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!

"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 college alma mater MSU contactacted me for a kitsch shirt design. Women in Computing is a club that 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 style illustration. She wanted me to mix all of the elements in a feminine color combination.

Kitsch shirt design story – retro apparel graphic

First, I chose to use a royalty free stock image to base the whole composition around. It was a retro black and white image of a 1950s style housewife. Originally, the stock art showed her smiling and holding up a sign which advertised a cleaning product. I started by removing much of the lady herself, so as to simplify her down to just her hands and face. I also removed the sign by using the Adobe Illustrator program. Then, I replaced it with a tablet device which displays the requisite 0nes and zeros to signal a technology based club.

I mixed the two fabulous retro fonts together on the pink shirt in order to help convey the “wink and nudge” feel. The focal point large paintbrush font appears, roaring “WOMEN” in dull red! I chose a cute, fine script to set both of the phrases “murray state university” and “in computing”. I reversed that text out of two dull red swaths at both the top and bottom. Finally, the kitschy housewife pops up at the bottom flashing her smile to complete the piece.

Contact me for your kitsch shirt design

Do you have a great idea for a retro shirt to promote your school club or maybe your local business? Contact me today and let’s get it ready to print!

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Ronald Jenkees shirt design

Ronald Jenkees

Louisville, KY

This Ronald Jenkees shirt design is one of my best sellers! RJ is a friend of my old band from Kentucky. If you’ve never heard of him, he is an electronic music prodigy, as well as a YouTube phenom. RJ is instantly recognizable, squinting in his Coke bottle glasses while wearing an assortment of fedoras and other hats. In his live performance videos, he always encourages viewers to have fun with their music, no matter what their skill level may be.

He commissioned a simple shirt design in 2013, which he would release along with a new album. His only request was that I keep the shirt to a simple two to three colors. Since I have a background in screen printing, simple designs are a specialty of mine. He encouraged me to get creative with shirt colors and depictions of him.

Ronald Jenkees shirt design story

First, I used Boris Black Bloxx for the text, which a thick, wacky font. I decreased the spacing of it in order to add to the fun. Then, I simplified a screen capture from one of Ronald’s Youtube jam videos to create a one color image. Finally, the product displays his vibrant personality while promoting his jaw dropping musical prowess.

This version is the men’s style, which is displayed on an Ice Grey T-shirt with orange and dark grey inks. The design is also available in a grey ladies cut with pink and dark grey ink colors. Order one for yourself here! Then go see him in action on “the YouTubes” here!

Shirt design for musicians and Youtube stars alike

Are you crowdfunding your next album and in need of a shirt design for one of the perks? Do you need merchandise to capitalize on your viral videos that are blowing up on Youtube? Contact me today for the perfect shirt design!

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Bad Apple Records 10th Anniversary T-shirts

Bad Apple Records

Bowling Green, KY

Record label shirt design is always fun, but these two arts were very special to me. Bad Apple Records printed these shirts to commemorated the tenth anniversary of this seminal independent music label. I have been involved with the label in different capacities since its inception, so it was a no brainer for me to design these shirts. Bad Apple has released records in several genres, including efforts from my previous bands Stellar Kin and Redfoot.

Record label shirt design story

Both shirts feature variations on the Bad Apple logo that I designed back in 2002. First, the burgundy t-shirt with yellow gold ink uses the complete “grunge” variation of the logo. This was easy to design. All I had to do was recolor and resize my original mark to stretch all the way across the chest.

Next, the navy blue shirt features a parody of the famous Converse Chuck Taylor All-Star shoe insignia. The circular image features a white background. I recreated the stitching pattern reaching all the way around the edge. Then, I typed out “Bad Apple Records” in a Courier style font in red, mimicking the original design. I set “Since 2001” in a handwriting style script. Finally, I placed the full apple core in the center in place of the star from Converse’s original design. All of the blue design elements are actually reversed out of the white circle, as is the grunge weathering. This way, I was able to keep the number of screen printed colors down to two.

The label sold a ton of these shirts, and their tenth anniversary show was also a huge success.

Contact me for your record label shirt design

Are you an independent record label owner? Do you need graphic design for shirts, hats, or hoodies? You’re in luck, because it’s my specialty! Contact me today!

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