And this is how you win me as a client

1 Jan

I’ve been shopping around for product manufacturers for donor rewards for the upcoming Kickstarter. One of the big-ticket rewards will be OACET badges. I’ve been looking for vendors who can make badges which look as authentic as possible. Ideally, they would be the same quality, size, and weight as traditional law enforcement badges.

Problem #1: Can’t use a traditional law enforcement badge company. There are many companies that offer badge templates, and you can just plug-and-play with an organization’s information. However, these companies won’t sell to anyone who isn’t an authorized representative of a law enforcement agency. I’m not about to test this, and I’m certainly not about to offer a product as a Kickstarter reward and then find I can’t deliver on it.

Problem #2: Most alternative custom “badge” designers offer shoddy products. Think gumball machine sheriff stars. Woo.

Problem #3: YOUR WORKMANSHIP IS BAD AND YOU SHOULD FEEL BAD. Let me show you what happened when I approached some alternative custom badge designers which offered slightly higher-end products. This is the original design I sent to them:

The original artwork.

My original artwork.

This is what I received from one company:

sdg

I see that you have done nothing with my original design except applied a thorough dipping of “brown”.

A second example from another company:

Gradients mean quality!

Gradients = quality

I received a few more of these from various vendors. They are all nothing but the original art with some form of Photoshop treatment.

I was almost ready to junk the badge idea, but every so often you find a company that can deliver:

Bam.

My favorite part is how Angry Eagle wants to eat a face.

This last sample came from a jeweler’s company in Maryland who does custom decorative work for state and federal law enforcement. The final design will be tooled in 3D, cast as a die, and then reverse casts will be made.  I’m hoping the Kickstarter goes over its cap, because one of the stretch goals would be to get challenge coins made, and this company does fantastic commemorative coins.

7 Responses to “And this is how you win me as a client”

  1. Dane January 7, 2014 at 2:37 pm #

    “suck it up and deal” 🙂 I like it. And nobody but an Agent could read it at a glance…

  2. Michael Keiderling January 9, 2014 at 11:08 pm #

    May I inquire as to the ETA on the kickstarter so i may be prepared to maximally throw money at you. that badge looks gorgeous and I want one very muck additionally i love your work so keep it up.

    • KBSpangler January 10, 2014 at 1:56 am #

      I’m aiming for Jan 20th as the start date! We’re still pending Kickstarter approval, though, so this is all technically in the planning stages.

  3. ericksonpress January 14, 2014 at 2:33 am #

    I will throw money at this via kickstarter. I don’t have a TON of followers on my Blog / Twitter, but I’ll post there as well. REALLY like that badge. 🙂

  4. Someone Else January 14, 2014 at 7:21 am #

    I don’t do reward tiers that offer badges, coins, etc (I just don’t want more junk lying around). This time? Oh hell yes!

  5. Lloyd Williams January 15, 2014 at 10:32 pm #

    Oh, I can’t wait for the Kickstarter! Looking forward to see what goodies you wil offer.

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