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What tab handle you like the most?

Tap handle on the left.
8 (16%)
Tap handle in the middle.
14 (28%)
Tap handle on the right.
28 (56%)

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What tap handle you would pick?
« on: February 24, 2011, 09:00:50 PM »
What tab handle you like the most?
1 is on left and 3 is on right.
I guess 2 is in the middle :)

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Re: What tap handle you would pick?
« Reply #1 on: February 24, 2011, 09:17:47 PM »
Usually, if one wants unbiased opinions, one does not include one's preference in the polling question.

All three are nice.  I like #3.
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Re: What tap handle you would pick?
« Reply #2 on: February 24, 2011, 09:23:57 PM »
I have fixed it.
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Re: What tap handle you would pick?
« Reply #3 on: February 25, 2011, 01:21:01 AM »
I have fixed it.

But now you have the same poll in two threads. ::) LOL I'm still for #4. ;D
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Re: What tap handle you would pick?
« Reply #4 on: February 25, 2011, 02:38:05 AM »
Yeah, that's my doing.. I added the poll to the other thread before I realized this one was opened.
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Re: What tap handle you would pick?
« Reply #5 on: February 25, 2011, 06:15:43 AM »
I voted #2.  I find the color on #1 takes away from the artwork.  If #1 were all white or tan, it would get more votes.
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Re: What tap handle you would pick?
« Reply #6 on: February 25, 2011, 07:23:53 AM »
#1 isn't a Belgian style glass is it?  #3 lets you see the logo while the bartender is pulling your pint, I like that.

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Re: What tap handle you would pick?
« Reply #7 on: February 25, 2011, 07:30:59 AM »
I don't like #1 at all and number two is kinda weak as well. What about something original? Something that will set you apart from everyone else? Maybe a walking staff or something and then include that in the logo (thinking something alone the lines of the Friar in Robin Hood).

As a graphics and marketing guy from a prior life I would urge you to come up with a logo that has a unique branding ability - something that when people see it they automatically think of you. You need to really put some thought into it - or if you are not so inclined, find someone who is. One idea is to bring your idea for your logo and tap handle to a local community college art/graphic dept. You will often get some interesting idea.

We have been making all our tap handles by hand, and while I am not super crazy about them they are somewhat unique. We are working with a supplier right now to come up with something a little more eye catching and original.
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Re: What tap handle you would pick?
« Reply #8 on: February 25, 2011, 07:34:30 AM »
Still like #2
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Re: What tap handle you would pick?
« Reply #9 on: February 25, 2011, 07:43:11 AM »
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Re: What tap handle you would pick?
« Reply #10 on: February 25, 2011, 07:45:06 AM »
Purely brainstorming potential ideas for you here:

I assume you're using this for your home fridge or jockey box (where you "serve" yourself) as opposed to a brewpub (where you serve others who are on the opposite side of the bar)--it affects placement of the logo/product identifier.

If you're serving yourself--any of the above are OK.  Personally, I think the font is hard to read and does not identify the actual product you're serving (belgian pale?  Belgian dark strong?  a wit?).  If you're serving others, then make sure you take into consideration the customer's ability to view the handle/product identifier.

Incorporate the "keg" or "cask" shape (either top or side view) as the shaped/template upon which you post your lettering / images.

Tap handle could be in the outline of a tall monk with male pattern baldness.  If you're building a bar-type set up, consider having the logo/product identifier on the barrel resting atop the monk's shoulder so it is placed high on the handle for better visibility.

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Re: What tap handle you would pick?
« Reply #11 on: February 25, 2011, 08:27:11 AM »
Still like #2

Why?

Never been a huge fan of the "turned spindle on top" style of handle.  And #2 gets your brand/logo up higher where it'll be more visible.
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Re: What tap handle you would pick?
« Reply #12 on: February 25, 2011, 08:29:11 AM »
I voted for #3 because it's more monk-like: austere, wooden, simple.  FWIW, may I suggest ripped down barrel staves rather than turned wood.

Stain down a bit.  Give it a matte finish. That's monk-like



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Re: What tap handle you would pick?
« Reply #13 on: February 25, 2011, 08:32:06 AM »
I'm not too partial to any of them, but I suppose if I had to choose, I'd say #3.
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Re: What tap handle you would pick?
« Reply #14 on: February 25, 2011, 08:39:19 AM »
Purely brainstorming potential ideas for you here:

I assume you're using this for your home fridge or jockey box (where you "serve" yourself) as opposed to a brewpub (where you serve others who are on the opposite side of the bar)--it affects placement of the logo/product identifier.

If you're serving yourself--any of the above are OK.  Personally, I think the font is hard to read and does not identify the actual product you're serving (belgian pale?  Belgian dark strong?  a wit?).  If you're serving others, then make sure you take into consideration the customer's ability to view the handle/product identifier.

Incorporate the "keg" or "cask" shape (either top or side view) as the shaped/template upon which you post your lettering / images.

Tap handle could be in the outline of a tall monk with male pattern baldness.  If you're building a bar-type set up, consider having the logo/product identifier on the barrel resting atop the monk's shoulder so it is placed high on the handle for better visibility.

good point, since these are intened for pubs/bars you never know which way the logo will be facing. Some bars have taps on the bar and you want the logo facing away from the server, towards the customer. others have taps on the back wall so you want them facing the server (and also the customer). if it's possible to have the logo doublesided then you're good in either case.
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