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Entries in T-Shirts (16)

Friday
Sep262008

BarCampMilwaukee3 T-Shirts are Done!

Last night I picked up 4 boxes of beautiful, charcoal gray t-shirts for BarCampMilwaukee3! Here are shots of the actual shirt, hot off the presses:

BarCampMilwaukee3 T-Shirt: Front w/ Writing

BarCampMilwaukee3 T-Shirt: Front w/ Writing Detail

BarCampMilwaukee3 T-Shirt: Front Detail

Note that I've had my friend Brian Artka add his name, Twitter handle and tags to his shirt, so I could demonstrate how the shirt will work at BarCampMilwaukee3.

The idea is to create space in the design for each attendee to add a name, Twitter or Identi.ca handle and 5 tags to represent what they're interested in with a permanent marker. Each shirt becomes unique and personal, while also embedding key information to encourage strangers to say hello and start discussions.

I'll be picking up a bunch of colorful permanent Sharpie markers next week, which I'l spread out on a table for BarCampMilwaukee3 attendees to customize. I can't wait to see how the concept works at the event!

My favorite neighborhood screen print and embroidery shop, MJM Ventures, did a stellar job with my design once again. Thanks guys!

Get a free shirt while they last!


How? Sign up and attend BarCampMilwaukee3, October 4-5, 2008 at Bucketworks, 1340 North 6th Street, just north of Downtown Milwaukee (map).

Go Sign up today!

Monday
Sep152008

BarCampMilwaukee3 Final T-Shirt Design

After receiving not a single entry in the BarCampMilwaukee3 T-Shirt design contest, I decided late last week that I ought to come up with a design for the shirt, and quick.

Below is the final BarCampMilwaukee3 T-Shirt design for 2008:

BCMKE3 T-Shirt Design v1.2 (Final)

How did I Get Here?


The deadline for ordering shirts and submitting some art was looming, and there were no submissions to the contest to speak of. It was last week Thursday when I opened my sketchbook and started to doodle. What came out in rough form was a design vaguely similar to the design above.

I wanted something a bit organic, fun and round. I remembered that Pete Prodoehl had "tagging" space on name tags at the first BarCampMilwaukee in 2006. I took his idea a step further by embedding the tagging spaces right in the shirt design.

At the Web414 meeting that evening, I saw Jordan Arentsen wearing a charcoal gray t-shirt from a recent Adobe AIR event, and loved how the shirt looked. I checked his tag (with his permission) and found it was a Gildan Ultra Cotton, the same shirt I've been using with all of my projects for the last few years. Excellent!

Design Iteration v1.0


When I got home, I was wired from the Web414 meeting, so I began working with the sketch I had, and generated a v1 design iteration. bcmke3-dkblue1.0.jpgI quite liked the feel of this first iteration — the rounded shapes and tags, white backing color and the use of the BarCampMilwaukee icon on the back.

As I look back, James Carlson gave me some inspiration with a Wiki character he's sprayed on a large sheet of paper and showed at the Web414 meeting. It had eyes on stalks, which influenced my decision to add similar circles/eyes on stalks to the t-shirt design.

However, I wasn't sure of the dark blue color, and decided to sleep on the design until Friday.

Design Iteration v1.1


In the morning, I had the idea to try another color. bcmke3-brblue1.1.jpgSince the BarCampMilwaukee logo takes inspiration from the Milwaukee Brewers Blue & Gold colors, why not try a retro 1980s Brewers medium blue?

That's what I did, and I really loved the feel against the white and the charcoal gray shirt material.

I also wanted to describe the idea visually to the BarCamp core team, so on the v1.1 iteration, I added some sample texts in the balloons for my name, Twitter handle and 5 tags that represented my interests.

Design Iteration v1.2: Final


Feedback from Web414 and BarCampMilwaukee people was very positive this weekend, so tonight I've finalized the EPS art for t-shirt printer, complete with the sponsor list for BarCampMilwaukee3.

Thanks to everyone who helped with this project, especially Pete! I will follow-up when the shirt goes to print with photos of the shirts hot off the presses.

Wednesday
Sep032008

BarCampMilwaukee3 T-Shirt Design Contest

BarCampMKE2 Shirt Design v1.4Calling all designers! we've just kicked off a contest to design this year's BarCampMilwaukee3 t-shirt! Submit your design and get recognition and 2 free shirts shipped directly to you.

BarCampMilwaukee3 T-Shirt Design Contest page

Design Requirements:
• Must have the BarCampMilwaukee3 logo on the front and back, and the logo should be readable (i.e. No ultra-tiny logos to simply meet the specs). Here is the logo for your reference:

In color:
BarCampMilwaukee3 Logo Design

In Black & White:
BarCampMilwaukee3 Logo Design B&W

In Black & White Reversed:
BarCampMilwaukee3 Logo Design B&W Reversed

Download the EPS outlined logos in color and B&W, zipped (389k) compatible with Adobe Illustrator:

http://www.rohdesign.com/bcmke3/bcmke3-logo-Logo.eps.zip

• The t-shirt will be dark gray or black.

• Two colors max, with one color being white. The second color will print on top of the white on a dark shirt. Using only white in the design is OK.

• Design space is 12" x 12" max (no wraparounds, etc.) front and back.

• The design should capture the idea of sharing, learning, community, equality, technology — along those lines.

• The back must include sponsor names as listed on the site at http://barcampmilwaukee.com/sponsors. A list will probably work the best, but hey, if you have a crazy cool idea, just make sure all sponsors are listed and are treated equally on the back design (i.e. Don't make some sponsor names huge and others tiny — all sponsors are equal partners).

Here's a sample of the BarcampMilwaukee2 sponsor area on the back of the shirt from last year:

BarCamp MKE 2 Shirt Back (Final)

• Do not use copyrighted images in your design.

• T-Shirt designs must be your own work and not copied from someone else.

• Samples of last year's shirt designs for a starting point:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/rohdesign/1331040068
http://www.flickr.com/photos/rohdesign/1343016695
http://www.flickr.com/photos/rohdesign/1403125149
http://www.flickr.com/photos/rohdesign/1404091242
http://www.flickr.com/photos/rohdesign/1468555199

• Deadline for submitted design ideas is Friday, September 12, 2008 at Midnight Central Daylight Time, submitted to Mike Rohde

• The contest is open to any designer who wishes to submit a design, whether local to the Milwaukee area or anywhere in the world.

• The winning shirt design will be announced on the BarCampMilwaukee site on September 15th, 2008.

• All submissions will be posted on the BarCampMilwaukee.com site with the option for comments by the public, for input.

• The final decision on the winning shirt design will be based on comments by those who view and vote on the designs, and selected by the organizing committee of BarCampMilwaukee.

• We reserve the right to make technical adjustments needed to print the winning design on a t-shirt.

• Winner receives 2 final printed T-Shirts in whatever size they wish, shipped to them directly.

Questions? Leave a comment below.

Tuesday
Feb052008

Winterblast 2008 T-Shirt Design

Winterblast 2007 & 2008 T-Shirt DesignsFor the past several years, I've had the great opportunity to design t-shirt graphics for Winterblast, our church youth group's annual winter retreat.

For 2007, I created a snow monster for the shirt design, and loved how the white ink on navy blue long-sleeve t-shirts turned out. For 2008, I chose a stylized white polar bear design, on forest green long-sleeve t-shirts.

Designing the Polar Bear
To create the stylized polar bear illustration, I used image searches to locate a few reference photos, to help me establish correct proportions and shapes in my memory. Using this reference, I created a front-view polar bear in Adobe Illustrator. No sketches were necessary, as the bear idea had formed in my head by this point.

After several design iterations, I decided to add a pair of black 1960s sunglasses, a winter cap, and enclosed the polar bear within a circular shape.

I explored various type treatments for Winterblast '08, settling on a combo of Helvetica Bold and Medium. The rounded rectangle shape around the type suggests a highway sign — as our group typically has a long road trip North to the retreat.

Printing the Shirts
Once the art was complete, I took my final files to MJM Screen Print & Embroidery Studio in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin. MJM provided great screen printing and superb service, turning these Winterblast t-shirts around quickly, and with great quality.

Here are a few photos of the finished t-shirts:

Winterblast 2008 T-Shirt Design

Winterblast 2008 T-Shirt Design: Polar Bear DetailWinterblast 2008 T-Shirt Design: Type Detail

I think these shirts turned out very well. I can't wait to pass these bad boys out to the 50 students and leaders going to Winterblast 2008!

Monday
Oct012007

BarCampMilwaukee2 Shirts: To the Printer

This afternoon, I took the final BarcampMilwaukee2 T-Shirt art, sizes and specs to MJM Ventures. 290 shirts are now in production, with delivery of the shirts set for Thursday October 11th.

BarCamp MKE 2 Shirt Mockup: Side View

After 12:00 today, I closed the window for new BarCamp registrants to gurantee their shirt sizes. I had to deliver the information and art today, so MJM could make the October 11th delivery deadline. That's the way it goes.

Registranst will still have shots at shirts, as I have about 75 extra shirts ordered for walk ups, to be given given out on a first-come, first serve basis.

Final Artwork
Here are snapshots of the final front and back artwork:

BarCamp MKE 2 Shirt Front (Final)
T-Shirt Front: Navy blue and rich gold.

BarCamp MKE 2 Shirt Back (Final)
T-Shirt Back: Solid Navy blue logo and sponsor names in the shape on an X.

Thank You!
Thanks go to Jen Anne for her wonderful illustrations, MJM for shirt selection and production, Pete Prodoehl (A.K.A. ChaosLord) for advice and information from last year's shirts and Blake Hall for all of his help creating t-shirt lists in Drupal.

BarCampMilwaukee2 is less than 2 weeks away! Sign up now!