Choosing the Right Font

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Choosing the Right Font

If you’re in the mood to start designing your own apparel, Rankin wants you to enjoy the process. After all, whether it’s your own company message or a personal event you want to commemorate, you want your guests to have fun, right? And it would be great if they wore that shirt again!

One of the most common questions we hear from customers who are designing on their own is, “Does this font look right to you?” If you’re interested in learning more about fonts and typography, you can find a wealth of information here.

Regardless of your event, typography is a very common design challenge and one almost everyone must consider. I mean, you were probably going to put some kind of message, group name or company slogan on there, right? So let’s have a look at ways to choose a font that fits your event for dye sublimation, embroidery, screen printing or other printing processes. Rankin’s FREE online custom design lab make it available for your use with a wide variety of fonts and design elements for your use. Let’s have a look at how we can make this easy for you.


Consider the CHARACTER of the event.

Is this a corporate event with polo shirts or a picnic with custom t-shirts?

If formal-more-corporate is the style of the day, BASIC fonts may be in order.

Custom Design Lab


The “Basic Fonts” in Rankin’s design lab are clean, simple and sure to convey your message while allowing your company or group logo to remain prominent. So for simple and supportive text, these may be one of your best choices.

On the other hand, perhaps your group is “Loud and Proud”. If you want a more aggressive look, the GRUNGE collection may be in order.

 Custom Design Lab

Notice how the typography supports both a more active sense of style but also carries the sense of motion (and in this case) rough action of the activity.

Rankin’s custom design Lab is intended for those customers who want a ready library of easy to use graphics and fonts. If you’re not sure where to start, these tools are for you.


As part of Rankin’s professional service, we offer advice making sure you’ll be happy with the results. Along with designing hats, shirts, jerseys and team apparel, reproduction is as much art as science. It’s our job to understand the materials and the process to applying your artwork. Some fonts and designs that look great using dye-sublimation will be less successful in embroidery simply based on their differences in process. You can always count on your friendly and knowledgeable Rankin Techs to point you in the right direction.




Embroidered Caps

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Custom Embroidered Baseball Caps

Embroidered Caps

Along with the classic T-Shirt, baseball caps appear to be a trend that not only survives decade upon decade but thrives. And now, with the ability to custom embroider small as well as large orders, getting exactly what you or your team wants on a cap is easier than ever.

Start by deciding on the artwork you’d like on your custom embroidered baseball cap. It may be your sports team logo, a favorite phrase or something of your own design. If you’re not sure what Rankin Textile can do with “with your next favorite cap”, visit our design center here. Feel free to play with our FREE online design tools and clip art. If you’d like personal help, give us a call at 203-743-1317 and a Rankin Tech will be happy to help you wear your own creation.

Next, select a cap style and color; mesh-back; wooly; flat bill or stretch cotton. Our product availability is astounding. The Rankin Textile in-house embroidery store services customers from Bangor, Maine, Boston Mass., New York City, Miami, Florida and all the way to California. We understand what it takes to produce a great looking ball cap that you’ll be proud to show off.

Finally, remember the item that creates the greatest part of your embroidery arsenal – THE THREAD. Available in almost any color imaginable, Rankin Textile Printing carries every color in the rainbow, super bright colors and metallics. So consider those among your options when designing your ball caps.

Visit our embroidery page for more information on the process at Rankin Textile Printing. You may even want to design a new wearable set with matching custom embroidered baseball cap and T-Shirt.

Hey, when you do finally take delivery of your own custom ball cap, we’d love to hear about your experience and feel free to send an image of you and your team along with it!