Quality Control: It may seem simple, but offering stickers in different or less conventional sizes can go a long way to earning you the sale in the political world. Gerlach explained this is because candidates with longer surnames may need more space on a sticker than someone like a "Jones" or "Smith."
Artwork Advice: Gerlach recommended keeping the design simple and using easily recognized political iconography. "Red, white and blue reflect 90 percent of the political orders that come through and represent a palette that is instantly recognizable as political," he said. "Contrast, with the use of reversed panels, is an easy way to grab attention of the audience."
Quality Control: For high-quality buttons, look for two-piece celluloid or metal litho (be aware however, that some metal litho buttons can have a slightly dulled white depending on the metal used for the button base). At very high volumes (think tens of thousands) metal litho buttons become more affordable and faster to print than their celluloid peers, due to the high level of machination in the metal litho's printing process.
Artwork Advice: "The simpler the better for sure," said Dino Bartolomei, MAS, vice president and owner of Adco Litho Line, Broadview, Ill. "You look at any good logo, you know like the Shell Logo or, you know, BP, you know it's always one or two, or at the most three colors, you really want your viewer to look at it and identify with it," he said. Besides limiting your colors, Bartolomei also suggested sparse, clear and large copy, as well as checking your button's effectiveness at it's appropriate size, rather than a high magnification like 500 percent that may be used in the design phase. "I tell everybody, view it at 100 percent, print it out at 100 percent, and look at it in front of you," he said. "Put it against your chest and have somebody look at, and say, 'can they read it effectively?'"