Wednesday, July 24, 2013

BuildASign.com

When BuildASign.com approached me about working together, I was on the fence. While creating signs is loads of fun, I wasn't sure how to make it applicable to this blog.

BuildASign banner

Once on the site, playing with the banner maker turned out to be pretty fun, and it started giving me some ideas, good and bad. The good one (I think) was to create a background banner for making wine tasting videos, which would lend some consistency when viewed on the 50StatesOfWine YouTube Channel. One of the things about the channel is its creation of a singular look for different access points: the desktop looks similar to the mobile phone to the tablet. Using that thought process, why not extend it to  the videos themselves? The banner maker is simple, utilizing either pre-made templates or customizing your own. Add an image (jpeg, clip-art, etc), add text, shapes if desired, and presto, the design is done! Once you are happy with your design, you can add some extra features to your banner, such as grommets or hang tabs, which make it both easier to hang the banner as well as protect it from damage.

BuildASign bumper sticker

Once I had the banner done, I had a bit of money left on the credit that BuildASign.com had provided, so I hopped over to the bumper sticker maker. My image originally was from Instagram, so it was square in shape. Happily, the site has square bumper stickers, so I was in luck. I used the same exact design (consistency!), which made it go quickly. Quick preview, quick checkout and I was finished.

When I received the confirmation email, I had the option of sharing my design to Twitter, so I did, and received a discount on my next order. Very cool. Another nice surprise was that my order was expected to be delivered August 1st, but the box (for the banner) and the envelope (for the bumper stickers) were awaiting us when we got home yesterday afternoon. Love it when companies beat expectations.

Working with BuildASign.com was really easy even if, like me, you don't have a good idea of what you want initially. Playing around with the customizable templates made the ideas flow and I'm happy with how they turned out.

Disclaimer: A credit was provided for review purposes.

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