Topic: T-Shirt Design

Weekly startup swag roundup

Another day, another startup shirt. But some clearly standout from the rest. Check out these awesome startup threads, found through a quick search on the Internet this week: (more…)

Don’t miss out on Denver Startup Week

Speaking of how much Denver rocks for startups, did you know that from October 22nd-27th the city will be hosting its first annual Denver Startup Week? It’ll be the biggest event for entrepreneurship and startups in the city’s history. We’re totally stoked to attend and I bet you will be too. (more…)

Startup shirt roundup

Let’s end the week with something easy on the eyes, shall we? Check out these awesome startup threads, found through a quick search on the Internet: (more…)

Featured t-shirt design of the month: Foursquare’s mayor

Designing good swag can be a challenge but it’s important to dig deeper than a logo if you want folks to be excited to sport your threads. We’re ready to help you get your creative juices flowing with this month’s featured t-shirt design. (more…)

How to get an awesome design for your tshirts

So you’re ready to create some sweet swag but you don’t have a design locked down yet? Don’t worry, if you aren’t a designer or don’t have one on staff here are a couple ideas for getting the design you need to get your swag-a-liciousness on. (more…)

Featured t-shirt design of the month: Printfection’s unicorn

We know that it can be challenging to design good swag. But it’s important to dig deeper than a plain old logo. Push beyond the basics and create some threads that your customers will be proud to wear. That way, rather than being cooped up in a dresser drawer, your brand will reach even more corners of the world as people sport your swag while out and about.

To get your creative juices flowing, we’ll be featuring a different t-shirt design each month on our blog. This month’s example hits a little close to home– as it’s one of our very own. (more…)

Digital Direct-to-Garment and Silk Screen Printing

So you’re ready to create some t-shirts but you’re not sure which method of printing you should go with? No worries mate, I’ve got you covered with a quick run-down on the pros and cons of each style dispelling information about quality and durability of both silk screen printing and digital direct-to-garment. Based on what you’re trying to accomplish you’ll find that one style might be more suitable than the other. Here are the dirty details on each option so that you can pick the right one for your swag…

What’s Screen Printing?

Screen printing uses a woven mesh to support an ink-blocking stencil. The attached stencil forms open areas of mesh that transfer ink can be pressed through to create a sharp-edged image onto a shirt. A fill blade or squeegee is moved across the screen stencil forcing ink into the mesh openings for transfer during the squeegee stroke.

Pros & Cons of Silk Screen Printing

Screen Printing Pros

  • Common, you’ve probably seen and owned a silk screened shirt
  • Cost effective for large orders
  • Color matching i.e. exact match of your logo colors
  • Versatile placement of designs

Screen Printing Cons

  • Limited by designs and traditionally products
  • Not cost effective for lots of colors, designs or products
  • Longer turn around time
  • Specialized artwork/pantone colors

Direct-to-Garment Printing

Direct-to-Garment printing is a process of printing on shirts using specialized or modified inkjet technology. The two key requirements of a DTG printer are a transport mechanism for the shirt and specialty inks that are applied to the textile directly and are absorbed by the fibers.

Pros & Cons of Digital Direct-to-Garment

DTG Pros

  • Cost effective for lots of colors in the design/lots of different designs/products
  • Great for detail or photos
  • Quick turn around on an order
  • On-demand – no upfront investment
  • No specialized artwork required

DTG Cons

  • Not common – if you’re expecting silk screen and get DTG you may be surprised a bit by the print
  • Not cost effective for large orders
  • No color matching
  • Limited placement of designs

Now that you’re armed with the right printing choice for your swag, head on over to create t-shirts for your staff, or an upcoming event, or to giveaway directly to customers!

How to design a good looking t-shirt even if you have ZERO design skills

A T-shirt designed by someone with no design skillsWhen we launched our t-shirt giveaway service the first thing I wanted to do was launch an official Printfection giveaway. Except our classic Printfection shirt left a lot to be desired. Nobody at our office even wears the shirt!

Giving a t-shirt away and having it relegated to the bottom of the dresser drawer defeats the whole idea behind giving away free swag. Receiving a bland t-shirt for free is nice, but receiving an awesome free t-shirt is way better.

Instead of giving away our existing, boring t-shirt I managed to create three new, exiciting designs. And I have absolutely no artistic ability! So how’d I do it? A t-shirt design contest!