8 tips for flying your flag on Independence Day!

Posted by Accent Banner on Jul 4, 2018 8:45:00 AM

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1. Never let the flag touch the ground. When hanging or displaying your flag, the key is to not damage it – so don’t drop it or let it touch anything beneath it.
2. Never wear the flag as a costume. The U.S. Flag Code makes very clear that no part of the flag should be worn as sportswear or as a costume, or used to make drapery or bedding. For those who really want to show off their patriotism, opt for a patch or a lapel flag pin worn near your heart.
3. Never display the flag except from sunrise to sunset, unless it is lighted at night. This means, according to the American Legion, that other people should always be able to recognize the flag. If there’s bad weather, you must take the flag down unless you have an all-weather flag.
4. Never place the flag anywhere but at the peak of the staff, except when the flag is at half-staff. When the flag is suspended over a sidewalk from a rope extending from a house to a pole at the edge of the sidewalk, the flag should be hoisted out, union first, from the building. (The union is the blue field of stars.) When hanging the flag vertically, the union must always be at the top.
5. Never wad the flag, but rather fold it properly. The way you store your flag is important. The American Legion says to fold it into a triangle, similar to a three-corner hat, with the blue and stars showing.
6. Never raise the flag slowly: It should be raised briskly, but lowered slowly and ceremoniously. 
7. Never carry the flag flat or horizontally. It should always be carried aloft and free.
8. Never display the flag with the union down. Only in instances of extreme danger to life or property should the flag be displayed that way, as a distress signal.
For more information on how to display and dispose of your flag, go to http://www.usflag.org/flagetiquette.html.

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Basketball Banners: 5 Design Tips

Posted by Accent Banner on Jun 22, 2018 4:02:07 PM

High Schools, Colleges, and Universities across America are very proud of their athletics programs. Few are prouder than the basketball teams and the friends and families that support them. In this article we discuss 5 tips for making sure your custom basketball banners do your team proud.

Leave room
Plan ahead! There are tons of “Sam Hanks” and “Lisa Smiths” in the world but there are also lots of “William Robinson” and “Marietta Washington’s” out there. Make sure to leave plenty of space in between the player’s names and stats. Doing so will allow you to add long player names without squeezing them in place or breaking their names into two lines. Nothing stands out more (in a bad way) than a line of text that has a different typographic treatment than the others!

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Track the stats and double check them
Every sport has a different set of benchmarks to grade an athlete’s achievements. In basketball the common statistics track a player’s total career points, players who scored over 1,000 points, or individual awards such as MVP winners. Some banners even honor players who went to play professionally or played in the Olympics. Team banners track tournament appearances and championships won. The important thing is to track each stat accurately and double check, even triple check them to be sure their right.

 

 

 

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Go big
Keep in mind that basketball banners may be viewed from the other side of the court or even further if the banner is to be displayed in an arena. Don’t make people in the stands squint to read the banner. Make the banner is nice and BIG so the text can be large and easily readable from a distance. Being sure to include plenty of negative space around the text helps legibility too!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Color and contrast
Choose your colors wisely. There are two major benefits to being specific on your color selections. The first, choosing colors that are part of your school’s brand will reinforce the school and team identity providing a sense of belonging and unity to all who view it. The second, is for readability’s sake. Selecting colors that have a low amount of contrast will make the banners difficult to read at a distance. Think about it, there’s a reason speed limit signs are black and white.

 

 

 

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Applique and hybrid
Avoid fully printed banners. An applique banner allows one to add new players and stats over time and is by far more visually pleasing. However, applique does have some limitations. For instance, gradients or designs with very small and intricate details cannot be appliqued. In those situations, we suggest ordering a hybrid banner. Hybrid banners seamlessly combine printed fabric with applique fabric allowing the banner to meet all design criteria and still provide the benefits and quality of a fully appliqued banner.

Accent Banner has been producing basketball banners for decades and we are proud of the teams and player accomplishments each banner celebrates. If you have further questions or would like to request a quote for a custom basketball banner please feel free to contact us through this site, over the phone, stop in our shop, or send an e-mail! Thanks for visiting our blog. Now let’s go shoot some hoops!

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Hockey Banners: 5 Design Tips

Posted by Derrek Coss on May 22, 2018 9:40:00 AM

    High Schools, Colleges, and Universities across America are very proud of the athletics programs. Few are prouder than the hockey teams and friends and families that support them. In this article we discuss 5 tips for making sure your custom hockey banners do your team proud.

Leave room
    Plan ahead! There are tons of “Sam Hanks” and “Lisa Smiths” in the world but there are also lots of “William Robinson” and “Marietta Washington’s” out there. Make sure to leave plenty of space in between the player’s names and stats. Doing so will allow you to add player names without squeezing them in place or breaking their names into two lines. Nothing stands out more (in a bad way) than a line of text that has a different typographic treatment than the others!

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Track the stats and double check them
  AB_BHS Hockey1  Every sport has a different set of benchmarks to grade an athlete’s achievements. In hockey the common statistics track a player’s total career points, shots taken, individual awards such as the Hobey Baker award, or group players who scored over 100 pts total. Some banners even honor players who went to play professionally or played in the Olympics. Team banners track tournament appearances and championships won. The important thing is to track each stat accurately and double check, even triple check them to be sure their right.



 

Go BIG!
    Keep in mind that hockey banners may be viewed AB_Mhttps://cdn2.hubspot.net/hubfs/140523/AB_Milton%202-1.jpgilton 2-1from the other side of the rink or even further if the banner is to be displayed behind the goals. Don’t make people in the stands squint to read the banner. Make the banner nice and BIG so the text can be large and easily readable from a distance. Being sure to include plenty of negative space around the text helps too!

 

 


Color and contrast
    Choose your colors wisely. There are two major benefits to being specific on your color selections. The first, choosing colors that are part of your school’s brand will reinforce the school and team identity providing a sense of belonging and unity to all who view it. The second, is more readability’s sake. Selecting colors that have a low amount of contrast will make the banners difficult to read at a distance. Think about it, there’s a reason speed limit signs are black and white.

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    Avoid fully printed banners. An applique banner allows one to add new players and stats over time and is by far more visually pleasing. However, applique does have some limitations. For instance, gradients or designs with very small and intricate details cannot be appliqued. In those situations, we suggest ordering a hybrid banner. Hybrid banners seamlessly combine printed fabric with applique fabric allowing the banner to meet all design criteria and still provide the benefits of a fully appliqued banner.



    Accent Banner has been producing hockey banners for decades and we are proud of the teams and player accomplishments each banner celebrates. If you have further questions or would like to request a quote for a custom hockey banner please feel free to contact us through this site, over the phone, stop in our shop, or send an e-mail! Thanks for visiting our blog. Now let’s go hit the ice!

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