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Seller How-To: Top 10 Graphic Designs to Give Your Shop the Edge handmade and vintage goods

There is a proverb which says that experience is a formidable teacher — it hands the test first and the lesson afterward. Graphic design, the studiously crafted personality profile of an individual, is one of most formidable teachers of all. A graphic designer has to tread on speculation and potentiality, and there is a certain degree of risk involved in the creation of art that looks not inwardly to oneself, but to the customer.

However, good design does not simply “exist.” It also “does,” and it is most effective when communicating objectives close to our hearts. In my little sphere as a graphic artist, good design teaches that we are not here simply to make a living, but to bring back locality and handmade value in a world of increasing abstraction.

This is a list of 10 different (and progressively expansive) ways in which graphic design can give your shop the edge by building a professional, consistent image, while letting the world know you mean (handmade) business!

Custom Etsy Banner By jackandmolly, $30.

1. The banner. The first step of graphic design, and one’s immediate identification for sellers and buyers alike, banners can be made using a wide range of graphic programs — from the free (but very good) GIMP to the more challenging Adobe Photoshop.


2. The logo. More expansive than the banner (which can be changed as often as desired), the logo is a symbol of constancy and becomes one’s business ID to the world. Consistent use of the logo is the key to clear communication and maximum visual impact. It acquaints others with your shop.

Custom Character by McPrincessMaree, $50.

3. The custom-character. Similar to the logo in creating an identity, but far more detailed is the custom character. Its style can range from humorous and simple to high-fashion, and is an endearing, memorable component of branding. This is becoming more popular with online, socially-networked sites and may be used as an avatar.

preFAB Business Cards by nbcreative, $15.

4. The business card. This is by far the most efficient method of making oneself known to the world, and is therefore extremely important. Many people collect striking designs; to quote a fellow Etsian upon seeing some formidable business cards, “These will end up being retained by the recipients as art!”

Custom graphic design Twin Stylish Marketing Brochures by CraftyChefGraphics, $150.

5. The postcard or brochure. For those who wish to give product details and photographs that cannot fit within the storage-space of a single business card, the brochure is a very useful (and personal!) way of communicating with one’s audience.


Darby Website Template – Complete 4 Page Site by byMasselyn, $100.

6. The website. When it comes to websites, as elsewhere, less is more: simple, easy-to-navigate and stylish designs inspire. If you have many photographs that you wish to showcase, a personal website is the ideal place to do so. Look for a web-designer who knows how to install a Coppermine photo system for easy uploading, clear layouts divided by category, and minimum maintenance work.


Dark Spark Hang Tags – Build Your Own – 2 Sided by lolaness, $30.

7. The product thingamabobs. This is a wide-ranging section which can include anything from product labels and stickers to ornamental gift tags. A stylish and eye-catching label exudes confidence, consistency and professionalism, encouraging the buyer that they have made an excellent selection.


Custom Rubber Stamp – Girl on Bike Bookplate by babyjewels, $21.

8. The vector. Vector graphics are two-dimensional, flat images — beautiful for their austere simplicity and limited number of colors. They are perfect for letterpress work, for the creation of stamps, and can be easily transferred onto the less conventional wood or acrylic gift-tags.

PREMADE graphic design personal chef or catering logo, business card, postcard, and letterhead for fliers  by CookingClipArt, $75.

9. The letterhead. These are slightly sneaky (yet very professional!) ways of influencing others to visit your shop without having to ask. A good letterhead design is thus a powerful marketing tool with many benefits.


Etsy Business Package by Thompsondesigns, $50.

10. …and finally, the horn of plenty! To maintain consistency, it is important to use the same graphic designer throughout. For that reason, many graphic artists offer a cornucopia of selections in a single package.

Do you have any graphic design tips for sellers? Post in the comments below!

  • jenniferladd

    jenniferladd says:

    These are all great ideas! I think I improved my shop 100% when I had a wonderful Etsy seller (StudioChicDesign) make me a new banner ... I love it!

    6 years ago

  • shopgoodgrace

    shopgoodgrace says:

    FanTAStic article!! Great idea's! :)

    6 years ago

  • SusanFaye

    SusanFaye says:

    Excellent advice, and I believe in the "KISS" principle with internet graphics: Keep It Simple Sweetheart"!

    6 years ago

  • Morado

    Morado says:

    Thanks for sharing! :o)

    6 years ago

  • Tina669

    Tina669 says:

    Great idea's! :)

    6 years ago

  • tinahdee

    tinahdee says:

    All beautiful and great ideas, and your shop is great too, WinchesterLambourne. :)

    6 years ago

  • 4TheSparrowsNest

    4TheSparrowsNest says:

    I agree, one of the most important things about a shop is its presentation. If the seller has bothered with these details, I know they really care about what they make. I agree with should enhance our shops, not detract from what we sell. It's tempting to go overboard though! Great article.

    6 years ago

  • ParadiseBodyShop

    ParadiseBodyShop says:

    It is super tough trying to find the right design for yourself as a starting Etsian - thanks for the advice and direction!

    6 years ago

  • florigander

    florigander says:

    While reading this article, I kept thinking to myself "why in the world would they leave Winch out of this article?!" Then I realized that you wrote it. :) Silly me. Nice article - I love the custom characters.

    6 years ago

  • VixVintage

    VixVintage says:

    Thanks for sharing!

    6 years ago

  • AlchemicMuse

    AlchemicMuse says:

    Awesome info! Thanks! :)

    6 years ago

  • thestapeliacompany

    thestapeliacompany says:

    Wonderful ideas! I'm doing most of these already since I'm a designer, but there were several tips even veterans can use to their benefit! Thanks.

    6 years ago

  • aPotteryPear

    aPotteryPear says:

    This takes the shop up a level thanks.

    6 years ago

  • aBreathofFrenchair

    aBreathofFrenchair says:

    Perfect timing as I need to order more business cards!

    6 years ago

  • CecilandCo

    CecilandCo says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this great information!

    6 years ago

  • spacejam

    spacejam says:

    great ideas and information!

    6 years ago

  • NinaReneeDesigns

    NinaReneeDesigns says:

    Good to see the graphic designers getting some well deserved love...nice! :-)

    6 years ago

  • BululuStudio

    BululuStudio says:

    <--- Love my banner...Wow beautiful desings

    6 years ago

  • mythunderstood

    mythunderstood says:

    Well written and compelling - the photo alone drew me in!

    6 years ago

  • SimpleJoysPaperie

    SimpleJoysPaperie says:

    Wonderful advice ~ super selections from which to choose!

    6 years ago

  • WinchesterLambourne

    WinchesterLambourne says:

    Thank you so much admin - I am literally dancing! I thought it was about time graphic design got a bit of front page recognition, so I was happy to do it. :D

    6 years ago

  • JewelsofSaraswati

    JewelsofSaraswati says:

    Love this! I also do some graphic design work and know how important it can be. And how painstaking- but worth it!

    6 years ago

  • RareGemstoneJewelry

    RareGemstoneJewelry says:

    very well written and informative, win!

    6 years ago

  • girltuesdayjewelry

    girltuesdayjewelry says:

    What a wealth of information! I learned a lot and plan on implementing many of these ideas. I definitely have to check out website templates from etsy designers. I could really use one of those! Thank you, WL!

    6 years ago

  • juicychristians

    juicychristians says:

    I really liked this article! Really really enjoyed it!!!Thanks for the info!

    6 years ago

  • angelune

    angelune says:

    I love using for all sorts of graphic design needs - you can upload photos and choose from lots of cool free fonts.

    6 years ago

  • missevilkitty2

    missevilkitty2 says:

    buying a pre made package is the way to go if your a new seller on etsy!! ~Gabbie

    6 years ago

  • onepixel

    onepixel says:

    This is a GREAT post! As a graphic designer, I can't even STRESS what a difference having a cohesive business design does for your sales! Thank you for sharing this awesome post! And to any commenters that are interested... I will do custom designs for a really affordable price! Anything from business cards to reserve listing graphics to website templates and twitter backgrounds. Here's an example listing to get you inspired: And why not, I'll add another awesome piece to this! If you want a custom design, start a convo with me, and I'll give you 20% if you mention this post in the Storque!

    6 years ago

  • cloverandviolet

    cloverandviolet says:

    Great article and info, loved how a wide variety of styles and ideas were presented (and we have to say McPrincessMaree did a fabulous job on all the graphics for our shop, so talented). Branding your shop is really a great way to present your products.

    6 years ago

  • aroldblanchet

    aroldblanchet says:

    Thanks for the inspiration! I need to order business cards :)

    6 years ago

  • kikasfancy

    kikasfancy says:

    Good job, Win :) Great selections, and I like the way you write!

    6 years ago

  • DuBuhDuDesigns

    DuBuhDuDesigns says:

    I think you covered it all~visual consistency from your blog to shipping/prduct labels just gives your work that professional touch:)

    6 years ago

  • Thompsondesigns

    Thompsondesigns says:

    Wow!! What a honored to be named along these great artists. So excited and what great info! :)

    6 years ago

  • jillian1984

    jillian1984 says:

    Oh so helpful! It can be very hard to sift through the plethora of designers to find great ones.

    6 years ago

  • ModernMetalJewelry

    ModernMetalJewelry says:

    Love this article! Great Etsy sources to help make your shop and business your own!

    6 years ago

  • beachhouseblues

    beachhouseblues says:

    Great tips!

    6 years ago

  • HazelnutDesigns

    HazelnutDesigns says:

    Great article! I love my business cards and banner designed by!

    6 years ago

  • baconsquarefarm

    baconsquarefarm says:

    Great info here, off to peek at these shops and ponder new directions. Thanks

    6 years ago

  • study

    study says:

    some really great info, thanks!

    6 years ago

  • 10eisha

    10eisha says:

    Good article. My husband is a graphic designer and I can't wait for him to "brand" me! I have been doing little things here and there like postcards and such but I'm no pro graphics gal. Thanks for the links!

    6 years ago

  • instantcrimson

    instantcrimson says:

    great stuff!! Thanks etsy

    6 years ago

  • bonbiforest

    bonbiforest says:

    A great article. It looks so much more professional when effort has gone into keeping up consistency in branding and graphics :)

    6 years ago

  • steinschmuckdesign

    steinschmuckdesign says:

    The graphic can do so much out of a Shop! Thank you!

    6 years ago

  • purplelemondesigns

    purplelemondesigns says:

    Thanks so much for the lesson on branding...It is SO important! Great work by these graphic designers.

    6 years ago

  • belovedbaglady

    belovedbaglady says:

    Great stuff! Thanks for all the good ideas : )

    6 years ago

  • itsalljustmenagerie

    itsalljustmenagerie says:

    Interesting article! This really makes me want to open up Photoshop and try to come up with something. Though, I usually get tired of my own designs very quickly, so maybe I should get a Pro here on Etsy to do it.

    6 years ago

  • auryndesign

    auryndesign says:

    Nice read, thanks!

    6 years ago

  • popdogpress

    popdogpress says:

    Great article!! I try to tell people this all the time (me being a designer) and they underestimate the power of a good brand for small businesses!!

    6 years ago

  • vivikas

    vivikas says:


    6 years ago

  • twistedlolly

    twistedlolly says:

    This is a great article!

    6 years ago

  • ajoyfulstudio

    ajoyfulstudio says:

    Thank you so much for bringing more information to light about graphic designers on Etsy. Such a wonderful read! I create everything from banners, to business cards, to blog headers, and on and on. It's such a creative release and it is always wonderful to hear when the customer says they ABSOLUTELY LOVE their shop items. It's a great way to meet people on Etsy too - graphic design rocks!!! =)

    6 years ago

  • amber84

    amber84 says:

    this is SO true. ALL businesses need to establish their brand. A logo is the best way to build that recognition. the logo in 'related items' with the green "j" and the dinosaur is one I created for a fellow etsy seller! If anyone needs branding or a logo check out my shop. :)

    6 years ago

  • McPrincessMaree

    McPrincessMaree says:

    Fantastic article Winchester! Thank you so much for including me! It's an honor! :)

    6 years ago

  • amoronia

    amoronia says:

    Fabulous!!! My friend just opened her shop on Etsy, LaSousourella... Without her I wouldn't realise the importance of this... Thanks for the great article!

    6 years ago

  • IcingOnTheCupcake

    IcingOnTheCupcake says:


    6 years ago

  • FrillyButts

    FrillyButts says:

    I need to bookmark this page! Thank you!

    6 years ago

  • bylynnkrestel

    bylynnkrestel says:

    love that we can find it all here on etsy!! thanks!!

    6 years ago

  • paramountvintage

    paramountvintage says:

    great idea to sell handmade etsy banners!

    6 years ago

  • pogoshop

    pogoshop says:

    Here at Etsy, the avatar is pretty important. I love the one that my daughter made for me. I think it's visually simple, but gives a lot of info, even in thumbnail size. This little guy is also the star of my banner, mini Moos, and Moo stickers. I agree with Mr. Lambourne about consistency making a memorable impact. Thanks,Jen!

    6 years ago

  • ateliermaji

    ateliermaji says:

    Thank you for the wonderful article! ...and of course, your personal graphics work is simply amazing.

    6 years ago

  • JAdamsDesigns

    JAdamsDesigns says:

    very cool! Lots of great ideas!

    6 years ago

  • WinchesterLambourne

    WinchesterLambourne says:

    I agree with you about the avatar - I probably should have included something about it here. It's certainly helpful in attracting attention in the forums for example. (But Winchester Lambourne is a Miss. *giggle*)

    6 years ago

  • pogoshop

    pogoshop says:

    Great name and great article, Ms. Lambourne.

    6 years ago

  • slidesideways

    slidesideways says:

    Thank you for writing this article! As a graphic designer it is sometimes hard to tell people how much their logo and the design of their brand, is an important piece and investment of their business, just as much as a quality product is.

    6 years ago

  • BabbidgePatch

    BabbidgePatch says:

    great info ~ thank you! my tip: my business card is designed so that I can fold it and use it as a hang tag ~ the front with my shop name and logo; the back has my name, web address & other info. I add product specific information to the inside.

    6 years ago

  • seababejewelry

    seababejewelry says:

    Win makes the best banners on Etsy! Thanks Win!

    6 years ago

  • Radness

    Radness says:

    Wow! So much detail!

    6 years ago

  • blackbird72

    blackbird72 says:

    great article! i too offer graphic design services: my design shoppe here on etsy is on "vacation"

    6 years ago

  • BlackStar

    BlackStar says:

    Great article Win!

    6 years ago

  • EJPcreations

    EJPcreations says:

    great article! A great list to work from!

    6 years ago

  • ashjewels

    ashjewels says:

    great ideas!!

    6 years ago

  • alexkeller

    alexkeller says:

    sweet! i've been wanting a logo...

    6 years ago

  • patspottery

    patspottery says:

    I love all the Seller How-To articles, but this one is special, I have bookmarked it:>)

    6 years ago

  • TheCottageCheese

    TheCottageCheese says:

    Great tips! My banner, avatar, and blog all need some work to customize my shop's look.

    6 years ago

  • tinybirdarts

    tinybirdarts says:

    Great coverage of the major business graphics categories. The importance of a consistent image from online to mailed advertising to product packaging cannot be overstated.

    6 years ago

  • nomivintage

    nomivintage says:

    this is so great!

    6 years ago

  • MademoiselleG

    MademoiselleG says:

    Nice! Thank you :-)

    6 years ago

  • RockPaperSilver

    RockPaperSilver says:

    Very inspirational...I am always looking for ways to visually tweak my shop and increase the effectiveness of my brand! I have some new shops to heart and investigate.

    6 years ago

  • antigoni

    antigoni says:

    Thank you for the great article.. I am a graphic designer and I know by experience how important it is to build your Business "image" in a successful and attractive way..

    6 years ago

  • workingforpeanuts

    workingforpeanuts says:

    Thanks for the tips!

    6 years ago

  • swiekysiggies

    swiekysiggies says:

    Great article! :)

    6 years ago

  • SilverSmack

    SilverSmack says:

    Awesome! I knew I picked the right person to make my banner and package!

    6 years ago

  • moonstr

    moonstr says:

    yaaaaay! Win!

    6 years ago

  • stitchknitsew

    stitchknitsew says:

    Excellent and beautiful article, graphic design always amazes me.

    6 years ago

  • Iammie

    Iammie says:

    Nice article!

    6 years ago

  • Mymothersgarden

    Mymothersgarden says:

    Great tips! Thank you! I like the hang tags, they'd be great for products at craft shows.

    6 years ago

  • ElegantSnobbery

    ElegantSnobbery says:

    Fantastic! I'm a huge fan of McPrincess Maree... her custom characters are so adorable! Great feature of such awesome designers!

    6 years ago

  • stuffbykate

    stuffbykate says:

    fabulous :)

    6 years ago

  • SavageArtworks

    SavageArtworks says:

    Wow, a lot of very talented people here.

    6 years ago

  • Lunatiger

    Lunatiger says:

    Very cool graphics design! Trying to improve on my own graphic design skills! @_@

    6 years ago

  • lolaness

    lolaness says:

    Ohhhh I'm so *very* honored to be featured among such great artists - and thank you, Win, for helping bring some much deserved spotlight to the graphic designers on Etsy. I'm seriously giddy and hope that everyone gains some insight from your well-written article that they can use to really improve their sales :)

    6 years ago

  • FunFobs

    FunFobs says:

    Great story! The graphic design talent on Etsy is amazing.

    6 years ago

  • LoveForEarth

    LoveForEarth says:

    Awesome! I know Lolaness is insanely talented and has top notch customer service!! Congratulations to all!

    6 years ago

  • jenharruff

    jenharruff says:

    Very good information! Thanks for posting this!

    6 years ago

  • thebestvintage

    thebestvintage says:

    Thanks for all of the great tips!

    6 years ago

  • theDearestBird

    theDearestBird says:

    Awesome tips! Thank you!!

    6 years ago

  • WithLoveStudio

    WithLoveStudio says:

    Awsome artical I am so honored to be on the list of all these talented graphic designers thank you!

    6 years ago

  • babyjewels

    babyjewels says:

    I'm really thrilled to have one of my stamps mentioned...many thanks and great article.

    6 years ago

  • AnniesWearableArt

    AnniesWearableArt says:

    SO many incredibly talented techy artists here!! Wowza...always amazing to see what they offer!

    6 years ago

  • LiveFromPlanetB

    LiveFromPlanetB says:

    Thanks for posting this. As a graphic designer, I always get very frustrated when I see lovely shops with bad design - it's a first impression thing. Thanks for bring branding/design to light!

    6 years ago

  • lovelygifts

    lovelygifts says:

    Great post! Thank's for sharing!

    6 years ago

  • StormsHandicrafts

    StormsHandicrafts says:

    Very useful article! Thanks so much!

    6 years ago

  • SmileMoon

    SmileMoon says:

    What a cornucopia of useful information. I think I may need to revamp my visual identification here.

    6 years ago

  • kimmiekuz12

    kimmiekuz12 says:

    Great article, Win! :o) So much great information ... well-written and dazzling images too! ♥ you!

    6 years ago

  • MinceCo

    MinceCo says:

    presentation ladies and gentlemen should never be overlooked ;)'

    6 years ago

  • WinchesterLambourne

    WinchesterLambourne says:

    presentation ladies and gentlemen should never be overlooked ;)' -------------------------------------------- I read that as 'presentation and gentlemen should never be overlooked.' Which would also be true! ;)

    6 years ago

  • AzitasSurprises

    AzitasSurprises says:

    great ideas! i need to start searching for business cards.

    6 years ago

  • gothicreations

    gothicreations says:

    Very good article, win.

    6 years ago

  • patk860

    patk860 says:

    informative article....i had wildmagic (featured above) do my banner and she was absolutely wonderful to work with and she did a great job!

    6 years ago

  • YonderPrints

    YonderPrints says:

    this is great advice and just the kick start i needed to get my overall graphics to the next level. thanks!

    6 years ago

  • happyfamily

    happyfamily says:


    6 years ago

  • mom2twogals

    mom2twogals says:

    Fantastic article!! Very informative and helpful:) Thanks Winchester-for your time in preparing this and for the wonderful work you've done for me in the past:)

    6 years ago

  • pastelpetals

    pastelpetals says:

    Wonderful article and advises! Thank you, win! =)

    6 years ago

  • evihan

    evihan says:

    wow what an useful article:-)

    6 years ago

  • KendraRenee

    KendraRenee says:

    Perfectly timed article! I am redoing my website and some of my printed materials, and this is so inspiring! Great lesson in branding.

    6 years ago

  • Furiousdreams

    Furiousdreams says:

    Great article. Design is crucial to our everyday experiences- everything in our lives is designed! The better designed objects, information messaging, and even landscapes - offer us an informed and aesthetically rewarding functionality. Support your local graphic designer!

    6 years ago

  • Wearekindredspirits

    Wearekindredspirits says:

    We just started our shop so these articles are very helpful! Thanks for all the great ideas!

    6 years ago

  • tldgrainwear

    tldgrainwear says:

    Useful article! As a graphic designer, I consider this as one of the keys to build a consistent image around one self bussiness. Cheers!

    6 years ago

  • linziloop

    linziloop says:

    Interesting read, i gotta say, as a graphic designer myself it frustrates me how people seem to think they can do without the professionals - yes, some people do have a natural flare for design and can do without the professionals, but please, have the common sense to know if you're one of those people. There's a saying "Good design goes to heaven, bad design goes everywhere" It's sadly often so true!

    6 years ago

  • koodelah

    koodelah says:

    just what the doctor ordered! THANK YOU!

    6 years ago

  • babook

    babook says:

    This cooooool i like it !! Graphic design IT`S almost do the amaze things on the flat : )

    6 years ago

  • LittleWhiteDresser

    LittleWhiteDresser says:

    great tips, specially for a newbie, thanks!

    6 years ago

  • voleurdebijoux

    voleurdebijoux says:

    Lovely and fresh designs! love it!

    6 years ago

  • AWEshop

    AWEshop says:

    I completely agree that visual impact and consistency is sooo important. FYI-- For all you Mac people, the new iWeb (on iLife) is absolutely excellent for making your own website and super easy... really, SUPER easy! :D I just did mine and am loving it, you'd never know it was a drag and drop type program (it's basically Pages that allows you to post to the web)!!!

    6 years ago

  • therebirthofnyela

    therebirthofnyela says:

    I think I'm going to start over with mine...there are some very useful ideas here. The main thing I need to do is tie everything (Twitter, FB fan page, blog) together.

    6 years ago

  • jackandmolly

    jackandmolly says:

    Being featured here seriously made me do a little dance! What an honor to be included in this post. THANK YOU!! Creating banners (like the ones listed here) is such a fun, rewarding experience. I absolutely love gathering all of the bits of information and then creating something totally unique that reflects their business. It's wonderful to see the graphic designers of etsy getting some exposure. THANKS!! xoxo Meredith (of jack and molly.)

    6 years ago

  • pomegranateink

    pomegranateink says:

    I have to say it's been an honor to do so many wonderful design projects for etsy sellers. It is definately some of my favorite work. I also feel a sense of pride helping people realize their dreams by helping them define their story. thanks, Samantha

    6 years ago

  • riorita

    riorita says:

    Oh so many lovely ideas! I loved the custom bycicle stamp! Will bookmark this article for future reference!

    6 years ago

  • HandCarvedSigns

    HandCarvedSigns says:

    So many great designers out there. Who to choose?!

    6 years ago

  • ToteworthyDesigns

    ToteworthyDesigns says:

    Thank you for all the great suggestions and ideas.

    6 years ago

  • vintagebella

    vintagebella says:

    Thank you for featuring my Marie Antoinette business cards!

    6 years ago

  • Art2ArtColorado

    Art2ArtColorado says:

    *wonderfully written and illustrated article about the great tried and true standards! well done!

    6 years ago

  • byMasselyn

    byMasselyn says:

    Wow...I had no idea one of my designs was featured here. Thank you so much, and I love being included with the other talented designers here on Etsy. Our canvas is the computer and our brush might be a mouse/tablet but the result is just as fantastic.

    6 years ago

  • onegarnetgirl

    onegarnetgirl says:

    I've used byMasselyn for over a year now and she is WELL worth the right up! Oh hey up there Tiffany! *wave*

    6 years ago

  • insupport

    insupport says:

    You for got my services. :D

    6 years ago

  • CaseysCozys

    CaseysCozys says:

    This was such a helpful article, it was exactly what I was looking for to help me get going. Thanks a lot! Cas

    6 years ago

  • idozvia

    idozvia says:

    Thanks a lot!

    6 years ago

  • jetflair

    jetflair says:

    Great article! If you haven't already, please do take a look at the author's shop. She did a great job of spotlighting the work of other designers, but she is an incredible designer herself. She has made most of my graphics on and off etsy and I couldn't be happier!

    6 years ago

  • MetroGypsy

    MetroGypsy says:

    4TheSparrowsNest hit the nail on the head!

    6 years ago

  • Luncheonettevintage

    Luncheonettevintage says:

    Great to be reminded -- thanks so much. And I agree with jetflair -- nice work!

    6 years ago

  • justlikeyouimagined

    justlikeyouimagined says:

    Great advice, something that i'll defiantly think more about. Such beautiful designs as-well!*

    6 years ago

  • CarolinaTopet

    CarolinaTopet says:

    Very interesting !!!

    6 years ago

  • gifteddesigns

    gifteddesigns says:

    Though I LOVE the article because it shows people just how important this aspect of their business is, I could wish that the COST of it all were also discussed. Graphic Artists put so much of themselves into their designs and yet the price they charge is pennies for the overall work load. The prices give the impression that graphic design is the dregs of art. It's not WORTH anything. People pay thousands of dollars a year to re-brand themselves. Shop owners should be looking at these banners as investments, not as something they should be getting for pennies. Whether the shop is a hobby or professional doesn't matter because they have the potential to make money. Think about it. A banner will take about an hour to plan and execute if it is simple. That's not counting whatever correspondence with the customer happened before and also doesn't count revisions. Does that sound like it's worth 5$? People who flip burgers earn more than that. I think that's the only reason I do not offer my graphic services on Etsy. I don't want to be known because I'm CHEAP...I want to be known because I'm GOOD. I don't want to contribute to the idea that my craft is worth less than flipping burgers.

    6 years ago

  • rufflemedia

    rufflemedia says:

    I agree with gifteddesigns. Designing banners is an art in itself. It takes time to create each design as would a piece of art onto canvas. Good article too! :-)

    6 years ago

  • littletank

    littletank says:

    Great ideas, I love the dinosaur within the "J". very clever

    6 years ago

  • littleredwagonkids

    littleredwagonkids says:

    This has been sooooo helpful. Thanks so much for the tips. As someone new to etsy and the world of the internet (we just connected to the internet for the first time 3 months ago!) I'm learning everyday. Everyone's shop's look fantastic, so hopefully now I can try and put some of these tips to good use.

    6 years ago

  • darlingrose

    darlingrose says:

    great info....

    6 years ago

  • dixieanna

    dixieanna says:


    6 years ago

  • PoshPursesBoutique

    PoshPursesBoutique says:

    Thanks for the great tips and ideas! It's important to have your own style for your brand that's all you....

    6 years ago

  • pclinejo

    pclinejo says:

    very helpfull as I'm just getting started on details of my shop image, thanks!

    6 years ago

  • vintagegirldezigns

    vintagegirldezigns says:

    Thanks for the advice ~ very informative. I had an etsy graphic designer do my banner and I love it:)

    6 years ago

  • LavenderField

    LavenderField says:

    All these components definitely give the feel and look of professionalism to your shop and thereby aspire confidence in the buyer. Thanks for sharing!

    6 years ago

  • JunkHunkandGypsyChic

    JunkHunkandGypsyChic says:

    Very helpful.

    6 years ago

  • CleanRinse

    CleanRinse says:

    Thank you so much! Great advice

    6 years ago

  • bauerlaken

    bauerlaken says:

    I do have a graphic design tip- If you come across a seller with Sea Dream in her name DONT USE HER! Getting her to respond takes months. I placed a custom order back in July and it's Nov 1st and she refuses to respond to me. I have tried going through ETSY Abuse, and hopefully they can see why she takes orders and refuses to honor her word. I have a holiday boutique soon and the show sponsor needs my banners and she knows this. What a terrible experience with the entire thing.

    6 years ago

  • dntdynamite

    dntdynamite says:

    Thank you for such a informative post. I feel appreciated now!

    6 years ago

  • topbanner

    topbanner says:

    Hurry hurry to gift your shop a beautiful new look. If you go through the whole list of sets in my shop you will find the design you like.

    6 years ago

  • topbanner

    topbanner says:

    Hurry hurry to gift your shop a beautiful new look. If you go through the whole list of sets in my shop you will find the design you like.

    6 years ago

  • SEOWebDesign

    SEOWebDesign says:

    Well put GiftedDesign. My design services on Etsy are a fraction of what they are out in the rest of the business world. Lower prices for "starvin' artists" . . . but I love the creative work.

    6 years ago

  • seapearls

    seapearls says:

    Great Advice

    6 years ago

  • ThePaperAddict

    ThePaperAddict says:

    Wow great ideas and beautiful graphics. I keep thinking about the possibility of taking some classes on graphic design... I've been dabbling on the edge!

    6 years ago

  • beadybirddotcom

    beadybirddotcom says:

    More great ideas! Note to self.......hang tags...... Thanks!

    6 years ago

  • missevilkitty2

    missevilkitty2 says:

    Am super excited that us graphic designers got some love. My tips: Ask questions,if you arent sure what colors or fonts you like ask your graphic designer we have very good taste in fonts and colors. presentation is a must. ~Gabbie web and graphic designer

    6 years ago

  • archaicdesign

    archaicdesign says:

    excellent article!

    6 years ago

  • LuciliasAttic

    LuciliasAttic says:

    Beautiful, thank you for sharing!

    6 years ago

  • atomicblue

    atomicblue says:

    Featured is one of the best darned designers to have had a shop on Etsy (wildmagic) I can't tell you how AMAZING that designer was...she designed banners, blog templates, business cards,postcards. The whole package!! People responded to her colorful fab work (check out my shop banner!) I'm totally bummed, as the shop "no longer is a registered user". Fab designers I've worked with in the past. I love that Etsy allows graphics as a tangible sellable item. I've had the pleasure of working with some amazing graphic artists here. It's made my business what it is. I'd be nothing without them! rioosodesigns kittycrossbones

    6 years ago

  • PaperThickInk

    PaperThickInk says:

    This article is SO RELEVANT! As a seller, form your identity and evolve! 1 year later, I'm still working on mine... thanks for the post.

    6 years ago

  • citizenrosebud

    citizenrosebud says:

    and yet again, great advice. thanks.

    6 years ago

  • Windycitygems2

    Windycitygems2 says:

    Great idea's - we are new to etsy and are trying to learn everything there is to learn. Thankyou

    6 years ago

  • AmmoniteJewellery

    AmmoniteJewellery says:

    What a helpful site! Wish I had discovered ETSY years ago! Take it from me, ETSY is treets ahead of the game & most important it is empathetic & most helpful to the seller! Thanks a million!

    6 years ago

  • chabbyshane

    chabbyshane says:

    So much to do, so little time... Thank you for all the geat advice!

    6 years ago

  • aWalkontheBeach1

    aWalkontheBeach1 says:

    Thank you for the information! It will definetly help! I am a new seller and I definetly need help with my banner! etc....

    6 years ago

  • ezstyledesigns

    ezstyledesigns says:

    Very helpful, thanks!

    6 years ago

  • JawlFineArt

    JawlFineArt says:

    I am going to try these tips right now...I am hoping for that first sale real soon..................

    6 years ago

  • lindagalusha

    lindagalusha says:

    I'm speechless by all the limitless opportunities offered. Must try..... Thanks Etsy.

    6 years ago

  • Ashewelry

    Ashewelry says:

    Wonderful info! And REFERENCES too! I love it :)

    6 years ago

  • RockisSupplies

    RockisSupplies says:

    Wow! How on earth did I miss this?! Fabulous info and then some. I'll definitely be getting a new banner, avatar...

    6 years ago

  • OGSDesigns

    OGSDesigns says:

    I've been wanting to come up with a good banner and avatar, this gives me a bit of a push, awesome!

    6 years ago

  • ikabags

    ikabags says:

    FanTAStic article!! Great idea's! :) Thompsondesigns make me a new banner for madamehoux ... I love it! Thanks again!

    6 years ago

  • sararubendall

    sararubendall says:

    I loved this article! Now I know I can sell my banners and help other people in need of a new look in their shop. Great ideas!

    6 years ago

  • AtelierDuPapier

    AtelierDuPapier says:

    hai, thank you for sharing! Very helpful!

    6 years ago




    6 years ago

  • TheWinglessBird

    TheWinglessBird says:

    I too agree with gifteddesigns. Great article, but I wish there was a little discussion on prices. It is important for people to understand how much of oneself goes into this work - it is art.

    5 years ago

  • zstilo

    zstilo says:

    Thanks a bunch! Working on my banner right now!

    5 years ago

  • dolcedreams

    dolcedreams says:

    A great article from an incredibly talented graphic designer...I just used Winchester Lambourne to help me re-define many aspects of my presentation, from banners to business cards to stickers to ads to a web page, and I cannot recommend her highly enough! When I was lost, she found exactly what worked and her ability to create from minimal input is unbelievable!!! I am very grateful to her talent!

    5 years ago

  • WhisperingOak

    WhisperingOak says:

    Love the tips! This gets me ready to start working on updating "my image" on-line!

    5 years ago

  • ShabbyChalks

    ShabbyChalks says:

    Thank you, after reading this, I'll be revamping my etsy shop!!

    5 years ago

  • Brightbridgephotos

    Brightbridgephotos says:

    I purchased my banner from a talented designer I found on Etsy. The design expresses the mood that I had hoped to find for my shop.

    5 years ago

  • AudreyGardenLady

    AudreyGardenLady says:

    Great article!! I will be by your shop tonight!!

    5 years ago

  • lankfords2designs

    lankfords2designs says:

    Great ideas!!! I will apply most of them to improve my shop.Thank you!

    5 years ago

  • KKCollectibleCollage

    KKCollectibleCollage says:

    Wow! Where to begin... Thanks for the great article and all the references.

    5 years ago

  • KKCollectibleCollage

    KKCollectibleCollage says:

    Wow! Where to begin... Thanks for the great article and all the references.

    5 years ago

  • sirvonfloyd

    sirvonfloyd says:

    Very Nice Article, I love your Designs!

    4 years ago

  • pinkrhinovintage

    pinkrhinovintage says:

    great news ti use! Thanks

    4 years ago

  • Lizabettas

    Lizabettas says:

    Thanks so much for the helpful advice! I love my banner you did for me - I suggest you for anyone looking to make their banner crisp & clear & their shop look professional :)

    4 years ago

  • primitif1

    primitif1 says:

    Great stuff!

    4 years ago

  • AboveDesign

    AboveDesign says:

    My mind is a flurry now. Fantastic ideas!

    4 years ago

  • trudiedavies

    trudiedavies says:

    congrats WL !:)

    4 years ago

  • aifactory

    Asmaa from ArtinspireFactory says:

    Lovely Cliparts and graphics use . I offer custom character illustrations as well . Recently adding more content to shop in cliparts and digital papers.

    2 years ago

  • webdesign

    Sandy Rowley from BannerSetDesigns says:

    Very cute graphic designs!

    2 years ago

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