Headbadge Design 101
You have a beautiful bicycle in your stable (you know which one) that needs that last custom detail. It’s the bike you’ve labored over re-building; it’s the bike that helped you become car-free; it’s the bike that took you on your first tour or across your first race finish line. Now, it needs that perfect last component – a custom headbadge.
How do you choose a design?
Designing a custom headbadge can feel like a daunting process – particularly if drawing has never really been your thing. How do you know what image you want? How do you wade through the various thoughts that are swimming through your head? How do you convey this jumble of ideas and turn it into an actual thing?
Start here. Take a moment (or several days) to think about the following brainstorming questions. They’ll help you think about what sorts of images you like and what kind of feel you want. They’ll also help you explain your perfect headbadge to me, so that I can make it just right.
Next, take a stroll through the picture library at Google Images. Search for your broad ideas and take note of the styles you see that you like. Copy the links and share them with me so that I can also see what you like.
Finally, you can start thinking about some of the finer details:
And, because not all ink-and-paper designs translate well to metal, here are a few last thoughts to consider:
Whew. Can you now visualize your headbadge design? Can you begin to describe what you want it to look like? Are you ready for me to get to work?
If the answer is Yes, then send me what you’ve got!
If you’re still a bit shaky, no worries. You can check out the gallery of headbadges for a bit of inspiration, you can let it simmer in your head and come back to it, or you can email me and we can chat about it.
Let’s start creating! Use this lovely form below to tell me all the ideas you have, including what you want your headbadge to feel like, and link to as many external images as you want. Then hit Send. I’ll email when you I receive your request and start sketching up some designs. Within a few email exchanges, we should have it nailed down and ready to go!