Sunglasses design guide

Your own custom sunglasses.

Sounds pretty cool right?

You could design your own pair exactly the way you want them, in exactly the right shape in exactly the right style.

How about this designing sunglasses kit?


A PDF guide to designing your perfect sunglasses

A step by step PDF guide to designing your own sunglasses.





Clearly you’re curious about sunglasses design.

Here’s your chance to do it yourself, with the aid of an exclusive-free template and some basic drawing tools.

Take our free designing sunglasses kit for a spin so you can start creating your perfect sunglasses frame today.

Who needs the excuse of having children to do some good old arts and crafts anyway?

  • Downloadable PDF
  • Easy to use
  • Free



A sketch of a sunglasses frame on white paper


What's the idea?

You can start designing spectacles or sunglasses in just a matter of minutes.

Sure, you could sketch them on a black piece of paper, but that would be guessing your way through with trial and error.

Instead, this handy kit does all the hard work for you.

Using a template and standard dimensions, you can use this kit to design your perfect sunglasses frame, exactly the way you want it.

You’re pretty lucky though…

We wish we had something like this when we began making our own sunglasses frames.

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Multiple sketches of sunglasses frames using a printed design template


How do I use this kit?

Got a pencil?

Your sunglasses design career is ready to begin.

Using the templates and guides, you don’t have to be a seasoned sketcher or an artistic genius to use this designing sunglasses kit.

Here’s what you’ll need.

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Biro pen drawings of sunglasses frames using a design template ruler and pencil


Is this kit for me?

Clearly, you've got an idea for your own sunglasses design.

Hey, you’ve probably sketched some ideas on a napkin somewhere…

Geeky is good. We love geeky. Downloading this kit is going to lead to many great things.

Does this sound like you?

  • Weekend warrior
  • Bespoke sunglasses idealist
  • Commercial enquirer
  • Collaborator with Banton Frameworks
  • Design enthusiast
  • Architect glasses wearer



Pages of a PDF guide to designing sunglasses laid out in a tile formation


What's inside the kit?

Wouldn’t you like to know.

Go on then.

Here’s your sneak preview of what’s inside the designing sunglasses kit.

  • 17 page PDF kit
  • Industry jargon buster
  • Instructions
  • Guidelines & standard dimensions
  • Exclusive design template
  • x5 lens tint options
  • Exemplar sunglasses design

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Orange sunglasses frame lying upon sketches of other sunglasses designs


How an industrial designer does it

Spencer Nugent is an industrial designer who's been running a very famous design-blog since back in the 2000's. He specialises in design ideation through traditional and modern rendering techniques.

In this three part series, we've teamed up with him to create a bespoke pair of sunglasses which he designs and develops whilst sharing it with his large social following.








Octagonal orange sunglasses frame surrounded by drawing utensils lying upon white paper templates

How much does it cost to manufacture a pair of glasses?

Your bespoke sunglasses cost will be determined by some basic factors.

  • Material
  • Process
  • Volume
  • Time

If you have a fully resolved sunglasses concept, it can make the development stages much quicker and cheaper to fully develop.

Your best bet is to make use of your designing sunglasses guide. This way, you can sculpt and refine your sunglasses design to the point where you’re happy to have it made.

Making your sunglasses look perfect takes several iterations so we’ve made a low-ink template you can use over and over again.

This’ll help your design journey… and your ink consumption.

You’ll quickly become obsessed with getting your design as smooth and as flowing as possible.

Who knew sunglasses design could be so addictive?


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Orange and black sunglasses frame being fitted with hinges using a green machine


How are sunglasses made?

Before you go any further, can we clear something up?

All eyewear is handmade, but most eyewear is handmade somewhere else.

Even in today’s automated world, manufacturing sunglasses still requires a lot of human skill and intervention.

Fitting hinges to inserting screws, there’s still a large degree of manual labour that goes into the production of acetate spectacles and sunglasses frames.

You’ll notice that many sunglasses brands are happy to talk about designing sunglasses, but very few brands mention where their frames are actually made.

You’ll be glad to know that we make our frames in our small workshop here in the outskirts of Glasgow Scotland.

It’s a special place.

We’re based right beside a loch where it’s usually very quiet…

Unless we’re machining our latest batch of sunglasses frames of course.



Rows of sunglasses frames hanging from a white peg board inside a workshop environment


Each week or so, large sheets of premium-grade cellulose acetate arrive outside our small workshop doors.

Ironically, they can barely fit through, so we have to cut them down before we can begin machining them into your sunglasses.

Inside, we lovingly manufacture spectacle and sunglasses frames using a series of in-house processes, marvellous machinery and hard-earned skill.

You can learn more about how to make plastic glasses frames by clicking the button below.

It’s a rare thing you know.



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