If you haven’t noticed, we like to make custom t-shirts for special occasions, and Factory Week is no exception. Seeing as our last Factory Week shirt was from Winter 2013, we decided we were long overdue for a new one.
To kickoff the t-shirt design, we started with an ideation session. Sara, Sarah, and I put all our ideas on sticky notes and started sketching our favorites. We came up with a handful of concepts, polled some team members to narrow down our options, and ultimately landed on a fun concept that illustrates our process.
Sketch courtesy of Sara.
We start with ideation, move on to sketching (sound familiar?), and then transfer our ideas to the digital realm. The closing and ending “code” signifies the beginning and end of Factory Week and the constraints of a weeklong timeline. Plus, it adds a nice touch of geekiness, something we’re fond of around here.
From there—more sketching! Light bulbs have such an interesting shape with intricate details, so it made sense to start there. I quickly picked a favorite (hint: top row, third from the left) and landed on a line art style where the majority of each shape is formed with a single, continuous line.
Some pencils, laptops, and custom typography later, the Factory Week Summer 2015 t-shirt was born!