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Starting a New Line/Brand Feedback Thread

[Quote]If you have the technical ability to print your shirts, by all means.  From the outsider standpoint, I see a handful of generic, half-assed artwork that does not convey the position of someone experienced in a number of artistic processes.  If you are that confident in your skill as a printer and tout that as a primary selling point for your brand, then go for it.  However, from a business aspect, I would much prefer working with a printer that holds a plethora of experience in their practice, who has access to the inks, materials, and equipment necessary to ensure a top quality product that lasts for years.  That way if the print cracks or peels, your ass is covered, rather than refunding retail cost plus shipping, which is likely USD $12.00 or more if you are marketing to the largely US-based international audience on this site.  However, none of this changes the fact that you've presented a mediocre hipster product with all the run-of-the-mill buzz terminology one would expect from such a line.  I also encourage extended reading comprehension as well, as I don't quite understand where in my initial reply you feel I don't understand the concept of a five-panel camp cap.  No one is trying to cut you down, I was simply cautioning against the self-printing unless you are well versed in the practice.  It is apparent that this sentiment was misconstrued, and that offense was taken.  For that I apologize. What part of your designs would you like me to critique?  The 5000th rendition of a boat captain? Hexagonal hipster logos with the the stereotypical anchor and established date?  Or perhaps the familiar mountain with the established date?  You've asked for meaningful critique, yet offer nothing worth a second thought, simply carbon copies of tired iconography.  Thank you for spitefully referencing a shirt I both drew and produced as well.  Since that idea has seen physical production, I'd be happy to answer questions you may have about the associated process.  Though I fail to see how mentioning a single work from my portfolio has any bearing on the presentation of your proposed brand. Regards.

2 Weeks ago in Fashion

Starting a New Line/Brand Feedback Thread

[Quote]This reads like a line sheet of cheap, generic hipster iconography.  Coupled with buzz words like "hand printed," "premium blanks," and "camp caps," your brand has already been pigeonholed as one of thousands even before its conception.  Screen printing by hand also doesn't ensure a quality product; unless you have adequate technical experience and the appropriate materials, it just translates to more direct accountability on your part if the product is either poorly made or deteriorates quickly.  I honestly don't know what you were thinking with that last design in particular though.... those intertwined letters aren't even remotely legible.

2 Weeks ago in Fashion

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Marvel triptych encompassing the Captain America, Ghost Rider, and Hulk films, with various illustrated styles. Each print measures 11x17". [Image]

2 Weeks ago in Visual Arts

Starting a New Line/Brand Feedback Thread

To celebrate the redesign of my web portfolio, I decided to reopen the [URL] [Image]

2 Weeks ago in Fashion

Starting a New Line/Brand Feedback Thread

The rapid pace of this thread is steadily becoming a motivational factor to once again try my hand at designing apparel.  As a graphic designer and illustrator, dabbling in apparel has long been an interesting creative outlet and side project. Though the foundation was set for Crimebrand at the end of 2012, issues with family and relocation forced me to close up shop shortly after opening the webstore.  However, thanks to folks like Jarvis from Ronin and others who were in the know, a solid half of my 12-shirt run of 'One Piece'-inspired Poison tees found good homes.   The last few remain neatly folded, zip-sealed in mint condition. I suppose that's the drawback of staying as low-key as possible.  But fuck it, those who have an interest in either similar subjects or the work I put out will have their eyes peeled.  Not for profit, just funding to make more.  No talk, no hype, just the aesthetic speaking for itself.  Satisfying as a designer to think that any interest in the label is all genuine. [Image]

2 Weeks ago in Fashion

Starting a New Line/Brand Feedback Thread

[Quote]Just lawsuit?

2 Weeks ago in Fashion

Starting a New Line/Brand Feedback Thread

[Quote]I didn't see any mention of the amount of product purchased in the post I quoted, though rest assured, I did read it.  If you've been familiar with the streetwear crowd via the Internet since 2005, I'm quite surprised that you haven't heard of one of the most overhyped brands on the web.  Yet what I fail to understand is why you expect worthwhile feedback from a community that is blatantly not your intended audience.  You've also entered this thread with a passive slap in the face to those who seek input on their own streetwear ideas, labeling them "a dime a dozen."  Though their ideas may not be revolutionary by any means, the sole product design on your site is simply your initial logo, slapped on four different products.  Therein lies a good deal of hypocrisy; as such, you can only expect a reasonable amount of distaste in response.  While any measure of success in a corporate world is to be commended, you've entered a forum strictly built around streetwear in search of response to your brand on everything but your clothing.  There's much talk about the culture and feel-good movement you're attempting to inspire, but at the end of the day, anyone making a legitimate purchase is going to require some sort of tangible verification that what they've spent their wages on is worth it.  Flashy language aside, you've produced product that can be easily misinterpreted as a rip of the Illest logo (as evidenced by the near-instant viewer recognition earlier).  You print on American Apparel, and sell snapbacks and beanies?  Alright, so do a large number of the "dime a dozen" Karmaloop brands you're putting your product above.  On a quasi-related note, none of the products which you mention on any of your social media or web outlets fall into your self-described category of activewear/dri-fit.

2 Weeks ago in Fashion

Starting a New Line/Brand Feedback Thread

[Quote]You invested thousands of dollars without doing any market research whatsoever?  And you partnered with a designer who didn't familiarize themselves with the streetwear industry and your potential competitors' visual identities before working?  Sounds iffy.

2 Weeks ago in Fashion

Starting a New Line/Brand Feedback Thread

[Quote]It's tough to say how much would have to be altered in order for it to not qualify as an infringement.  In cases involving art and similarity, the degree of alteration that constitutes the creation of an 'original' image is largely decided on by the court.  The idea that 10% of a work must be changed to avoid a lawsuit is actually a misconception.  Outside of the original artist, no one knows how many hours of preparatory work were involved in the conception of the original piece.  Thus it's not truly possible to determine how much 10% actually is.  The rights to an artwork (and any other pieces based on the work that are deemed unoriginal) are held by the artist and their estate for the entirety of their life, plus 70 years after their death. Should the original artist find an unauthorized reproduction or variation of their original artwork, they can certainly issue a cease and desist order to counter the further sale of work that falls under their creative rights.  Yet the cease and desist letter isn't mandatory, more so a warning shot.  If they have the money to go after you in a legal bout, they certainly could. When in doubt, it's better to just not mess with alterations.  It's simply hard to know when you're in the clear, in terms of infringement.  As Broken Bank said, you'd be better off playing it safe and hiring an illustrator to draw a new image of the same vein as the reference work.  Especially nowadays when anyone can drag and drop a photo into Google Image search and instantly find similar pictures from anywhere on the web.

2 Weeks ago in Fashion

Starting a New Line/Brand Feedback Thread

[Quote][URL] From a legal standpoint, you would likely get sued by the author/publisher of this book for copyright infringement, should they find this image in production.  Not enough of the original cover has been altered to substantiate claims of creating a new or original work.  Seeing as how the book was only published in 2008, the legal rights to the image as a part of the publication are absolutely protected.  Just a word of advice, issues of legality in art can be dicey and costly.

2 Weeks ago in Fashion

Starting a New Line/Brand Feedback Thread

[Quote]If someone really wants to rip your work off the internet, they'll find a way, regardless of what safeguards are in place.  That being said, it sounds like you're looking for a site along the lines of [URL].

2 Weeks ago in Fashion

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[Quote]So glad you dig the shirt!  I appreciate your support, can't tell you how awesome it feels to know someone other than myself is stoked about it, haha.  Thanks!

2 Weeks ago in Brands

Florida

Any dope spots in the Tampa area?  I've only visited twice. Transferring into USF in January, excited to set up shop in a new city.

2 Weeks ago in United States

Starting a New Line/Brand Feedback Thread

Things are bit ass-backwards in this thread as of late... people are expecting elaborate design feedback from those with little to no design background whatsoever. Without knowing the background of the person providing said criticism, there's much speculation as to the validity of the feedback you are receiving. There are several apparel design sites and forums across the web with members seasoned in their respective fields and genres. You will gain and grow much more through obtaining their input than you would by kicking your ideas around in circles on HB. Please do get serious feedback on both your designs and logos before throwing large amounts of money towards materials and printing. You'll save more money ensuring your foundation is solid before creating product than you would by printing runs of half-assed design and failed concepts. While there is a good number of well-executed products and ideas in this thread, there are even more god-awful attempts. Remember that it does cost money to make money. Hiring professionals with the technical ability to successfully mold your brand can very well be a necessary expense, one that stands to be recouped many times over through retailing a cohesive line of quality product.

2 Weeks ago in Fashion

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Finally getting a chance to resume working on CRIMEBRAND after leaving my day job last week. Looking forward to building things up and taking it on the road to Tampa in January (finishing out my degree at USF). In the meantime, I have been toying with the idea of doing a series of illustrated Gundam prints. Finished drawing this 4-color print of the RX-0 Unicorn a day or so ago. This print measures 18"H x 24"W. [Image]

2 Weeks ago in Brands
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