We often get customers asking questions about how much information will fit onto their name labels and the simple answer is that it’s all a matter of size.
Name labels are naturally quite small in size; while they need to be big enough to allow someone to locate and read them easily, you don’t want them to be noticeable or to take up any more space than they really need to.
Our STIKINS ® name labels are 15mm high by 30mm wide, while our TRONS ® name transfers are 15mm high by 35mm wide, which means they’ll fit discretely onto any clothing or personal items. This also means that the amount of information you can fit onto the labels is determined by their size.
Our system is designed to adapt your text to the size of the labels; it adds up the number of characters in each line and then selects a font size that allows all of the text to fit onto the label.
In other words, the label size is fixed but the font size changes, depending on the text you include in your order. This means that you CAN request a lot of information on your name labels, but you’ll find that the font size will be smaller if you do so.
Which brings us back to the question of “how much information can I put on my name labels?”.
Simply put, it’s really a matter of personal opinion; if you prefer having more information on your labels and don’t mind a smaller font, then you can go ahead and add the extra information. However, if you really want a larger font, then it’s best to keep it short and sweet!
To help our customers decide what to include on their name labels, we’ve put together an example page of STIKINS ® name labels printed with varying amounts of information, along with a shortlist of suggestions to get you started:
PRINTING A NAME ONLY
- Produces the biggest font size.
- For very short names (i.e. a short first name AND a short surname) you can enter the whole name on one line only.
- For very long names (especially names with double-barrelled first names and/or surnames) you should always split the name over the two lines.
- If in doubt, remember that for the majority of names, the best font size is gained by balancing the name over two lines (usually with the first name on the top line and the surname on the bottom line).
- If you really want a large, bold font, consider selecting the one line option and then entering one of the following; a first name or nickname only, a surname only, or the child’s initial and the surname.
PRINTING A NAME + CONTACT INFORMATION
- Produces a medium font size.
- This works best if you request a name and one piece of contact information only; most customers request the name on the top line and the contact information (usually a phone number) on the bottom line.
- You can also use this method to include alternative information; for example, we have customers who request a name (top line) and a school/form/class name (bottom line), customers who use one of the lines to include a message (such as “Property Of” or “Please Return To”), and customers who include important allergy or medical information on the bottom line.
PRINTING MULTIPLE NAMES PER LABEL
- We are happy for customers to split packs between children by requesting more than one name per label. HOWEVER, we would remind these customers that this can result in a smaller font size being produced.
- To keep the font size as large as possible you could try:
– Entering one child’s name on the top line and one child’s name on the bottom line (and then cutting the label in two).
– Entering the first names on the top line and the surname on the bottom line.
– Using one line and entering the first child’s initial, followed by the surname, and then the second child’s initial (and cutting off one of the initials as required).
- Remember that our system centralises the text and selects a font size based on the number of characters in whichever line contains the most text. To get the best results, you should try to balance the number of characters on each line and avoid using spaces to force the text to align on your screen; the order form is merely a field for you to enter your information and is aligned to the left (rather than the centre), which means that by entering extra spaces you will actually force the font size to decrease further and you won’t get your names aligned.
[If you aren’t sure what information to include on your labels or if you want to double check that the information you want to include will fit neatly onto your labels, please get in touch and we’ll make sure that you get name labels that are just right for you.]