May 28, 2019
5 Design Tips for Better Vinyl Wraps
When you think about it, vinyl wraps really are a work of art. After all, the best vinyl wraps are created by individuals who take into consideration different design principles, just as painters do.
This kind of artwork doesn’t hang in a gallery, though. Vinyl wraps are displayed on vehicles moving at different speeds throughout the day. They travel through all kinds of terrain and in all kinds of weather. For this reason, we’d go as far to say that designing a wrap is trickier than your typical piece of art.
Perhaps you have decided to invest in a vinyl wrap and are having some trouble imagining what the final product will look like. You are not alone; coming up with a design can be the hardest part! There are a lot of moving parts to consider (yes, literally). Our team at GameTime Wraps has had a lot of experience with vinyl wraps, so we know a thing or two when it comes to choosing a design for a better-than-average wrap.
1. Research Different Font Pairings
You are more than welcome to make choices on a whim; if consider yourself to be creative, this might be how you work best. Some of us need a little extra help to get started, though. Choosing fonts for vinyl wraps can be intimidating-there are a lot of fonts out there. When you have to choose two fonts to pair together, it can be hard to determine which ones will pair well together while remaining cohesive.
If you’re designing a wrap for your business, you probably already have one font decided on (the logo font, for example). It’s often encouraged to use a simple, but the different font for “body text.” If this is what you’re going to do, look up fonts that will go well with your logo. This will make it easier to navigate the many fonts out there, rather than picking by trial and error.
2. Sketch Mockup Designs
You don’t have to be Picasso to make some sketches of your wrap. Sketches will help you play with the placement of text and graphics in order to make final design choices. These do not have to be super detailed; they are just intended to help you visualize what your final product will ultimately look like. You can even print out vehicle templates to draw on for a more accurate and realistic sketch.
3. Get Professional Advice
When all is said and done, you have complete control over your wrap. However, you have nothing to lose by seeking professional advice when it comes to vinyl wraps. Depending on your background and skills, you may feel comfortable designing your own wrap. Perhaps you just want a brief consultation from a graphic designer to receive some feedback. You could be on the other end of the spectrum and would like a designer to take charge of the creative part of the process. Either way, a second opinion from someone who knows what they’re doing might prove to be beneficial.
4. Look at Other Vinyl Wraps
Say you don’t want to look for and hire a graphic designer that has experience working with vinyl wraps. You can still seek inspiration from others by looking at other wrap designs. Great resources would include online galleries, search engines, or vehicles you see on the road. Looking at other vehicles will give you an idea of what works, but also what doesn’t. Maybe you’ve seen something you like on another wrapped vehicle, but aren’t sure how to incorporate it into your own design. Having inspiration to work with can help you craft your very own, unique final product.
5. Work With a Good Installer
The best way to bring your vision to life is to find a reputable company who specializes in vinyl wraps. An installer who is passionate about their work and their customers will make sure you end up with a wrap you enjoy. Just like the design, the application of a vinyl wrap is an art in and of itself. GameTime Wraps has perfected the art of a seamless wrap installation. If you’re in or around Central Arkansas, we’d love to work with you.