Ask Gen Z about the latest clothing trend, and they all would turn their heads up to say, ‘Patches!’
Indeed, patches were initially used to recognise the contribution of army and military men. But, with the passage of time, fashion freaks started using patches more loosely. Gone are the times when you’d only find these emblems on the uniforms of forces men. Now, you’d see them everywhere: jackets, bags, mobile phone covers, hats and whatnot!
However, designing patches might look simple on the shore, but deep inside, designing emblems requires a lot more attention and intricateness. It’s a deep sea inside. And let’s be honest – not all manufacturers know the dos & don’ts of designing an emblem. For that reason, we have decided to bang out this blog today.
It’s going to cover all the basics of designing customised patches and how you can refrain from designing blunders to achieve a well-designed & bespoke patch.
Do’s & Don’ts Of Designing A Customised And Bespoke Patch
Size & Shape Matters
We know you want to distinguish yourself in the market and want all possible attention. But getting an oversized emblem won’t help, trust us. The ideal size falls in between 3″ to 5″. Getting a cotton badge bigger than 5″ will be a little harder to handle. But getting anything smaller than 3″ will be too tough to notice. Hence, striking a perfect balance is important.
Also, you do not have to opt for a complex shape in order to stand out. Getting a complex shape patch is going to cost you more because shaping out edges takes more time. In that case, manufacturers must accommodate their workers more, resulting in a higher price tag.
Less Is More
You might have brilliant creative ideas requiring upto 12+ colours with a lot of information to share with your audience through embroidered patches – but dear, hold your horses. Here’s a reality check:
Since the regular size varies from 3″ to 5″, means you’ll have very limited space for designing. And here, you need to smartly and creatively use space to reap the maximum out of it.
Your audience is always in a hurry, and their short attention spans never allow them to stop and analyse the design or read what’s written. However, they’d prefer to stop by if something catches their attention. Catching attention is only possible if the design is simple, with the least number of colours and very limited to no text.
As a result, the formula of ‘less is more’ is applied here!
Borders – The Real Game Changer
The importance of borders cannot be emphasized enough. Borders have the power to make one carry the patch proudly or put it in the trash box because they conclude and balance the design nicely.
Picking the right type of border is pretty important. We have two types of patch borders. Merrowed ones raise the perimeter around the patch, giving the design a sleek, finished look. It’s perfect for standard geometric shapes and not customized shapes.
For custom shapes, you can opt for hot-cut borders. Hot-cut ones seal the border without raising the edges. You might want a Merrowed border around your custom shape because raised borders look very classy. You can inform your manufacturer, and they’ll revbespoke patchert with a revised quote.
But the point is, you should never be skipping borders.
Backing – Apply Comfortably
Usually, people end up investing a lot of time in designing and forget about the backing. Although this might not be a part of designing, but backing needs to be decided before you forward your design to the manufacturer. There are 7 types of backings, each of which differs in terms of application and use. For instance, iron on backing is a big NO for nylon surfaces. Likewise, hook & loop backing might not be an ideal choice in every case.
Also, make sure you pick the right manufacturer because not everyone offers premium-quality backing. Because, of course, imagine the embarrassment of it falling off in front of your guests despite having a well-designed patch.
Material Of Patch
Not every design works on every patch material.
For instance, the woven or embroidered bespoke patch doesn’t allow gradient colours like a PVC patch allows. That’s because woven/embroidered ones are made from thread, making Pantone colour matching difficult.
Also, the purpose of ordering should influence the choice of materials. For example, embroidered patches are best known as traditional heavy-duty patches, used for awarding or recognising the efforts of someone. But PVC-made emblems are used for a wider purpose.
Sometimes, people are looking for quick fixes and not something that’s very durable; they can opt for embroidered emblems. But if you need something that serves life long, then PVC is the best option. Hence, the importance of material can never be denied.
A Second Look
Not looking back at the design, text placement, spelling, and object placement is the biggest blunder one can ever commit.
Never, we repeat – NEVER EVER submit the design to the manufacturers without giving it a second look. Usually, our mind is exhausted after long hours of designing. Before you give your design a second look, make sure you have taken plenty of breaks. The break should be at least 24 to 48 hours. And trust us, this is the best patch-designing tip you’d ever come across.
Go through everything with a fresh mind to catch mistakes effectively.
Once you feel ready, forward the design to the manufacturer and let them do their magic.
This Is Your Sign To Design Customised Patches Today!
Patches have made a huge comeback. Though they were used as fashion icons decades back, these emblems are now used for a wider purpose. To get the emblem perfect, it is important to have a perfect design. And by following our mentioned do’s and don’ts guide, you can land the perfect design hassle-free. Whether you are looking for ideas to personalise your jacket, hat, or any other gear – our designing tips will definitely help you.
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