Design Review Process

Custom Ink is officially licensed with hundreds of universities across the country, which means we have entered into agreements that allow us to print official logos, mascots, and more . A crucial part of this relationship is submitting designs that include protected content to universities for review and approval. This process ensures that designs meet style and brand guidelines created by the school.

The good news is that Custom Ink handles this approval process for you! Just place your order and we’ll take care of the rest. If the school has any requests or suggestions for your design we will be sure to get in touch with you before printing.

While it may be tempting to reach out to your favorite professor, coach, or staff member to help move this process along, approvals must be received through specific channels to make sure the right people are signing off on your design. Leave the work to us and we’ll make sure your design gets the green light in no time!

Want a head start?

While every school has different guidelines for the use of their logos, there are some rules that tend to apply across the board. Follow these steps to speed up the review process for your order!

  • Give Them Some Space – Layering is great for back-to-school weather, but it’s not a good idea when creating designs that include logos. Be sure to leave space around logos so they stand out in your design.

  • Let Your True Colors Shine Through – Show off your school pride by keeping logos in your university’s official colors!

  • Keep Things PG – Designs should not include references to drugs, alcohol, sex, or partying.

  • Recreating Logos – While it would be awesome if there was a Department of Pizza Studies, it’s unlikely this exists on your campus. Be sure to steer clear of creating designs that replicate official logos for departments and schools within your university.

  • Check out our Design Lab – The average Google image search will provide a wide variety of school logos with no information on when they were created OR retired. To insure you use the most up-to-date logo in your design, search your school name in our Design Lab!

Custom Ink's Path to Licensing

For over ten years, Custom Ink has worked with licensing partners to offer our customers the most exciting options for their designs. We began partnering with greek organizations through Affinity Marketing Consultants in 2005 and, since then, we’ve built relationships with the CLC, Nexus Licensing Group, and Exemplar Associates, as well as a handful of independently licensed universities. During this time we became a Category B member of the Fair Labor Association to demonstrate our commitment to responsible production and built a team of Inkers who focus solely on licensing guidelines to help your ideas come to life!