Hey, Cool Shirt: Designing Effective T-shirt Graphics

By ·Lead Designer for Johnny Cupcakes Inc.

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Class Project

Design a t-shirt for your favorite brand

Whether you're starting your own clothing brand or you've always wanted to design a shirt for your favorite clothing company this is your chance to design a shirt for that dream client of yours! You'll learn to define your brand of choice (or your own) through research and sketching and create a design that represents it using typography and illustration, then we'll get it all ready to print!  

  

  

What You'll Learn

In this class the student plays the part of the freelancer as we cover important aspects of the design and pre-production process, which include:

  • Get to Know Your Brand. Researching your brand and conceptualizing graphics
  • Sketching Your Graphic. Sketching from thumbnails to refined drafts
  • Getting to Your Initial Illustration. Basic t-shirt set up and guidelines
  • Finalizing Design for Printers. Differences between printing techniques, and tech packing your shirts for printers

    

 

What You'll Make

You'll design a t-shirt for yor choice brand. Along the way we will share our work within the Skillshare Classroom for feedback from peers and myself.  If you happen to choose Johnny Cupcakes as the brand you are designing for, there is a chance we actually feature the graphics in a new collection! (With your permission of course).

Prerequisites

Basic understanding of Adobe Illustrator or Adobe Photoshop

Level: Intermediate

Chris Delorenzo

Lead Designer for Johnny Cupcakes Inc.

I'm a Boston based illustrator and graphic designer, and currently the head designer for the clothing brand Johnny Cupcakes where my t-shirt designs are coveted and worn all over the world. My designs are playful, clever and bold with a strong emphasis on visual humour and typography. 

After graduating from Syracuse University, where I took interest in graphic design, art direction and packaging, I was hired on as an Associate Art Director for Saatchi & Saatchi in NYC. In the summer of 2010 I became the head designer at Johnny Cupcakes Inc.

In my short professional career I have provided design and art direction for clients such as AMC, GE, City of London, Wendy’s, Fiber One, Wired, Texas Monthly, Monocle, Sarah Lawrence College, Nidecker Snowboards, LG, Smirnoff, and Samsung.

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    • 4 Video Lessons
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    • Self-Paced Online Class
    • How does an online class work?

      Classes revolve around completing a project and collaborating with fellow students to give and get feedback on your work. Use Video Lessons and the Project Guide designed by your teacher to complete your class project.

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      Teachers design and present all class content, but Skillshare is community based around student-to-student interaction. You'll be surprised at what you learn from your classmates!

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      Never! Once enrolled, you have lifetime access to class materials. That means you can learn when and where you want. Learn at your own pace.

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    Free with Membership
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    Become a member to get access to this class for only $9.95 a month. Or, purchase individually for the list price.

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