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.


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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Collecting and sharing ideas is a popular pastime for students all around the world. What are DI pins all about? A non-profit, volunteer-led organization that we create designs for every season. Their mission is to develop opportunities that inspire the community of learners to utilize diverse approaches in applying 21st-century skills of creativity, critical thinking, collaboration, communication, citizenship, and courage.

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Destination Imagination has created a series of challenges that are designed to inspire and equip students to become the next generation of innovators and leaders. There are seven different challenges to choose to participate in including STEM, Improv, Visual Arts, Service Learning, and Early Learning. They are given a problem in one of these areas of study and are challenged to find the best possible solution. Each team is made up of seven members from kindergarten age through the university level and is led by an adult Team Manager who is only there to help them stay on track. These academic tournaments take place all around the world and give students an opportunity to share their innovations and ideas. It is a fun event in which they can gain confidence, learn, and show off their unique skills and abilities

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The products that we create for this event have a significant impact. Giving a group of students direct access to these amazing materials and the opportunity to work with one of our expert designers, stretches the reach of their imagination and allows them a whole other modality to work with. Not only that, but it also teaches them problem-solving skills and how to work as a team. Teams can create their own unique custom trading pin that signifies togetherness and their project and showcases their talent and creativity. They are large, ornate, and beautiful pieces that become collectibles. They become great keepsakes to remember this wonderful experience. By far, our most dynamic created logos are imagined and made by young people with an ever-expanding breadth of creativity. We are constantly learning from them!

Promotional items are an integral part of the worldwide tournaments that take place throughout the year.  It is an opportunity for teams to showcase their talent and creativity by fashioning a custom design that relates to their specific project.

Custom Destination Imagination Pins are an excellent keepsake. With such creative thinkers in the driver’s seat, DI pins tend to be large, beautifully ornate and unique creations.

Custom Destination Imagination Pins will help you win any trading event!

Nestled in the heart of Knoxville, TN, Destination Imagination is a nonprofit visionary center that motivates teams of youths and young adults worldwide to inspire their creativity and celebrate their creativity. Just like you might collect postcards from foreign countries, kids attending collect something a bit different, yet equally as treasured and sentimental DI pins. Crucial to the end of year Finals at DI, pin exchanging represents a once in a lifetime event that encourages young minds to share ideas, and in the case of this special nonprofit –cultural differences and customs. Fun looking designs at the finals has become a beloved tradition over the 17 years and for reasons that encourage teams to celebrate their diversity –whether cultural or idea-wise.

It seems that just about everything begins with an idea, and DI pins are no different. Before attending in May, Teams from around the world exercise creativity and ingenuity to come up with a pin that will catch the event at the finals by surprise, so that other teams will want to trade with them –and maybe even trade at a higher exchange rate. During the event, kids strive to collect as many custom pins as possible, some even with motives in mind such as collecting from different countries. Rock Destination Imagination Lapel Pin

One of the many things that makes Destination Imagination unique is their reach to other countries. Brilliant minds aren’t isolated to the USA, and neither are DI’s events for them. DI nurtures the minds of the future by educating them in imaginative and creative ways such as promo items, which allows teams to express their individual interests and logos. Teams have fun coming up with different things to put into their artwork and trading them offers amazing opportunities for teams to be introduced to other youth from all over the world. The youth of today are the pioneers of tomorrow, and it is important to nurture ideas and goals that will build a better future for the whole world. At Destination Imagination, they support a tradition that encourages team spirit, creative thinking and a trading process that encourages sentimental collections and builds friendships. A tradition that has gained popularity over the years and has become a staple in the finals today.

Here are some DI Pin Tips to help guide you as you decide on the design of your trading pin:

Type – Pin traders predominately like to trade etched and printed pins, as they can be made large and brightly colored as well as custom shaped. All this, without ripping your shirt! The thinner base on these two types of DI pins allows us to make a large pin without making into an anvil.

Size – Most players like to trade with other players that are 1 1/2” to 2 1/2” or larger, but we can design your pin to be virtually any size.

Quantity – We find that most players will trade 20 to 25 pins per game. Be sure to include extras for parents, grandparents, and friends of the family.

Accessories – Kids will seek out the designs that are the most unique with blinkies, danglers, wiggle heads, sliders, and glitter.

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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.

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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 which 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.