Lots of people love Kickstarter because of the creativity and innovation behind submitted projects. Kickstarter is a website where people are allowed to submit inspired ideas to gain financial backing to help with the development of their project. Creators are required to come up with a compelling story explaining what their ideas is, what problems it will solve, and a plan of action once they’ve raised enough money to meet their goal. Participants are also required to build rewards for different levels of support. This interactive model between inventor and patron is the power behind the success of this site.
One of our favorite categories is fashion. Here you can find prototypes for new fabrics, new functionality for familiar items of clothing, and even scientific applications for clothing.
Here are a few of the latest projects we think are noteworthy:
Kevin Zhu was looking for functionality, fit, and style when it came to running jackets but wasn’t impressed by what was available on the market. That’s where the inspiration for The Ultimate Merino Running Jacket came from. Merino wool is an ideal fabric for the environment given that it is natural, renewable and biodegradable. It also naturally adapts to body temperature making it desirable for physical activities. All the things you need to carry as a runner has its own compartments, and even special functionality for modern accoutrements such as cell phones and ear buds. Did we mention that it’s water resistant?
Because a lot of our customers are buyers for team sports, of course we’re interested in The Original Pocket Running Tights. Tired of buying fashion tights on top of functional sporting wear? These tights are suitable for both outdoor sports and indoor fashion. Plus it features a pocket to replace the need for an armband if you’re using your phone to listen to music or track activity. Don’t worry about losing your device due to vigorous exercise, these tights use a 360° Flex CoreFit with compression properties to keep it in place. You’ll not only look great, you’ll feel great with flat lock stitching to enhance circulation.
Who doesn’t want more fashionable garments made in the U.S.? This indie company is trying to bring awareness to the cause and bring more manufacturing home to the U.S., and not just manufactured here, but manufactured with quality and American preferences for look, fit, and feel. They offer the staples and a few unusual pieces that compliment any gender.
We’re all about customization and are fascinated by this great idea for little girl's clothing. It’s based on the concept of paper dolls where one can switch out the clothing of the base doll. In this case, the doll is on the shirt and the user can switch out the dress she wears because it’s held on by Velcro. Each t-shirt comes with an assortment of changeable dresses to vary up the look of the t-shirt. We think this will be a big hit with girls 12 and under.
Last but not least and close to our screen printing hearts is this coffee inspired tee. The “ink” they use is actually specially formulated and the primary ingredient is coffee grounds. From what we can see, it gives the print an antiqued, retro look and supposedly holds up to wear. Kudos to these guys who have been working on the development of their specialty inking process for more than four years!
You find yourself in charge of ordering custom t-shirts for an event, a business, or the next family reunion but aren’t sure what to expect from a custom t-shirt printer. If you’re inexperienced with purchasing custom products, it can be a little scary since the end product reflects your decisions and probably represents a significant portion of the budget allowed for the entire venture.
We’ve printed millions of custom t-shirts and shipped them to customers across the U.S. so we’re decidedly the experts when it comes to identifying potential issues and educating our customers on the best course of action. Here are the top 5 things you need to know when engaging in custom t-shirt printing.
- Quantity and pricing are like peas and carrots, they just go together
- What’s the difference between screen printing and digitally printing a t-shirt?
- This t-shirt design is just for my personal use. Why can’t I use images I found on the Internet?
- I have a deadline, how far in advance do I need to order my t-shirts?
- I’m a reseller. How do I know my artwork will be protected?
Most t-shirt printers offer quantity discounts but it’s important to understand the logic behind it. Burning screens for a screen printing job is part of the setup process and is built into our pricing. Because it involves a lot of work, a small number of t-shirts are going to incur a greater price per item.
However there are price breaks where we’ve been able to rationalize a significant decrease in the price per item. It’s a point of cancelling out the cost of production and maximizing our screen printer’s awesome powers of speed if you will. Our most generous price breaks are at 12, 36, 72, 144, and 300 pieces.
There are 3 factors you want to consider for this question. The type of t-shirt product, the design, and the number of t-shirts desired. Screen printing is the traditional method by which custom printed clothing has been produced. However, since the innovation of polyblend materials, (a certain percentage of the fabric is made from synthetic materials) and the demand for photo quality finished designs, a distinction has to be made when choosing a t-shirt product. If your design is relatively simple or if you need your design printed on performance wear, (typically a polyblend) you’re going to choose screen printing.
Typical Screen Print Design
Typical Digital Print Design
The digital print method would be the default if your design is complex or photo like. Digital printing requires that the garment you choose be made of 100% cotton for the inks used in digital printing to adhere properly. Additionally, if you’re looking for six items or less, you would choose the digital print method because it will be cheaper per item than screen print.
We all love popular icons from movies, music, and other forms of entertainment. However, most images that are found on the Internet are owned by someone unless released under a Creative Commons License. That means an ethical custom t-shirt printer would not print images, and thus, make a profit from someone else’s copyright protected or trademarked images.
Additionally, many times when images are downloaded from the Internet the quality is low resolution and would not reproduce to your expectations. It may look fine on a computer screen but when blown up to actual size the result can be disappointing. If you’re not sure of the legality of using an image, contact us and we can do a reverse image search to verify copyright concerns.
If you need your t-shirts by an exact date, placing your order 10 calendar days ahead of that date will ensure you receive them in time with no extra shipping charges. Although we do offer lightning fast options in as little as 3 days, giving yourself plenty of time to review choices, artwork proofs, and customer service questions is of course the most tactical. Especially if you have more than one decision maker involved with your t-shirt order.
If you request a proof, be sure to follow up with our customer service department on the approval. Since we want to make sure you’re happy with your custom products, we need that verification before proceeding with the order.
Your design is your design. We never make your artwork available for others to print without your express permission. Some online custom t-shirt printers offer ecommerce stores for their customers to sell their t-shirts designs on demand. However, if you’re a serious reseller looking to build a clothing line, read the fine print.
These stores require you to relinquish total rights to the design and they use them for marketing and make a profit every time your design is sold. While this may sound like a low hassle way to run a store, it makes it very hard to build a brand that’s under your control.
Developing a unique and memorable personal brand is a new concept which has been primarily accelerated by the digital age. We’re used to associating the term, "brand" with companies, but it’s becoming increasingly important for individuals to promote their own particular style of brand to stand out from the competition. The competition is just about everyone else.
But how does one go about becoming a singular force in a sea of other creative and edgy people that are competing for jobs, new clients, and opportunities? Here's how to develop your own personal brand with style in 5 easy steps.
- Craft a tagline by identifying your unique talents and who you want to be
What makes you more capable than the average person? How do you see those gifts shaping who you want to be in your personal and professional life? Compose a tagline that embodies all of these concepts.
- Manifest this tagline in your wardrobe
If you see yourself as artsy, you need to reflect this in your personal wardrobe. To truly set yourself apart, you can create your own custom t-shirts with original artwork and it doesn’t need to cost and arm and leg. If you see yourself as thought leader, you can incorporate clothing that uses bold statements that back up this aspect of your personality.
- Develop a routine
Looking good doesn’t happen naturally for all of us. It takes time to look your best each day so make it a goal to wake up each morning with plenty of time to make apparel and grooming choices that follow the personal branding path you’re creating.
- Create and maintain a personal website
It is the digital age and people want to be able to quickly assess what kind of person their dealing with. Whether as a prospective employer, a potential client, or even if your being considered as a candidate for a new social adventure. Update your website with activities, success stories, and your education. Don’t forget to personalize it by sharing memorable details about yourself, this is your brand.
- Get professional headshots
This may sound extreme in a society that values the authenticity and ingenuity of the Mark Zuckerber’s of the world. If you’re trying to exude individuality, you don’t want it to backfire by looking simply ordinary. A professional photographer should understand how to best capture the identity you’re trying to build by instructing you on facial expression and providing the right environment. Use these headshots consistently in all of your online profiles so you become consistently recognizable.
Millennials are highly prized demographic because of their numbers and spending habits. Millennials make up about 25% of the population and are typically in high school, college, or just starting their professional careers. Understanding a little bit about who millennials are helps how to promote your brand with them.
This segment is important because they account for trillions of dollars spent. Their influence on family members can have a positive trickledown effect and they are not shy about spending money on things they want. They are used to being special so promotional products that reflect well on their sense of self identity will be popular.
This is also the Facebook generation and they have lots of friends so if they love your brand, their influence has a radius effect.
If you are offering something that is beneficial and solves a problem, you’re going to gain more traction. As millennials live very active lifestyles and are dependent upon, and use technology often, items that enhance well-being and productivity are going to be most attractive.
If the product or idea you’re promoting is tied to making a positive impact on society, this will resonate well with this highly diverse generation.
Now that you know who they are, let’s explore the best promotional giveaways for Millennials that they might actually want. Note, the items below are under $10 based on quantity discounts but none require more than 500 pieces.
Charge-N-Go Power Bank
Stainless Steel Nimbus Bottle
If you love cats, you secretly suspected you were smarter than dog lovers. Well there's new scientific research that says it's true! A study of 600 Carroll University students revealed that those that identified themselves as cat lovers scored higher on IQ tests than those that identified as dog lovers.
Cat lovers tend to be more introverted, sensitive and more apt to break the rules, sound familiar? Cat people are also more likely to value individualism. Cat owners do have a higher probability of hovering in the neurotic zone but that's why we have cats to calm us down. If you feel your feline friends represent some of the best aspects of human nature, you might enjoy these 10 t-shirt designs for cat lovers.