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The Fundamentals of Great T-Shirt Design

What makes a good t-shirt design?

Sometimes it just feels like, well, you know it when you see it. But how do you quantify that feeling?

Despite a good, solid understanding of design, many are stumped and come looking to Jeff Finley, partner here at Go Media and author of Thread’s Not Dead, The Designer’s Guide to the Apparel Industry, for answers.

Jeff shares some not-so-obvious fundamentals of great t-shirt design in Thread’s Not Dead, so we’ve decided to share some of them with you today. We’ve also asked a few of our friends, t-shirt greats Brandon Rike, Dan Mumford, Glenn Jones and Anthony Hall to weigh in. Continue Reading »


Dishing on Design with Valerie Mayen of Yellowcake

Skidding across fresh, bright black and white tile, a very exuberant 6 month husky jumped up excitedly to greet me at the door of Yellowcake, recently renovated and expanded Gordon Square boutique. Owner and Cleveland designer Valerie Mayen was quick to follow. “Mango! Get down!”

“Sorry! She gets very excited!”

Inside Yellowcake lives colorful, custom mod women’s coats, dresses and skirts, and the beginnings of a mens line including crisp ties and jackets. All of her designs crafted right here in Cleveland, Ohio, Mayen has had her roots in the city since November of 2011. Continue Reading »