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Banner Design Tips

  • Sports Banners and Prints

     

    Banners and signage could be use for a lot of things, not just events. An awesome way to use a banner or foam core board is for your child's sport team! It's inevitable for a sports team to not have images of their players. With the variety of printing services we provide, there are many different ways you can make each team player feel special!

    Foam Core Action Shots Many people don't think about printing images onto foam core boards, but they actually turn out really nice! Using foam core is quite the economical way to display photos. Also, foam core allows the vibrant colors of the image to really pop because of its lamination process. Not only does foam core help the colors pop, but it also helps the color to last longer on the material itself.  Foam core action shots will fit in just about anywhere, whether you want to hang them up at a banquet, or simply inside the coach's office. You can also hang them up in your room walls. California Baptist University has ordered many foam core image prints from us, and they are always coming back for more because they look so good! Check out a few of the prints below of their wrestling players in action. IMG_1695Sports team foam core

    Player Vinyl Banners Team player banners are great for gym and outdoor purposes! Hanging these large vinyl banners that display the name, position, number, and grade of the player will help the student body know who's part of the team. These player sport banners can also come with grommets that will make the hanging process a lot more easier. The vinyl banners below are an example of the Tigers high school baseball team, and they definitely make every player look special!player banners

    Team Vinyl Banners Team banners are a must! Many sports teams like creating team banners that display the names of the players, coaches, sponsors, year, and more. As a team it's always nice to have a visual representation of who you guys are and what team you guys are in. Below is a large sports banner for the Metro Maniacs baseball team. This banner will be hung up on the baseball fence during their games.

     

    Sports team banner
  • 13oz Banners Vs. 15oz Super Smooth Banners

    With so many different types of banner materials on the market these days, sifting through the thousands of banner printing web sites can be a daunting task. I’m here to give you some clarity on what banner material you should order. It all starts with what type of event or product you're trying to market with your banner and whether it will be used indoors or outdoors.

    Lets start with 13 oz. 13 ounce banner material is the most common banner material in the world and the most versatile. This material is what you see when you see a banner hanging on the side of a building or used for a light pole banner. Even though this material isn't designed to print double sided we still make double sided banners with 13oz. This works by printing the client's artwork head to head and folding the material like a big taco, and if needed, extra material can be sewn in the middle to help keep light from passing through.

    We also leave extra material on the top and bottom for pole pockets, how banners slide onto the poles, and one grommet on the inside is used to zip tie the banner to the pole to keep the banner from sliding off on windy days. You can see the fibers up close in the 13 oz banner, and these are what make it more durable than 15 oz.

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    13 oz. up close

    Another use for 13 oz. banner material is building banners, which are really common in the commercial real estate market for marketing large industrial buildings for sale on the side of freeways. This is a low cost high impact way to let potential buyers know these buildings are for sale since these large banners are visible from a long ways away.

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    13 oz. building banner

    Trade Show banners can also be produced out of 13 oz. banner material. We use really neat banner framing systems and attach these to trade show booths to make really large seamless images that can be changed out with ease. This is a great way to go instead of wrapping your booth with adhesive back vinyl and incurring all the extra cost of having to pay a professional graphic installer. You would also have to remove them from your booth for the next trade show, which can be tough depending on the type of material that was used, and would most likely leave adhesives behind on the surface of your booth that would need to be cleaned.

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    13 oz. banner

    Now lets get into 15 oz. super smooth banner material. Super Smooth is really for indoor use only. 15 oz. super smooth has a very smooth surface and makes a really nice image when printed since it doesn't have all the fibers for strength like 13 oz. has. Just because we are calling this 15 oz. and it sounds bigger and badder don’t be fooled, 13 oz. is actually much stronger than this texture. If the surface fibers are what make it stronger, the fibers holding it together, 15 oz. super smooth doesn't have these and that's what makes the surface so smooth and nice for printing.

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    15 oz. up close

    This material does have some very cool qualities besides being smooth and printing nice, it has a nice little thing called block out. Whats block out? This is a black material that is laminated in the middle of the banner material that does not allow light to pass through. So when you're at a trade show and you're using 15 oz. super smooth at a banner stand, the light passing through doesn't allow you to see the artwork printed on the other side. It is also used for hanging banners in windows at retail stores for the same reason, so your artwork is impactful inside and out.

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    15 oz. banner

    Whatever size or purpose it may have, get a quote for your banner needs today!

     

  • Event Banners Tips

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    Got an event or party to plan for, but don't know where to start? Banners are a good place to begin. People may underestimate the importance of event banners; however, they will come in your favor during the process of planning your event, we promise! You can knock out so many questions just by using a simple vinyl banner, like the one pictured above. Putting a banner up a few weeks before an event can answer questions like "Where or when is the event?" or "What type of event is it?" without even having to interact with the attendees. Talk about taking off some weight off your shoulders!

    Important Things to Include in a Banner:

    1. Name of the Event

    First and foremost, if you're going to include one thing on a banner it should be the name of the event. The name of the event is important in so many obvious ways. It will not only help the viewers to search the event online if they are interested, but it will also allow them to get a feel of what the event is all about. Like the banner pictured above, "Fiesta" says it all! Any viewer will know it's going to be a fun time.

    2. Date and Time of the Event

    Ok, this one's a given. People need to check their availability before they even commit. Adding the dates and times of the event will definitely make it easier on people and we all know when something is simple and easy, it lures us more. This banner could have included a more specific date to avoid any confusion, but it still works!

    3. Location

    Leaving a small space for the location of your event is helpful as well. It helps people get an idea of where the event is and if they are close enough to attend.

    4. Intriguing Graphic

    An intriguing graphic always catches the eye.  Bright colors, cool graphics, and some fancy fonts will top it off. The OLPH Annual Fiesta banner has all of the above. Remember, banners are to grab the attention of people, so they could attend the specific event. If your banner is lacking some color, it won't be noticed, which loses its purpose.

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    It's important to include the small details on informative banners to not only take some weight off your shoulders as an event planner, but also to avoid confused people. We love helping these events come together to make your event planning process easier. The pictured banner is an example of a basic event vinyl banner for OLPH Annual Fiesta with grommets.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • Grommet Em' For Your Convenience

    What are grommets?

    Ggrommetsrommets are small metal rings that are attached to a variety of signs and banners made out of materials such as vinyl, fabric, coroplast and many more. Available in many different shapes and size, these grommets play as reinforcements to protect holes from ripping. Materials, such as vinyl, can get heavy when used for large banners; therefore, grommets are a necessity to avoid one's sign from ripping when hung. Each grommet is made out of two pieces. Each piece is placed in between the material of choice and pressed together to form a stronger bond. We highly recommend ordering grommets with your banner if your banner is heavier in size or for permanent, long lasting purposes. Doing so, you won't face any rips or tears in your material!

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    Here at Banner4sale, we are all about precision and delivering with quality. When grommeting our banners, we make sure each grommet is precise and secured on properly. There are many different materials for grommets; however, we like to use metal because it is the most durable, leaving the chances to rip little to none. We can assure you that grommets will also help keep your banner looking sleek and clean because they will be equally placed along the edges of the banner. Check out this fairly large vinyl banner we put together for Xtreme Party World. Imagine if they had not ordered grommets, hanging this big boy up would have been an utter pain! If you're contemplating before placing your order, grommets or no grommets, we suggest getting them for your convenience. Just remember, banners and signs are meant to be hung up. Better to be safe than sorry!

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  • A Lesson from Comic-Con

    Today marks the beginning of Comic-Con once again! Sounds the trumpets please!

    San Diego is my hometown and it always makes me giddy when Comic-Con week rolls around. It’s as though the whole city gets dressed up in all it’s nerdy best to visit the chapel that is the Convention Center. The effects of all the new visitors can be felt as far north as Carlsbad, and it never gets old.

    But it’s not just the attendees that are putting on their best costumes...the vendors have rolled up their sleeves and gotten down to business in booth design. In fact, some designs become so iconic at the con, that they are described by the booth then the actual brand name. For example, "Hey I'll meet you by Adventure Time!", "Meet me at The Walking Dead!" Sadly, I can’t put pictures up just yet, but I will as soon as I get back!

    But let’s talk about what’s been revealed so far:

    AMC - The Walking Dead

    AMC has once again returned with The Walking Dead themed booth (definitely going to check it out!). Judging from the pictures already online, this new booth design is incredibly interactive with the fans! Its a recreation of the prison, where the protagonists were last hiding out at the end of Season 3. There’s a guard tower, the room of Walker heads floating in tanks, and some zombie actors to take pictures with! No word yet on if they’ll stay for the whole weekend, but here’s to hoping. What I love most about this is how they recreate a set that fans have come to recognize immediately. It’s a smart move, going outside the standard square booth with some plastic zombies like last year. The more you can connect with you audience directly, the more they’ll return that back to you.

    Cartoon Network - Adventure Time

    Cartoon Network’s hottest show has to be Adventure Time. And much like in previous years, it’s back with a vengeance, taking over the booth. The entrance is the entire Ice King’s head! You walk through his mouth to get to the good stuff. Again, it connects with their direct audience, albeit without the zombies.

    Mega-Booths!

    One last fan favorite at Comic-Con are, of course, the “mega-booths!”. These ones, including AMC’s and Cartoon Network’s booths, are designed to be seen above and beyond your field of vision. You can spot that sign, that tower, that screen above them from anywhere in the Exhibit Hall. These giants include the Nickelodeon booth, Fox, Lego, Lucasfilm, and the list goes on.

    Stay tuned next week! I’ll be posting my pictures and walking you through what sets all the booth designs apart, as well as some trade show do’s and don’t’s. And take a look at our Trade Show Banners to get an idea of what's in store.

  • Mark the Calendar for May 27th

    In the month of May, we’ve got a few celebrations to hark about. Mother’s Day, some graduations...but sometimes we forget about the important one that comes at the end: Memorial Day.

    Memorial Day was formed after the Civil War to honor the fallen soldiers. Since then, it’s evolved to encompass all the wars that Americans have fought and died in. It’s a day of remembrance, and to give thanks to the veterans and servicemen still out there today.

     

    So, if you’ve got a special veteran in your life, be they living or deceased, honor their memory and service with a banner.

    When my friend’s brother came home from his last tour in Afghanistan, I helped make hand-made posters with glitter glue and paint. But those eventually fade or get trashed. I felt guilty, wanting to provide something that could be remembered and not easily tossed out. A custom banner would have been the perfect solution. It’s something the family can keep around the house, or perhaps to hang outside on their fence, so the neighborhood knows that their soldier is home now.

     

    Even if you don’t have a loved one who is serving, you can help by creating a banner to welcome home the troops or support locals around your neighborhood who have served.

    Want to do more for the veterans? Fundraisers are always welcomed, and banners can provide the advertisement you need to attract donors, especially in public places such as parks, churches, or community centers. You can also make a banner for the fundraiser, providing care packages to be sent overseas (like the Girl Scouts!).

     
  • Upgrade Your Industry with Trade Show Banners!

    Expos, trade shows, conventions, and conferences....what do they have in common? Businesses and trading ventures! These gatherings are the hub for the up-and-coming and everything new, so spruce up your appearance and connect with the conventioneers with a trade show banner.

    Portability is Key

    Trade show banners can vary between your standard hanging banner, such that can be seen on our Custom Banner page, or a specialized type of banner known as a retractable banner

    Retractable Trade Show Banners

    Retractables are exactly as that sound: easy to assemble, quick to dismantle, and trouble-less travel. Each retractable banner is created with the same attention and design as any normal hanging banner would have, so there’s no need to change a ready design.

    These handy go-to banners comes with a carrying case, a stand and support clamps to keep your banner steady and professional wherever you go. With retractable banners you are guaranteed an easy and portable self-advertisement, the same investment that you can gain with a regular banner without all the hassle of assembly.

    Other Trade Show Banner Accessories

    If a retractable banner doesn't fit your bill, then take a peek at our standard banners. No matter where your conference or trade show is located, your banner will be guaranteed to last outdoors and in. Each banner comes with grommets for hanging or pole pockets for standing up.  If your event is outdoors, we recommend wind slits to endure those breezy days.

    Creativity Slumps

    Can't Photoshop if your life depended on it? Call us up, and we’ll help you out!  Let our creative team take a look at your design and help you determine what size would best fit your design. Trade Show Banners are a fantastic investment for your business, especially when you’re frequently on the road convention-hopping.

  • Here, There Be Dragon Banners

    Dragons are pretty cool. Like....really cool. And it sort of feels like the year of the dragon, right? We've got dragons in "Game of Thrones", dragons in our video games, dragons in the upcoming "Hobbit" films. Man, if you've ever read Naomi Novik's "Temeraire" series, she's got dragons in the Napoleonic wars. Regardless of whether or not you're a fantasy fan, you respect the dragon.

     

    So, let's talk about why this beast is so cool. Not only that, but how you can design a dragon to fit your marketing needs or new viral campaign.

    Now, to my knowledge, I can't recall a single sports team, professional or otherwise, that has a dragon as their mascot. The only time I have seen it was in "Ender's Game", and that was Ender's army logo, and it was fictional. Oh well.

    History of the Dragon

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    Amazingly enough, dragons have been present in almost every ancient culture on the planet. They may not have looked the same, but the perceptions were similar across the continents: serpentine bodies, a special ability (such as fire or poison), hatched from eggs, and having feathers or scales. Some theorists believe that ancient peoples may have been inspired by dinosaurs that were still roaming around before disappearing during the Ice Age.

    Dragons were depicted as being the top of the food and spiritual chain, an ultimate force  of nature, religion, or the universe. Heroes wanted to slay them. Some cultures worshipped them. Nobody truly knows where the first dragon came about, only that they first appeared on record in Ancient Greece.

     Shaping the Fantasy

    You've got a little history and some tidbits on what they look like. Fantastic, but that doesn't help you narrow down the options.  Ever since the dragon first appeared on the page, artists throughout history have run with the idea and produced all kinds of dragons. There is no right answer to what a dragon looks like. Which leaves a lot of room for exploration within your campaign.

    So, you want to use a dragon in your next advertisement, but want to see some examples first? No problem. Check out this compilation on Top Design Mag HERE that shows amazing dragon illustrations and a couple of product placements thrown in as well. Perhaps it'll give you some ideas for your dragon's custom design.

    Connotations of the Dragon

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    While you're working with a designer, or perhaps designing a dragon yourself, you should keep in mind what cultural connotations stem from the dragon. In other words, it's generally not recommended to use a dragon as a mascot for a floral shop, or vice versa. I mean, they breathe fire: fire and flowers...eh, not a good mix.

    First of all, the thing that a dragon symbolized was sheer power. People regard it with the same respect as a natural disaster. They are, for the most part, large creatures with angry and/or wise dispositions. It doesn't matter where you look in film, literature, or other media, or how cute the dragon is - characters will always regard them with a hint of fear.

    The second thing is special abilities. It wasn't until I read the "Temeraire" series, by Naomi Novik, that I even considered the possibility of other dragons that could do stuff other than breathe fire. Or even have no powers at all! Here's just a short list of things that are also possible: water spitter, venom, acid, roar (amazing soundwaves that can fell a forest!). Or again, nothing at all!

    The last thing is temperament, and this actually varies. Some people think of all dragons as evil, hoarding thieves that will eat you. Others consider them as wise elders, who live long, and have the experience to pass on. In this case, the choice is up to you. If you want to include a backstory with your dragon, consider their temperament. That's the fun part.

  • Top Ten St. Patrick's Day Fonts

    Remember that list of St. Patrick's Day party planning? Well, for events of that size, you're going to invariably use some form of advertising, whether it be a banner with us, a poster, or a flyer. We also love free stuff, yes? Well, today, I've got a list of awesome fonts that are free, kind of cheesy, but adorable and would fit right in with the St. Patrick's Day theme. They easily convey that Irish attitude that you want in a font design!

    Want to know where to find them? Unfortunately, I can't post the download links here, but it's as simple as Googling the font names. The words written in the font are also the name of the font. I'm even thinking of using some of these for my baked potato party...

     

     

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  • Easter Banners

    Ah, Easter. Yet another chocolate holiday, the bane of every dieter.

    But it's still a fun and family-friendly holiday, full of games, and feasting, and general mayhem. Easter is also a time that many people throw parties. You've got Easter Egg Hunts in the community, Easter dinners, etc. So, why not have use a banner to showcase your upcoming Easter festivities?

     

    Origins of Easter

    For Catholics & Christians, and other denominations, Easter is the celebration of Jesus rising from the grave, three days after his crucifixion. It's also considered a "moveable feast", meaning it doesn't fall on the same day every year. Which is why this year it's on March 31st.

    But what does the Easter Bunny have to do with a Catholic holiday?

    Nothing, actually. The rabbit is a symbol of new life and fertility in many cultures around the world. In 1680, a German author wrote the first story about a hare laying eggs and hiding them in gardens. When the legend was brought to the United States by German immigrants, children started making nests for the eggs, which gradually turned into colorful baskets. While colored eggs are still apart of the holiday, the little gifts have also changed to chocolate and other sugar treats.

    Easter Banner Ideas

    Alright, now that we've got the history out of the way, let's take a look at some possibilities for Easter banners.

    Can't Take a Yolk

    Eggs are symbolic of Easter, that's a given. If you have an Egg Hunt in mind for your community, or just your own gaggle of kids, than create a banner with plenty of egg design. Perhaps, you can also hold an egg-decorating contest at your local farmer's market, or an egg toss challenge for couples. Or you can do what the White House does and use the lawn for an Egg Roll.

    The Easter Bunny

    The quintessential symbol of Easter. If he's not everywhere on your banner, it may not fly in your community. What's great about an animal mascot for a holiday, is that you can design him however you like: make him cute, make him punk, make him anyway you want to. Need inspiration? Check out that latest Dreamworks film "Rise of the Guardians" and take a look at the Easter Bunny. He's pretty awesome.

    Alright, well that's all for now! Check back throughout March as I explore more symbols you can put into your banner designs, from St. Patrick's Day to Easter. :)

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