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  • Give Your Next Banner a Hand!

    It's that time of the week again: brainstorming for a new banner advertisement. If you're looking for something quirky for your next banner design, then look no further than down at the keyboard... Look down... Down... It's your hand. Surprised?

    It's said that the human hand is the most expressive part of the body, and it's quite versatile with that lovely opposable thumb. But some artists have taken the appendage a step further, and brought character to the fingers. By using tricks with lighting and with the pen, they've transformed their fingers into some of the most human of characters.

    When it comes to attracting the attention of new customers, laughter and quirkiness tend to make the grade.  Making expressions from your fingers is unexpected and takes a second glance at your banner to make sense of it all. Grab their attention, and keep it. For your business, you can use finger people to express your closeness with customers, a spin on a new project, or anticipation of something to come.

     

    It doesn't always have to entail "human" expression either: get into the holidays with themed finger people, such the Halloween one below.

    See some more examples from Alephunky, a DeviantArt Artist.

  • Dazzle them in 3D!! - Banner Effects

    When it comes to choosing fonts and types, the possibilites are nearly limitless. But here's another choice you should make: would you like 3D with those types?

    With all the advancements in Photoshop and other graphic design fields, the answer is no longer "no" to most questions about special effects. You want the text to spill over a waterfall? They can do that. You want your business name to look like it's made of chocolate? No problemo. Fly at the viewer and the scare the bejeezus out of 'em? Okay, maybe not.

    Special Effects for Your Next Banner

    Regardless, 3D effects are becoming more popular and fun to look at. Consumers are more likely to notice a text that's popping off the page rather than an elaborately designed font, so it would behoove you to delve into the realm of 3D text.

    Imagine walking down the street and you see a sign with text popping out. Not only that, but it's glossed and looks like...plastic. That's pretty cool. You might even be tempted to run a hand across the sign. It's that realistic. This only one of many ways to get consumers to notice your product or business name. If you use the 3D effect often enough, consider it part of your brand and become instantly recognizable from anywhere. Let's look at some cool effects available today:

     

    Over at noupe.com, author Nousheen Aquil has compiled a list of the latest and fun 3D effects out on the market, along with tutorials on how to do them. Aquil has highlighted some fun ones such as "Tasty" (made of food); "Ribbon" effect, and "Wooden" effects. At least take a look at the "Tasty" one: always makes me hungry...

    Check out the full article here!

  • Dorm Room Decals - Add Some Spark with Vinyl Wall Graphics

    It’s over: you’ve graduated high school. You’ve thrown your cap in the air, set a bonfire for all those notebooks, and signed so many yearbooks that the ink turned your hand blue.

    It’s summer time, so it’s time to break out the swimsuits, the sunscreen, and the shades. But for all you recently graduated high school seniors, that also means one thing: time to stock up for your future dorm room. Not everyone enjoys picking out dinnerware and bedsheets, but when it comes to wall decorations, stand apart from your roommate with your own creations!

     

    With vinyl wall graphics, they won’t stick to the walls permanently like nails and thumbtacks, so they’re easily removable. All you have to do is submit a design or whatever art piece that catches your fancy, and we’ll print it for you. :)  As you move around during your school career, you can take these funky prints with you wherever you go. Check out some of the examples below!

  • Paper for Banners: Embracing Your Inner Collage Artist

     The world of design is constantly changing and progressing, but sometimes that change includes a step back into the past. Not that paper collages are out of style, but if you’ve seen the latest commercials on television, a surprising number of them are using paper to animate then computers and Photoshop.

    Barracuda by Marjorie Pesek

    What is it about paper that captures our attention? Perhaps it’s the elementary school memories of messy glue projects and tissue paper, or those college photo collages that peppered your dorm room walls. Or maybe it’s due to the streamlined digital age that we live in, and seeing something handmade and organic tickles our fancy. In either case, Denise Fiedler awakens the inner collage-ist with her pieces made from her favorite books.

    Wing ChairBlue Low Heel

    Banners on the Page

    If you’re looking for a new design idea for your banner, draw on Denise Fiedler. Going back to the flat mediums such as paper collage, paper art, or even tree leaves could spark an interest in consumers that haven’t noticed you before. In this industry, even the loudest advertisements can be overcome with a flat, organic design that brings more emotion to the viewer. Even if you keep the same images that you're used to, changing the medium can make all the difference in the world.

    Denise Fiedler's work includes everything from fashion to furniture to dogs: all made of paper. It reawakens our child-like instincts, to see serious artistic pieces made from the simplest of mediums. A paper design for your next banner could definitely appeal to children, or at least the inner kid in all of us. Or perhaps your business is leaning towards a more greener path, and recycling papers and other organic material would appeal to that.

    Check out Denise Fiedler's website here!

  • Thinking Off-Canvas: The Resurgence of Watercolor Applications for Banners

    In every industry, trends of the past are slowly crawling back to the surface and reappearing in modern day. This is more prevalent in the design industry, now more than ever. Among the rising trends is with more organic-appearing designs and layouts: branches, inspired by nature, etc. But it doesn’t get much better or more vibrant than watercolor.

    The liquidity of the paint tends to inspire more fluid, natural pieces. Also, the layers of color somehow have a more naturally vibrant effect than layers of acrylic or digital work.

    By Marlies Merk Najaka

     

    Watercolor Comeback

    I  re-encountered this medium in an unexpected place: a comic book. it’s called “The Homeland Directive” by writer Robert Venditti and artist Mike Huddleston. It’s a pretty standard tale of government conspiracy, but what sets it apart is the emotion created by the contrasting coloring styles within the panels themselves. One such technique was with watercolors.

    Check out this page:

    From "The Homeland Directive"

    Notice how the watercolor leaves a sort of filtered and dusty view of the world, a world of noir, secrecy and throwaway phones.

    Add Some Splash to your Banners

    If watercolor can have this impact on a comic, why not in the advertising field as well? What about watercolor on banners? Why not?

    If your business is looking for a new vision for your banners, try a hand with watercolors. Refresh and re-engage your audience with a new look that’s more natural and fluid and appeals to the senses.  A banner with a watercolor design would definitely stand out from among the streamlined, bold prints that are out there today.

    For more examples of beautiful watercolor work to stimulate your creativity, check out this article from Noupe.

  • Business Cards and Banners: Big Things in Small Spaces

    If there’s one surefire way to give information in the most professional and delicate manner, it’s with a business card. These little guys have been around for decades, and have even transcended into the social atmosphere. Anything can be made with a business card! Dating! Babysitting! Shameless advertising for your next student short film!

    Regardless, business card makers know the jones about what to put and what not to put on business cards because of the limited space, and this same intimate knowledge can easily be applied to your next banner or sign.

    Banners: Sometimes Bigger Isn’t Always Better

    Although there is seemingly no end to the size of banners that can be produced, consider this: would you rather have a huge banner with lots and lots of text on it, or a reasonable size with a single impressionable image and noteworthy contact info? Probably the latter, right?

    Despite the size, be it a banner or a business card, the first impression is of the utmost importance. Let your banner speak for your business and what you’ve got to offer: include a  funky shape (such as your logo) or make it interactive with your recipients. Print a riddle and then give them a link or widget that they have to follow to unlock the answer! To leave more space for something eye-catching, you can include a QR code and a single thought-provoking image. Get the people curious about what you do and how you stand apart from the rest in your field.

    Funky shapes are a plus!Interactive!

    Personal Banners

    For artists, it's a similar story. An artist would want to include a sample piece, and perhaps some simple contact information (or a QR Code!) on their limited-spaced banner.

    Artists from San Diego Comic-Con

    For more cool and crazy examples of out-of-the-box business cards, check out this article on Smashing Magazine.

  • QR Codes: Scanners for Your Banners

    You’ve probably seen these around: little secret squares on posters, cars, and other street signs as you go about your day. But what are they?

    Let’s say you’re walking down the street, and you come across a wrapped car. It looks nice, and you’re thinking, hey! I like how that looks, or I like that artist. Well, if you spot a QR Code on the side of the advertisement, all you have to do is pull out your phone and use a free QR scanning app to scan the code. Your phone will automatically log the information that it receives from the code.

    These are the next evolution in bar codes! They’re designed to hold more data and respond faster than the standard bar code. Each QR Code can contain contact information, a web link or a deal that a consumer can scan and obtain for their use. Pretty handy! It’s also a clever way to let your customers know about upcoming promotions or new products.

    QR Codes are fantastic for interacting with your consumers. Not only are they actively participating in your promotion, but you can also create more QR Codes in response to their reactions! The more you give, the more they will take and keep coming back for more.

    There are websites out there that will help you design your own unique QR Code for your business. Since there is no limit to size with each QR Code, that means you aren’t limited to a certain size banner either. Most smartphones and tablets nowadays have the ability to scan QR Codes of all sizes, which can make for some pretty interesting and creatively designed banners.

    Madison Square Garden Not a banner, but still clever

  • Understanding How Banner Proportions Work

    Banner Printing Proportions

    Lets say that I have this really cool design for my moms birthday. It is currently 36 x 12. Now lets say that I wanted to make a 60 x 48 banner. Unfortunately my art will not scale proportionately to that size. If I was to make it 60 inches wide, it would only be 20 inches high, that would leave 20 inches of white space on top and bottom of my artwork. If I was to make it 48 in high, it would then be 144 inches wide and I would lose most of my artwork. If you want to avoid this sort of issue here is a tip: Multiply the current height and width of your banner by the same number that way you know how big it can scale proportionately. In my case I have a original size of 36 x 12, So if I multiply both the height and width by 3 I know that I can get a 96 x 36 banner, that will not have any white space or cut off any of my design. So the next time you are trying to figure out what size banner to order, or starting to design a new banner, make sure you keep the proportions of the artwork and the design in mind.

  • Go Bears

    Recently we received an order from a faculty member of Menlo-Antherton High School. Their school's Robotics Team, The Bears, just won Regionals and were headed on their way to State Championships. They wanted a big 10' x 4' banner printed but there was one problem, this was their art file... Given the time sensitivity of our client's needs and the simplicity of their design, the sophisticated group of handsome gentlemen that toil endlessly in the Design Department here at Banner4sale (O.K., my opinion might be a LITTLE biased :P), decided to step up to the plate and recreate Menlo-Antherton's robotics banner so they could get it just in time for their big event! We spent countless hours pouring our blood, sweat, and tears into fabricating the perfect recreation of our Client's art so that it's mother would mistake it for her own offspring if she saw it.... just kidding. It actually took us a couple of minutes in illustrator and BOOM, Da Bears had Da Banner! Get a look at these intelligent fresh faced youngsters!!! I sure wish I knew how to program the VCR at their age, let alone build a robot. It's for the best I guess, if I was smart enough to build my own robot, I'd probably use it to play dirty tricks on all my friends who borrowed my CD's and never gave them back. >:)

  • Using Images for Your Banner, Tips on Resolution and Where to Find Photos

    We all know that a high quality image can add a lot to a design in terms of style and depth. However, when designing a banner there are somethings to consider before using just any old image out of your point and shoot or getting a photo off google images. A banner is a much larger canvas then a normal photo would be printed on and most images on the web are optimized to load quickly, which means small image-size and low resolution. If you were to do a google search for images of puppies, chance are most images would not be a high enough resolution to work on a banner. For example the image I have selected is 500x309 pixels, this makes it about 1.75 x 1 inches, which would not work. If that images was at 300dpi, and we scaled it to our minimum 75 dpi it would be 6.5 x 4, which still would not work. Keep in mind that since most images are optimized for the web they will be at 72 dpi. Digital cameras have come a long way since they were first introduced. If you are using your camera on the highest allowable settings then the image might be a high enough resolution to be blown up on a banner. However, chances are your settings are set lower then the maximum so that you can store more photos on your memory card. A good alternative is to look at is buying stock images to use for your banner. Two good placed to start are www.istock.com and www.shutterstock.com. Both of these places allow your to purchase images at a reasonable price, they are easy to use and have tons of photos. If you are having a hard time finding a photo you could also take is to hire a professional photographer to take photos for you. This way you can get the exact pictures you want. Just some things to consider when you are looking for an image for your next banner.

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