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It's actually a lot more interesting than it sounds. At the Frontier blog, we talk about trends in label production, cool new label innovations, label conventions… OK, are we the only ones getting excited here?

Guidelines for Small Text on Custom Labels

The UPS truck just dropped off your first box of custom labels! Inside the box are hundreds of brand new labels that you spent hours designing, pouring over the color scheme, and listing each and every ingredient with meticulous dedication. You pop open the box and take out a roll of labels to admire your…
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Why Won't My Barcodes Scan?

F L A S H B A C K — You’re standing in a ridiculously long line of fresh-off-of-the-clock human beings. Walmart has one check-out lane open, and you just want to get home where Netflix and Velveeta instant mac-n-cheese are calling your name. But no! You and everyone else will have to bare a…
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Methods for Applying Your Labels by Hand

So you’ve finally got your labels! Now what? It’s time to start labeling your product! If your business is just starting out, you might be looking to apply your labels by hand instead of using a machine. Hand applied labels might seem intimidating at first, but it’s easier than you think. Follow the steps below…
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The History of Labels, Part 1: Fruit Crate Labels

  -Fruit crate label from the 1920’s, artist is unknown.-   Indomitable, robust, and knuckled with the last of bare-fisted fighting, the 1880s was a time brimming of savagery and brilliance. Coca-Cola had coke in it. Sheriff Wyatt Earp was a real guy gunning down outlaws at the O.K. Corral. The Brooklyn Bridge was built, but…
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Label Design Trends to Look For in 2019

-Photo courtesy of Pantone- 2019 is coming for us! Shake it off or embrace them, here are the trends we will be seeing more of in design. The colors will be tasty, the style will be unexpectedly smart, and the intention will be warm and personal.    Color Bright and bold are here to stay,…
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Labeling Your Boston Round Bottle

Did you know that glass is both a liquid and a solid? Yup. Molecularly, it’s both! And to make glass, you just need sand, liquid sand. If you heat sand hot enough, it melts, turns clear and cools into glass. So when you are holding a glass jar, you’re basically holding the beach…which is kind…
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Lighting wicks on fire: the story of Travis Troyer and Basik Candel Co.

The story of Travis Troyer begins long before my path crossed with his. He owns Basik Candle Co in San Francisco, which is a favorite city of mine. I’d like to think he was elbow deep in coconut wax, lighting match after match, measuring the scent throw of Mediterranean Fig Tree saying, “No, I think…
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Making Your PDF Proof Work For You

What is a PDF Proof? A PDF or electronic proof is more than just a digital copy of your label.  Our prepress team takes time to prepare your files for press, making sure all fonts and images are in place, as well as double checking that the format of your label fits neatly within the…
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What is Spot White Anyway?

Prime Time In the world of label printing, there are many different names for the same thing. You may have heard the terms “underprinting”, “base white”, or “underwhite.” In our neck of the woods, we call it “spot white.” In the simplest terms, spot white is a primer layer of white that is printed first–before…
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Tips for Typography and Your Custom Label

When designing your custom label, the words all the way down to the letter are part of the look. Here are five easy tips for crushing the typography design game. Let’s dot our i’s and cross our t’s like champs! Consider the mood Words tell us what we need to know. They make us laugh…
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