This is mainly a quick reference list for self that may be useful to Dubai-based (or not) artists getting ready for cons (MEFCC in our case). Consider asterisks as star-rating in terms of quality and/or potential choice.
International Printers (be prepared for shipping fees at approx 50USD for 0.5kg)
Chilly Pig Creations. (California, US) Offerings:
*Ink It Labs. (Austin, Texas) Offerings:
*Zap! Creatives. (UK) Offerings:
Awesome Merchandise. (Leeds, UK)Offerings:
CraftJam. (UK) Offerings:
Acorn Press. Looks promising, very conmerch-oriented and specialized in acrylic charms.
Ponoko. (USA&NZ) Looks laser cutting-focused.
JiMi agency. Pleasant mix of con-potential merchandise print options – charms look nice and there’s option for sticker tape.
Stand Out Stickers. Stickers only.
Beespoke Printing (site currently down for renovation) but very interesting offerings including bundle packs with a whole set of collateral to design
Local (Dubai/UAE) Printers (home is where the art is)
DESCO. Paper options not the best but they can print on sticker paper. Tend to be the more affordable option so I generally stick with these guys.
Toil & Tinker. Looks incredibly promising, claims to print just about anything. First glance looks like screen prints and fluorescents are possible.
customyze.co. Offerings: Prints stickers (decals), cushions, canvas.
T-Shirt Fly. Seems to have some interesting options, including button badges.
Gulfline Printing. Cheap button badge printing, decent quality but prints a tad dark.
Sahara Print. Offerings: (seem to include) button badges, holograms, print&cut stickers, laset cuts.
Desert Cart. Lobster clasps and craft items.
Creative minds. Craft items for sale
As well as Daiso, Dragon Mart(?)
POS-ME. Just found this off google, but seems like they do custom acrylic keychains
Transformers. Events provider ideal for activations.
Spoon flower. Custom fabric printing
Gann Memorials. Plushie creation
Digital artwear. Apparel printing in various formats
This year I’m looking at updating my portfolio with the stuff I’ve been up to lately since I’ve started working full-time in advertising. I won’t promise anything grand but it’s definitely a range of work that’s a step up from my college years! How time flies.
Stay tuned for some portfolio updates and possible other changes.