The combination of an in house design team and wide format machines means that a print company could make you a truly excellent and unique birthday banner. Luckily, this is a really popular combination of facilities at print companies these days, and even new companies starting their own websites ‘banners uk’ (website design services are great at this!)or whatever, are also incorporating the combination of designers and wide format machines in their business plan (a lot will be doing flyer printing with this setup!). With out a designer, print companies are reliant on customer artwork (which is often wrong, especially with banner printing as resolution is often insufficient), online design software (which the customers often can’t be bothered to use) or freelance designers, who often lack the flexibility to do quick amends because they are not in the building and easily contactable.
So, if you’re designing a birthday banner, where do you start? Well, photos of the person in question are usually very popular. These can often be supplied as jpegs, or sometimes you’ll need to scan photos that the customer will provide. Either way, you’ll have something to work with pretty quickly. Wording can usually be as simple as “Happy 50th Birthday John” – and rarely much more than that. Colours should be suitable for the sex of the person, with pink (of course!) being very popular for girls and ladies. After that, a few nice patterns or some balloons, presents etc can be the finishing touch, and absolutely all you need to create a design that the customer will really love. Most of your designs can actually be quite similar, but because all of your customers won’t know each other they won’t know that their banner isn’t quite as unique as they might have thought! I don’t think that this is dishonest though – by adding their pictures and creating the text to their spec you are still supplying something great.
The chaps at Supaprint do a lot of Birthday banners and are proud to say that all of their banners are truly unique – it’s VERY rare that any elements are shared between designs. The designers say that this keeps their jobs interesting and keeps their design skills sharp – lucky for their customer! I’ve seen their design (for banners and flyers), and they are certainly some of the best out there. With their fast turnaround and competitive pricing, they are certainly one of the companies that you should check out. They do have a Facebook page, and they post a lot of their designs there – check them out and see what you think!