Starting a New Line/Brand Feedback Thread

March 26, 2012 @ 08:42:59 AM
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This thread has been very informative, awesome information its much appreciated. Wanted to get your input on these designs I'm working on, nothing has been printed yet, as i still feel they are still missing something, but its a start.. any criticism is appreciated.
Im still toying with the border or nor border so nothing is completely finished.






Pretty solid. They kind of look more like beer bottle logo's than shirt designs if you know what i mean. I kind of like substance in the tee's i wear though - just a matter of personal taste. By substance i mean something that makes you think, be it intellectually, humorously, etc. not just a name and a motto. That's just me though.
March 26, 2012 @ 13:04:46 PM
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Hey Jay...not a bad start, but if you are going to do this type of tee, you need to become a student of fonts and how they work best...flip through a bunch of magazines...check out movie and concert posters, pic up some good design books, and study other good designers!!!

your text is poorly spaced...the curved text is hard to read, try to vary the fonts so they compliment each other....
you will figure it out!...good luck

these are a couple examples of solid graphics with good text application...very balanced...check out Crooks, 10deep, Benny Gold...they have solid text tees. ( im not saying copy......study the basics of solid design elements)
March 26, 2012 @ 13:20:50 PM
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I agree with Karakter1 when it comes to your choice of fonts and spacing -- you got way too much happening at the same time...

My first question is, what's the name of the brand?
The gifters, le don, master craftsmen??? All of those words are pulling the viewers attention and are fighting for it at the same time. With all of that happening there is no continuity to the words and if there was a message, it would get lost within the shirt.

Good luck with the project nonetheless.
Joey

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March 26, 2012 @ 14:01:03 PM
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Awesome! thanks, exactly what I needed, I will rework and repost..

Name of the brand is:
The Great n Gifted..
I don't want to cut corners with quality, so I'm working this through.. Slowly but passionately..
March 26, 2012 @ 15:12:26 PM
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I feel in order for a brand to work it needs a reason to exist, and not just because you can use illustrator and want to make some $ from tees. If it's something that you're serious about then it needs to have a foundation that can later be seen as it heritage / history. It requires research, knowledge and passion. The amount of startup brands with weak graphics / imagery that claim they're legit because they detach and sew in their labels or source their screen printing "locally" is unreal.

If you have passion towards your brand and designs that people (not just your Mum) will dig, then GO NUTS!

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March 26, 2012 @ 15:18:12 PM
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Awesome! thanks, exactly what I needed, I will rework and repost..

Name of the brand is:
The Great n Gifted..
I don't want to cut corners with quality, so I'm working this through.. Slowly but passionately..


Cool name and the right mentality.
Keep us posted.

Joey

www.highwaysco.us -- for some fucking reason, you must use the www. idk why fml.

March 26, 2012 @ 15:20:57 PM
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I feel in order for a brand to work it needs a reason to exist, and not just because you can use illustrator and want to make some $ from tees. If it's something that you're serious about then it needs to have a foundation that can later be seen as it heritage / history. It requires research, knowledge and passion. The amount of startup brands with weak graphics / imagery that claim they're legit because they detach and sew in their labels or source their screen printing "locally" is unreal.

If you have passion towards your brand and designs that people (not just your Mum) will dig, then GO NUTS!


That's 100% correct. Anyone can put a design together and send it out to get printed, but like you just mentioned, it all cones down to the amount of Passion the person behind the design has for the product.

Anyone wanting to get into this type of business should def remember that.

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March 26, 2012 @ 17:41:28 PM
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there is a great show on TV about business called Shark Tank... i forget what channel....go on HULU.com and watch a few episodes...

One of the sharks is Damon- Founder of FUBU...he drops some good knowledge once in a while....but listen to Kevin O'Leary..he really sums up the real things you should know about business...any business.
March 26, 2012 @ 17:59:25 PM
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http://www.facebook.com/ezpz.co

Been drawing some designs lately, I wanted to print this on a shirt, but I felt it would be too "kid-ish". Opinions?? blushing

Also, I scanned the picture at a low DPI so sorry if its a bit pixelated. I can scan it higher DPI next time

One more thing, if you wanna see some more pics check out: http://www.facebook.com/ezpz.co the picture has lemons because my motto is "Easy peasy lemon squeezy". If your feeling nice, go ahead and "LIKE" the page.. It would mean worlds too me + I'll be having some giveaways soon since I printed my first batch of shirts a week ago.

March 26, 2012 @ 18:31:26 PM
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A lot of you guys pay way too much for printing

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March 26, 2012 @ 18:33:27 PM
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charizard with a cut-in-half lemon for a head?? some of the other designs on your fb page look cool

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March 26, 2012 @ 18:36:53 PM
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ezpz -- man I'm not trying to be a dick but that is horrid. It looks like a pokemon, lemons and a vagina rolled into one... Dude if you can find someone to buy a shirt with that on it, it would be a miracle. Plus the whole swag juice just makes me wanna vomit.

Back to the drawing board it is...

Joey

www.highwaysco.us -- for some fucking reason, you must use the www. idk why fml.

March 26, 2012 @ 20:08:48 PM
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charizard with a cut-in-half lemon for a head?? some of the other designs on your fb page look cool


Thanks for your feedback. Yes, it is a charizard with a lemon cut in half for a head haha

ezpz -- man I'm not trying to be a dick but that is horrid. It looks like a pokemon, lemons and a vagina rolled into one... Dude if you can find someone to buy a shirt with that on it, it would be a miracle. Plus the whole swag juice just makes me wanna vomit.

Back to the drawing board it is...

Joey


Thanks for your opinion. Once again, I am on the testing stage so none of these drawings I am planning to make profit off of. Personally, I have seen more bizarre designs than this charizard design sell, but I guess that is a difference of opinion. I drew these designs because I wanted to try out something other than the standard uniform circle designs with the product name followed by "inspirational words" setup that most new brands tend to use.
March 26, 2012 @ 20:16:33 PM
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Hey its your brand and you can do anything you want with it. And who knows, there might be a bunch of people waiting for that specific design to be printed on a shirt.

On a separate note, is selling on bigcartel, storenvy and such a good idea or should I consider having the website include our own storefront?

I like the simplicity of storenvy and if I read it correctly there are no setup/mostly fees.

www.highwaysco.us -- for some fucking reason, you must use the www. idk why fml.

March 26, 2012 @ 20:39:23 PM
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Hey its your brand and you can do anything you want with it. And who knows, there might be a bunch of people waiting for that specific design to be printed on a shirt.

On a separate note, is selling on bigcartel, storenvy and such a good idea or should I consider having the website include our own storefront?

I like the simplicity of storenvy and if I read it correctly there are no setup/mostly fees.
Hey its your brand and you can do anything you want with it. And who knows, there might be a bunch of people waiting for that specific design to be printed on a shirt.

On a separate note, is selling on bigcartel, storenvy and such a good idea or should I consider having the website include our own storefront?

I like the simplicity of storenvy and if I read it correctly there are no setup/mostly fees.


it all depends on how serious you are on starting a clothing brand. to me , starting a clothing rand doesn't mean just having 4 products on a storeenvy. if that's what you think is starting according brand, you have a lot of thinking to do.
I'm having a full custom website with the shop being hosted on big cartel. ultimately , , it all comes down to how easy you make the shopping experience for your customer.

but there's nothing that bothers me more than "brands" that come out with 4 designs on a big cartel and consider themselves a clothing brand
March 26, 2012 @ 20:51:47 PM
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there is a great show on TV about business called Shark Tank... i forget what channel....go on HULU.com and watch a few episodes...

One of the sharks is Damon- Founder of FUBU...he drops some good knowledge once in a while....but listen to Kevin O'Leary..he really sums up the real things you should know about business...any business.


BEST SHOW EVER! SHOUT OUTS TO MR WONDERFUL
March 26, 2012 @ 21:16:49 PM
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Hey its your brand and you can do anything you want with it. And who knows, there might be a bunch of people waiting for that specific design to be printed on a shirt.

On a separate note, is selling on bigcartel, storenvy and such a good idea or should I consider having the website include our own storefront?

I like the simplicity of storenvy and if I read it correctly there are no setup/mostly fees.
Hey its your brand and you can do anything you want with it. And who knows, there might be a bunch of people waiting for that specific design to be printed on a shirt.

On a separate note, is selling on bigcartel, storenvy and such a good idea or should I consider having the website include our own storefront?

I like the simplicity of storenvy and if I read it correctly there are no setup/mostly fees.


it all depends on how serious you are on starting a clothing brand. to me , starting a clothing rand doesn't mean just having 4 products on a storeenvy. if that's what you think is starting according brand, you have a lot of thinking to do.
I'm having a full custom website with the shop being hosted on big cartel. ultimately , , it all comes down to how easy you make the shopping experience for your customer.

but there's nothing that bothers me more than "brands" that come out with 4 designs on a big cartel and consider themselves a clothing brand


Oh believe me I know exactly what you mean. Right now I have about 8 designs done and I still want to add about 4 more. I have to make a couple of calls to setup my 5 panel hat supplier. I have accessories lined up and I want some bags(postman style) I need to inspect before I make a big purchase on them.

I'm also already thinking about the fall/winter stuff and putting a list of items I know I want for then. I want to make this as legit as possible from the get go and provide the best materials and buying experience the customer deserves.

The one thing about storenvy is the simplicity for the buyer and seller and I think if done right, it can look really nice as a storefront.

Tnx for the advice.
Joey

www.highwaysco.us -- for some fucking reason, you must use the www. idk why fml.

March 26, 2012 @ 21:52:53 PM
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Do you guys got any tips for starting out? Been bored lately always wanted to try to start something figured id try it out, even if it doesnt work it will keep me busy.

Adobe Illustrator for tee graphics correct?

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March 26, 2012 @ 21:55:31 PM
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Hey its your brand and you can do anything you want with it. And who knows, there might be a bunch of people waiting for that specific design to be printed on a shirt.

On a separate note, is selling on bigcartel, storenvy and such a good idea or should I consider having the website include our own storefront?

I like the simplicity of storenvy and if I read it correctly there are no setup/mostly fees.
Hey its your brand and you can do anything you want with it. And who knows, there might be a bunch of people waiting for that specific design to be printed on a shirt.

On a separate note, is selling on bigcartel, storenvy and such a good idea or should I consider having the website include our own storefront?

I like the simplicity of storenvy and if I read it correctly there are no setup/mostly fees.


it all depends on how serious you are on starting a clothing brand. to me , starting a clothing rand doesn't mean just having 4 products on a storeenvy. if that's what you think is starting according brand, you have a lot of thinking to do.
I'm having a full custom website with the shop being hosted on big cartel. ultimately , , it all comes down to how easy you make the shopping experience for your customer.

but there's nothing that bothers me more than "brands" that come out with 4 designs on a big cartel and consider themselves a clothing brand


This is a question I've tossed and turned with, and ultimately, it comes down to where you are with your brand (finances, growth, etc.). I decided to utilize a bigcartel shop, and customize it, although initially I wanted in-site commerce, but always remembers what's in your store is ultimately what's important. If your delivering a solid product, the store influences opinion, but quality is what gets the cards out of their wallets.

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March 27, 2012 @ 00:07:59 AM
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Originally posted by Inactive User
Do you guys got any tips for starting out? Been bored lately always wanted to try to start something figured id try it out, even if it doesnt work it will keep me busy.

Adobe Illustrator for tee graphics correct?


It all depends on the type of graphic and finish you want. I like the vinyl heat process better than the screen-printed one - plus there are a couple more. I'll say go on a t-shirt forum and look around for the type of style you wanna end up with and go from there.

www.highwaysco.us -- for some fucking reason, you must use the www. idk why fml.

March 27, 2012 @ 00:33:38 AM
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Hey its your brand and you can do anything you want with it. And who knows, there might be a bunch of people waiting for that specific design to be printed on a shirt.

On a separate note, is selling on bigcartel, storenvy and such a good idea or should I consider having the website include our own storefront?

I like the simplicity of storenvy and if I read it correctly there are no setup/mostly fees.
Hey its your brand and you can do anything you want with it. And who knows, there might be a bunch of people waiting for that specific design to be printed on a shirt.

On a separate note, is selling on bigcartel, storenvy and such a good idea or should I consider having the website include our own storefront?

I like the simplicity of storenvy and if I read it correctly there are no setup/mostly fees.


it all depends on how serious you are on starting a clothing brand. to me , starting a clothing rand doesn't mean just having 4 products on a storeenvy. if that's what you think is starting according brand, you have a lot of thinking to do.
I'm having a full custom website with the shop being hosted on big cartel. ultimately , , it all comes down to how easy you make the shopping experience for your customer.

but there's nothing that bothers me more than "brands" that come out with 4 designs on a big cartel and consider themselves a clothing brand


this is false. some of the most successful lines have 3-4 shirt drops. you don't have a clothing line, yet you're sitting here and looking down on others who do? how does that work?
March 27, 2012 @ 00:34:18 AM
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where the hell you guys getting all these cheap prices on printing?
March 27, 2012 @ 01:04:17 AM
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bigcartel is a great webstore..no matter how big or small the brand...stay focused on the real things that matter!

http://www.shopundrcrwn.com/ -this is actually hosted on bigcartel...
March 27, 2012 @ 01:14:55 AM
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4 tees, graphic tee brand?, clothing brand?....whatever! get it done folks.

dont need 10 designs, cut and sew, hats and stickers to get started!...take your 4 tees, get your local shops to carry them on consignment, throw them joints up on your bigcartel webstore, promote it on facebook and twitter....and build!
March 27, 2012 @ 01:23:34 AM
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4 tees, graphic tee brand?, clothing brand?....whatever! get it done folks.

dont need 10 designs, cut and sew, hats and stickers to get started!...take your 4 tees, get your local shops to carry them on consignment, throw them joints up on your bigcartel webstore, promote it on facebook and twitter....and build!


You are right but if you can wait a bit longer and get your startup correct then do so.
No need to rush a business venture.

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March 27, 2012 @ 01:31:20 AM
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I feel in order for a brand to work it needs a reason to exist, and not just because you can use illustrator and want to make some $ from tees. If it's something that you're serious about then it needs to have a foundation that can later be seen as it heritage / history. It requires research, knowledge and passion. The amount of startup brands with weak graphics / imagery that claim they're legit because they detach and sew in their labels or source their screen printing "locally" is unreal.

If you have passion towards your brand and designs that people (not just your Mum) will dig, then GO NUTS!

Wise words. I really wish more people would take this into account.

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March 27, 2012 @ 02:44:38 AM
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Coming out with 4 products on a Bigcartel / storenvy doesn't make you a clothing brand. Say what you want, it isn't a clothing brand.

It be different if you came out with a full website, 4 products, a lookbook, and etc. But if it's just 4 products, you're not.
March 27, 2012 @ 02:45:56 AM
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To the guy that mentioned Undrcrown... Undercrowns webstore is just hosted on Bigcartel. They have a full blown website
March 27, 2012 @ 04:04:05 AM
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March 27, 2012 @ 04:06:09 AM
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Coming out with 4 products on a Bigcartel / storenvy doesn't make you a clothing brand. Say what you want, it isn't a clothing brand.

It be different if you came out with a full website, 4 products, a lookbook, and etc. But if it's just 4 products, you're not.


some brands don't have look books. i have no idea what you're talking about. all it takes is one really good design to blow a brand up. just one catchy design that is a proven seller.

like someone already said, just do it. stop worrying about definitions of a brand. because right now, you sound like a hater. don't worry about how many shirts the next guy has. worry about your own product.
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