I’ve been a little obsessed with finding the perfect logo and the perfect logo stickers to go with it. I think this is my third or fourth post about logos and stickers, having previously written about stickers from both Olivér Nagy and (the now-defunct) Puzzle Addictions.
Time to order new stickers, I turned to Olivér’s store again. I ordered stickers to match my more refined (drop-shadowed and “glared”) logo. I also developed new variant to match my unique color scheme on white cubes — switching yellow to gray, white to black, and the black gridlines to white to emulate white plastic. As shown in this video, the stickers came out great!
If you’ve followed this blog at all, you’ll know that I’ve spent a fair bit of time looking for vendors that could print custom logo stickers (for branded center stickers). As my logo grew more refined and intricate, so did my expectations from vendors.
The logo started as a monochrome/grayscale simple stylized G that I printed on my laser printer. I eventually had a sheet of that logo printed, as I described in my first sticker post. From there, the logo evolved into a G on a colored background resembling a scrambled cube, the letter setoff by a white stroke. I eventually discovered oliverstickers.com, which is run by Olivér Nagy, a really nice guy from Budapest who prints stickers for a lot of European cubers. He printed me a good amount of stock in that logo at great prices; as I blogged about those stickers, the stock quality was good and full-color printing was sharp enough. There was slight pixelation, but only up-close; from a normal distance, they look great. The pricing was excellent (about $13 to my door), and they arrived within two weeks of ordering, even with shipping from Hungary. Here’s a link to the logo section of his shop. When I developed my new logo sting for my videos, the logo evolved once more — adding a drop shadow, a reflection/glare, and a bit more refinement to the G’s size and placement.
I was about to place another order with Olivér, when Bradley (Izo) of puzzleaddictions.com, knowing I was looking for a domestic sticker printer, made me some test stickers. They’re terrific:
When you hit 9 subscribers, with Youtube Partnership staring you in the face, you do funny things. You realize, dang, I’ve got this. This is my thing. The sycophants are lined up and ready to eat Google-dispensed ads right out of my hands. All to get a glimpse of my cubing genius. Let me strap myself onto this bucking bronco and see where it takes me. No financial investment is too big, no amount of time is too large — this blog stands as the mystical entranceway to the next big zeitgeist.
Or, you just do something completely self-absorbed and beyond rationalization, such as investing $50 in developing branded video bumpers…. Continue reading →
I wrote a few weeks ago about the custom stickers I had made at 123stickers.com. I was fairly pleased with the visual appearance of those stickers, but they were clearly of a different sticker stock than normal cube stickers. As I wrote in my review, the stickers were very thick (probably three times a normal sticker) and the UV coating was especially shiny. Also, I had printed only monochrome stickers (black/gray), so I wasn’t able to comment on 123stickers.com‘s full-color print capabilities.
When I posted to speedsolving.com, someone pointed me to Oliver Nagy’s sticker site. Oliver is based in Hungary, and apparently makes custom stickers for a lot of Euorpean cubers. I contacted Oliver through his site, and exchanged a few emails. He was extremely responsive and easy to work with. Here’s a link to the logo section of his shop. Continue reading →
UPDATE: I just received a set of color stickers from Oliver Nagy’s shop, and prefer them over the ones described below. Review here.
About a month ago, I wrote about my crazy idea of having custom center cubie stickers made for my cubes. Cubesmith offered that service at one time, and now doesn’t. Bummer. Not one to give up easily, I reached out to handful of sticker sites. The quotes I got back varied widely, from $19 to $625. Yes, six-hundred dollars! In (very partial) defense, those more expensive ones included one-time art, silkscreen fabrication, and die-cut tooling charges that would not appear on repeat orders. And those would have been exceptionally high quality stickers with precision screening akin to the Cubesmith logo stickers.
Alas, not willing to throw hundreds of dollars at this project, I settled on one of the cheaper options: 123Stickers.com. For $20.00 plus $4.95 in shipping, they quoted 180 custom-sized (0.61″ square with rounded corners) CMYK (multi-color) stickers on vinyl with a UV coating. Continue reading →
The rabbit hole deepens…. As I’ve become a fan of re-stickering my cubes with higher-quality, high-brightness stickers from Cubesmith, I haven’t wanted to add the Cubesmith logo to my cubes. Maybe it’s just me, but I’m generally not a fan of branding/logos. Leave the horsey off my “polo” shirts, please…. Same with my cubes, I suppose. That means that the white faces of my re-stickered cubes are ALL white, without that contrasting, easy to pick out center cubie — which means more hunting during inspection.
Wouldn’t it be cool, I thought, if I could create my own custom center logos? Turns out, Cubesmith once offered a custom logo printing service, but no longer does. There are some Youtube tutorials on how to create your own using tape, laser printer toner, etc. I tried those methods; they don’t work. Printing on clear mailing labels does sort of work, but the toner wears off quickly and it’s hard to shape the labels perfectly.
So, I’ve decided to order commercial custom stickers. I have some leads on sticker houses that can do stickers this small for relatively inexpensive rates (between $25-$50 for a good amount of the stickers). While I continue to search for exactly the right vendor, I mocked up a handful of logos. The “G” comes from my last name.
I have a couple favorites in the group, depending on if I do single color or full-color. In the meanwhile, here are a couple of them printed out on clear mailing labels: