Tonight, I finalized a t-shirt design I'd thought of about a year ago, featuring a super-stylized illustration of an old Pilot 1000 with humorous sayings on the screen in an old-school bit-mapped font.
For the first shirt in this line, I've chosen the saying "More RAM Than Apollo Thirteen" because the humorous reality of that phrase has always made me smile. Yes, it is actually true — Apollo Thirteen only had 32k onboard RAM, while the Pilot 1000 had 128k. Amazing stuff.
I enjoyed creating the stylized art in Adobe Illustrator, trying to find a balance between realism and easy recognition of the PDA, while still maintaining a pop-art feel. I wanted to experiment with rounded edges and very flat details. I chose to make it more stylized than detailed on purpose.
One of the ideas I've had with this shirt design is to create several funny bit-mapped text statements on the PDA screen, appealing to old-time Palm users. My buddy, Michael Ashby, an old-school Palm fan, helped me come up with a few ideas to consider:
1996 WAS A FINE YEAR FOR PDAs
HARD RESET. DANG IT!
PARTY LIKE IT'S 1996
I SYNC THEREFORE I AM
SPEED LIMIT 8MHz
Any you like? Have any ideas? I'd love to hear from other old-school (and new-school) Palm users with statements. If I like the statement, I may produce a t-shirt with your statement on it.
Custom, single-edition shirts can also be created with the statement of your choice. I'd love to create a one-of-a-kind t-shirt, using this PDA graphic, so if this interests you, let me know.