This year the North Carolina Science Festival used I’m a Data Point stickers to label attendees who had already taken the survey for the first time. We wanted to do it last year, but just ran out of time. In case you want to jump this hurdle as well, but don’t want to do it all on your own, we’re sharing our process with you (and files that you can use as a template).
- We have had a staff member create a sticker template in Illustrator. You can see both the .ai file and a .png file of our sticker for this year attached. The colors were chosen to match this year’s NC Science Festival t-shirt.
- We used uprinting.com to get a roll of 5,000 “bulk” stickers. The total cost for the order was $272. You can order as few as 250 stickers for around $188; the price increases by a nominal amount as the “bulk” of your order increases.
- Uprinting.com offers a proof review, which we chose to do. It says it can take up to one-two days, but we had our proof back in an hour.
- After registering on the site, poking around for a day or two, creating a partial order, and using the online chat function, we received an email coupon for 15% off my first order. We’re not sure which of our actions triggered the coupon, but it knocked about $50 off our order and so it might be worth taking the time to try these different steps if you want to use their service.
- Our order was supposed to be ready in six business days. For some reason, the “arrival” date is two weeks from the day I placed the order. Plan accordingly!
- If you want to use our file as a running start for your own sticker design, feel free! Changing the colors and replacing the NC logo should be relatively easy if you have Illustrator. If you don’t then it is easy to hire a consultant to do the work for you for a nominal fee.
Given the success of the stickers at other Festivals, we wondered what would happen if our field researcher t-shirts reinforced the idea of being a data point. In the past our evaluation team has always worn a Festival t-shirt. This year, we have created Be a Data Point t-shirts for the team – our t-shirts are modeled on the “Be a Pepper” slogan that Dr Pepper used many years ago, which many attendees responded positively to.
- Adobe Illustrator and .png files for the t-shirt design are attached for you, in case you want to try this idea as well. As you can see from the attached image, the front of the shirt is all about the evaluation and the back shows the Festival logo (to make sure that we still look legit). The color of our shirts matches the color of the NC Science Festival t-shirts for this year.
- We designed the shirt at www.designashirt.com, but found it was cheaper to order them from a local print shop. The web site was going to charge at least $13 for each shirt. The local shop only charged us $10.50 to print on both sides of the shirt, and the cost would be $7/shirt if we went with front-side only.
- As with the sticker template, the images for the shirt were created so that they could be modified easily if others wanted to use them.
- The t-shirt shop that we used has kept the design on file, and so you can order them directly from them if you would like, just remember to have them remove the NCSF logo and add your own instead. Visit themerch.net to follow up.
- Start to finish, themerch.net had our shirts designed and printed in two weeks.
Please feel free to build on anything we have shared here and share your successes, we’d love to hear from you!