Hello! I was just wondering how you go about designing your t shirts and products; what computer programs do you use? How do you select your fonts?
My tshirts are all designed in Adobe Illustrator. I usually do up a sketch first of how everything will be arranged and roughly what style of font I’ll use (serif, sans serif, cursive, lower case, upper case, etc.) Here are some examples of my crappy sketches:
Obviously very rough….
Then I go into Illustrator and type out each word separately so they’re easier to move around and adjust. I put them roughly in the places I sketched out then start changing the fonts. I usually have a specific font in mind when I sketch out the design, or if not a specific font I know what I want it to look like, so I set those fonts then basically just play around with it until it looks right. This is how I do my quote designs.
I don’t really have any hard and fast rules with how I do it. It’s mostly just playing around until I’m happy with it. I try not to use any more than 3 or 4 fonts because with my style more than that will look cluttered. For shirts I stick to 2 colours (also incorporating the shirt colour) because the more colours you use in screen printing the more expensive it is. With my posters of that style I usually use 3 or 4 colours.
I do tend to use a lot of the fonts from Lost Type Co-op. They have a lot of great fonts that have a bit of a retro feel to them. Plus they’re name your own price which means they’re free if you really don’t want to pay anything. I’ve paid for them since I use them so often though.
My shirt designs that are more than just text, like the Stark Mechanics and ‘Say My Name’ Loki one, are pretty much done the same way. I have the idea in my head, sometimes I sketch it out sometimes I don’t, and I go into Illustrator and start throwing things down and tweaking it til it’s done. So I’m not sure how much help this will be but just have fun with it if you start doing your own designs!