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

esl's picture

Hi, fellow typophiles. I don't have the tools for a proper submission, but I decided to post my design here, just for the fun of it.

antofa's picture

Hi everybody.
Maybe Jos will find something familiar in my entry. :)




esl's picture

I just love printers' devices...


esl's picture

LGC diagram...

ihoff's picture

Type Battle.

BB's picture

nice one ihoff...

ihoff's picture

Thanks, BB.

Here's a modification of a previous idea – just a sketch, though. Have no idea how many Typophile members there are.

This is really addictive. Must get back to my paid work. :)

Allison_J's picture

With sleeve tag!

bela.frank's picture

Hi!

I've just discovered this battle, so this is my first (and quick) piece.

ihoff's picture

PROLETTERIATS UNITE.

Jos Buivenga's picture

Maybe Jos will find something familiar in my entry. :)

Face the fact. :-)

satya's picture

Lov Typ.

andi emery's picture

I love it William! Like More Cow Bell...

Ale Paul's picture

A few alternates to that idea with a better text

andi emery's picture

This one's for Stewf. Not quite Napoleon Dynamite style but i just couldn't bring myself to draw that badly. ; )

uofiowabrian's picture

Hey all, there are some awesome designs on here. I like the idea of the sleeve tag Mrs. Tiffany mentioned as well, but once again cost prohibitive.

Here's mine, called "Type is elemental"

Shirt color: Asphalt
Ink colors: Light Gray and White


And a close-up.

ihoff's picture

Thinking type.

russellm's picture

-=®=-


black shirt

William Berkson's picture

I love the 'thinking type'. But--needs more swash :)

I'd like a darker t-shirt color for it also.

Sharon Van Lieu's picture

Very cool and original, Russell.

nonespam's picture

Ladies and gents, meet the Typenut.

Bald Condensed's picture

I thought I'd submit a design as well. I'm not sure about the colour yet, but that's because I only know three: black, white and red.

Actually I still prefer the original, but I'm the only person in the world who gets to wear that one, so tough noogies. ;^)

Bald Condensed's picture

And here's the grrrl power design Zara wants, but unfortunately it's a design only a woman can wear. If a man wears it the message takes on a quite unpleasant misogynistic tone.

Bald Condensed's picture

Could you please make the 2008 Tee Template available in CS1? I don't have CS2 nor CS3 on my home computer. :^/

ebensorkin's picture

Yves, your link to the original isn't working for me.

BB's picture

I can't stop....this is addictive....

"A day in the life of a Typophiler"

I was going to put that on this design somewhere, but thought better of it....

suggested shirt colours....asphalt, brown, army or black

Bald Condensed's picture

Fixed the link -- sorry'boutthat. My HTML skillz tend to wear out past 2 am. Need… sleep…

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andi emery's picture

I don't mean to flog a dead fox, but one last kick at it. And Yves, I know quite a few men who would *love* to wear that shirt. ; )

Sharon Van Lieu's picture

I want a type nut shirt.

jupiterboy's picture

I sense a few T-shirt hangovers on the morning of the 31st.

Ricardo Cordoba's picture

Is the cure for T-shirt hangover some hair o' the (lazy) dawg, by any chance? ;-)

Graham Rendoth's picture

OK this is my entry #3... intended to be retro beige/browns, or maybe blues. Something from 1968!
Not really a serious battle entry, but just had to play with the idea.
This is my first battle and being a pacifist I'm finding it all a bit rough.
Just in case the text on back isn't too readable:

Dave Bowman : Hello, HAL do you read me, HAL?
HAL : Affirmative, Dave, I read you.
Dave Bowman : Open the typeface, HAL.
HAL : I’m sorry Dave, I’m afraid I can’t do that.
Dave Bowman : What’s the problem?
HAL : I think you know what the problem is just as well as I do.
Dave Bowman : What are you talking about, HAL?
HAL : This project is too important for me to allow you to jeopardize it.
Dave Bowman : I don’t know what you’re talking about, HAL?
HAL : I know you and Frank were planning to use Comic Sans,
and I’m afraid that’s something I cannot allow to happen.

Apologies to Stanley Kubrick

Hmmm, should have also appologised to Vincent Connare!

Have I missed the deadline? Just realised I can't upload my image. If I don't get to uplaod then the T-front has a silhouette of the humanoid from the beginning of 2001: A Space Odyssey... raising his bone/weapon, now reshaped as a ‘T’.

russellm's picture

not that there's anything nerdy about type...

-=®=-

dezcom's picture

I was working on a similar idea, Russ! Ya beat me to it :-)

ChrisL

marz's picture

- wear your rags -

ihoff's picture

As I had a good comment on the colour Tetris, I thought I'd tweak and upload it. Probably too many colours...

William, you're funny. ;) Will swash it later.

So many good entries, everyone, and more to come! Of the newer entries, my favourite is Natecox's Grid. Love it! I'd put it on both sides, like both sides of a page. Typenut is quite gorgeous, too, but I'd drop the text. And Allison's Type Caste – lovely. David, your idea is very original. I wonder if it would look better horizontal across the chest and without the Typofeel better... I'd better stop. Must get back to work!

Stephen Coles's picture

Great concept, Margaret (marz)!

Graham Rendoth's picture

Now inserting my entry #3 detailed a few comments back (7.53pm).
Tetris is growing on me. Still like the natecox Gutenberg.

ihoff's picture

Graham – have you considered making the Space Odyssey concept with a were black tee with light grey and red type?

Jos Buivenga's picture

This is for all who rescued someone from a dangerous typographic situation.

ihoff's picture

Good one, Jos!

Jos Buivenga's picture

Thank you. Really like your tetris tee.

belleisle's picture

I love Comic Sans ;-)

with apologies to Michael C Place and his Helvetica Neue 'Weight' series T shirts.

andi emery's picture

Jos, that is brilliant! As a teacher, I'd buy that in a heartbeat!

Tobias_Goth's picture

I love typography!

amagap3's picture

There you go!

amagap3's picture

Ups! I'm very sorry for that. Hope this time works.

Jos Buivenga's picture

Thanks Andrea!

Ehague's picture

Sergei, what a great idea. Even if it doesn't win the Typophile Tee Battle, maybe you could cross-enter it in a tee battle over at Borgesophile.com.

ihoff's picture

Amparo – like it!

Chiba Chiba's picture

Just a funny lettering.

Best line to be used here would be "Type Together", but I guess we should leave this entry to Veronika Burian and José Scaglione. :)

Cheers

dezcom's picture

Chiba,
I like this last one!

ChrisL

stotion's picture



Nothing on the back

Variations: does this face make me look heavy?
does this shirt make me look italic?

timd's picture

Another fox one

Tim

nikimelon's picture

Niki

Jongseong's picture

I don't have an application that can deal with that EPS file, so I don't think I'll be able to enter. Too little time left, anyway... But I'll post one of the quick sketches I did just for your entertainment.

And here's some lettering I started that's probably going to be abandoned. Not original enough, anyway.

nonespam's picture

May I ask when the winners will be announced, please? :-)

A few great designs in here. Good luck to everybody.

Kind regards

Piotr

Roger S. Nelsson's picture

The EPS was too recent for me to open in my Illustrator, so I can't enter...
I'm probably too late anyway ;)

Well, here's my entry - comped in Photoshop :)

rubenDmarkes's picture

Nice lettering nonetheless, Jongseong.
I'm a bit disappointed in myself, I was hoping to come up with something great… no fontbook for me. :(
Anyway, what do you think of this one?


It reads “no dyet for me”. There's plenty material for puns in typography, but this really doesn't cut it…
I was really going to town on the back, I tried it with “I'm not putting any more of those ¤e [louse-e] ^^ [dumb carets] in my : [colon]”. :P

rubenDmarkes's picture

I vote for an extension of the deadline! Some people don't have appropriate software… it's unfair, I tell you! Unfair!
Also, I need more time. :P

dezcom's picture

Stotion,
How about this for text of your shirt:

"Does my face look Fat in this?"

variation:
"Does my Baseline look Fat in this?"

ChrisL

dezcom's picture

I revised my first entry a bit:

ChrisL

ihoff's picture

Stotion, more ideas for your shirt: Do I look distressed in this? (Distressed type + American Apparel's thermo-sensitive t-shirt that changes colour!).

ihoff's picture

timd – took me a while (too much in my head today), but like the TRAP T. Made me laugh.

satya's picture


or

crossgrove's picture

Here is something that depends on proximity. Looks like just a word until you get very close...

sarmanemani's picture

I hope u got our 4 entrys

ebensorkin's picture

Carl, Satya, Nice stuff. I would wear those.

Zara Evens's picture

@satya - I really like the concept!

@sarmanemani - yes, we received all of your submissions.

I don't think we are going to be able to extend the deadline for the battle. We'd love to give everyone the opportunity to submit designs, however we have printing deadlines to meet. Midnight tonight (PST) will be the final deadline.

So far, we are amazed and delighted by the number of submissions so far! It is going to be a hard decision to make. Keep' em coming!

Stephen Coles's picture

A+ to Carl.

Satya is on fire. Only wish the type in that last one was set in something other than Myriad.

satya's picture

Thanks Eben & Zara!

Stewf - Okay, I will try this it with some other faces.

William Berkson's picture

I think Carl just won. Bravo!

Sharon Van Lieu's picture

Carl, Satya, great entries. I am blown away. I love all three!

Sharon

dezcom's picture

Satya's last one is best by far!

ChrisL

satya's picture

Thanks Sharon & Chris!
I think now I should send my entries, :).

jupiterboy's picture

It would be nice to make a hybrid S and set the serif side in serif. Nice job.

Ricardo Cordoba's picture

OK, here is my second proposal... Recycled from an unused self-promotional piece I was working on a while back. The idea behind it is very close to ihoff's Tetris tee, so I have borrowed her phrase "We see type everywhere" and given it a twist (hope that's okay with you, ihoff!)

(Nothing on the back.)

Detail:

Here's three variations (U&lc subtle, All caps, All caps subtle):

William Berkson's picture

I still love Carl's but only red heads can wear that color. If it wins, please do it in a more wearable color.

satya's picture

James, you meant to having it something like this?

crossgrove's picture

Yes, the shirt can be any light color as long as the ink for the notes is just a little different in value.

jupiterboy's picture

It would take just the right combo, but yes. Possibly a slab serif with similar weight and height. Just a thought. It would need to blend well and help what is happening above.

stotion's picture

Fill in the blank


typerror's picture

Coming from a calligraphic background I oft think in these terms.

It is an old idea that has been hanging around in my t-shirt drawer for ten years but it was fun.

My wife said it went directly to the weight loss and gain and loss again that she and countless number of friends go through (so I gave them to her friends) post children.

I thought it was about type... stupid me!

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