Template Tuesday Presents....reasons why you should plan your design first.
Here at Label Planet, we always recommend taking a few moments to plan your label design before you actually start work on your template. While you might think that this is an entirely unnecessary step (and in some cases it is), sometimes taking a moment to plan ahead can help save you plenty of time (and stress) when it comes to getting your labels just right.
Obviously if you are creating a set of VERY simple address labels or logo labels (that contain JUST an address or JUST a logo) then designing your labels simply involves adding your one element to your labels – job done.
However, if you’re creating something a bit more complicated, it’s always worth taking the time to plan ahead – especially if your labels contain vital information or need to have a strong visual impact.
By “plan”, we don’t mean a detailed diagram measured down to the nth degree – simply having a list of what you want to include on your labels might be enough to help you keep your label design under control.
We recommend trying these simple tips for a trouble free template design:
- If your label design includes text – TYPE IT UP. This will allow you to see exactly how much room you need to make sure that all of your text fits onto your label AND at a font size that is legible to the human eye.
- Make a quick sketch showing where each element will sit in your finished label design; this doesn’t need to be detailed or measured – just sketch a set of outlines showing where each bit goes to make sure that you’ve definitely got enough room to fit everything in.
As with everything, sometimes less is more and if you’re trying to fit a lot of elements onto a single label it can soon become cluttered, messy, and possibly even completely illegible.
Making a plan or outline of what you want to include in your design will allow you to make sure your design will do the job you need it to – whether that’s clearly displaying your company brand or product information, outlining important health and safety warnings or instructions for use, or simply creating a strong visual message with a professional, high quality finish.
If you find that you’ve simply got too much text or too much going on in your label design, you can scribble a few bits out or quickly sketch out an alternative – without wasting your time and getting frustrated trying to force your template into shape.
In fact, we actually recommend planning your design while you’re in the process of choosing your labels – this way you can make sure that the labels you purchase are the right size for your requirements, so you don’t end up squeezing everything onto labels that are too small, buying extra labels so that you can split your design across multiple labels, or having massive labels plastered across your items that contain a design that would look far more effective and clean cut on a smaller label size.
You can find full measurements for all of our label sizes by visiting our Template Home Page and selecting the relevant label shape and size.
Next week on Template Tuesday: Designing A Label Template – Build From The Background Forward