Pins are great for many things: they can be a fashion accessory, a membership label, rewards and awards, or even just a hobby. One of the initial steps in having your pins made is planning out the pin’s design. It is a great way to have the pin unique and original for the purpose you wanted them made for. Even pin shops offer special services where you can send them your design and have them made without any more effort from you other than the design or request and the order payment. Whether you are planning to make your own custom label pins or have them made at the shop, you have to consider some things before you start getting carried away designing them. This is also applicable to when you are listing down the request items you will give the pin-maker upon your order for a uniquely-designed pin.
You have to be very clear about the purpose of having the pin made. It will greatly influence the choices you will have to make on the other points in consideration.
Is it a gift idea? In this case, you may opt to personalize the pin to suit the receiver’s tastes. Consider also the occasion for which you are giving it to them. It can be memorable, funny or just a cute thoughtful gift from you. Make sure this is recognizable in your design.
Is it for a recognition or reward? You can make the custom label pins different for each awardee or you can make them the same and recognizable, something to make them proud of having achieved.
Is it going to be used as a group or membership pin? When creating your design for this purpose, try to incorporate the team or group’s icons and identifiers. If it is a formal pin, consider placing the group or team logo and create a more elegant business-like design.
Are you going to use it as a fashion accessory? Thinking about the rest of the factors needed to make your design doable, you can practically go loco with this one, assuming that you are keeping in mind the taste and the fashion you’re going to match it with.
In creating your design, you have to consider your budget. Try not to make overly extravagant designs if you are on a tight budget. Canvasing crafting shops or asking the pin-maker about this aspect is a good idea to be able to create a design that is still up to your standards while being right to your budget.
Consider the time that will be required in creating the custom label pins you designed. Check if it will fit your production timeline or if it will be finished or delivered before you will need them. Consult the pin-makers about the time they need for a particular design so that you can make the proper adjustments.
Consider the materials that you can and cannot use for the pins. Match it up with other factors like your budget, its size and weight. Be realistic in your planning of the materials to be used.
You want the right size of the pin according to your purpose. You are making the pins to be worn so create a properly-sized pin that you would want to wear yourself without looking silly. Not too small either that it would be undistinguishable from your other buttons.
You want to watch out for the resulting total weight of your pin design. Too heavy and it will pull at the wearer’s clothes and it would turn downwards. Not a fashionable sight, really.
In making your design, see if the methods required in completing the pins are doable and realistic. You don’t want to pay extra for the additional machinery, do you?
The point of creating a custom design for the pins is to make them unique and basically fun. Make them as wacky or as elegant and formal as you want. Squeeze out your creative juices to make the best pin that you can.
So there you are, if you are confident that your design passes sensible levels on the aforementioned points then feel free to finalize it. Once there, you can now send it off for manufacture or start making your own custom label pins yourself.