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A beautiful expression for a love driven school student at the University of Tennessee, expressing love in shirt design

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Express love in T-shirt design U.T.

A Florida student obsessed with the University of Tennessee wanted to represent the Volunteers during his elementary school’s “College Colors Day,” but didn’t own any of their apparel — so he took the matter into his own hands.

Laura Snyder, his teacher at Altamonte Elementary School in Altamonte Springs, says he drew a “U.T.”, the university’s logo, on paper and pinned it to an orange t-shirt.
“When the day finally arrived, he was SO EXCITED to show me his shirt,” Snyder wrote Wednesday on Facebook. “I was impressed that he took it one step further to make his own label.”
But by lunch time, the spirited Vols fan was in tears.
“Some girls at the lunch table next to his (who didn’t even participate in college colors day) had made fun of his sign that he had attached to his shirt. He was DEVASTATED,” said Snyder.

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In hopes of raising his spirits, Snyder said she planned on buying him an official University of Tennessee T-shirt, and asked friends if they had contacts with the school who could “make it a little extra special for him.”
By Thursday, her Facebook post had gone viral among Vols fans, with lots of people leaving supportive comments. And it wasn’t long before the University of Tennessee reached out wanting to send the student a care package full of swag and apparel.
“You all have taken this above and beyond what I had ever imagined,” wrote Snyder.
Synder updated the Facebook post on Friday to let everyone know how excited the student was to receive the care package.
“My student was so amazed at all the goodies in the box,” she said. “He proudly put on the jersey and one of the many hats in the box. All who saw had either goosebumps or tears while we explained that he had inspired and touched the lives of so many people.”
What’s more, University of Tennessee said it was turning his “U.T.” design into an official T-shirt.
“Share in a Florida elementary student’s Volunteer pride by wearing his design on your shirt too!,” the university’s official campus store said on Twitter.
According to the university, a portion of the proceeds from every shirt sold will go to an anti-bullying foundation.
“When I told him that his design was being made into a real shirt and people wanted to wear it, his jaw dropped,” said Snyder. “He had a big smile on his face, walked taller, and I could tell his confidence grew today
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Although Snyder kept the student’s photo and name private, she shared a note written by his mother on Facebook.
“I am overwhelmed by the love I feel from this extended community and the pride I feel for my son and for being a VFL. Every comment, item sent, and action taken on behalf of my son will never be forgotten and hopefully will serve as inspiration for him throughout his life,” his mom said.
 
This is a letter from my student’s mom
 
Demand for the student’s T-shirt was so high on Saturday that it crashed University of Tennessee’s online shop.
Randy Boyd, interim university president, even chimed in, tweeting that he was “touched” by the student’s story and “loved his imagination behind designing his own shirt.
 

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E-commerce and selling print on demand products custom t-shirts

Once upon a time product customization was, in fact, the basis of production.

Apparel, shoes, and accessories all used to be tailor-made. This changed with the industrial revolution and mass production. But now that we’ve seen the flipside of mass production (everyone wearing the same thing), personalization — also known as customization — is making a comeback.

Whether you’re an artist, writer, designer, or entrepreneur, physical products can be the perfect canvas for monetizing your creativity.

From t-shirts to posters, backpacks to books, you can put your own original spin on everyday products and sell them online. However, if you go the traditional route of buying and holding your own inventory, you may be left with a pile of products that aren’t selling.

Print-on-demand services offer an alternative way to bypass the time, investment, and risk associated with managing inventory, letting you go from creating to selling custom products at a fraction of the cost.

Print-on-demand services for creating custom products

While many print-on-demand services might seem similar at first glance, you’ll have to carefully consider the ones you choose based on the products you want to create, where you’ll be shipping them, and the retail prices you want to offer, among other factors.

Where to find design ideas and designers

In the best case scenario, you’re a designer or know one you can work well with. But don’t be discouraged if you don’t have immediate access to design talent. That’s what outsourcing is for.

You can find designers to work with on Behance99 Designs, or other freelance sites who can produce usable designs as long as you provide clear instructions. Here’s how you can add clarity and context for a design project:

  • Share insight into your audience. Tell them what it’s for and who your audience is. Showing them your website, if you have one, can also help.
  • Clearly explain what you want. Use your initial pitch and subsequent revisions (you should get at least 1 or 2) to over-communicate what you’re looking for and the guidelines to follow, and try to provide concrete feedback every step of the way.
  • Provide examples for inspiration. Give them a reference to base the design on or point to past work that you liked.

There are a lot of talented designers, so you should be able to find someone to bring your ideas to life. The tricky part is figuring out what you want to design in the first place.

This will depend on your target audience for the product, but you can find design inspiration on:

You can look for content, messaging, or styles that already resonate with your target audience to brainstorm ideas worth pursuing. Just be sure you’re not infringing on anyone else’s work.

Social media is also a great place to litmus test your ideas. If you’re looking to turn the internet into your focus group, try the following:

  • Post to your personal network on Facebook or to groups
  • Use Instagram’s Poll and Question stickers to solicit feedback
  • Share a rough version of your design idea with a relevant subreddit

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You can buy the internet’s favorite T-shirt

One of my favorite illustrators, Dan who goes by the creative name of Roach Graphics, is having a major sale on all his artwork, in the form of a bundle. There’s a massive collection of 119 high quality t-shirt prints that can build you an impressive t-shirt line,

He is one of our oldest collaborators and one of the best selling creatives on the site since we opened this section, so he has been a big supporter of the T-Shirt Factory projects.
His recent art hints at pop culture figures, but with a rather versatile style, depending on the subject, he also touches upon themes like cars and bikes, urban, sports, propaganda or motivational slogans.

The approach is both serious and humorous at times, with complex details or on the contrary, simple lines that focus on suggesting an idea rather than describing it. The illustrations can also be used for stickers as promo material for your t-shirt line, because many of them look like mascots or personified popular objects, such as a boombox, a stack of cash, a donut, polaroid camera or a baseball ball.

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