Learn More About Odyssey of the Mind Trading Pins

Rick Cundiff - May 24, 2019
Learn More About Odyssey of the Mind Trading Pins
It's no secret that Odyssey of the Mind competitions fosters great creativity and problem-solving skills among students. It's also no surprise to participants that OM is lots of fun! One of the favorite aspects of OM for many, especially for those who attend World Finals, is Odyssey of the Mind trading pins.
Pin trading is a long-established tradition at OM competitions, especially World Finals. The pins showcase each team's creativity, and trading them is a great way to make new friends from around the world.
If you're new to OM, or to pin trading, don't be intimidated. It's easy to get started. Before long, your team members will be trading like old hands, and enjoying the OM experience to the fullest!

Pin Design Basics

Start with your team's pin design. Get creative! Have a brainstorming session and throw out ideas for what you want your team's pins to look like. Now is the time to come up with every possible variation on your team name and logo that you possibly can. No idea, no matter how “out there” it might be, is off the table at first.
Keep in mind that good trading pin providers can make pins in just about any size and shape imaginable. You don't have to be limited to standard round, square, rectangular or triangular shapes.
Once you have a good range of ideas, start to edit. Narrow you design choices down, and you'll eventually get to one idea that works best. Don't hesitate to contact your trading pin provider at this point. A reputable trading pin supplier will never charge you for artwork or revisions, so you can feel free to tinker with your design until it's just right.
Good pin companies will have graphic artists on staff who will work with you every step of the way to finalize your design. They can help you refine your design to the perfect representative icon of your OM team.
Next, consider pin materials and options. Trading pins are available in a range of styles and options. Soft enamel pins offer a beautiful finish, very similar to cloisonné jewelry, at an affordable price. Photo-etched pins allow reproduction of intricate artwork and fine lines. Other styles are available too. Just ask your trading pin supplier for more details.
Don't forget to consider the size of your pins too. The size you need will really depend on your design. Many designs look great on a small pin. Others benefit from a little bit of extra “real estate” to give them full room to be appreciated for the works of art that they are. Once again, your pin supplier can be a big help in this area.
Be sure to order plenty of pins, especially for World Finals! Consider ordering 100 to 300 pins to ensure you have plenty to trade.

Options Add Eye-Catching Appeal

You want your team's pins to really stand out when the trading starts at World Finals. With some well-chosen options, your Odyssey of the Mind Trading Pins will “grab” people visually and make them want to trade with you.
You don't have to break the bank to have great looking trading pins. Glitter enamel is an economical add-on that gives your team's pins added richness and depth. Other great choices include spinners, sliders, and danglers. These give your pins motion and a fun “play” element. Blinking LED lights are a terrific way to give your pins that little extra flash that catches the eye.

Choosing a Trading Pin Supplier

When considering a supplier for your team's Odyssey of the Mind Trading Pins, look for one that's been in business for several years, and has a track record of producing great OM pins. That's where we come in. Our graphic artists have been creating OM pins for 15 years, so we know how to make them look terrific. Your team pins give you the opportunity to show how creative you can be. We'll take your awesome ideas and turn them into the best looking trading pins you can imagine!
We offer free art and revisions, and free shipping to any address in the continental U.S.A. We use only the highest quality materials and the best production methods in the industry to create your OM pins. We carefully inspect every pin before we ship it to you. We support every pin we sell with our 100% Satisfaction Guarantee. If your team finds any pin from us to be defective in materials or workmanship, just tell us. We'll gladly replace it free.

We make it fast and easy to order your custom Odyssey of the Mind trading pins too. Just call us toll at 866.860.8842 (toll-free), or complete our no-obligation Free Quote Form. We'll respond promptly with a quote. Once you approve your pin design, we'll get them made and shipped to you fast. You'll be all set for regional or state competition, or even World Finals.
At Trading Pins Direct, we wish the best of luck to all teams competing this year at every level. We're here to support all your OM goals!
Rick Cundiff

Rick Cundiff

Content Director, Blogger

Rick Cundiff spent 15 years as a newspaper journalist before joining TJM Promos. He has been researching and writing about custom trading pins and other promotional products for more than 10 years. He believes in the Oxford comma, eradicating the word "utilize," and Santa Claus.