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Tips About Text – Name Label FAQs About Fonts, Names, & Special Characters

Monday, November 14th, 2016

If you’ve never ordered name labels before you might be a bit confused about what information you should request on your name labels. This blog post should give you a bit of helpful advice to make sure that your name labels have the perfect print for you!

As a personalised product, it is ultimately up to you to decide what text you want to include on your name labels BUT there are a few things to think about to make sure that your name labels are as effective as possible.

THE FONT
All of our name labels are printed with a bold, black font; we do not offer any other font colours or styles.

The font size is determined by how many characters you request on your labels. Our name labels measure 30mm wide by 15mm high (Stikins ®) or 35mm wide by 15mm (Trons ®) only – they DO NOT GET BIGGER OR LONGER to allow your text to fit. Instead, our system will count up the number of characters you have requested on each line and then REDUCE the font size until it is small enough to allow all of those characters to fit onto your name labels.

To get a bigger font size, therefore, you should keep your information short and sweet. You CAN request up to 30-35 characters per line but we would advise using no more than 20. Most of our customers request a name only, although you can comfortably fit a name (first name and surname) on the top line and a phone number on the bottom line. If you want the largest font size possible, you would need to use a single name only (e.g. just a surname).

We DO NOT recommend including addresses or email addresses (as these tend to use up a LOT of characters), or trying to include more than TWO bits of information on your name labels.

THE TEXT
Our name labels can ONLY be printed with standard alphanumeric characters (A-Z and 0-9); we cannot print any images or emojis – although we can print emoticons made out of standard characters and punctuation marks (^__^).

We can also print the following accented characters from the standard European keyboard:
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

THE LAYOUT
When you order name labels from us, you will be asked if you want your text on one line or two lines. The default option is TWO LINES and we recommend leaving this option selected unless you are entering a short amount of information only. For example, if you are using a single name (e.g. surname only) or want labels printed with a single word then you could choose the one line option to increase the font size. If you are entering two pieces of information (e.g. a name and a phone number), we recommend adding one piece of information to the top line and one piece onto the bottom line.
We have a set of printed examples for you to look at on our website so you can see how different amounts and layouts of text will look when they are printed.

TIPS FOR CHOOSING YOUR TEXT:
Names: you can choose to add a name in ANY format you like:

  • JUST a first name, surname, or nickname
  • A first name and a surname
  • A first name, middle name(s), and a surname
  • A first name, surname, and a nickname (an ideal option if you are ordering name labels for someone who is ONLY known by their nickname and not their given name)

Messages: you can also choose to add messages to your labels, such as:

  • “Please Return To”, “Property Of”, or “This Belongs To”
  • Medical or allergy information that can act as a medical alert in the event of an emergency

Contact Information: you could add a piece of contact information to help make it easier for lost items to be returned to you:

  • Add a home number or mobile number (we do NOT recommend adding both, if you also want to add a name)
  • Add an email address (we only recommend this if your email address is particularly short, otherwise your font size will be significantly reduced)
  • Add a room number if your labels are for a resident of a nursing or residential care home
  • Add a year/form/class name or school name for children

Sharing A Pack: we CANNOT split a pack between different names; every label within a pack must be printed with the same information BUT if you don’t want to buy a separate pack for each person you need name labels for, you could try one of the following workarounds:

  • Use a surname only so you can share a pack between members of your family
  • Use initials and a surname if your children (or relatives) share an initial
  • Enter two first names onto the top line (e.g. “Name 1 & Name 2”) and the surname on the bottom line
  • Enter two names (one on each line) and cut your labels in half
  • Enter both first names or initials along with the surname and cut off one of them as needed (e.g. request “Name 1 Surname Name 2” on one line and cut off one of the names)
  • Request blank labels or a blank line so you can write in the name or information you need with a suitable pen (e.g. a laundry pen)

Blank Line(s): to request blank labels or a blank line, simply use the spacebar on your keyboard to enter a single blank space into the line(s) you would like to be left blank.
If you would like to leave a blank space at the start or end of a line that you can fill in later (e.g. Room _______), please use the spacebar to create the blank space that you need AND add a note to your order to let us know that this is what you would like to do so that we can double check your order manually to ensure that it prints correctly.

For more answers to Frequently Asked Questions, please take a look at our FAQs page or read through our Blog. If you find that you have a question that our website doesn’t answer, please get in touch with our Customer Service Team who will be happy to help. Alternatively, simply head on over to our site to place an order today!

FAQ – What Does A Pack Of Name Labels Include?

Thursday, October 6th, 2016

Both our Stikins ® name labels and Trons ® name transfers are sold in “packs”, with customers being offered a choice of four pack sizes.

Each pack is individually packed along with a set of instructions for use, so that each pack gives you everything you need to use (and store) your Stikins ® and/or Trons ® as effectively as possible.

FAQs About Packs Of Name Labels:

1. What Pack Sizes Are Available & How Much Do They Cost?
Stikins ® name labels are available in FOUR pack sizes as follows:
N30 – 30 Stikins ® name labels – £6.00
N60 – 60 Stikins ® name labels – £8.50
N90 – 90 Stikins ® name labels – £10.50
N120 – 120 Stikins ® name labels – £12.50

Silver name labels are available in FOUR pack sizes as follows:
SN30 – 30 silver name labels – £6.00
SN60 – 60 silver name labels – £8.50
SN90 – 90 silver name labels – £10.50
SN120 – 120 silver name labels – £12.50

This summer, we also introduced TWO mixed packs as follows:
M120 – 60 Stikins ® name labels + 60 silver name labels – £10.50
M240 – 120 Stikins ® name labels + 120 silver name labels – £18.50

Trons ® name transfers are available in FOUR pack sizes as follows:
T35 – 35 Trons ® name transfers – £6.00
T70 – 70 Trons ® name transfers – £8.50
T105 – 105 Trons ® name transfers – £10.50
T140 – 140 Trons ® name transfers – £12.50

2. What Do I Get In A Pack & How Are They Packed?
Our packs are made up of sheets of either 30 Stikins ®, 30 silver name labels, or 35 Trons ® name transfers on each sheet. Our Stikins ® are packed into plastic wallets, which have Instructions For Use printed on the back, while our Trons ® are packed into plastic wallets, along with a set of Instructions For Use and two sheets of silicon for each sheet of Trons ® (for use during application).

3. Can I Split A Pack?
No; all of the labels within a pack must be printed with the same text. You can, however, use one of our “alternative” suggestions to create a pack that you can share:

  • Just use your family surname (plus a contact number if you wish)
  • Use your family surname and a shared initial (if possible)
  • Add all of the names (for example, enter “Name 1 & Name 2” on the top line and “Surname” on the bottom line)
  • Add two full names and cut your labels in half (or, enter “Name/Initial 1 Surname Name/Initial 2” on one line and cut off one of the names/initials).

For more information about our name labels and name transfers, visit our Stikins ® Information & Trons ® Information pages, visit our Blog and FAQs page for more tips and advice, or visit our product pages (Stikins ® here & Trons ® here) to place an order.

FAQ – What Text Should I Put On My Name Labels?

Tuesday, August 16th, 2016

Name labels are a personalised product so it’s entirely up to you what text you request when you order BUT we do have a few handy tips to help you make sure your name labels are useful as possible.

The first thing to bear in mind is that our name labels are only made to ONE size; our Stikins ® name labels measure 30mm wide by 15mm high, while our Trons ® name transfers measure 35mm wide by 15mm high.

The size of our labels DOES NOT adjust to fit in the number of characters you have requested – instead our system will count up the number of characters you have requested and select the largest possible font size that will allow all of those characters to fit onto each label.

This means that you need to keep your text short and sweet!

Most customers choose to add a name only to their labels; you can choose to add a first name, nickname, or surname only, or you may wish to include a full name (along with middle names and/or nicknames if you so choose), or something in between (for example, an initial and a surname).

We advise that you use the default layout (2 lines) and enter the first name (or names) onto the top line and the surname onto the bottom line. If you are requesting a name with both a short first name and a short surname, are requesting one name only, or are requesting an initial and a surname, you may want to switch to the 1 line layout to increase the font size that you receive.

You may also wish to include an additional piece of information; popular examples include:

  • A piece of contact information
    Most people choose to add a phone number so that they can be contacted if an item is found. Some people may choose an email address or home address BUT we would advise against this unless you have a very short email address or you choose a shortened version of your home address. We would also advise against using more than one piece of contact information.
  • Medical/allergy information
    If your child has a medical condition or an allergy, adding this information to their name labels creates an additional medical alert that can be used to keep their medical equipment and/or food safe or to alert people to their condition if an emergency should arise.
  • A personalised message
    For example: “Please Return To”, “Property Of”, or “This Belongs To”.
  • A year, class, or form name
    This can make it easier for your child’s belongings to be returned to them quickly within the school environment.

If you want to include a name AND an additional piece of information on your name labels, we recommend adding one item to the top line and one item to the bottom line to ensure that your font remains at a clear and legible size.

We have added an Example Print Page to our website, which shows the font size created by adding different amounts of text in different ways.

To place an order today, simply visit our website to get started; alternatively, you can place an order with our Customer Service Team over the phone, or take a look through our blog and FAQ pages for more information, tips, and advice.

FAQ – What Do Stikins ® & Trons ® Look Like?

Thursday, March 17th, 2016

If you’ve been searching the internet for the ideal name label, you’ll know that there are plenty of different products on offer in all sorts of different shapes, sizes, and colours.

Here at Label Planet, we’ve kept things simple to make sure our name labels are as efficient as possible.

Stikins ® name labels: these name labels measure 30mm wide by 15mm high and are white in colour with a gloss finish. Stikins ® are printed in a bold black font to make sure your information stands out clearly and legibly when it’s needed.

Silver name labels: these name labels measure 30mm wide by 15mm high and are silver in colour with a gloss finish. Our silver name labels are also printed in a bold black font to make sure your information stands out against the background.

Trons ® name transfers: these name labels measure 35mm wide by 15mm high and are white in colour with a matt (non-shiny) finish. Again, we have selected a bold black font to allow your information to stand out against the white background.

You can find more detailed information about our name label products by clicking on the purple “Stikins ® Information” and “Trons ® Information” buttons on the left hand side of our website, visit our FAQ page for answers to frequently asked questions, or select “Buy Stikins ®” or “Buy Trons ®” to start an order.

FAQ – Do You Do These Name Labels In Size X (And Other “Sizeable” Questions)

Tuesday, March 1st, 2016

Yup, it’s an FAQ special and this week we’re rounding up all of your name label questions about size, such as:

How Big Are Your Name Labels?
Our Stikins ® name labels measure 30mm wide by 15mm high and our Trons ® name transfers measure 35mm wide by 15mm high.

Can I Request A Bigger/Smaller Size Of Name Label?
We only supply these two sizes of name label and cannot accept orders for bespoke sizes.

Why Did You Pick These Sizes For Your Name Labels?
We believe that name labels need to be capable of two completely opposite functions; when you need them they should be easy to find and read BUT when you don’t need them they should be pretty much invisible.

We find that the sizes we have chosen are large enough to make them stand out when they need to (so the labels are easy to find), to hold text that is printed in a bold clear font size (so the labels are easy to read), and fit neatly onto the items that you need to label (so the labels don’t draw attention when they aren’t needed) – whether that’s onto the wash care label of clothing, onto the side wall or beneath the tongue of shoes, or on personal items such as lunch boxes and water bottles, or phones, stationery, and equipment.

What Size Font Do You Use?
The font size depends on the amount of text you enter when you order. Our system counts up the number of characters you have entered on each line and then selects the biggest possible font size that will allow both lines to be printed within the dimensions of each name label.

How Do I Get A Bigger Font Size?
Simply take a bit of time to think about what you want to include and be as selective as possible.

Our default layout allows you to split your text over two lines; we find that this creates a solid bold font even if you choose to include an additional piece of information on your labels (for example, we receive many orders for a full name on the top line and a phone number on the bottom line).

We advise limiting yourself to TWO pieces of information and putting one piece onto each of the two lines available; adding any more will cause your font size to reduce significantly. We also recommend being selective about the additional information you add; for example, if you want to add contact information, we recommend a phone number rather than an email address/address because the latter require far more characters to be used.

On the other hand, if you know you only want to add one name (e.g. just a first name or just a surname) or you’re entering text that only requires a handful of characters, you can select the “Name on one line” option to boost the font size.

As a rough guide, we’ve put together an Example Print page showing the font sizes produced by different amounts of text.

Will My Name Labels Get Bigger If I Add More Text?
No. Some parents are used to sew-in name labels where the length of the labels can be adapted to suit the length of the name that has been requested. As mentioned above, our labels are made in a set size and it is the font size that adjusts to make your requested text fit rather than the label size.

How Big Are Your Packs Of Name Labels?
Both of our name label products are available in four pack sizes, as follows:
Stikins ® name labels: select from 30, 60, 90, or 120 name labels per pack
Trons ® name transfers: select from 35, 70, 105, or 140 name transfers per pack

What Size Envelope/Parcel Will My Order Arrive In?
The majority of our orders are despatched in C5 envelopes, which will slip safely through a letterbox without any trouble.
[Extremely large orders are despatched in a small box sent via a Signed For service to ensure they are delivered safely.]

For more FAQs (and their answers), please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.

To buy Stikins ® name labels visit our BUY STIKINS ® name labels page.
To buy Trons ® name transfers visit our BUY TRONS ® name transfers page.

FAQ – What’s The Difference Between Choosing One Line Or Two Lines?

Tuesday, February 16th, 2016

When visiting our website you may have noticed that our product pages offer you a few different options to choose from, including one that asks if you want your name labels printed with “Name on one line” or “Name on two lines”.

We include these two options because we know that not all of our customers will want to add the same information and some will have far less (or more) to add than others. If you select the “Name on one line” option all of your text will be printed on one line and if you select the “Name on two lines” option you can divide the text you want over two lines.

We provide you with these two options so you can include the text you want in the layout that you want – with the opportunity to boost the size of font where possible. Our system counts up the number of characters you have requested and then selects a font size that will allow all of those characters to fit within the dimensions of our name label products (Stikins ®: 30mm x 15mm / Trons ®: 35mm x 15mm) – which means that the more text you include, the smaller the font becomes.

Our default set up is “Name on two lines” because we find that this setup allows you to enter the name (or name and additional information) that you want and receive labels printed in a bold font size that is perfectly legible. For example, even if you enter a full name on the top line and a phone number on the bottom line, the font size will remain clear and legible.

However, it might be that you’re requesting labels with just a first name or surname (or even that you’re ordering labels for someone with a very short first name and surname, for example “John Doe” or “Mary Sue”), which can look rather odd if two lines are used, and will actually print out in a much larger font size if you select the “Name on one line” option.

Please note: if you choose to select the “Name on one line” option and enter a lot of characters the font size you receive will be severely reduced – possibly to the point of being very difficult to read – especially if your name is particularly long (for example, if it includes a double barrelled first name and/or surname). Our labels DO NOT EXTEND in size to accommodate the text you enter; it is the font size that reduces, so it is up to you to take care with the layout you select and the amount of text you request to get a font size that you are happy with.

For more answers to FAQs, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.

To Use One Line Or Two Lines. That Is The Question – But Why Do We Ask It?

Thursday, November 26th, 2015

When you order name labels from Label Planet, we give you the option of selecting text on one line or on two lines – and a few customers have asked us why this is.

The simple answer is that it’s all down to size. Name labels are supposed to be discrete when you don’t need them and legible when you do – in other words, they should be small enough that you don’t have a label plastered across your belongings BUT the font should be large enough to make it quick and simple to identify the owner of an item.

Our system is set up to automatically select the largest possible font size for the NUMBER OF CHARACTERS you request in your order.

Therefore, if you require very few characters (e.g. a surname only or a full name where both the first name and the surname are very short), you will actually get a bigger font size by selecting one line rather than two.

When ordering labels from our site the two line option is the default selection; we find that this setting provides the best possible font size for the majority of our customers (who tend to enter a first name or surname on the top line and then a surname or phone number on the bottom line).

We recommend choosing the one line option ONLY if you are requesting very little text on your labels. If you are including full names, double barrelled names, and/or any contact information (e.g. a phone number), then we would strongly recommend splitting the information over the two lines.

If you are not sure which option is best for you, you can always take a look at our Print Examples page, which indicates the font size created by a variety of text options, or simply get in touch and we can advise on the best way to layout your text.

FAQ – What Should I Put On My Name Labels?

Tuesday, October 13th, 2015

We often get queries from customers who would like some advice on what information they should include on their name labels.

Ultimately, the text people choose to include is down to a matter of personal preference, but we do have a few bits of advice to give you an idea of what works (and what doesn’t).

Names
The majority of our customers simply include their child’s name. Most include the first name on the top line and the surname on the bottom line, which we find tends to give the best font size. Some prefer to enter the full name on one line, but we would advise that you only go for this option if you are entering a relatively short name, as the font size will decrease significantly if you try to fit a long name onto a single line.

Alternative choices include entering a surname only (to share labels), entering initials (to increase the font size), entering nicknames, or entering two or more names (to share labels).

Contact Information
Many of our customers will also opt to add a piece of contact information, to make it easier for items to be returned to them if lost. Most choose to enter the name on the top line and then the contact information on the bottom line, with some entering “Surname Family” or simply the surname on the top line, so that labels can be shared amongst family members.

The most popular choice for contact information is a phone number, which will fit neatly and legibly onto our name labels. Other choices include adding an address (usually in short form or just a postcode), while some opt to add an email address. We would advise against using an email (unless it is extremely short) as emails tend to take up a lot of characters, which results in the labels being printed in a very small font.

A Message
Some parents like to include a message on their name labels, with the most popular choices being “This Belongs To”, “Property Of”, and “Please Return To” (where the message is entered on the top line and the name is entered on the bottom line).

Medical & Allergy Information
Our name labels (and particularly our Stikins ®) are also a popular way to label items with medical and allergy information. Name labels are a quick and easy way to add this important information to a variety of items including food and drink containers and medical supplies. Of course, not only do these labels ensure that your child’s food and medicine remain safe, they can also act as medical alerts in the event of an emergency and ensure that the people who step in to help are aware of your child’s pre-existing medical condition.

If you have any queries about what to include on your labels, or if you are worried that the text you want won’t fit on your labels properly, please get in touch and we’ll be happy to give you advice.

FAQ – Can I Have Text On Three Lines?

Thursday, August 13th, 2015

YES!

Some of our customers want to include a variety of information on their labels and are concerned about whether or not the text they want will fit onto their labels AND remain at a decent sized font.

Our system is able to split information across three lines, which means that a lot of text can be included on a name label at a font size that remains neat and – most importantly – legible.

Perhaps you want to add a message and contact information to your labels, you want to include medical or allergy information along with an emergency contact, or you want to include two pieces of contact information – in any case you’ll want ALL of the information to be printed in a clear, legible font and the easiest way to do this is to split the information over three lines instead of two.

While our system will automatically split lengthy text across three lines, we would advise customers who want three lines to either get in touch with us before they place their order to discuss the text that they want or that they add a note to their order in the checkout noting that they would prefer text over three lines. This way we can ensure that the text is split across three lines and in the most efficient way possible.

Sizing Guide FAQ – Just What Size Are Your Labels & Other Questions…

Tuesday, August 11th, 2015

Yes, it’s another FAQ round up and this week it’s all a matter of size…

What size are your name labels?
Our Stikins ® name labels measure 30mm wide by 15mm high and our Trons ® name transfers measure 35mm wide by 15mm high.

Name labels are supposed to be discrete until you need them – after all, you don’t want a massive label plastered all over your child’s clothing or personal items – and we find that this size fits neatly onto wash care labels and personal items and provides enough space to fit on the required information in a decent sized font.

Can I order name labels in a different size?
No.
All of our name labels are made in the same size and we do not accept orders for bespoke sizes.

Do the labels get bigger/longer if I put more text on my labels?
No.
Our system analyses the number of characters you have requested on each line and automatically adjusts the font size to select the largest possible font size that will allow all of your text to fit neatly onto your name labels.

Do you do really, really small name labels?
No.
Our original name label product (the rather obviously named “Original Stikins ®”) included four name labels of different shapes and sizes, one of which was a really, really small label (the rather appropriately named “Micro Label”). Sadly, when we discontinued the line of Original Stikins ®, we also had to discontinue the Micro Labels.

Of course, our current Stikins ® product is made with a highly flexible vinyl, which means you can wrap these labels around smaller items, such as pens and pencils, in place of a really, really small label.

You can find more FAQs (and As) on our website here.