Stress Ball Design Tips and Tricks

Alyssa Mertes

Alyssa Mertes

Promo Expert

When customizing a stress ball, it’s best to choose between either text or a logo. Sans serif fonts work best as they don’t run together, while the logo should be simple and not feature too many details.

Maybe you can’t afford fancy commercials, giant billboards, and a guest spot on Good Morning America, but you can still get a ton of attention with promotional stress balls. These giveaways may seem like little foam toys, but they have an enormous impact when it comes to advertising your company.

With thousands of options, it’s time for an easier way to find your perfect stress ball and keep your sanity. Luckily, we’re here to help you narrow down your options and create a good design.

  1. 1. Pick the Right Stress Ball
  2. 2. Choose the Perfect Color
  3. 3. Design Your Stress Balls
    • Keep It Simple
    • Ask a Professional
    • Choose Either a Logo or Text
  • Step 1:
    Pick the Right Stress Ball

    Step 1: Pick the Right Stress Ball

    Pay mind to the industry you work in and what might make the most sense. A wedding planner may want to have a bit of fun and advertise with heart-shaped stress balls. However, if you have a serious, professional brand voice, shaped options don’t really fit. It all depends on your brand and the message you’re trying to send to your audience.

    Step 1: Pick the Right Stress Ball
  • Step 2:
    Choose the Perfect Color

    Step 2: Choose the Perfect Color

    Bright colors work well for schools, fundraisers, and community events, while neutrals are good for banks, law firms, and government agencies. Of course, it’s more important to make sure your stress ball isn’t a color that will clash with your design. For instance, if you have a white logo, you should print it on a darker color. Makes sense, right?

    Step 2: Choose the Perfect Color
  • Step 3:
    Design Your Stress Balls

    Step 3:  Design Your Stress Balls

    Now that you have the right stress ball for your company or event, it’s time to put a logo or message on the front. There are a few things to keep in mind when it comes to designing your logo.

    Step 3:  Design Your Stress Balls
1. Keep It Simple

1. Keep It Simple

You’ve got roughly 1.5 inches of space you can use to print a logo or message on your stress ball. Avoid being too wordy or having too many bells and whistles on your design.

1. Keep It Simple
2. Ask a Professional

2. Ask a Professional

You’re not going to be a design expert overnight! Reach out to your sales rep at any time to ask about the best colors and design for your stress ball order.

2. Ask a Professional
3. Choose Either a Logo or Text

3. Choose Either a Logo or Text

Before you start customizing your stress ball, it’s helpful to choose whether you want to print either a message or visual image like a logo.

3. Choose Either a Logo or Text
TEXT
  1. 1

    Choose the Right Font

    Sans serif fonts, such as the ones listed below, are best for your stress balls. Many others tend to bleed together and make your message difficult to read.

    Choose:
    Arial Helvetica Verdana
    Choose the Right Font
    Choose the Right Font
  2. 2

    Use White for Words

    While it may not seem as snazzy as hot pink or neon green, white is a classic color choice because it can be printed thick enough to result in a clear, crisp message.

    Use White for Words
    Use White for Words
  3. 3

    Curve Your Text

    Most stress balls have a round imprint, which means your words won’t read straight across. Keep it legible by curving the text.

    Curve Your Text
    Curve Your Text
  4. 4

    Add Something Extra

    Are you worried a simple message will look blah? Add a little image to go with your message.

    Add Something Extra

    Need suggestions? Try the Free Clipart Library from Quality Logo Products®!

    Add Something Extra
LOGO
  1. Know Your Logo
    1

    Know Your Logo

    If your logo is large and extremely detailed, it’s better to go with a text only option instead. Print only your company name and contact information.

  2. Decide on the Colors
    2

    Decide on the Colors

    Some stress balls come with only one logo color included, while others allow for a full color imprint. Make sure you choose the best option for your design.

  3. Make Changes
    3

    Make Changes

    If you see something you don’t like on your digital proof, speak up and request changes to your design.

  4. Find Your Perfect Match
    4

    Find Your Perfect Match

    You learned colors in kindergarten (probably), but do you know the specific blue in your logo?

Pantone Matching System

Find out with the Pantone Matching System. You can even use the Pantone Color Matcher from Quality Logo Products®!

Design Your Own Stress Ball

Design Your Own Stress Ball

Are you looking for a certain shape or design? You can request a custom shape that’s specific to your advertising needs. Maybe you want a stress ball of the cool character you made up for your comic book. Send a detailed illustration (either a picture or graphic) to the design team at Quality Logo Products® and we’ll make it happen. Give us plenty of time to complete this request as a special mold has to be created. However, it’s worth it in the long run to have a unique stress ball that you won’t find anywhere else.

Learn even more about custom vs. standard stress balls!

The Bottom Line

You don’t have the same space to print on a stress ball as you would on a billboard. However, that doesn’t mean your brand won’t be just as noticeable. Stress balls are natural conversation starters, especially if they’re in a unique shape or handed out during an exciting event. It’s worth taking the time to make sure your design looks incredible!

Alyssa Mertes

Alyssa is a super cool Copywriter at Quality Logo Products. She’s a fan of diving into the history of some of the earliest promos on the planet. If you need her, you’ll find her buried in research, in the middle of a phone interview, or singing way off-tune in her office.