Apparel Design

Some of my favorite projects fall in the Apparel Design category. Nothing beats art that is both fashionable and functional. I love going out and seeing others wear my T-shirt designs. Are you in a band? You need affordable merch designs. Your company promotes events, so you’re going to need shirts or buttons. Perhaps your business needs uniforms and hats for your employees. Want something more stylish? Why not a scarf or bandana then? Put my creativity and skill to work for you.

See samples of my apparel design work below, then contact me. Let’s get started today!

Analog Apostles "Diver" Band Shirt DesignAnalog Apostles

Lexington, KY

This band shirt design for my former band Analog Apostles is one of my favorites. I created this two color screen printed art before we left for our Summer 2014 tour of the USA. The shirts were hot sellers, and I still see them around Lexington on occasion.

Analog Apostle Band Shirt modeled by a cool guy in Kentucky.

I’m not sure what the world’s coolest guy Fred Birch is doing here, but the shirt looks good on him.

Band Shirt Design with a Deep Sea Theme

Everybody loves a good black band shirt. I know I do at least. Seriously, I have filled half of my t-shirt drawer with black apparel. Mostly for clients’ budgetary reasons, most of my shirt designs feature only one or two ink colors. You can make a lot of impact without a lot of colors. This design definitely got a lot of bang for our limited bucks! I chose a cool turquoise blue and light green color combination. It adds a mysterious, yet soothing, aura, which stands out against the stark black background.

The deep sea diver character wears a vintage diving helmet, which I feel adds to the mystery. The unknown figure in the foreground makes for a dangerous and unsettling focal point. I added a pattern of waves to make the background behind the diver. The cool water shapes are actually taken from a photograph of the ocean. I simplified the aquatic image down to just two colors for the screen printed art. I accomplished this task using both Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator.

Finally, I added the band’s name at the top of the design. Since there was a deep sea theme, I used a vintage font that I felt could easily be found on a pirate ship flag. Then I reversed the word “APOSTLES” to read in black over the green water background. I did this to make use of the negative space. This adds some depth to the design, while still being legible as part of the band name. Do you get it? Water? Depth? I’m a dad, so silly puns are my forte’.

Contact me if your band or record label needs a rad shirt design!

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Parody shirt design for Lexington, KY Country Music Singer Christopher SprankleChristopher Sprankle

Franklin, TN

I made this parody shirt design for the Tennessee based country music singer Christopher Sprankle. When Chris moved to Lexington, KY, his manager contacted me for a two color shirt art. She sent me a favorite photo of Chris’s dog Grizzly, since he is popular with Chris’s rabid Instagram followers. Then she sent a photo of a rusty can of Grizzly brand smokeless tobacco to incorporate. First of all, I mocked up the word “Sprankle” in place of the Grizzly logo. Since the logo is a hand drawn design, rather than a commercial font, I had to draw up the grunge text manually. After that, I simplified the photo of Grizzly in Photoshop into a black and white image, then I further contrasted it in Adobe Illustrator to finish the effect.

Topping off the parody shirt design

Because I had a few more elements left to work with, I made a few suggestions. The client loved every one of my ideas, so we ran with them. First, I reworded “Long Cut Wintergreen” to Sprankle’s hometown Franklin, TN. I also improvised “American Country Music” instead of “American Snuff Co”. Finally, I wanted to use “Est. 1903” from the original oval text, so I decided to change it to to Sprankle’s birth year of 1994. I added in some grunge around the edges since the design needed a weathered feel. In the end, Sprankle’s fans loved it, so I guess you could call it a smash hit.

See the photos I started with below, then follow Chris’s music on Instagram here.

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"Girls Who Code" retro shirt design front and backGirls Who Code

Murray, KY

I created this retro shirt design for a Murray, Kentucky based programming club. Since the organizer loved my shirt design for her previous group “Women in Computing“, she reached out to me once again. Since she asked for housewives from vintage ads on pink shirts, that design was decidedly more “girly”. This time around, she wanted something less feminine, since there were also males helping with her new group “Girls Who Code”. She still wanted to continue our previous kitsch art theme, while keeping the “nerd” vibe going. Her only other requirements were for the design to be two ink colors screen printed on navy shirts, and I was happy to comply. I excel at this format because many of my apparel clients stick with only one or two colors. My specs were on paper, so I got to work right away.

Retro shirt design empowers females in technology fields

First, I searched through my vast stock photography catalog. I quickly found a retro photograph of a wind-up robot that would obviously be a perfect fit. The robot’s colors were then simplified down to only cyan blue. Next, I overlaid it partially on both the white strips and the negative space. Thus I added contrast. The text was then laid out in mixed “Chicago” and “MT Script” fonts to add to the fun. I tilted both the robot and text section at opposite angles, so I could give the art a little more movement. Therefore, it really jumps out at the viewer instead of a more conventional design. Finally, no coding related design would be complete without incorporating some ones and zeros. Thus, I had to top it off with a few.

If you’re in a technology club looking for a shirt design that stands out, then contact me today!

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Murray State University "Women in Computing" kitsch shirt designMurray State University

Murray, KY

The head of the “Women in Computing” club at my alma mater MSU contactacted me for a shirt design. Women in Computing encourages female students to pursue programming and other technology fields of study and work. The client encouraged me to turn up the kitsch factor and use a vintage illustration. The royalty-free stock image I chose was a 50s-style housewife holding up a sign advertising a cleaning product. I removed the sign and replaced it with a tablet displaying the requisite 0nes and zeros. Adding retro script and brush fonts to the pink shirt completes the “wink and nudge” feel.

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