Hit a dead end? Looking for the perfect inspiration for your next t-shirt tag?
Finding the right inside t-shirt tag design is challenging. Not only is the inside tag designed to give your customer the essential information, it’s also an attention to detail that reflects who you are as a brand.
If you’re time poor but still need to inject some handmade typography into your design work, then having an assortment of well engineered fonts at your disposal is a must. We believe there is nothing better than creating a full graphic design by hand, but if you must use preset fonts, here is a list of 21 must have handmade fonts for your design toolkit which we think are the best in class. Let us know which font is your favourite in the comments section below. Continue reading “21 Must Have Handmade Fonts” »
One of the best things we love about working in the creative industry is that it’s collaborative and evolving constantly. Creativity is such an abstract form of thinking, operating and producing. It can’t be limited and has the power to transcend social, emotional and cultural boundaries, to only name a few! We appreciate where creativity has taken mankind and to where it’s going and one of the things we appreciate most is that we now have more accessibility, platforms, technologies and devices to create, enhance, inspire, share, sell and have fun with than ever before. In this blog post we’ve compiled a list of our favourite apps that help us in practical and aesthetical ways – some simply are just for inspiration and fun, others are essential for helping us run a business and allow us to operate more smoothly. Continue reading “Top iOS Apps for Design Inspiration and E-commerce Entrepreneurs” »
Ahh… I can feel Christmas in the air! Christmas is truly the most wonderful time of the year, that’s if you’ve planned ahead and finished every project you’ve been tasked with leading up to the end of the year. Otherwise, Christmas can be the most stressful time of the year for us graphic designers. I can remember many times feeling the excitement in the air that Christmas was upon us and at the same time knowing that I had a month work to complete in a few weeks before the holidays could begin. Being inspired to design can be hard when you are time poor, so to help a brother/sister out we have gathered together a collection of 20 images to inspire your next Christmas holiday t-shirt design. Our hope is that as you peruse through these images, you’ll be able to catch the spirit of Christmas and intern create a magical t-shirt design for the season. Good luck!
Handy tip: Cranking up the volume on your favourite Christmas carols during the design process can mentally get yourself into the christmas spirit. Personally, we love A Charlie Brown Christmas by Vince Guaraldi, look it up on iTunes, you wont be disappointed.
Epic t-shirt graphic designs don’t just fall out of thin air!
That’s why we built this list of websites that we frequent often for creative design inspiration. We recognise that design inspiration can come from anywhere and at any time, however over the years we have realised that nine times out of ten we are under strict time constraints and randomly browsing the internet hoping to stumble across a design concept that fits the design brief can take hours and hours. This list has been tried, tested and refined over the years and is always our first go-to when we have a t-shirt graphic to design or a new vector art pack for the web store.
A lot has changed in screen printing since the 1960’s when it was mainly utilised by businesses owners to print their logos on t-shirts for promotional purposes……scratch that, nothing has changed since the 1960’s in this regard. Today, a plethora of clothing/fashion labels are churning out company branded apparel and it’s only gaining momentum. I am amazed at how saturated the apparel industry is, yet new brands keep sprouting up seemingly overnight and are making a significant impact on the market.
Todays clothing label really needs to stand out, whether it be by offering great quality at a lower price, being a trend influencer rather or an exclusive label, whatever your direction is, one thing remains crystal clear…..you can’t go past a great looking t-shirt print.
Maybe the why of screen printing hasn’t changed since the 1960’s but the printing processes and techniques certainly have.
One of these techniques is, four color process printing also known as, CMYK printing. With the use of special image separation software, the image is broken up into halftones consisting of four main colors (cyan, magenta, yellow and black). Each color has its own screen and is printed with opaque (semitransparent) ink, one on top of the other to make the various colour tones. For example, green hues would be made up of cyan and yellow halftone dots printed on top of each other. This technique allows for pretty much any creative design to be realised on a light colour t-shirt.
Check out these (cmyk) photo print t-shirt designs… for your inspiration.
Wrap your eyes around these delicious t-shirt designs embracing typography.
Being ‘inspired’ is a word that gets thrown around the design room/office/school a lot, and can be easier said than done. I can remember my first major graphic design job within the surf/board riding industry. I was blown away by just how talented everyone was, it was humbling and also intimidating. I always wondered how these guys keept coming up with incredible designs over and over again. Later I discovered they had a list of underground graphic design inspiration websites bookmarked in their web browser that they could draw ideas from. This site (www.prepresstoolkit.com) seeks to be one of those sites. you probably should bookmark it 🙂
22 Amazing Typographical T-shirt Designs for Inspiration
1. True Friends
2. We Do It Like This
3. Vote Ninjas (t-shirt design inspiration by: AJ Paglia)
4. Where Is The Music I love the simplicity of the Where Is The Music tee, enhanced by an over-print technique.
5. Shave the Whales (t-shirt design inspiration by: Luis Diaz )
6. Savor Flavor
7. Spray Box (t-shirt design inspiration by: Rip Curl) Spray Box a minimalistic design beefed up with a great distressed/gritty texture.
Over the last seven years working as a pre press designer one request from clients has come up over and over again, “can we have our logo with this text (insert text provided by client) in a college looking font style”. Seriously, It is the number one requested font style at our print shop. As a designer you can spend so much time creating awesome looking concepts for a end of year school top, charity event, pretty much anything, only to have the concept knocked back for a super basic college football looking screen print. Having said that I have put together a tight collection of 25 of the best FREE college style fonts to download. These fonts are the perfect accompaniment for college style designs, numbers, and personlised names for sporting tops. These are a guaranteed winner, let me know how you have incorporated these fonts into your designs.