Destination Imagination Pins

DI Pins are designed by competitors of all ages for their teams, regions, and affiliates to trade at Destination Imagination tournaments. They feature creative designs, playful and color-filled schemes, and capture the teams' messages, projects, and collective personalities.  

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Unique in its approach, the Destination Imagination program turns out highly adventurous critical thinkers by helping them to increase their aptitude for theater arts/sciences, playwriting, visual arts, design construction, and architectural design, to name a few. Destination Imagination is an annual international creativity tournament for kids. At the start of the season, teams choose one of seven Challenges. After weeks spent creating and developing their solutions, they go to a local tournament. Top-scoring teams advance to state or country tournaments. The top level of the tournament is the Global Finals—the world’s largest celebration of creativity.

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What kinds of pins do students create for Tournaments?

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Students from all over the world, with interests as diverse as the places from which they come, are tasked with the job of coming up with a pin design that reflects the theme they are working in, and of the team, they are working with. Students participate in themes that span from the arts to science, technology, design, and so much more, and their interpretations of their passions and themselves are full of imagination, creativity, color, and fun.

Destination Imagination pins come in all shapes and sizes, and because of their uniqueness, these pieces become avenues for expression for the participants and cherished collectibles by the people they trade them with. The designs typically feature many different colors, textures, materials, and production processes. But students don’t often stop their customization there either, adorning their pieces with add-ons like glitter, danglers, blinkies, spinners, sliders, and any bit of pizazz in our arsenal. The designs also often display team names and the team’s location and strive to capture the collective spirit of the event, and the participants themselves. Whatever they come up with, it’s always an incredible display of unbridled fun.

Guidelines for Custom Destination Imagination Pins:

Destination Imagination is a National and International program focused on helping children of all ages and economic backgrounds learn problem-solving skills, and experience successful teamwork as they face new challenges.

Pin exchanges is a large and celebrated part of Destination Imagination competitions and tournaments, but there are several rules and regulations to understand when designing your team's custom creation.

  1. They must be crafted and ordered through a DI approved, licensed pin maker, like the Monterey Company.
  2. Custom DI pins for trading may not include the letters, "DI" or have the letters "DI" added to team abbreviations with a hyphen or space (example: TF-DI, or EG DI).
  3. Teams designing for their competitions and tournaments cannot include anyone else's intellectual property, and may not infringe on copyright laws of any kind. The designs should be exclusively the product of the individuals' and teams' creativity and ingenuity and produced with the assistance of a pre-approved, licensed pin maker, like the Monterey Company.
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Custom DI Pins

Student Trading Pin Projects:

Nothing brings students together in creative collaboration than a cool custom trading pin project. We see it time and time again in the events we make artwork for every season it comes around. Giving a group of students access to these amazing material by working with an expert designer, stretches the reach of their creativity and gives them a whole other modality to work with.

Destination Imagination Pins

Trading pin time has come once again for Destination Imagination's finals, an event that marks the culmination of all the hard work of the many young people who participate in the programs that they offer. A non-profit organization, D.I. is dedicated to enriching the community by providing opportunities for learners of all ages to explore and discover unlimited creative potential through teamwork, cooperation and problem-solving. Every year, D.I works with over 100,000 students across the U.S. and in more than 30 countries. Destination ImagiNation's core program is an exhilarating after-school activity in which students work in teams to solve mind-bending Challenges and present their solutions at tournaments.

The Monterey Company is proud to provide custom DI trading pins for all the creative teams who participate in these programs. Recently, one of our sales associated shared, These are some of our favorite customers. They are always so creative with their design ideas. It is always so much fun to collaborate with them on their projects. We will design and supply products to as many of the 1,200 students participating in tournaments that begin at the end of each May.

Destination Imagination Lapel PinGroups coming from all over the world, creating designs and have them made specifically for tournaments.

They are used to identifying each team member. Groups coming to the Global Finals compete in a variety of different themed competitions. There are five competitive team challenges, each with its own educational focus, including technical/mechanical, theater arts/science, fine arts, and improvisation, structural & architectural design.

Reflecting the team identity, the challenge theme in which they are competing and the year of the competition. As you can see the variety is wonderful to look at, and although our design team facilitated in the creation of these items, the participants came to us with the majority of the idea and artwork.