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10 Simply Elegant Automotive Gear Knobs

Posted by Vicky Bowie on Thu, Nov 20, 2014

Topics: Aluminum Trim, Automotive, Brushed Aluminum, Aluminum In-mold, Woodgrain, Nameplate Examples

Premium Aluminum Trim = Simple Elegance

A gear knob is one piece of trim which is touched every time a vehicle is put in motion. It makes sense that the expectation is for the gear knob to match the look and feel of the vehicle that it is directing. 

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Brushed Aluminum Creates Beveled Looks on Aluminum

Posted by Vicky Bowie on Wed, Nov 19, 2014

Topics: Aluminum, Brushed Aluminum, Mechanical Finishes, Materials and Processes

Brushed Aluminum = Simulated Beveled Emboss 

It never ceases to amaze me how many options there are to decorated aluminum surfaces to end up with highly decorative pieces of eye-candy. A flat piece of metal that starts out quite plain and gray becomes transformed into a bright focus piece with movement and dimension. Mechanical finishing such as brushing means that illusions of complex emboss tooling operations can be achieved. When combined with transparent tints of color, an elegant look can be achieved. 

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Multi-Level Dimension for Nameplates without Complex Tooling

Posted by Vicky Bowie on Thu, Nov 13, 2014

Topics: Nameplate, Domed Labels, Materials and Processes, Plastic, Process Color

Embossed Graphics = Custom Tool for Nameplates and Labels? Not always.

A dimensional logo can be cause for nameplate tooling to be complex. This in turn can be a cost driver for the first production run due to the upfront tool cost needed. Budgets can be tight and not friendly for this type of investment. Does this mean your nameplate or label design needs to be compromised? Not at all. In fact, with some creative artwork it is possible to give the impression of multiple levels and embossed features without taking a big hit to your budget

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Enhance Aluminum Nameplates with Patterns

Posted by Vicky Bowie on Wed, Nov 12, 2014

Topics: Aluminum, Custom Patterns, Customization

Background Patterns Enhance Aluminum Nameplates

On the surface, nameplate design seems fairly straightford. Your company logo simply is printed onto a substrate so that you can put a label on your product. What do you do if you want something more than a cookie cutter nameplate for your product identification? Consider using a background pattern to enhance your design.

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Sporty. Active. Engine Turned Aluminum shows Movement.

Posted by Vicky Bowie on Wed, Nov 5, 2014

Topics: Aluminum, Mechanical Finishes, Materials and Processes

Engine Turned Aluminum = Nameplates that Move

The ability to grab attention for nameplates and brand identification is a big deal. One way to do this is with engine turned aluminum. Aluminum nameplates decorated with engine turn reflect a sporty and active look which grabs attention. Transparent tints of color add luxury and richness which increase perceived value for the brand.

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How to Customize Patterns for Aluminum Badges using Color

Posted by Vicky Bowie on Thu, Oct 30, 2014

Topics: Aluminum, Customization, Color Development

Pattern Customization Using Color

Many times patterns on aluminum nameplates and trim are developed using silver background. It is so fun to see how customers take a pattern and customize it to suit their needs and design. One option to customize a pattern for product identification is to change the color. This article provides a look at what is needed to achieve attractive branding using a customized pattern.

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Pretty as a Picture - Colorful Art on Aluminum

Posted by Vicky Bowie on Wed, Oct 29, 2014

Topics: Aluminum, Lithography

Fine Color Detail with Lithography on Aluminum

Thinking about the upcoming Holiday season drums up all sorts of images in my head - pine cones and needles, poinsettia plants, jingle bells, candies and goodies, and of course Santa Claus. Each of these are captured in the artwork for a Holiday card from 1992. It's a traditional look at familiar items found in many of our homes during the season.

Even more intriguing than the seasonal images is how the decorating process of printing color with lithography provides the detail for each item. Shadows, depth, blending of colors - these are all possible for decoration on aluminum surfaces. The reflective quality of the metal makes a translucent green possible, framing the artwork. A brushed aluminum background provides the canvas. Selective white behind portions of the images creates a three dimensional look. 

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Subtle Contrast with Deep Etched Aluminum Nameplates

Posted by Vicky Bowie on Thu, Oct 16, 2014

Topics: Aluminum, Etched, Materials and Processes

Deep Etch = Subtle Contrast and Depth for Aluminum Nameplates 

Many times early design discussion for metal nameplates involves the subject of contrast. Subtle contrast between graphics and the background of metal nameplates is a common request. One way to achieve this is to combine brushed aluminum with deep etching. 

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How to Show Depth with Engine Stripe on Aluminum

Posted by Vicky Bowie on Wed, Oct 15, 2014

Topics: Aluminum, Mechanical Finishes, Materials and Processes

Mechanical Finishes = Depth and Movement on Aluminum

Are you looking for ways to enhance the decoration for your aluminum badge or trim? Perhaps your design calls for graphics to pop up from the background but you have a limited budget to work with for tooling. Consider using engine stripe in your design.  

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How to Define Color for Nameplates and Labels

Posted by Vicky Bowie on Thu, Oct 9, 2014

Topics: Customization, Resources, Color Development

Color Specifying for Product Identification

There is no shortage of information on the topic of specifying color. Plug the term into Google, and you will find pages of terminology, guidelines, and tips designed to help users manage and define color. While it is exciting to see the plethora of information on specifying color today, it can also be somewhat overwhelming to process and difficult to translate across substrates for your product.

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