This was a great opportunity for me to print something I have never even thought of printing before. I am not much of a sticker person, that is, I’ve never delved into the world of stickers, collected them, or really admired them in the past. Yet that doesn’t mean I have no room in myself to begin appreciating all of these elements in the world of stickers. Designing these and researching others has really made me like the idea of stickers more and more. With that new excitement for them, I ventured to design my own.
Finding Something that Sticks
It was difficult for me to think up of an idea and theme for stickers that I would really want to pursue and something which I felt represented my tastes. I spent a lot of time sketching and trying to think up of some good ideas. I brainstormed ideas from video games, music, digital media, etc. Even so, it was difficult to come up with something that I really wanted to do. I have spent a lot of time in my life practicing with video production and getting good and filming video. With that, I decided to design stickers based upon my experiences with video production.
Tools of the Trade
What I ended up with in the end were these 3 designs: A camera, an SD card, and a slate or clapperboard. The camera was very enjoyable to produce and I am pleased with the results. The SD card was simple yet difficult to get right when it came down to representing it with colors. Finally, I wanted to be sure that my theme was not going to be confused or mixed up with photography, so I included a slate, which is an obvious reference to video production and film.
When designing my stickers, I wanted to follow a few essential rules: I didn’t want any of my designs to look flimsy, breakable, or weak. I wanted bulky and solid. I think that’s what contributes to a good sticker design. When it looks thick and robust it makes you want to handle it, peel it, and press it onto a surface of your choice. I did notice that my slate had an arm which was thinner than I would have liked to so I thickened it up without making it lose it’s size ration to the rest of the board.
The last thing I wanted to do was employ the use of good colors. I started out making my camera look black and grey, like any traditional DSLR camera, but then I realized how boring it was. More importantly I felt as though it went against the sticker culture. I have yet to see a professional good quality sticker that is in greyscale. At least, one that I would truly want. So I switched it up and made my camera blue and the SD card green. The slate was harder to nail down, so I stuck with a greyscale pallet, but I felt like the theme of the board really called for it.
The last thing I needed to do with the design was add the Cut Contour line. This is the pink (magenta) line that traces out the shape. This is important as it–when done correctly–tells the print and cut machine where to cut out the stickers. Using this method you can ensure the sticker’s final shape is one that will be easy to peel and wont suffer from thin nibs that will break off easily.