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Winterblast 2009 T-Shirt Design

I've just received a box of freshly printed t-shirts I've designed for Winterblast, our church youth group's yearly winter retreat. As with the 2008 t-shirt design, I'd like to share a little more about the design process along with imagery of the final design.

Maintaining the Winterblast Identity

Since 2007, I've been working with a few constant specifications when designing the Winterblast t-shirt — a solid color, long sleeve shirt, white ink Winterblast 2007 & 2008 T-Shirt Designson the front only and a stylized wintertime animal in the artwork.

For the 2007 design I created a snow monster with two broom ball sticks on a navy shirt to start this series. In 2008, I chose a polar bear with a winter hat and sunglasses on a forest green shirt.

For 2009 I selected a penguin on a snowboard as the cold-weather animal to stylize for the shirt design.

Sketching the Snowboarding Penguin

With that general direction in mind, and the word FOLLOW as the 2009 theme, I began sketching ideas of penguins on snowboards, flipping over the typography:


Tom the youth pastor wanted simplify the FOLLOW type so the double LLs wouldn't tuck together, and we both agreed that having the FOLLOW type tilting downhill (rather than uphill) with the penguin grabbing air over the type worked best.

Color Mockup

Next, I prepared a color mockup for Tom in Adobe Illustrator, to show how the design would appear on an indigo blue long-sleeved t-shirt:
Winterblast 2009 T-Shirt Design
The font used for FOLLOW was based on Oxide Solid Light, with the strokes of the letters bolded manually, a customized W to match the style I wanted to see, and a custom explanation point added to round out the typographic details.

Tom liked this look and shirt color, so I sent shirt sizes and final artwork to MJM Screen Print & Embroidery Studio in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin for final printing.

Finished Design

The final, finished design turned out great, and I especially love the indigo blue shirt color, which fits in well compared to the shirts from 2007 and 2008:

Winterblast '09 T-Shirt: Full Graphic 3

Winterblast '09 T-Shirt: Full Graphic

Winterblast '09 T-Shirt: Penguin 3

Once again, the shirts turned out well, thanks to the great work by MJM on printing. I'm looking forward to handing these out to our students at Winterblast this weekend.

Reader Comments (4)

Awesome, Mike! Have fun at Winterblast, I have fond memories of it.
February 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJordan Arentsen
mmm... first 5d mkII pictures =)
February 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBrian Artka
@blissdev We'll be sure to remember you as we play broom ball!

@bartka That Canon 5D MkII is one sweet camera!
February 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMike Rohde
The "Follow" make me think of Fairey's "OBEY" :)
February 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPete Prodoehl

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