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.

488 of 514 students recommendSee All

Great for seeing how an idea is developed and created on a t-shirt. I'm a beginner so it seemed very advanced as far as Illustrator work to me, but very interesting to watch a professional.
The way the final project is done is very interesting. Great room.
My favorite part was on making the vector text. Not quite there yet myself but definitely he has taken some of the intimidation away, and I am excited to try it soon.

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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.