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Sunday, March 6, 2011

POLL: Which "maker's mark" do you like best?

UPDATE: Thanks very much to everyone who participated! I hope it was fun for all of you as well. Turns out it was pretty close between #3 and #4 so I talked with the company that is going to make my stamp. They thought #4 would have the best impression quality. They were concerned that the wider areas on the lettering (#3) would have to "move" too much material and that would excessively deform the stamped area, especially since the stamp is so tiny (only 1/8" in diameter).

Looks like I'll be going with #4 and I should have the stamp in about 7 days! Pretty cool. I'll let you know how it turns out and thanks again!

So I've decided to have a custom "maker's mark" stamp made. I need to send it out pretty much immediately if I want to start using it on my next production don't spend too much time thinking about it and vote now! :)

Something similar to this...
I came up with a few options. I'm playing with the letters "J" and "H"...which would be the letters of my name. So that's pretty much fixed. I'm not going with DS for Dark Sucks because this is a maker's mark and not a logo. Keep in mind that this stamp will be TINY. The circle will probably be about 1/8" of an inch in diameter. Maybe a tad larger.

I'm not a graphic designer so if one of my fancy friends wants to make a submission please email it to me! Basically has to be the letters "J" and "H' and inside of a circle. Without further ado, here is the poll:

Here are your choices!
Which "maker's mark" do you like best?


  1. If it is going to be that small, I think #1 will come out best.

  2. wantsusa (K North Bay)February 28, 2011 at 8:54 PM

    I voted for #4 but think it should be a little fancier I think something like Edwardian Script ITC with the J attaching to the H and flowing down like #2 would be good, though might just be too intricate for something so small. Wish I could at least let ya see it....but no clue how to send it to ya here is a link though

  3. Hey wantsusa, thanks so much for taking the time to put that together. I think I will have to wait to get that fancy though!