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Derby Girl Posters v2 – Our New Site!

Starting today, is decked out in the digital equivalent of new skates and pads. Over the past year hundreds of skaters have come to love our high-quality poster prints… but now there’s so much more!

Let’s take a brief tour of our new home and highlight some of the improvements we’ve made. In the coming days and weeks we will cover these new features in greater detail… so aside from a facelift, what’s new?

New Sizes to Frame

One of the most frequent questions we receive is “Do you also do framing?”…. so now we do! We’ll continue to offer posters on their own, but for those who want to upgrade to something that’s ready to hang on the wall we have two choices for you.

When you order a Framed Prints we carefully mount your poster in a simple, but classic, solid wood frame finished in a matte black. All of the hardware to hang your poster is included.

For those looking to truly impress we offer Premium Framed Prints. In addition to the matte black, solid wood frame we include 2-inches of double matting – white over black.

Curious what your poster will look like framed? We thought so… we’ve added the ability for you to SEE IT FRAMED as you design your poster. Look for those words as you design to see your artwork in full glory!

To help standardize the framing process we’ve changed the sizes of our posters. No worries – we still have a wide range of sizes available, but sizes like 16×20″ has been replaced by 16×24″. A full list of our sizes and pricing can be seen on our pricing page.

Feeling Vintage?

Our posters are inspired by retro/minimalist posters from the early part of the 20th century. One of the features we’re most excited about is our Vintage Feel option. Simply check the “Increase Vintage Feel” box and your design will be given a subtle lightly-worn appearance. This is an experience you MUST try out.

Designing is Easier

Where to even start with this! The poster-design process has been completely rebuilt from the ground-up. It’s now extremely simple to choose the right colors, fonts and to see your design in real time as your create it.

The most difficult thing people encounter when designing their poster is THE CHOICES… there are so many! We spent the time and carefully created tons of color schemes for your favorite designs. If you want to tweak one of our color schemes to match your team colors you can! We’ve removed the burden of having to choose EVERY-SINGLE-COLOR and have logically grouped colors together… this makes color coordination a breeze! For art-junkies who want complete control over each piece of their design – we offer that too!

A New, Faster Rendering Engine

Our new rendering engine (the little program that creates the preview of your design) is probably the smartest part of our new site that you’ll never see.

Several of our designs took “a little while” to preview with our old rendering engine. Fast Lane Femme sometimes took up to 30 seconds to render. Now it renders in under a second! No more waiting to see your design.

Our rendering engine (we should really name this guy) is content-aware. It knows how much space is available for every line of text you enter and sizes your text automatically to fit the area. On the old site users had to manually size and position their derby or team name. Now, it’s done instantly and perfectly.

User Accounts, Sharing and Social Media

Keep track of all your Derby Girl Posters related stuff when you sign up for a free user account. All of your past order information can be reviewed as well as the status of any current orders. Working on a design and want to come back later? You can save your designs without fear of losing the work you’ve done. Want to share your design with the world? We make it super-simple to share on facebook, pinterest and any other site you’d like. Like a design someone shared with you? You can copy it and make changes with the click of a button. Here’s a design we’re sharing right now.

So that’s it for now — there is so much more to the new site that we’ll get into later. The big question is – what do you think?

Mock-up break-down: Merry Khaos

We put it to a vote last night to see who would get the next mock-up and the fans of Merry Khaos came in droves – beating out her opponents by almost twice as many votes! This mock-up is a lesson in special instructions to reach an even deeper level of customization. Let’s check it out…


Choosing the colors for this design was relatively easy. As explained before, the idea is to go simple-simple-simple… don’t use too many colors! Orange and black are the Dutchland Derby Rollers main colors so it was a no-brainer using them. The Dutchland Derby Rollers logo uses an “Ye Olde English” type font and luckily we have an exact match in our list of available fonts – it’s call “Old London” and available when you click the “adjust font” button in the designer.

Choosing a background color on the Miss Boss design is always a little tricky. It is very easy to pick colors that clash and distract in a major way…

Sure blue & orange go together, but holy distracting!

Sure blue & orange go together, but holy distracting!

Eek, no! Instead I chose two similar shades of a dark grey to add a little contrast, but do not pull too much attention away from the skater.

Much better!

Much better!

So now we have a pretty decent looking design, but there needs to be more. MORE! Perhaps we think Merry’s jersey looks a little plain… and maybe none of the fonts we can choose from really work for her name. Well lucky for us, there is a spot where we can enter in a special request for our design.


When an order comes in with special instructions we do our best to accommodate all requests (although some requests are a little crazy — you know who you people are!). Putting the Dutchland team logo on this design is a piece of cake because the skater is facing us straight on. On other designs it might not be that easy and the request might not be able to be fulfilled. If you REALLY want your logo in the poster other ideas might be to attach the logo to the helmet or even have it be part of the background. With most special requests we send a proof to the customer to sign off on – we want to make sure you love what you are getting!

The hex-colors and fonts for this design are as follows:
Background: #7A7A7A
Border: #FFFFFF
Stripes: #757575
Jersey Front: #171717
Jersey Sides: #E05A00
Text Line 1: #FFFFFF  (Custom: Wisdom Script)
Text Line 2#171717  (Old London)


.. and that’s it!

Making your own mock-up is a breeze — take 5 minutes and try it yourself on our website.
As llways, ‘Like’ this post if you found it useful and post any comments below or on facebook.

A Late Christmas Gift

The presents have all been opened and someone finished off the eggnog… another successful Christmas! Many derby girls and boys received a Derby Girl Poster this year, but what about those who didn’t? Our Christmas wish this year is that EVERYONE who wants a Derby Girl poster for themselves gets one — and to help we’re offering 10% off all orders from now until Midnight New Year’s Eve. When checking out use coupon code XMAS10 and 10% of your order will be magically taken off!

It only takes 10 minutes to design your own Derby Girl Poster so go on and try it out!

Mock-up Break-down: Half Pint Hellian

Our latest mock-up is that of Half Pint Hellian of Man’s Ruin Roller Derby. She went toe-to-toe with Debby Does D Block of the Brisbane City Rollers in a vote to see who was featured in our next mock-up. In the end the Australian pulled out a few more votes, but the battle was so much fun that we HAD to do a mock-up for Half Pint as well.


Making this mockup was rather easy. I knew I wanted to use our Fast Lane Femme design. I needed to find a good picture of Half Pint to go off of so I used the following picture as my basis:

I matched her uniform quite easily – the blue from her shirt, the black shorts and, of course, the gold helmet. I even noticed that she has blue wheels so I did my best to match them. The skates, and elbow/knee pads were made a little darker. Everything else I made a slightly different shade of blue so it would be a little different, but not too intrusive. The font that Man’s Ruin Roller Derby uses for their logo just happened to be one that we already provide (although any font can be requested) so that was a snap to make happen. I felt that the border needed to be dark to “hold the action in” so I used the same black that I used for her hair, shorts, skates and pads.

And just like that – viola! Half Pint Hellian!

The hex color codes are as follows:
Background: #FFFFFF
Bottom Swoosh: #397A8A
Top Swoosh: #74AEBD
Stars 1: #02546B
Stars 2: #00A9D8
Stars 3: #FFFFFF
Stars 4: #FFFFFF
Skate Highlights:#00A9D8
Skates: #1E2021
Tall Socks: #FFFFFF
Small Socks: #1E2021
Sock Stripes: #00A9D8
Pads 1: #626263
Pads 2: #1E2021
Shorts: #1E2021
Shirt: #00A9D8
Shirt Edge: #FFFFFF
Hair: #1E2021
Skin: #FDE8D9
Helmet: #E39D35
Helmet Star: #1E2021
Helmet Stripe: #E39D35
Line 1: #1F1F1F
Line 2: #1F1F1F
Border: #1E2021

Making your own mock-up is a breeze — take 5 minutes and try it yourself on our website. As always, like this post if you found it useful and post any comments below or on facebook.

Seven Days Until Christmas

With only a week until Christmas there is so much to do! Gifts need to be purchased, food must be ordered for gatherings, ugly sweaters must be found for ugly sweater parties — it’s a non-stop whirlwind of action! With all of this going on it’s SO easy to lose track of how soon Christmas will be upon us.


At Derby Girl Posters we ship all of our domestic orders one of two ways. Smaller orders ship via USPS. Larger orders ship via FedEx 2-Day. USPS orders usually arrive within 2-4 days of shipping and FedEx 2-Day shipments take – well, two days.

If you’re considering purchasing a Derby Girl Poster as a gift (and we definitely think that you should!) you need to feel comfortable knowing that your order is going to arrive in time. Past customers can attest that we ship FAST, but to help be even faster we have added FedEx Next-Day to our shipping options. All of our normal shipping options are free. To add FedEx Next-Day costs only $5 and can add a little assurance that your package will arrive in time!

While checking out, when you reach the PayPal screen you can choose Next Day shipping from the dropdown menu.


There’s no time!
Perhaps you are worried that even with next-day delivery your order might not make it in time? It’s possible – nothing in life is a guarantee. For those who are hesitant to order please don’t forget that we sell gift certificates. When purchasing a gift certificate you have the option of having it emailed to whomever you choose (you can also schedule the delivery date) or you can print the gift certificate yourself.

My recommendation for anyone placing an order who wishes to have it by Christmas is to have your order in no later than Thursday evening. After that it might be more wise to order a gift certificate. As always, if anyone needs any design help or has any questions – please comment below or contact us on facebook.

Choosing colors: less is more

Choosing the right colors for your custom roller derby poster is a tough job. Some of you have been blessed with artist abilities, but the majority of us are making it up as we go along. It is very tempting and very easy to pick ALL of your favorite colors or ALL of your team colors and try to work them into your custom design. Some of the most brilliant designs I have seen have been made by choosing a very small color palette and sticking to it. Let’s take a look at our Girl Next Door design and see some examples. Hopefully we’ll be able to see why some things work and why some thing’s don’t work.


We’re all familiar with this design and these colors. This design has 8 color choices (disregard the skin color, that rarely changes). If you count, there are only 4 different colors being used – dark grey (background), white (socks, text line 2, border), orange (inner stripe, text line 1) and green (outer stripes, skates). Let’s see what happens when we try to use 8 different colors….


I made a good attempt to choose colors that worked well together and, truth be told, this design is passable, but would you really say it is better than the original? To me it seems a little busy and nothing really gels together well. Scroll up and compare this to the original.. what do you think?

That example might be a little extreme (who is going to make EVERY color different?), but let’s look at extreme in the other direction. This design came from a recent order and I was very impressed with how they were able to do so much with so little… only 3 colors!



This design just FEELS tight. Everything is so well balanced. Here are three examples side by side for you to compare and make up your own opinion..


It’s important to mention that the Derby Girl Posters website makes it VERY easy for you to reuse colors in your design. When you bring up the color chooser all of your palette colors are listed at the top (I’ve put a red circle around it to help identify the right area). Simply clicking on one of those options chooses the colors.


It’s nothing groundbreaking, but some people can easily miss it when designing their poster.

So get out there and start designing! Don’t be afraid to work with less color… you’ll be surprised with the results! “Like” this story if you found it helpful and comment below with any thoughts!