Archive | July, 2012

Happy Infographic Day!

31 Jul

It’s Tuesday, so I’ve decided it can be Infographic Day. After exhaustive google research, here are two of the best t-shirt related graphics I uncovered:

The first is a beautiful infographic featuring 20 lesser known facts about t-shirts (and cotton production).  Did you know it takes six miles of yarn to make a shirt, but one acre of cotton will make 1,200 shirts?  Or that a Wizard of Oz shirt made in 1939 is credited as being the first promotional t-shirt?  Take a look below to find out more!

Click for full size image.  Larger image & second infographic after the jump.

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Gearing up for Back to School

24 Jul

I was in a store yesterday buying a birthday card and they already had the Halloween decorations out.  It is way too soon for that in my opinion.  Sometimes you do have to think ahead though.  Now, with 5-6 weeks to go until school starts is a good time to start to think about great products for campus store and school fundraisers.  I used to love the little PTA store my elementary school had in the mornings, and it was a great fundraiser for the school.  Below is a selection of items sure to be student favorites.  They’ll also work great as PTA gifts to students and teachers.

pencils

 

The Basics:  Every school needs school pencils.  These are perfect for elementary schools. We also have neon and mechanical pencils, and don’t forget about pens and rulers too.  Consider this fun spring pen as a PTA gift or honor roll award.

 

pen-highlighter

 

A Little Fancier: Make studying a breeze with this pen and highlighter combination item.

 

drawstring backpack

 

Show Your Pride.  A drawstring backpack is ideal for carting around (and keeping together) gym clothes, going on field trips, and many other activities.  Don’t forget about getting t-shirts & hoodies too! Use our design tool to see how your school’s logo will look on different items.

 

planner/agenda

 

Keep Everything Straight when Life Gets Busy.  Everyone knows the pace of things picks up in the fall.  Keep all your dates and assignments straight with a daily planner.

 

rubber bookmark

 

For Reading.  A no-slip bookmark, which doubles as a jar opener, would be a great, inexpensive PTA gift.

 

 

football key chain

 

Team Spirit: I have a feeling I’ll be posting this fan-favorite item again.  This foam football key chain can be imprinted with your school’s logo and makes a great fundraiser item.

 

stress relief

 

For the teachers.  This apple shaped stress-relief magnet would be a great teacher gift or fundraiser product.  There is also a nice pencil stress relief shape, as well as a school bus version.

 

 

iphone megaphone

 

Tech savvy.  This last item is definitely for the older set, but is sure to be a college favorite.  The iPhone megaphone is a silicone product that amplifies the volume of your iPhone 3 or 4 2-3 times without requiring any power.  See it in action here.

 

 

>>Don’t forget the staples like t-shirts, tote bags, and water bottles, which you can always find on our website.  I’ve put together a Pinterest board full of my choice items for back to school.  There’s also a page on our web store that is a dedicated selection of items ideal for campus stores and school fundraisers.

About the Buying Guides on Our Website

18 Jul

There are so many combinations of designs, styles, printing types and techniques, and fabrics that figuring out the best combination can be tricky for customers.  Carolyn and Nancy know our products in and out and are great at directing clients to the products that will fit their needs and goals.  Want a shirt that will be less wrinkly?  They’ll suggest a 50/50 blend in place of a 100% cotton.  Need a summer polo that will work well both in doors and in the heat?  They’ll walk you through the lines of moisture management shirts that we carry.  Our showroom is stocked and open 9-4 so customers can come find the exact product to fit their goals and expectations. Want softer-feel shirts, ladies styles, or need help converting sizing between brands and lines?  They can do this and more.

But I know some people like to get a head start, and browse for product ideas on their own.  I created something of a cheat sheet for ordering shirts and selecting print designs.  Our website now features a pair of my first attempts at infographics: rudimentary product guides.  They’re really just skimming the surface of shirt options, but hopefully will be helpful in getting customers off on the right foot when selecting shirts.

Click the links on the pictures, or see the guides here:

Shirt Guide

Print Design Guide

As I was making the print guide, I realized I needed to explain the differences between the three different types of printing we do at New Image, silkscreen printing, photo transfer printing, and digital printing. I decided to that briefly as a separate entity available here: Types of Printing

The shirt guide has hyperlinks to most of the featured products, so check them out!