John David Wilson

Owner of Rimshot T-Shirts

Custom shirts are a great way to build camaraderie, show off your team spirit, and communicate a message. Of course, how a shirt is designed is directly tied to its purpose and the group identity. With custom T-shirt printing in Dallas, TX, you have a lot of options. In fact, there are so many choices available that it can seem a little overwhelming! Fortunately, with a few design tips, you shouldn’t have any problem narrowing them down and deciding on something that everyone will love.

Consider the Purpose

Ultimately, every choice comes down to the purpose that the shirt serves. Are you raising money for a charity? Does the shirt help to raise awareness for a special cause? Is it for a team? Are you giving the shirt to volunteers? Whether you want something fun and whimsical or more serious and message-driven depends on the purpose behind the shirt. A mission-focused design will be quite different from one that’s celebratory and lighthearted. As long as you keep that in mind, you shouldn’t have any difficult settling on what does or doesn’t work.

Choose the Style

Baseball tees, long-sleeve shirts, crew necks, and tank tops are all options, but they each send different messages and serve distinctly different purposes. A baseball tee is great for an event or group that’s active or directly related to sports. Long-sleeve shirts or even sweatshirts and hoodies are fun and practical depending upon the season and if you’re expecting to be outdoors. Short sleeve T-shirts are perhaps the most standard and common option. They pair well with other clothing, and people get a lot of use from their everyday shirts. The best style is determined by the group or event, the environment, and how much usage you expect people to get out of the shirt.

Add Visual Elements

This is the fun part! Putting together a logo or phrase may have already been done, and you simply need to finalize the look of the shirt. On most occasions, nothing has been set in stone, and you have a lot of room for creativity. Do you want to include a hashtag? Have you already identified a phrase, saying, or quote that should be displayed? Is there a picture or image that you’re using for inspiration? This is the time to let your imagination run wild! As long as you keep your purpose and message in mind, you’ll do an excellent job. Don’t be afraid to brainstorm and ask for advice. With a little bit of luck, you’ll have so many great ideas that your biggest worry will be narrowing them down. Inspiration can come from anywhere, so don’t prejudge your suggestions.


Utilize Light and Dark

Light-colored designs look amazing on dark shirts. Dark-colored designs work best with light shirts. The contrast is key! That’s especially true if you really want the graphic and text to pop and be visible. Remember that wordy phrases probably won’t be easy to read. People walking past someone wearing a shirt won’t stop and take the time to read it carefully. Use as few words as possible and be certain that the text is clearly legible from a distance. This is the easiest and surest way to communicate with people. The same is true with your graphic. It shouldn’t be overly complex. Remember that simple is effective!

If you want advice or have specific questions, contact the experienced team at Rimshot TShirts, who offer T-shirt printing online in Dallas, TX. They have plenty of selections available to meet your needs.


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