting Started With Custom Trading Pins

To get started, it’s smart to get an initial concept on the table and work up from there. It goes without saying, the inspiration for your trading pins should be coming out of the common shared identity of the team. More than anything, don’t just think of your team’s custom trading pins as a beloved tradition. Coaches and organizers use their trading pins to help socialize their players and engage rivals on and off the field in a friendly manner. Used like this, a team’s custom trading pin is a quick representative of its culture and personality, look for inspiration that draws on that culture.

Here are a few ideas to get going:

  • Team Themes and Mascots: From the Tampa Bay Bucs to the Greenbay Packers, every sports team has a theme at the core of its personality and how they present themselves. Mascots are a great inspiration for your trading pins since your team already uses them as public representatives of the team identity.
  • Hometown Pride: Having a place to call home is one of the core parts of any team’s pride. When you’ve got a lot of kids or teammates all from the same neighborhood or school integrating that sense of geographical unity is a powerful way to both localize your trading pins and make them a better collectible souvenir when trading with other teams.
  • Competition and Sport: You’ll be hardpressed to find anything as unifying between teams and players than the sport or activity they all take part in. For the best results, try looking for ways to reimagine or integrate sports iconography that goes beyond slapping a baseball on your pin.

Customizing Trading Pins

Got your concept ready? Time to start implementing your ideas into a design. The biggest factors going into your trading pins design comes down to size, shape, and personalization. All of which will make the foundation of your pin’s design.

  • Size: Size comes easiest in many cases, with most trading pins mostly run around 1.75”, which bigger than a standard enamel pin, but when it comes to trade or display it’s an eye-catching size.
  • Shape: We can mold trading pins into just about any shape you want. But a lot of designs use sport-themed designs like crossed bats over a diamond field, fierce-looking mascots or a baseball.
  • Personalization: From your choice of plating and colors to more wild additions like danglers and glitter paint, we offer a whole suite of options to personalize your trading pin for flashier and more unique looks.  

Unlike our fashion-conscious soft enamel or cloisonne pins, most trading pins are going up for display or trade. This means you can get away with bigger and flashier designs than you might otherwise.

Team Spirit Add-Ons For Custom Trading Pins

Offering a full suite of customizations, you can make your pin design stand out and become a much more sought for by including options such as glitter enamel or glow-in-the-dark enamel. At AllAboutPins, we’ll work with you at each step of production to ensure the final look of your pin captures the passion and spirit of your team. 

  • Danglers: Commonly used for representing the year of competition. Danglers are moving parts attached to your pin’s main design via a small metal ring, allowing them to swing freely when worn or displayed.
  • Spinners: Often shaped like a ball, bat or mascot, spinners are unique customization which adds a spinning metal design to your custom trading pin. 
  • Blinkers: Looking for some flair? Blinkers give your custom trading pins a flashing LED light that animates your unique design day or night.  
  • Glitter: A popular addition to both our soft and hard enamel pins, glitter paint is a quick way to add visual interest to your color scheme and add an extra spark to your design’s final look. 
  • Bobbles: An attachment to a pin that shakes back and forth almost like a bobblehead, bobbles motion back and forth over a design making them a good way to add some character to mascot designs.

Order Your Custom Trading Pins Early

To ensure your team’s trading pins reach you on time, we recommend all sports clients send ideas ahead of the game season. It can be really easy to spend a lot of time rethinking your design and going over customizations only to find the clock running down the wire when it comes to finalizing your order. We recommend ordering trading pins way before the start of the season so you have plenty of time leftover for redesigning your pin and ensuring your final pin looks exactly how you want it to look.

At AllAboutPins, we personalize and tailor custom trading pins to youth sports teams located throughout the country. Stamping each design out of a custom-made mold, each design we make is unique and special to every client. Whether your mascot calls lions, spartan or local town champions, our team of designers helps you manufacture high-quality custom trading pins before the beginning of each game season and just in time for the playoffs.

Tips For Selling Custom Enamel Pins

Written on January 20, 2020 at 4:52 pm, by

Easy to produce but endlessly customizable, custom lapel pins are a great start both an online and retail shop. However, a low-barrier of entry is both blessing and curse when it comes to standing out in a market full of competition. To find success, you’re going to need to find ways to set yourself apart. In today’s post, AllAboutPins is giving you a few quick tips to help plan and launch your own business selling custom pins.

Create Seasonal and Timely Pin Designs

From explosive new year designs to festive Christmas pins, one of the best ways to maintain your shop’s relevance throughout the year is to stock seasonal pin designs. What’s popular and trending is always going to be shifting, but the changing of the seasons is a shift you’ll always be able to predict and plan for. From wearing autumnal colors in October to Christmas pin designs, people like to accessorize based on the seasons and it’s a demand you can consistently plan for.

However, when adding seasonal designs to your annual lineup, don’t just aim for low hanging fruit like Winter, Christmas, Autumn or Halloween. Try exploring more focused but popular annual traditions that have embedded themselves into our culture. From “No-Shave November” to Ground Hog Day, there is a lot of room for creativity with your seasonal niche and often more than a few ways to localize your selection. For example, Goozee Pins, one of our most prolific clients, has us manufacture new Pokemon-themed event pins for local Pokemon Go Festivals.

Build a Distinctive Identity to Your Shop

With thousands of storefronts vying for attention to make a name and identity for themselves, differentiating yourself from the competition is as important as ever. From a unique art style to an ongoing theme or shop niche, look for ways to give the custom lapel pins in your shop an iconic element that differentiates itself from the rest. Not only does this make your storefront recognizable, and thus easier to find for repeat business, but it helps to cultivate a following and build a community around your custom pin designs.

Of course, building an identity or brand for your pin designs takes a very concerted effort, but there are a few actionable items just about anyone can immediately take to help build a stronger identity including:

Build Excitement With Design Previews

One of the best ways of ensuring a custom pin design will sell is to preview its design and test your market before getting to production. Some of the highest-selling designs from artists are carefully curated from what their audience input or contests. Previewing your pin designs gives you an opportunity to drum up excitement for a design and build a market even before production begins.

Not to mention, previewing your designs opens up your business to a more personalized interaction with customers who can chime in with creative suggestions or recommendations for future designs. It goes without saying that this kind of audience engagement translates into a valuable understanding of what people are looking for, which you can address with the right pin designs.

Package Pins to Encourage Follow-Up Sales

Attractive packaging can really enhance the customer experience with your custom pins. Not only can good packaging give you an extra avenue to advertise your shop and encourage follow-up sales, but it can also make your products more photo-friendly for sharing on social media, which will definitely enhance your customer reach. Not to mention, adding packaging to your pins can help add unique theming elements to your design and add another part of the product experience for customers to interact with your brand. 

Selling and Ordering Custom Lapel Pins

Just getting started with selling custom pins, don’t fret. With free artwork and pricing, the team at AllAboutPins supplies all you need to start punching numbers and getting your designs on the market. If you’ve got a fully-vectored design ready, you could start marketing getting pre-orders in a matter of minutes while waiting for your products to finish the production.

Custom Pin Design: 5 Details to Check in Your Art Proof

Written on January 3, 2020 at 4:34 pm, by

One of the great benefits of working with AllAboutPins is access to our expert art team who can take the wildest ideas and present a top-quality rendition of a custom pin. However, your art proof isn’t just a nice rendition of your design. It’s a great opportunity to comb through the details on your pin design and make any changes to your design before going to final production. For today’s design post, we’ve got five ultra-important details you should be checking on your art proof from AllAboutPins.

Spelling, Grammer, and Names

Got text or a name on your custom pin? Double and triple-check it! Don’t over-rely on spellcheck, it isn’t going to save you all the time and it’s especially important to check proper nouns such as personal names, brands, organizations or places. The team at AllAboutPins makes a concerted effort to confirm anything that looks unclear or off but details like the spelling of a company name or whether an individual’s name was supposed to be “Kevin” vs. “Devin” are detail’s you’re far more likely to catch before we think to notice.

Font Choice

Related to spelling and grammar, double-check the font choice fits the tone and idea behind your pin design. It’s at the proofing stage that you’ll have the opportunity to make changes here on how you’ll want the text molded and what kind of impression you want your words to make on a visual level. Over the years, font psychology has grown essential to how we express ideas and tone through text. Big loud fonts with permanent capitalization will hook attention. Conventional sleek designs relay ideas and text easily without distracting from the actual imagery in your designs. Looking over your art proof is your chance to easily try different font choices and how they express the personality of your pin design.

Color and Brand Imagery

From the look of a logo to the colors and font in an emblem, keep an eye on your brand’s assets to keep it as close to its identity as possible. With your brand, imagery is everything when it comes to recognizability and a lasting impression. If your brand or organization has an established color scheme, make sure the Pantone colors used in a design matches what you want. Some brand designs such as feather-thin lines or gradients are difficult to replicate on a pin design and will take some design work to adapt, but our team’s more than happy to do our part to make it happen. During the proofing process, our team can come up with multiple iterations of a design using different customizations until we find the best match for maintaining your brand consistency, If you’ve got more than one idea, its best to send them all in at once so we can send them back to you all at once. 

All Content is Included

It easy to get distracted by design details and customizations only to realize later you’re missing a key emblem or feature you wanted! It never hurts to go down the bullet list of exactly what you wanted on the pin and check off that it’s on the first art proof! Once your order is confirmed and we’ve shipped out to manufacturing, it’ll often be too late to make any major changes. Account for what content or details you want to take out of a design for a sleeker design and which parts of a design are absolutely essential.

Custom Pin Shape

One of the most basic elements of your design, pin shape dictates the look and wear of your design. Don’t think of your custom lapel pin as a sketch or design against a white backdrop. Look at your pin as an actual wearable accessory. Does the actual shape of your design give the intended visual impression? Is there a specific profile you want your pin shape to maintain? Did you want a symmetrical or asymmetrical shape for the worn pin? The art proof will be your first opportunity to make sure the shape of your pin scales to your specifications and captures the right look. Not to mention, it’s a good opportunity to test some of the more unique customization options like dangler attachments or 3D molding!

Get Started With Your Custom Lapel Pin

With so many different combinations of pin options and styles, there are literally thousands of options for customizing and developing your custom pin design. However, these 10 details cover some of the most influential parts of your overall pin. Hopefully, this article helps you when it’s time to start reviewing your first art proof from AllAboutPins and makes sure your custom pins come out looking right the first time around. 

Ready to get started? Just fill out this online form with the full details of your custom pin design and we’ll get both your quote and artwork ready in no time. Don’t forget,  AllAboutPins offers free artwork of your design and unlimited revisions because it’s our goal to ensure your total satisfaction!

Custom Pins for Christmas and the Holidays

Written on December 16, 2019 at 5:06 pm, by

With December here, it’s time to deck some holiday flair with custom Christmas pins! Whether fundraising for a favorite cause or getting into the spirit of Christmas, the season’s greetings are an inspirational time for some really creative holiday-themed Christmas pins. With the holiday spirit in full swing, we at AllAboutPins are hoping this guide will inspire your next set of custom Christmas pins in time for the holidays. 

Getting Started With Christmas Pins

When it comes to holiday design, nostalgia plays a huge part in what we love about the season and it’s popular to fall on deeply ingrained cultural images for inspiration. Scenes of Santa Claus riding his sled against a snowy night sky, Christmas trees brimming with bright decorations or gingerbread fresh out of the oven, evoke a powerful sense of holiday coziness hard to replicate any other time of the year.

Color is especially key, the white and red of Santa’s coat, the natural green of holly or mistletoe, and the glow multi-colored Christmas lights all have long-rooted seasonal vibes. From wintry puns to ugly sweaters, you’ll want to be on ball with what’s bringing a smile on people’s faces, and most importantly, creating a pin with seasonal personality.  

Get Your Holiday Pin Designs in Early

While this is advice we’d give to any pin design you want on a deadline, it’s especially important to get your ideas in early before the holiday season gets into full swing. Since all of our products are made-to-order it can take a couple of weeks after confirming your final design before your pins come in and that’s not factoring in the increase in the holiday-related mailing you can expect right around this time of the year. For holiday and custom Christmas pins, the best bet is to try to get your orders finished before Black Friday so they’ll likely be in hand once December hits. Don’t stall!

Focus on Your Favorite Part of Christmas

When trying to capture a sense of holiday flair on your custom pin, look out for the most iconic parts of the holidays and find creative ways to retell or evoke their spirit in one quick show. Some of the best Christmas designs won’t overload the design with laurels and snowy backdrops but instead, use simple images and text to call on the most iconic parts of holidays.

For example, you’re not going to retell Charles Dickens’ Christmas Carol on a 1” pin, but a wintry design with the classic words “Bah, Humbug” will instantly call Dickens’ work to mind.

Adding a Seasonal Spin for the Cause

Christmas is a holiday long connected to feelings of charity and giving. If you’re a part of a charitable organization or support a well-established cause, then the holiday season is a good time for a seasonal makeover. Small details like adding Christmas lights to an existing logo or a Santa hat to a mascot can help tie an organization to the seasonal spirit. Make those details the creative choice behind a Christmas fundraiser, and you’ve got yourself a recipe for a heartwarming fundraiser for the season.

Don’t Limit Your Custom Pins to Christmas Alone

Christmas isn’t the only gift-giving celebration of the season. Hanukkah, Kwanza, and even the Winter Solstice are all holidays with unique traditions.If you’re selling or marketing original pin designs, expanding to other holidays can actually be a better niche. From trees to holiday cards, Christmas has an overwhelming presence during the holidays and a lot of marketing follows accordingly. By reaching out to other holidays in your designs, your custom pins are very likely to register with people from different backgrounds who don’t often get to express themselves in their own holiday flair. 

Obviously, this is a great way to express your own beliefs and favorite holidays if you celebrate other holidays than Christmas. However, be sure to do your research properly and avoid getting Christmas mixed into your designs. It shows a much more personal touch that’s definitely noticeable. 

Create Christmas Holiday Pins to Be Proud About

Christmas and the holidays are a time of good cheer and warm times and it’s great inspiration for your custom designs. Whether you’re looking for inspiration to get into the festive spirit or looking to inject some holiday spirit into your year-round projects, we’re hoping you’ve found something to be merry about. 

Got an idea you want ready in time for the holidays? Contact us at AllAboutPins. The holiday rush is in full swing, but we’re working around the clock to help make festive creations right on time for the holidays.

Designing Custom Cufflinks With AllAboutPins

Written on December 10, 2019 at 4:33 pm, by

You’ll be hard-pressed to find an accessory giving as much polish to an outfit as a custom cufflink. Just like AllAboutPin’s customized pins, you can personalize near every part of a cufflink’s design to suit your taste. However, a cufflink is definitely a more specialized accessory more at home in an upscale gala than a band jacket. With this post, we’re hoping we can help inspire you to create a set of custom cufflinks to be proud of.

What are Custom Cufflinks?

Custom cufflinks are personalized accessories worn for many black-tie events and formal occasions including weddings or banquets. We’ve found cufflinks are most popular with organizations including the military, law enforcement, EMS groups, and Greek organizations as wearable symbols of solidarity. Like our custom pins, custom cufflinks can be designed using a full-suite of customization options including changing the size, color, metal, molds, and more to suit your needs.

However, designing a custom cufflink isn’t like creating a band pin or a promotional pin for your business. More at home in a formal setting than a lapel pin, custom cufflinks often call for a different approach when it comes to their design. 

Here are a few important considerations to keep in mind:

Custom cufflinks find their home in a formal atmosphere. You’ll expect most wearers to have their cufflinks on during formal events such as weddings or banquets. These events usually call for a subdued professional-style dress with a sense of gravitas and subtlety. Of course, just because most cufflinks are worn for well-dressed occasions doesn’t mean you can’t have novelty designs. Events like dress parties and informal banquets are great opportunities for fun designs that buck formality. But, ultimately, it’s a safe bet to assume that anyone wearing your custom cufflinks is going to be in some kind of formal wear and to plan accordingly.

Cufflinks are often small and light. As you might expect, cufflinks keep your cuffs connected and secured. Make a design that’s too big or heavy, however, it’ll start weighing down the sleeves. Our most popular cufflink sizes are about 0.75” and 1”. Try to plan a design optimized to fit that scale for the best results.

Tips For Creating Great Custom Cufflinks

As with any custom product, there aren’t any hard and fast rules for what kind of designs you should use and what makes the best possible design. A great design for any order is always going to depend on the needs of the product and the interests of the client. That said, there are a few guidelines that we think will steer you in the right direction.

Use Texture for Visibility:

At AllAboutPins, our artists can quickly generate art mockups of different designs and metallic textures to better showcase the final look and feel of your cufflinks before production is ever started. From the look of different plating options to mixing it up with different colors, it’s a good opportunity to see what works best. 

Make it more than a Logo on Metal

Get creative. Use a 3D mold. Mix some color options in. But most of all, do anything you can to keep your design from just being a logo slapped on a small metal surface. Doing so makes for an infinitely more interesting and unique accessory.

Include Color or Plating Options in Your Order

Don’t forget you can mix and match plating styles and color options in your order. As long as your design uses the same mold we can freely create custom cufflinks in a variety of different metals and colors at no extra charge! Everyone loves options and this gives your design an opportunity to fit different color schemes and outfits depending on the taste and interest. 

Account for Limited Colors

Any order of custom cufflinks comes with up to seven different color options. However, when you’re working with an accessory that’s usually no bigger than an inch you don’t have a space to work with. Especially, when you need to space out your linework to allow for the right color fills. If you want to go for a ton of colors in a design, then make sure they’re clearly divided or stick to one primary color with supplementary color options to enhance a design. 

High-Polish Looks Great for Cufflinks

When it comes to custom cufflinks, going for a high-polish finish is one of the most popular options. Not only does this make a great contrast against the solid colors of most shirts, but it adds a classic jewelry-like quality to your cufflinks. If you plan on adding text with a high-polish cufflink, we recommend you stick to black or dark color text to contrast with the gleaming surface. 

Get Started With Custom Cufflinks

Ready to get started? With AllAboutPins, you can customize and design near every part of your custom cufflinks to fit your needs and taste. Our design team has years of experience helping customers develop high-quality custom cufflinks. While these guidelines can help you create the perfect design. Don’t be afraid of asking any of our experts for any advice!

Custom Pin Design Checklist: 5 Details to Checkoff

Written on November 27, 2019 at 9:30 pm, by

A checklist for your custom pin prioritizes the most important parts of a design and helps better visualize exactly what you want from the final product. Forgetting to properly outline a pin design can lead to longer production times or messy design choices. Not to mention, a time crunch if you’re working with a hard deadline. Whether you’re creating a promotional pin for your business or a custom design to sell your original artwork, working out the elements of your custom pin design ahead of time is bound to save you a headache down the line.

Create a Concrete and Original Idea For Your Custom Pin

Great pins start with good ideas. Gets your by spend time early brainstorming an idea and find ways to be original or standout from existing ideas. Of course, you’ll refine your design throughout the design process, so don’t get too attached to your original vision. But being able to list those ideas out and prioritize the most important elements makes it easier to revise and change things as you move forward. However, a concrete idea for a pin design doesn’t stop at thinking about what kind of snappy images you want 

Define Your Order Details

Getting started, you’re likely anxious to jump right into your custom pin design. But getting your order details settled will help you focus your design and establish how much you can spend on specific design details. Information like the size of the pins, the number of pins, and the type of custom pin are important for outlining the scale of your order and your needs. Most importantly, it’ll help you better define your needs and budget out your design.

When starting off, get an idea of what you want out of an order including:

  • Pin Type: The physical style of your pin; can help dictates what color and plating options will work best with your design based on your type.
  • Pin size: The physical dimensions of your pin; factors in how clearly small details and color choices are going to feature on a pin and big considerations for the pricetag of your order.
  • Quantity of Pins: The number of pins in an order; also a big factor for your price tag. We always recommend shooting for over 300 to waive mold fees and get a big price break per pin. 
  • Unique Customizations: Add-ons like custom cardstock, glitter or packaging that help elevate a pin’s presentation; great for adding “pop” to a design or improving your visual presentation.

Explore Your Custom Pin’s Target Audience

Get as much information as you can about your pin’s target audience and how your design can best engage their needs or interests. For example, a cartoony pin won’t go over well if you’re making a registered nurse pin or an award pin for a years of service award. Meanwhile, if you’re designing pins for your based on your own original artwork, you’ll probably want to make a custom pin based on your most popular artwork. Like any designer of a custom product, make a list to identify the exact range of people you imagine will be receiving your custom pin – what themes they enjoy, what concepts are most relevant to them, and what design steps you can take to make your custom pin meaningful to your audience. 

Take a look at the example above! Goozee Pins obviously finds a lot of inspiration from Pokemon, but the unique fusion designs clearly show that they’re in tune with geeky culture on a deeper scale and the use of specialized customizations like glitter paint shows they really know their stuff when it comes to the pin community.

Think about Your Color Palette

Whether you’re working with a single color or a full-palette of shades, color choice is one of the most important parts of pin design. Custom pins are a small snappy visual medium and your color choice helps communicate immediate ideas and emotions tied to your overall design. Understanding what colors are complementary and standout is obviously essential to making a design noticeable but don’t forget about the significance of color choice when it comes to your pin’s purpose. 

Typically, most designs will want vivid and lively colors quickly noticeable worn on a lapel, backpack or lanyard. However, you’ll want to be sure color choices match both your pin’s design and purpose. For example, most breast cancer awareness pins will use different shades of bright pink to better highlight and bring attention to that movement. Meanwhile, business or promotional pins are invariably going to want to use colors matching their branding.

Find a Way to be Unique

While the huge flare in pin flair has died down from 2017 levels, artists and designers are constantly pushing the ante for fresh pin ideas for their artwork, organizations or businesses. That means thinking outside of the box with your pin design isn’t just good advice, it’s an essential design consideration. Look for ways to express personality or “flair” in your design that isn’t as staid as slapping a logo onto a pin. 

A few quick actionable ways you can create a custom pin that stands apart from the others include:

  • Using a color scheme: Tying back to your options in color palette, color choice is a huge factor in how your design is going to be perceived.
  • Unique Customizations: The great thing about custom pins over an art print is that pins can be further customized and presented with your design options. Improvements like glitter paint, cut-outs, and pin styles can all change the look and feel of your pin into something more exceptional.
  • Font Choice: With a visual design, typography is probably one of the last considerations on your mind, but if you’ve decided on adding text to your pin, then make sure it’s readable, visible, and iconic. 

Get Started

Designing a custom pin is an exciting experience, especially if you’re already brimming with ideas. Use these five details as guidelines to help align your design and create a custom pin people will be proud to wear. Still need help? Hit us up. At AllAboutPins, we’re working with people every day to turn their ideas into a pinnable reality.