Hey, Cool Shirt: Designing Effective T-shirt Graphics

Christopher Delorenzo, Graphic Artist

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5 Videos (1h 9m)
    • Trailer

      1:43
    • T-Shirt Design Showcase

      11:27
    • Research and Sketching

      8:13
    • Typography and Illustration

      20:38
    • Setting Up for Production

      27:23

About This Class

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 you'll share your work within the Skillshare Classroom for feedback from peers.

441 of 461 students recommendSee All

Inspirational, motivating class – presented by A REAL PRO !! Thank you so much for your awesome work :-)
Monika Zwiefelhofer

Passionate Graphic- & Webdesigner

Great class for graphic designers that want to make t-shirts. Not so great for beginners but, overall, great class!
Great class and great teacher. Very inspirational!

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Christopher Delorenzo

Graphic Artist

I'm a Boston based illustrator and graphic designer. 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 The New York Times, AMC, Google, Jameson, City of London, Lincoln Motors, AirBnB, Lululemon, Wendy’s, Plymouth Gin and more.