Brainstorming

I think the biggest thing I learned these past couple of weeks is that I am not witty. These past two weeks I’ve been creating a T-shirt design. I noticed when looking at Pinterest that a ton of T-shirt designs were punny or witty or just funny. My original ideas for my design were garbage. I couldn’t think of anything and I eventually started asking people for suggestions. Even then, nothing sounded like a good idea. 

I started sketching my terrible ideas.

I was starting to panic and beginning to consider designing a shirt with a mediocre concept. I was on my computer and I opened up Spotify. The first song I noticed on my playlist was Hungry Heart. I knew immediately that I could put a literal twist on that song’s most famous lyrics. My family are big Bruce Springsteen fans so I knew this would be a good fit! I started brainstorming immediately. 

 

 

 

Designing

 I started off my design in Illustrator with a basic heart shape in bright red. I looked at realistic drawings of actual hearts and added different parts that I thought were important to make my heart look like a  human heart. I added a couple of tubes, layering them to give depth and using different shades of pink. 

I realized as I put in my text and added the layers that I needed to figure out my color scheme. So I went online and found a color scheme that I thought would work well for my design. I decided the color of my T-shirt was going to be green and that I would have a pink, purple and yellow color scheme. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This was the original design. I originally had a weird stroke around my shapes. I noticed it was weird so I decided to remove it. From the feedback I was given from others, I decided to switch to a white T-shirt for simplicity and ease in design. I also fixed the size of the tubes. 

Lots of Revisions

I talked to my husband and asked him what I should change. At first all he said was “make him fatter”. That’s when I knew he had so much more to say. I cornered him and told him I needed honest feedback. Finally he told me what I needed to do: more food, or one big pizza or something, a more ovular shape for my heart, a more hungry expression, and to fix the arms.

I got to work and after a couple of hours I had an improved design. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The next round of feedback I got was to do something more with the text. I decided to make it part of the bowl itself. Once I did that my design was just missing something. So I decided to add back in all of the food that I’d created and originally taken out. I lined it all up and cut out bite marks and made the ice cream melt. That’s when I had a complete design. 

I sent my design to a T-shirt printer and my work was done. Let me know what you think in the comments below!

For more, or to order a shirt visit www.pagenwilliams.com.

 

Page Sias

Page Sias

Student at Brigham Young University - Idaho
Page is a senior studying Communication at BYU-I. She loves reading, napping, taking photos and editing them, and spending time with her husband and puppy. She will graduate in April of 2017.

For more from Page, check out www.pagenwilliams.com
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