Mixing Up Your Ps & Qs (An FAQ Special About Fonts, Characters, & Words) for Name Labels

FAQ: Mixing Up Your Ps & Qs (An FAQ Special About Fonts, Characters, & Words) for Name Labels

Tuesday 17th November 2015   /   FAQ   /   0 Comment(s)

If you’ve got a question about fonts, characters, and/or words, this is the blog post for you; we’ve rounded up a selection of the most frequently asked questions we receive about name labels and the text that goes on them.


Can I choose a font?
No. All of our name labels are printed in one standard font.
You can get a rough idea of what this font looks like on our Printed Examples page.

What colour font do you use?
All of our products are printed in a bold black font.
We find that this offers the best legibility against the white (or silver) background of our products.

What size font do you use?
It depends on how many characters you request.
Our system counts up the number of characters you have requested on each line and automatically selects the largest font size that will allow all of the characters on both lines to fit onto each label.

If you try to enter too many characters, a warning will appear onscreen and you will not be able to add your item to the basket. However, our system will allow quite a large number of characters to be included, so if the font size is particularly important to you, we would advise being selective with the amount of text you add to your labels.

Name labels are supposed to be discrete when they aren’t needed, which means the font size will be small as a necessity. If you want a large font size, we recommend adding only the most essential information onto your labels (and in a shortened format, where possible).

To create the best possible font size, we also recommend using the “Text on two lines” setting, which is set as the default when you begin your order. For the majority of orders, this produces a better font size than that created when you enter ALL of your text onto one line only. If you are entering a single word (for example, a surname only) or a very short full name, then you can choose the “Text on one line” setting to produce a larger font.


What characters can I request on my labels?
We can print all of the standard alphanumerical characters (A-Z and 0-9), along with standard punctuation marks, and some accented characters.

Can I include accented characters in my order?
Yes and no. Our system can print SOME accented characters (within the standard European range of characters) as follows:

À Á Â Ä Ã Å Æ à á â ä â å æ È É Ê Ë è é ê ë Í Î Ï ì í î ï Ô Ö Õ ò ó ô ö õ Ù Ú Û Ü ù ú û ü Ç ç Ñ ñ Ý Ÿ ý ÿ Ø ø Ð ð ß ƒ

Can I add pictures / emoticons / emojis?
No. Our system can only print standard characters, which means that we are unable to print any kind of image onto our products at this time. Of course, if you’re feeling a bit nostalgic or creative, you can always use standard punctuation marks to add a fun twist to your labels ^__^


What information should I put on my name labels?
It’s generally a matter of personal preference. The majority of our customers will order name labels with just a name printed on each one; most of our labels are used to label school uniform and equipment, which means that a name is usually enough to ensure that items can be returned to their rightful owner by the school.

However, we also find that customers often choose to add an extra detail to go along with the name, with the most common choices being:
CONTACT INFORMATION: usually a phone number, although some customers have requested an address or email address. While phone numbers fit quite neatly onto our name labels, we would advise that customers avoid adding an address or email address unless it is a shortened version due to the small font size produced by including so many characters.

A MESSAGE: for example, “Property Of” or “Please Return To”; we find that this is commonly used by groups (such as schools, activity groups, or departments in businesses and organisations) to keep track of equipment that is shared or loaned out, although some parents like to include a friendly message on their children’s items too!

ALLERGY OR MEDICAL INFORMATION: name labels are an easy way to add a medical alert to clothing or to containers holding food or medical supplies. In the event of an emergency, people who step in to help can quickly and easily find out that a person has a particular condition and can adjust the help that they provide accordingly.

SCHOOL OR CLASS NAME: some parents choose to include their child’s school or class name. A class name can help make it easier for the school to return items, while adding a school name can make it easier for items to be returned if they are lost elsewhere. Where name labels are purchased by businesses or organisations, they may choose to include a department to help ensure that equipment is returned to the correct place within a larger complex.

We would advise that you include TWO pieces of information (e.g. a name and a piece of contact information) AT MOST to keep the font size legible.

Can I include a full name / nicknames / surname only?
The way you format a name is down to personal preference. While most people will include a first name and a surname only, some like to include middle names as well, others will add a nickname (which is especially useful if someone is known only by a nickname), and some choose to simply use a surname (which is a great way to share labels between family members but should be avoided if you know that your child shares their surname with another child in their class).

Can I include the names of two or more people on my labels?
Yes! While we cannot split a pack between different names (every label within a pack must be printed with the same text), we are more than happy for parents to get creative with their text to allow them to buy one pack that they can use for multiple family members. For example, you might choose to:
– Use a surname only (or “Family Surname”) and share labels between the whole family.
– Enter one name on one line, a second name on the second line, and cut the labels in half.
– Enter one name/initial followed by the surname followed by the second name/initial and then cut off one of the names/initials as required.
– Enter both first names on the top line (e.g. Name And Name, Name & Name, Name Or Name) and the surname on the bottom line.

For more answers to Frequently Asked Questions, please visit our FAQs page. If you have any questions or queries relating to choosing the right text for your name label order, please get in touch and we’ll be happy to advise you further.

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