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“Born out of Bunch, Lunch is a production studio providing bespoke services for design for a diverse range of clients and budgets. For over a decade they’ve been building relationships with a vast network of production houses and specialists, working closely alongside them to produce our work.”
Bunch is a design studio offering a diverse range of work including identity, literature, art direction, digital and motion. Established in 2005 with an international reach, from London to Zagreb, Bunch delivers intelligent and innovative cross-platform solutions of communication design.
“Mahlo is serious about brunch, while not taking themselves too seriously. We created a fun and quirky identity which extended as far as coffee packaging, copywriting, mural painting and everything in between. Personified, the Mahlo brand is someone you can have fun with and relax around. At Mahlo Brunch Bar you can be sure you’ll always come welcome and you’ll always leave full.”
Gabby Lord is a small human with a boss surname. More importantly, an Australian graphic designer living and working in Berlin. Passionate about design for print and screen, she works on a diverse range of projects and have been fortunate to work on local and global brands at leading design studios.
“Hotel Motel is a high-end unisex sneakers brand. It’s also a workshop that revitalizes the Montreal’s leather industry knowhow. Notably, the project is a reaction to mass production and consumerism. The developed identity plays on contrasts by emphasizing the paradox between the elite and the common Hotel Motel.”
CASERNE is a graphic design studio located in Montreal. They offer creative solutions and appropriate graphic communication in relation to strategic issues of their clients: branding, publishing, packaging, web and motion design. Their approach to work is global. It’s functional, coherent and relevant.
“Mexicue started with a passion for real, made-from-scratch cooking that began in a food truck that traversed Manhattan and Brooklyn. We created a new branding and identity system inspired by the vibrant and flavorful ingredients of Mexican and American Southern cooking. Bold primary fonts set a distinct tone for the brand and are complemented by a vivid and celebratory color palette.”
High Tide Creative is a multi-disciplinary creative studio producing strategic and enduring design solutions. Serving a range of clients from start-ups to legacy brands, our process is highly collaborative. Informed by the history of art and design, yet very much in tune with the modern consumer, they seek the delicate balance between the anchor of tradition and the boundlessness of innovation.
“Watchmaker Verk needed a strong visual identity and elegant packaging that would elevate them above your average watch brand and present customers with an impeccable experience. The resulting applications accommodate a simplistic yet bold visual system based on clean cuts, an all-gray color palette and sharp typography in the form of Proxima Nova Alt.”
Studio Ahremark is a design studio based in Sweden, aiming to create sophisticated design solutions with conceptual depth and contemporary visuals.
“Identity project for Sorry Mom, a tattoo studio based in Braunschweig, Germany. At Sorry Mom you can expect a tattoo studio of a new kind. Arriving at this family-owned tattoo shop one is greeted by rustic wooden floors, high ceilings and an equally high standard of creativity and craft.”
WE ARE BÜRO BÜRO is an art, illustration and graphic design collective based in Hamburg and Braunschweig (Germany), run by Julian »BITER« Faudt and Stefan »STUKA« Mückner.
Running a print-on-demand t-shirt business is much harder than it looks.
It seems like everyone is selling t-shirts nowadays. The market is extremely crowded and extremely competitive. You need to really stand out if you want to make sales. But how can you do that?
These 5 tips will help you improve your t-shirt designs…
#1 Think like an entrepreneur
You probably decided to start your print-on-demand t-shirt business because you are an artistic person.
However, if you want your t-shirts to sell well, and your business to be profitable, you need to stop thinking like an artist and start thinking like an entrepreneur. What’s the difference?
An artist thinks “What can I create?”. An entrepreneur thinks “What do my customers want?”. This difference in mindset can make or break your business.
Remember, you are not creating t-shirts for yourself, you are creating them for your customers!
#2 Know who your customers are.
A common mistake that business newbies make is trying to sell a generic product to a broad audience. This doesn’t work at all. When you are trying to appeal to everyone, you end up appealing to no one.
So forget inclusivity. You need to pick a very specific group of people as your customers. What is their gender? What is their age? What are their interests? What are their hobbies? Where do they hang out? You need to know all these things if you want to make t-shirts that really resonate with people and sell well.
#3 Work hard on the t-shirt concepts
You need to be willing to work hard if you want to build a profitable print-on-demand t-shirt business. It might be tempting to just sketch something, print it on a t-shirt, and then put it on your website… But this is what everyone else is doing. It’s not going to help you to stand out. So start taking your creative process seriously.
First, brainstorm as many t-shirt concepts as you can. Don’t overthink it and don’t try to censor yourself. Just get all your ideas on paper.
Then, pick the ones that you think your customers would like the most, and sketch them out. Again, don’t overthink it, just get the first drafts out. Once that’s done, put everything aside and sleep on it.
Finally, go back to your t-shirt concepts with fresh eyes, and try to refine them. Can you improve the concept? Should you add something or remove something? Do you like the colours? Really push yourself to create the best design you possibly can.
#4 Go to your customers and get feedback
Everyone thinks that they know what their customers want… Until they actually talk those customers.
So stop guessing. Go where your customers are and show them your t-shirt concepts. Ask them what they think. Do they like them? Do they hate them? Do they just find them “meh”? Why? Show your work to people, then let them speak, and listen to what they have to say. A single conversation with a potential customer can teach you more than days, weeks, or even months of deliberating by yourself.
Keep in mind that for this to be valuable, you have to talk with people in your target audience, not just friends and family!
#5 Make sure you choose the right print-on-demand service.
Once you have defined your target audience, came up with great t-shirt concepts, and refined them based on the feedback you got from your customers, it’s time to actually set up the whole print-on-demand operation.
It might be tempting to rush this part, but you really shouldn’t, because going with the wrong print-on-demand service might lead to poor quality t-shirts that will cripple your business.
Alternatively, you can take a look at your local print-on-demand services, and see if there are any that provide good quality t-shirts for reasonable prices.
Do you think that building a print-on-demand t-shirt business is easy? You are in for a big disappointment, then. The reality is that it is just like any other business. You need to put in the blood, sweat, and tears if you want to get it off the ground.
So stop messing around. Work hard on your t-shirt concepts and listen to your customers. Think like an entrepreneur.
The market might be crowded, but it’s full of people who aren’t serious. They simply aren’t willing to work hard. That’s a path that leads to nowhere.
So don’t be like them. Get serious about your business. Put in the work and be patient. It will all pay off eventually!
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“Fashion label specialised on hand picked eclectic vintage for hip and forward thinking individuals, who like to stand out or feel that they have that one special item which helps them to be different and to develop a unique style. This, for example, by a very exceptional item or accessory that can not be purchased on the mass market. All you need is your sense of fashion to combine the pieces with style. Our brand is primarily for people with creative backgrounds, professions, hobbies — but not exclusively. Become part of the »Bizuz« movement and join the gang of inspiring people.”
Masha Kornienko is a communication designer with a bachelor of arts from the Constance University of Applied Sciences, originally from Moscow. She has a passion for graphic design, editorial, typography, loves to create visual identities and web-design. Masha strongly believes that a graphic design is not just about beautiful pictures but about building strong concepts, taking care of functionality and creating surprising visuals.
“Visual identity for Flygrl, Melissa’s latest collection. Melissa is an iconic global footwear brand with origins tracing back to Sao Paolo, Brazil. Melissa has an international presence in more than 80 countries and more than 200 stores just in Brazil. We created a design system that is being translated into all kinds of applications, from Interior Design and website to bags and lollipops. Flygrl instantly became a hit in Brazil and it was the first time that I got my work drawn by someone at the beach.”
Felipe Rocha is a Brazilian graphic designer and art director based in New York City. His practice crosses different disciplines, from design systems at a global scale to website design and magazine covers. He believes good design can be done in every field, whether it’s culture, arts, technology, commerce or politics. He’s particularly interested in opportunities where he can use design as a tool to talk about things he cares about, such as diversity, immigration, gender and lgbt rights.