Designing Your Destination Imagination Trading Pins

Blogger - May 11, 2016

Destination Imagination events are fun for everyone involved, especially at Global Finals. One of the best parts of the event is pin trading. It's a fantastic way to meet people from all over the world and make new friends.
If you want to enjoy the fun of trading pins, the first thing to look at is the design. It's easy and fun to design pins that will create curiosity and excitement. Here are a few tips for designing destination imagination pins.

Step 1: Imagine!

Think about what your pins to look like. Brainstorm with your team, and let your creativity run free. Play with the elements of your design and what you want to include. Do you want something from a Team Challenge solution? Something particular to your team name? Have fun, and dare to be different!

Step 2: Be Aware of Copyright!

When you're creating your pin design, don't forget about copyright. It's pretty simple, really: You can't legally use someone else's trademark or logo without their permission. This includes official DI logos and trademarks as well. The easiest way to avoid copyright problems of any kind is by using your own imagination -- originality is the key to success!

Step 3: Pin Size Matters!

You might think bigger is always better when it comes to trading pins. Not necessarily. Your pins need to be big enough to display your design properly. The right size depends on your design. The more “stuff” you have, the more space you need to show it. Remember, a clean, elegant look on a smaller pin can work just as well as a more complicated design on a larger one.

Step 4: Be Bold With Color!

Color is one of the most important ways to catch traders' eyes. Keep your design as bold and bright as possible.

Step 5: Options Add Appeal!

Options add extra trade value to your pins and a great look. They don't have to cost a lot, either. Glitter enamel can make your pins sparkle for very little extra cost.

Spinners, sliders and bobble heads add motion and a lot of fun to your pins. They're each eye-catching in their own way. And if you really want a dramatic effect, consider adding blinking LED lights to your design.

Step 6: Your Pin Supplier Can Help!

Any reputable trading pin supplier will be glad to help you create DI trading pins that are perfect for your team. Their trained artists can work with you to help you find which pin style is best, what size your pins need to be and what options are best for both your design and your budget.