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What Shape Works Best for Nameplates and Labels?

Posted by Vicky Bowie on Thu, Jul 31, 2014

Topics: Aluminum, Nameplate, Nameplate Examples, Flexible Labels

Many Shapes of Aluminum Nameplates and Plastic Labels

Shape is a big deal if you are working on the design for new brand identification. It is the topic of one of the most common questions that come up in the design process. How do you choose which shape to use for your nameplate? Don't let this become a stop point in your brand efforts. Let's take a walk through shape options for aluminum nameplates and plastic labels.

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20 Effective Border Designs for Aluminum Nameplates

Posted by Vicky Bowie on Thu, Jul 3, 2014

Topics: Aluminum, Selective Patterns, Nameplate Examples

Effective Border Designs for Aluminum Nameplates

Designing your brand identification for aluminum nameplates or plastic decals means that you need to consider several elements: shape, size, color to name a few. What about a border for your label? This is a design element which should not be taken lightly for your nameplate.

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Brushed Aluminum Look on Plastic Labels

Posted by Vicky Bowie on Thu, Apr 24, 2014

Topics: Polycarbonate, Plastic Trim, Nameplate Examples, Labels, Flexible Labels, Plastic, Chrome Polyester

Brushed Aluminum

Brushed aluminum is a common background for nameplates and brand identification. This is a decorating process where a sheet of aluminum passes beneath a coarse brush head to create the linear finish. It can be applied selectively as well as at varying angles to create movement and visual depth to the surface of the aluminum. Layers and different angles of brush result in dimensional background finishes. Brushed aluminum can increase perceived value for the end product because it provides a finished look.

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4 Ways to Make a Flat Aluminum Nameplate Stand Out

Posted by Vicky Bowie on Tue, Apr 22, 2014

Topics: Aluminum, Nameplate Examples

A common question when working with companies to develop attention-grabbing nameplates and emblems is how to make a flat aluminum nameplate stand out without incurring additional tooling expense? Designers and buyers alike look for cost effective solutions. Below are some options which keep cost in check while providing the end result of catching the eye of a customer.

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Black Texture on Aluminum Namplates

Posted by Vicky Bowie on Tue, Apr 1, 2014

Topics: Aluminum, Texture, Selective Patterns, Materials and Processes, Nameplate Examples

Black and near-black finishes on aluminum was the focus of an article last week on our Design Surfaces on Aluminum Blog. This post has had quite a bit of interest with requests for more information on the types of finishes available as well as seeing black finishes in application. As a result, I thought I'd share this quick video compilation with some great examples of aluminum nameplates which have made use of interesting black finishes. In this, you'll see brands represented from motorcycles and medical equipment to golf clubs and boats. Enjoy!

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3 Reasons to Use Texture with Aluminum Nameplates

Posted by Vicky Bowie on Thu, Jan 16, 2014

Topics: Texture, Aluminum Trim, Nameplate, Materials and Processes, Nameplate Examples

Aluminum Nameplates and Trim Decorated with Texture

Taking a look through the many examples of aluminum nameplates and the processes used to create attractive branding, I found it interesting the number of them which have selected to use texture. It is a process that is compatible with a variety of applications and markets including cosmetic compact covers, motorcycle emblems, computer equipment, medical equipment and appliance trim. Why should texture be an option to decorate nameplates, labels and trim? Here are three reasons:

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20 Awesome Pierced Aluminum Nameplates, Labels and Tags

Posted by Vicky Bowie on Tue, Nov 12, 2013

Topics: Aluminum, Nameplate Examples

Pierced Aluminum Nameplates and Labels

Piercing is a tooling operation which creates openings in the decorated aluminum for backlit graphics, LED lights, buttons or other mechanisms to be functional. Another reason to include a pierce operation into your nameplate design is to allow the label to be used as a decorative hang tag and draw attention to your brand. Yet another need for piercing is to enable attachment with rivets or screws in lieu of adhesive or needing a carrier to snap into the product housing.

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18 Impressive Oval Shaped Nameplates

Posted by Vicky Bowie on Tue, Sep 17, 2013

Topics: Aluminum, Nameplate Examples, Chrome Polyester

Oval Shape

Next to the circle and square, an oval is one of the most common shapes for aluminum and plastic nameplates. Oval shaped nameplates and emblems can be found in just about any industry and on any product - including medical equipment, electronics and furniture. Review options in flat or 3D stock dies or provide your dimensions for a custom tool. Here are examples of 18 brands which use the oval shape. Enjoy!

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20 Inspiring Tiny Nameplates and Labels

Posted by Vicky Bowie on Thu, Aug 22, 2013

Topics: Aluminum, Polycarbonate, Nameplate Examples

Great things come in small packages. The same can be said when considering the size of your branding. A small sized product does not leave much room to incorporate a logo or name. Yet brand recognition is an important aspect to the design. Don't worry! Small nameplates and labels don't have to present a challenge - use the size as opportunity to grab attention and stand apart. 

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16 Attractive Appliance Badges and Overlays

Posted by Vicky Bowie on Tue, Aug 6, 2013

Topics: Appliance, Nameplate Examples

Household Appliance Branding

Household appliances showscase some high profile brands. When the product is upscale, the branding requires high perceived value and oftentimes enhances the buying experience. Attractive aluminum and stainless steel nameplates and badges as well as polycarbonate overlays or snap-in labels complement the product design.

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