T-Shirt Design for Threadless.com
Threadless.com is a hip place to buy artistic T-shirts. As graphic designers, you can design T-shirts people may actually buy.
In this project, you will design a T-shirt to potentially be submitted to Threadless.com.
Threadless has an Artist Program called Threadless 101 created just for students like you. You can win real cash if your T-shirt is selected to be printed.
In class you will design, critique and vote on designs. Then I will submit complete designs to Threadless.
Documents for Students
Decline Reasons: General reasons and examples if your submission is declined by Threadless (this includes important specifications!)
Specialty Printing: Information on specialty printing and inks
Photos: Pictures of blank tees in various colors and poses for you to use when submitting and designing your tee
- Brianne: white T-shirt
- Charlie: natural T-shirt
- Craig: black T-shirt
- Kristen: bob white T-shirt
- Rachel: light blue T-shirt
Documents I Will Use
Introductory Letter: Brief introduction to the program
To Do Checklist: Checklist I will reference during the assignment
Critique Questionnaire: Example questions I will use for a critique session
Voting Spreadsheet: Spreadsheet created to help keep track of voting
- No more than eight colors. This means that you will be painting specific colors on separate layers. No use of photos.
- No more than one color per layer.
- The artwork must be prepared on one of the templates: Photoshop | Illustrator
- The design is fairly large but no more than 15" across and 20" tall and at least 150 pixels per inch.
- No copyrighted material.
- No models used without permission.
- School-safe subject matter.
- A design must be related to a Design Challenge theme.
- Some sort of artwork must be included; text-only will not be accepted.
Day One: Research and Prepare
- Review each of the documents listed above.
- View Learn how to screenprint your own t-shirts (stop at 4:55).
- Visit the following links and check out how Threadless.com works:
- submit designs
- design challenges
- blog: submitted designs / feedback
- blog: design critiques (click to see earlier versions too)
- View some of the T-shirts for sale, and read what the artists have to say about their work.
- Find a design that your really like, and view other designs by that artist by clicking on his/her name.
- Think about what sorts of designs get submitted and which ones are chosen to place for sale.
- Think how a design evolves through the process of critique.
Day Two-Three: Four or More Sketches
- Choose a current or past Design Challenge as your theme.
- Create loose sketches (on paper) of four or more ideas that could be used for your chosen theme.
- Write a brief explanation of what the theme is and how each sketch relates to that theme.
Day Three-Four: Refined Sketch
- Choose one of your four design ideas, and create a refined sketch on paper.
- Include any color that you plan to incorporate into the design. Use markers.
- Black outlines are common, but not required.
Days Five-Six: Digitized Design
- I will scan your refined sketch if you wish, but it is not necessary to work directly from your sketch.
- Each color needs to go on its own layer.
- You may work in Photoshop or Illustrator, but no otehr programs. You must use the templates provided above under Documents for Students.
- Remember: no copyrighted material. Assume that any image or photo created by someone other than yourself is copyrighted.
Day Seven: Critique
Review and critique the designs of others.
Days Eight-Nine: Revision
Revise your design based on critique feedback.
Day Nine: Vote
Vote on the best designs.