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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!


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.


    Keep in mind that hockey banners may be viewed AB_M 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.


Applique and hybridAB Milton 2
    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!

Topics: appliqued banners, applique, sports banners, design tips, athletic banners, custom banner, Championship Banner, custom banners, college banners, hybrid banners, Hybrid athletic banners, athletics banners, banners, team flags, sports banner, "Hockey Banner"

U.S. Flag Facts They Never Taught You in School

Posted by Derrek Coss on Jul 20, 2017 8:09:00 AM

Did you know that the current 50 star U.S. Flagdesign of the United States flag has lasted longer than any other design in U.S. history? Essentially this is because we have not added a new state to our great country since the addition of Hawaii on August 21, 1959. Luckily, Robert Heft the designer of the 50 star U.S. flag has already designed a 51 star flag so if we ever choose to add another state we’ll be good to go! Learn more flag facts below!

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Alt colors for original U.S. flag design

In colonial America there were only 8 different dye colors that were easily produced. Light blue, indigo blue, gold, red, white, yellow, green and black. A few of these colors we’re ruled out right away as yellow was the color of quarantine and black has long been symbolic of death in western culture. That leaves just green, gold, and light blue as the colors not selected by Francis Hopkinson for use in his flag design.


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Get this! Using the flag as decorative bunting has played a major roll in U.S. history at least once. President Lincoln visited Ford’s Theatre on April 14, 1865.  He was provided a box seat decorated with bunched flags, a common practice at the time. Later that night John Wilkes Booth crept up behind Lincoln and shot him. Booth then jumped onto the railing of Lincoln’s box seat and proclaimed “Sic semper tyrannis” (“Thus always to tyrants”). He then planned to jump down to the stage to make his escape. However, as Booth went to make his move his spur caught on the decorative flag bunched along the railing causing him to loose his balance, land awkwardly and injure his leg. Booth pushed thru the pain and escaped only to be captured nearby, a few days later.

For years after this an urban legend was spread that the flag that reached up and grabbed Booth was “Old Glory” herself. However, it turns out that the actual “hero flag” was the flag of the Treasury department Regimental Unit.

*Referenced The Care and Display of the American Flag by the editors of 2004 for entire blog post.

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Topics: american history, American flag, flag facts, U.S. flag, flag history

Common Flag Maintenance and Flag Disposal Questions

Posted by Derrek Coss on Jul 18, 2016 2:00:00 PM


What is flag retirement?flag maintenance

Flag retirement is the term used to define the proper, dignified way of destroying United States flags that are no longer fit to serve the nation. In this blog post we attempt to answer some of the more common questions around flag maintenance, flag disposal, and flag repair.


How badly damaged does a flag need to be before it should be retired?

It is in the eye of the beholder to determine the condition of a flag. Often a flag only needs cleaning to restore its original appearance. Before retiring it completely regular flag maintenance is your best way to restore an old flag. Flags can be machine-washed in cold water with a mild detergent.They should be laid flat or hung to dry. Never fold the flag when it is damp. It is recommended that you mend a tattered flag at early signs of wear, if possible. The first part of a flag to show wear is usually the fly end, the outer edge of the flag where hems or seams have begun to unravel due to stress from the wind. If the flag appears too tattered for repair, then the flagshould be retired.


What is the preferred way to destroy old, worn, frayed and/or faded U.S. Flags?

The preferred method of flag disposal for old, worn, frayed and/or faded U.S. Flags is by burning them.

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(Before and After image of a flag badly in need of repair)


Isn’t burning the flag an act of desecration and a sign of rebellion?

No. Throughout history, burning or cremation has long been considered a dignified way of paying respect to the deceased and to objects worthy of veneration. Burning has been applied to flag retirement to offer the most reverent method of final tribute.


Can anyone retire a U.S. Flag?

The Flag Code does not authorize any particular organization with the duty of retiring unfit flags.Any one person or group can do it.


Where and how should a flag retirement ceremony be performed?

Flags should be retired in private at a non-public location and the ceremony should be a solemn, dignified event.


Is there an official ceremony for retiring flags?

No. There is no one official ceremony.


My municipality prohibits open fires and/or the burning of flags. What can I do?

If you live in such a community, you will need to find an organization that provides flag retirement services. Contact your local government for information regarding such organizations. Another option is to separate the blue starfield from the stripes and then to separate the stripes from each other. Once this is done the material is no longer a flag and the pieces may be respectfully disposed of.


Is it permissible to cut up the American flag?

Yes. Some organizations even recommend cutting the flags into smaller pieces before placing them in the incinerator or on the fire. When doing this, please keep the union of blue intact. Doing so symbolizes that the unity of our union should never be broken.


Flag Care Precautions:

When burning flags made of synthetic fibers, be aware that they may burn quickly, drip melted fabric, and emit noxious gases into the air. Handle such flags with care.

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Topics: flag repair, flag disposal, flag maintenance

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