The Do's & Don't of Creating Custom Challenge Coins

Jesse Daugherty

Jesse Daugherty

The Do's & Don't of Creating Custom Challenge Coins
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There are several ways to make a challenge coin stand out. These range from the coin's design -- including the artwork and text -- to the size, shape, and edge. The best part of forming your own challenge coin is that you have complete control. When designing a challenge coin, there are a few things to consider. Let's examine the dos and don'ts of creating an excellent challenge coin.

The Design

The layout of your challenge coin is what will grab people's attention. A good first impression and an eye-catching custom coin are sure to pique interest. The artwork, text, font, and layout are the keys to the look of any challenge coin.

Do

First, consider the purpose of the coin you are creating. This will affect the layout and the elements to include. Include details that represent the objective of your coin, such as logos, emblems, mascots, or other insignia. Challenge coins come in any shape or size you can imagine and feature text in nearly any font. This is an opportunity to get creative and develop something memorable.

Don't

Don't overdo it with too many details. Too many elements can make your challenge coin busy and hard to understand. Simple artwork is best. It gives your coin a cleaner look that is easier to read and understand. Fonts that are fine and intricate may be hard to read, while bolder, larger text size is much more legible. Make sure that your artwork portrays the purpose of your coin, and don't go overboard.

The Details

With many customizable options, it's essential to understand the other details that can make your coin unique. The layout, imagery, text, and composition are important, but details such as color, edges, 3D coins, and cutouts will make your coins one of a kind.

Do

Add color. This will accent the details of the coin.  If the coin represents a brand or company, include the brand's colors within the composition. Another way to make your coin stand out is with a 3D design. However, 3D layouts have their limitations, especially when adding color. Consider adding a custom edge for a striking aesthetic, but choose one that fits the concept of your coin. There are several options, but not every edge will work well with every coin. Each of these details affects a coin’s look, but a well-designed coin shouldn’t be overloaded with options.  

Don't

A challenge coin should be balanced, with text and imagery symbolizing the meaning. Don’t take the details too far, and don’t include elements that will draw attention away from the coin's purpose. More isn’t always better, so keep your design simple and only add relevant details.

The Proofing

When designing anything, it's important to ensure that all options are correct, including spelling, text size, font type, artwork, and colors. Confirm that these elements are perfect before production begins.

Do

Be sure to review all of the spelling and grammar of your text. Make sure the text is complete. Mistakes happen, but spot-checking your arrangement will go a long way in making the perfect custom challenge coin. Make sure names are spelled correctly and that the artwork is the correct version.

Don't

Do not assume that everything is correct. Mistakes do happen. Don’t assume your coin supplier will catch these mistakes either When you approve the final proof before production, you're telling the supplier that everything on that proof is correct.. Names, locations, and other text can have different spellings, so be certain that everything has been double-checked.

Creating a challenge coin from concept to production is rewarding, and it's simple. With the information we've included , you are ready to start crafitng a coin of your own. Find out more about all of your options right here.