If you’ve decided that you want to create limited edition T shirts based on your T shirt designs, then perhaps you’ll want to enter a T Shirt Design Contest.
Here’s what you need to know about designing a T shirt.
1. You’ll need to decide who the T Shirt is for. Is there a definite target audience, or will it appeal to everyone who wears T shirts?
2. You’ll want to establish why you’re creating a limited edition T-shirt, so that you can make sure that you give it the attention and consideration it needs. You don’t want to submit something that’s half finished, or rushed.
3. Perhaps you’ll be making the most of a topical or satirical situation, and so will need to get your design finished within a relatively quick timescale, otherwise the moment will have passed. You might want to go for a more basic design that will be finished sooner, rather than a complicated design that will take weeks to perfect.
4. Perhaps you already have a suitable t-shirt design in mind, or maybe you’re picking up inspiration from lots of things around you. Perhaps you’re already interested in fashion and design, or know what sort of things you’d like to see on a T shirt. If you’re designing an amusing T shirt, is it really funny, or using an obscure or highbrow reference? Will other people who don’t get the joke still like your design?
5. You’ll want to be careful with fonts. What looks good in print, or on a website, might not look so good on the front of a T shirt. Perhaps you’ll want to make the size of your text bigger, or easier to read, or less intrusive. Why not try several ideas and see which works best?
6. The colours you choose need to be considered properly too. Again, what works in print, or on a car, or billboard, might not look so good on a T shirt. Will bright colours show off your design best, or will you choose contrasting colours? What about using unusual colours, or colour schemes that define decades or eras, if appropriate?
7. Why not look at previous winners, and other T shirts that you like, and see if you can establish why you like them, and why they are popular. What about speaking to other T Shirt designers and seeing what inspires them, or what else you can learn from them?
8. Don’t forget to ask people for their opinions, and learn to accept criticism. In the same way that you won’t like everything other t shirt designers do, not everyone will like what you do. What can you learn from this? Are these people offering constructive advice?
9. No matter what your finished design looks like, when you submit it you’ll want to know that you’ve done your best, and that you’re proud of it. You’ll want your designs to be in with a shout of winning, so you’ll need to work hard and stand out for the rest.
10. If you can, enter t shirt design contests regularly, so that you can learn what makes a winning design, and how you can make your T Shirts better. Do some sorts of T shirt design work better at different times of the year? Are other winning t shirt designers doing something you’re not? Are your designs just not good enough? By taking the time to see how you can make your designs better, you’ll have more chance of winning next time.