NITTY GRITTY GRAPHICS: GRAPHIC OVERVIEW | PART 5/5

Custom graphics make your ski topsheet an infinite canvas for self-expression. While some people see this as an immense opportunity for creativity, others find it overwhelming and don’t know where to start.

This is the final of 5 articles helping you hone in on places, avenues, and ideas, to find and kick-start your creativity. 

Bringing it Together

We've discussed 4 avenues for thinking about your custom ski design. If you missed them, catch them all here: 

NITTY GRITTY GRAPHICS: VECTOR ART | PART 1/5

NITTY GRITTY GRAPHICS: WOOD VENEERS | PART 2/5

NITTY GRITTY GRAPHICS: HIRING ARTISTS AND ILLUSTRATORS | PART 3/5

NITTY GRITTY GRAPHICS: PHOTOGRAPHY | PART 4/5

Whatever route you choose, your vision and our graphic expertise means you can't really go wrong. 

Remember, you are qualified to express what you want! 

We get a lot of people who say "I don't know what I want" or "I'm bad at colors" and "I'm not a designer." While our designers know more than you about the intricacies of color theory or typefaces, we can't read your mind. We need your help! These are YOUR skis, not ours, so tell us what you think. If you hate blue, let us know. If you love grunge texture, let us know! We can help execute your design ideas, but we can't create your ideas for you.  

Here's a review of the types of topsheets you can pursue with Wagner:

Vector Art
Great for bright colors with an illustrative look. Also incredible for abstract ideas, patterns, textures and more. Check out some cool possibilities here.

Wood Veneers
Great for a classy, simple look. Awesome for simple engravings of initials, emblems, and logos. See All Wood Veneers.

Existing art or using Illustrators
Incredible for art that you own, or ideas you have for elaborate original artwork. Really cool if you have artistic friends or family (just remember to pay them, artists have to eat, too). If you want to support an artist but don't have any specific ideas, check out our artist series.

Photography
Want to take your dog, baby, or favorite memories skiing with you? Photographic topsheets allow you to do just that. Send us images you've taken or found online (with permission of use and within our resolution restrictions), and we'll adjust them to your custom ski shape. (If you're multiple pairs, consider a panorama set!)

OVERALL DESIGN TIPS: 

  1. K.I.S.S (Keep it simple skiers!) This is self explanatory. Simple, pointed designs almost always turn out better than complex, busy designs. 

  2. Remember the shape! Wagner’s Graphic Guru Heather Baltzley always says “I can tell you a thousand ways to lay art onto a popsicle stick” and she’s not kidding. Skis are long and skinny with a middle portion that is covered when being used. That means vertical image or sideways panoramas work well. 

  3. Don’t be afraid to be abstract. People generally see skis from at least 5 feet away, which is a great opportunity to be abstract with your designs. Some of our favorite skis are color blocked skis with texture.

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Article by Tatiana Armstrong

Tatiana Armstrong is an in-house graphic designer at Wagner Custom Skis. She has been a sucker for skiing since she was in the womb, and will do whatever it takes to get some untracked turns.