2008 Typophile Tee Battle

Type Battle 25 - 2008 Typophile Tee Design

// UPDATE We've announced the winner. Stay alert for pre-ordering information.

// DESIGN THE 2008 TYPOPHILE TEE

Design it any way you want. Literal, figurative, custom-lettering, &c. There are no requirements to use the word Typophile or any given logo. (Just follow the terms outlined below.)

Below are the past few years' tees for reference.

// HOW TO SUBMIT AN ENTRY

1 Download the 2008 Tee Template
2 Design your tee. Include your suggested shirt color from the American Apparel website
3 Turn all your fonts to outlines. (We don't own every font!)
4 Convert to vector EPS and name your file thusly: Battle25_FirstName_LastName.eps
5 Compress the Illustrator EPS file (Zip, Stuffit, etc.)
6 Email the file to typophile [at] punchcut.com on or before Monday, June 30th 2008
7 You’re not done! You must post a GIF to this thread.

// CONTEST TERMS

Judging // Punchcut will judge the entries, keeping in mind the popularity of the entries in the thread. We'll determine which design(s) get printed and the quantity of the print run.

Copyright Retention // Participants (those who submit entries to Typophile) grant Typophile permission to use the artwork/design for promotional use, including a t-shirt, as we see fit, for applications not limited to apparel. Any mentions of products or promotional items will be accompanied by proper credit to the designer (in online product listings, etc). Participants retain copyrights and Typophile agrees not to sell or transfer our usage rights. (In other words, we don’t require exclusive rights, just unlimited usage.)

Prizes // This is a battle. There are no prizes (unless some benefactor makes something available for us to give away). We will mail the winner 3 tees in your choice of sizes.* Your finished designs will be appropriately credited with your name or your firm’s name as you specify. By participating you pledge that your work is of your own design and further, that fonts or other rights-protected imagery used in your design are licensed for such use by you or the organization you represent.

*UPDATE! In addition to receiving three t-shirts, the winner will also receive their choice of the most complete digital type reference in the world, FontBook from FontShop International or Made with FontFont, a beautiful showcase of the history and influence of award winning foundry FontFont.

Thanks so much to FontShop for this generous offer.

**UPDATE! OK, so we aren't done there. Threadless has been keeping their eye on this battle, they like what they see and have offered to give our winner a $100 gift certificate to their shop! What a deal - our winner is going to be the happiest little typographer, and the hippest.

A big THANK YOU to Threadless for their generosity.

Comments

Sharon Van Lieu's picture

My last poster.

jupiterboy's picture

It’s as if Mr. Bill was reincarnated in wood.

AGL's picture

This face is a winer. Susan, I guess you could make a frontal shot of it and turn it into you Tee project.

Natecox's picture

Comrade Gutenberg

Suggested Colors: Army, Red, Gold

Detail:

Alvin Martinez's picture

Got a kick out of your shirt Natecox!

I think the red one has a better overall vibe that adds to the design.

jupiterboy's picture

^ Revolutionary.

Alvin Martinez's picture

On second thought, the army green has a "revolutionary" connotation as Jupiter mentioned. As if we are a secret "army" of followers of Gutenberg armed with the latest volume of Fontbook.

mollymonster's picture

even typographers love sock puppets!

Graham Rendoth's picture

Eben, the first word is 'eat'. EAT MY WORDS! is the closest I could get to any kind of smack talk.

If I wanted a Tee for each day of the week, then my picks so far are:
Monday: Andalepedro’s pink/blue/yellow – a happy start to the week
Tuesday: Ultra-Bob’s hootenanny – just to feel cool
Wednesday: Chiba’s you are not my type – a client meeting I'd rather avoid
Thursday: ihoff’s typophile matrix – reminding me there are others out there
Friday: Almar’s movie ratings – movie night
Saturday: Haley's hotdogs – to watch my footy team lose again!
Sunday: Natecox’s comrade gutenberg – could be my new religeon
and I'd probably sleep in mollymonster's sock.

Ricardo Cordoba's picture

I vote for comrade Gutenberg on the army green tee!

Stephen Coles's picture

I love Nate's Gutenberg too, but without the T which I think distracts from the ambiance. Could move the T and "Typophile" on the back.

Ricardo Cordoba's picture

By Jove, Stephen, I think you've got it!

jupiterboy's picture

or draft Miss Tif’s sleeeeve tag. Red epaulettes?

Sharon Van Lieu's picture

I just realized my eyebrows are crooked. I'll have to reshoot tomorrow. I wish I could come up with something un-corny, but I may be too low brow. :-)

This has been fun and I wish I could have one of each. A year's worth of tees!!

Natecox's picture

The Quick Brown Fox...

Suggested Colors: Grass, Baby Blue, Sunshine

Detail:

Alvin Martinez's picture

So would Gutenberg be the new Che Guevara? (From a shirt wearing point of view.)

Ricardo Cordoba's picture

Nate, you are on fire today! :-)

Miss Tiffany's picture

I like Gutenberg on the red (or yellow). I agree the T should be on the back or elsewhere.

Graham Rendoth's picture

One more... just riffing off Joe Pemberton/Gareth Finnicore‘s use of Akzidenz Grotesk. Not a font I particularly dislike, but just never been able to come to terms with it very well.

Graham Rendoth's picture

One more... just riffing off Joe Pemberton/Gareth Finnicore’s use of Akzidenz Grotesk. Not a font I particularly dislike, but just never been able to come to terms with it very well.

Sharon Van Lieu's picture

Maybe if the T wasn't so bright on Gutenberg.

jupiterboy's picture

Remember we are looking at a RGB monitor. If they didn't back that red up with a white it would be much darker when printed on a shirt, depending on the color of the shirt.

Ricardo Cordoba's picture

So would Gutenberg be the new Che Guevara? (From a shirt wearing point of view.)

Sharon Van Lieu's picture

I'll probably get kicked off for this one - my cd cover...

Sharon Van Lieu's picture

forgot the hand..

Stephan Kurz's picture

Here’s my attempt… Not being too fancy is very fancy in my opinion!

BB's picture

here's another thought...

dtw's picture

OK, well I've got to make the effort...
A little wordsearch, perhaps?


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fallenartist's picture

Gutenberg (navy) and quick fox jumping over lazy dog (green)! Great!

But beware - it's not finished yet :)

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dtw's picture

S'funny, the other day I was going to post a message saying that Mark Simonson's Typophile ambigram would make a good tee, and then John Langdon pops up with one of his own!
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ihoff's picture

Jupiter, Aimar, Iffy and Graham: thanks for your comments. I'll tweak later.

I'm really impressed with the entries. John: fascinating...so many faces! Zara, love your second entry. Is that your own typeface? Ultra-Bob, lovely word. Sharon: love your concrete poetry. Am surprised there aren't more entries of that type. And the face...gorgeous. Comrade Natecox, that is an outstanding entry! The T is very close to a cross...Gutenberg/Bible, etc. Lots of levels of meaning. I like the green one. And the quick brown fox made me laugh. Wonder what that would look like as a camouflage pattern – the visual equivalent to lorum ipsum?

Ok, here's my contribution to the revolution (inspired by Natecox) and a homage to the red square and Russian Modernism. (Decided against utypia). Would either go on a grey t-shirt, or the Salt and Pepper Zip Hoody.

NielsW's picture

Hi everyone.

I always wanted to do something with that Quick brown fox, and I like the proposal !

I think back prints are to be avoided (tacky).

Some other good ideas, some bad, some ugly, some already-seen-100-times. What I dislike most is the «corporate» approach of some (like it was a Nike T-shirt contest).

andi emery's picture

I love the Gutenberg shirt and would wear it proudly (design on the front or back). I'm not sure the T is needed on the hat up front, would be happy to have it as a tag on the sleeve or on back, depending on the placement of the image. I really like the fox jumping over the dog imagery and wonder if it can be simplified even more, icon-style. There are so many great ideas here that perhaps the shirt artwork that isn't chosen can be uploaded onto cafepress to be ordered by those of us who would gladly wear a type tshirt every day! Wonderfully inspiring everyone!

dtw's picture

Here's an idea: the front cover of Bringhurst, with "gra" and "c Sty" crossed out?
(Work it out...)

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kyrmse's picture

I am utterly incapable of competing, and even my comments would be desperately weak, given the wealth of amazing designs ;-)
But this I must say: The "quick brown fox" image is stunning! Natecox, may I receive one in image or vector format - just for my own private use?
Thanks in advance!

Ronald Kyrmse
http://kyrmse.googlepages.com

mitchelka's picture

Hand-carved in linoleum; front and back.

Mitchel Ahern

www.electrocaster.org
mitchelka@electrocaster.org

Ehague's picture

This isn't really a submission, but I found this on my old kaput laptop, dating back to my last year at school. Not only is 4c, but it pretty much steps on the toes of a shirt Chris Lozos designed a while back. Weeee.

iffy's picture

The Gutenberg idea is what I've been working on too! You beat me too it.

Except mine was going to say "Johannes Gutenberg was a Typophile"
Other versions, or perhaps a series, were "William Caslon was a Typophile," and "Eric Gill was a Typophile"

Just to name a few.

rubenDmarkes's picture

Hum.
What about this one?

Sharon Van Lieu's picture

Thanks for the nice comments, folks. I wish someone would erase my CD post. I got carried away with my MR. Bill parody and my cover is badly done. :-)

jupiterboy's picture

Ruben, that’s funny. I wonder how it would look set in Fat Ed.

Joe Pemberton's picture

Emil Ruder! Centaur! Tetris! Che Gutenburg!

(Now will somebody please draw a centaur for Stewf? LOL.)

dezcom's picture

Eric, no problem with "my toes" besides, your entry has nice buns :-)

ChrisL

piogi's picture

My proposal for the battle
Front:

Back:

Detail:

dezcom's picture

Sorry I had to repost this but I just had to fix my lettering from the previous version.

ChrisL

Zara Evens's picture

@iHoff: Zara, love your second entry. Is that your own typeface?

It isn't a typeface, but I drew the image. It is based on this scripty doodling I do often. One day I would love to make it into a face. Thanks!

Zara Evens's picture

And for the record, people have been pointing out to me off-line that my images aren't in the designated printable area. I just want to respond to that by saying that I am a rule-breaker and I encourage everyone to do the same :) We have had two shirts so far in which the designs were printed outside of the standard, boxed print area. So, if the design warrants interesting placement, I say go for it!*

*Joe is cringing right now ;)

AzizMostafa's picture


Possible with every Latin Font. So it is up to Typophile to redo-it-yourself it later.
Guess self-expalanatory save the translated-into-Arabic R2L Typophile.
Happy Contesting

ebensorkin's picture

Nice one Aziz!

AGL's picture

Chris, I said I could use that tool, actually I am using it now :-)

Stephen Coles's picture

Ruben - yours is brilliant. It just needs to be in some early '90s typeface or the joke is lost on too many.

dezcom's picture

Since Zara has thrown away the print area constraint I thought I would tie this one on...

ChrisL

Ale Paul's picture

here is one of mine, royal blue color or whatever (feedback welcome)

back says: "Am person with refined taste, especially one who enjoys superb kern and space"

dezcom's picture

I like the "Font Vivant" Ale!

ChrisL

Zara Evens's picture

**Update**

In addition to receiving three t-shirts, the winner will also receive their choice of the most complete digital type reference in the world, FontBook from FontShop International or Made with FontFont, a beautiful showcase of the history and influence of award winning foundry FontFont.

Thanks so much to FontShop for this generous offer!

jupiterboy's picture

Hiroshige will enjoy the book I’m sure.

dezcom's picture

"Chris, I said I could use that tool, actually I am using it now :-)"

Now I see! I missed your first post! :-)

Thanks, André!

ChrisL

Alvin Martinez's picture

I am a geek for type.


dezcom's picture

Almar,
I like it better without the subtitle.

ChrisL

Stephen Coles's picture

Now that my company is sponsoring the winner's award, I humbly withdraw myself from the competition due to my position as a FontShop employee. Not that my design would win anyway. But the suggestion to draw the centaur is still open ...

Alvin Martinez's picture

Now I am REALLY a geek for type.


paul d hunt's picture

because i don't have other things i should be doing:

front

back:

ihoff's picture

Stephen, don't withdraw. I really liked the idea and the design of your entry, though it slipped my comments. If you win, you can always give the prize to someone else...;)

ihoff's picture

Tetris 3.

Alvin Martinez's picture

Much better ihoff!

Alvin Martinez's picture

…and another entry.


rubenDmarkes's picture

:O Must… have… brilliant… idea…
Want… Fontbook… :O

I have to say, I like many of these, but I think I still wouldn't wear any. I usually don't like t-shirts with stuff on them, but I'd like to make an exception… but it really had to blow my mind away…
Of course, I'm very aware that my own ideas/design skills have pretty much sucked, so far. That being said:

@almar: I think the “T Rating” really belongs on top of the back, I think your first idea was spot on. It does come from the back of DVDs, so, in a strange way, I even find it weird to see it on the front. The heart/nib is also very nice!
@Miss Tiffany: your idea is really good too. The second one. I personally don't like it with the words on the front. Of course, the tag is sweet, but the reference to that song renders the shirt unusable to me. :D
@eduardm: the design with typophile in unicode is nice, but I'd put that on the back or on another item, like a bag or something.
@Kristi-Lynn: your idea is nice (I thought about something in those lines), but it's probably being overlooked because it just needed to be stronger in concept and/or design (a bit like my ideas).
@Aleksandr: angel/devil, as I said before, very nice. Probably needs to pack a bit more of a punch… maybe a dark background, or something…
[That “Neurosis” one was something I'd consider wearing! The colours and the words on the back… very nice!]
@ihoff: Tetris, yes! I saw no problem with the first one (I think it's still my favourite of those) other than, of course, the complete lines; they should at least be flashing! :P
@John Langdon: very interesting! Not something I particularly like, but I really appreciate the idea and the design.
@Zara: the asterisk and the lettering, both nicely done! (Though I'd personally change the type on the first one…)
@Ultra-Bob: HOOTENANNY! Funny! I like it! Colours and everything!
@Natecox: Che Gutenberg, very nice! I'd lose the T altogether. I think the portrait should stand alone, like Che Guevara's. It would be a nice way to make people curious and possibly start a conversation! I also prefer the green one. Oh, and the brown fox and lazy dog are very nice too!
@mollymonster: That makes no sense! With ears and everything?! I like it! :P

(I write too much, I'm sorry!)

Alvin Martinez's picture

Hi Ruben,

The evolution and finality of this idea culminated with the one you mentioned (heart/nib), but with the rating on the back since the "phile" reference in the name has a direct correlation to the "heart" symbol.

Thanks!

Sharon Van Lieu's picture

It would be great if we had a gallery page - maybe a flickr page to better look at these.

I hate to scroll.

I'm like Andi, I'd love to be able to order a bunch of these!

Natecox's picture

Last one for me...

Suggested Colors: Ash Grey, Slate, Grass

MindBrain's picture

When's the deadline?

dezcom's picture

"Email the file to typophile [at] punchcut.com on or before Monday, June 30th 2008"

ChrisL

glutton's picture

Sorry...

glutton's picture

I vote for a reprint of Graham's Job Case tee... mine is all ratty.

timd's picture

My job case T-shirt is all ratty too.

Tim

afonseca1974's picture

This is my shirt :-)

António Fonseca


nonespam's picture

Type Aesthete

Ricardo Cordoba's picture

Great ambigrams, TimD!

fallenartist's picture

I'm not sure about this one :) What do you think?

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timd's picture

Thanks Ricardo, I have to admit they are a bit old (as is the Gill as Guevara) but time is tight at the moment.

Tim

Not so tight I can't spend a little unproductively.

Zara Evens's picture

@Tim: lovely ambigrams!
@stewf: don't drop out. Punchcutters are considered legal entries, so you would be too. Plus, we all know you wouldn't have much use for those books anyway :)

stotion's picture

@ Natecox
If Comrade Gutenberg is not chosen, please print it anyways and I'll buy one. I like it because it shows an insider's knowledge, promotes Typophile without spelling out the whole word, and pulls it all off without being cheesy. Great job. Maybe a slightly smaller head on the shirt could be nice.

zube's picture

This is for all those type nerds out there

i was thinking about maybe adding in some color or something on the back.
-elena

Lex Kominek's picture

Images aren't loading properly for me, so apologies if this has been done already:


Close up:

- Lex

nonespam's picture

Type o’clock

BB's picture

Hi all, my final entry has been inspired by Natecox quick brown fox entry - love your work..... I could see this on a light blue or orange shirt.

Good luck everyone...this has been great fun...

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