Shirt Designs

Some of the most enjoyable design work for me is creating t-shirts. The design must be simple and iconic enough to catch a person's eye in the time it takes to pass someone on the street, yet must be interesting enough to stay with the viewer beyond that. This plus the limits on colors used makes for a very interesting puzzle to solve, an example of restrictions leading to greater creativity.

Boulder Harvest 2011

Boulder Harvest 2011 Boulder Harvest 2011

The shirt for the bouldering competition at Climb Iowa. Being in October, I thought this was a nice eery design for the event.

Climb Iowa Logo Shirt

Climb Iowa Logo Shirt Climb Iowa Logo Shirt

This was a proposed interpretation of the Climb Iowa logo for a new shirt. I always liked this one and was surprised that they never had it printed. Ah well.

ABS Regionals 2011

ABS Regionals 2011 ABS Regionals 2011

Man, this one took a while to get looking right (it's hard to predict what something will look like when you're only drawing one half of it). Anyway, I thought it was a cool design.

Flock to the Rock 2011

Flock to the Rock 2011 Flock to the Rock 2011

A shirt design for our local sport climbing competition. I didn't realize it until someone pointed out the similarities, but I guess I was channeling my childhood love of James and the Giant Peach on this one.

Play in the Shade

Play in the Shade Play in the Shade

A shirt design for a Climb Iowa summer camp, I still really like this one.

SCS Regionals 2010

SCS Regionals 2010 SCS Regionals 2010

There was some zeitgheist at work on this one, as there was a very similar design that came out of Vertical Endeavors right around the same time (I think we both even used the same heart image as a model).

SYSK 1

SYSK 1 SYSK 1

This was a shirt design done for a t-shirt contest put on by Stuff You Should Know, the best podcast in the known universe. The two wonderful hosts discuss topics ranging from Twinkies to the Delta Force twice a week.

Flock to the Rock 1

Flock to the Rock 1 Flock to the Rock 1

A shirt design for the first annual Flock to the Rock sport climbing competition held at Climb Iowa.

Rock Out with your Chalk Out

Rock Out with your Chalk Out Rock Out with your Chalk Out

A design inspired by desperately thinking of a theme for a climbing competition, while this obviously was a bit over the top, I thought the shirt deserved to be made. (note, I still have the screen for this if anyone wants to order a shirt!)

Peep

Peep Peep

A shirt design parodying one of my favorite artists, Magritte, and his famous "This is not a pipe" painting...might be a good easter present.

Arnie Shirt

Arnie Shirt Arnie Shirt

My Valentine's day project, what says "I love you" better than a disturbingly large Austrian man holding roses in his leather-gloved hand?

Alice Tandem

Alice Tandem Alice Tandem

One of the designs done for a Ragbrai Cycling Team, this is an obvious Alice reference with all the usual character sharing their super-tandem bike...the Cheshire Cat not pulling his weight for obvious reasons. These were a lot of fun to make and I hope they enjoyed them!

YAC Shirt

YAC Shirt YAC Shirt

One of the team shirts designed for the Youth Adventure Climbing Team at Climb Iowa.

Yac Logo

Yac Logo Yac Logo

The YAC team logo.

SYSK 2

SYSK 2 SYSK 2

Another quick design for Stuff You Should Know, I thought I'd give them a simpler option in case my 4-color shirt was a bit too much.

Highwheeler

Highwheeler Highwheeler

One of the designs done for a Ragbrai Cycling Team, this one using the psychedelic kaleidoscope imagery inside a highwheeler bicycle.

Fear and Cycling

Fear and Cycling Fear and Cycling

One of the designs done for a Ragbrai Cycling Team, this one referencing Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas...you know, but with bikes.

Crest

Crest Crest

A Harry Potter themed shirt design for a climbing competition.

Business Time

Business Time Business Time

An early shirt design made when I was watching Flight of the Conchords quite a bit...those are some mighty fine business socks.