Whether you’re making your own T-shirt or just seeking some inspiration, don’t fall into the dark abyss of creating awful T-shirt designs.
Just like taking a peek at good examples can help spur your imagination, so hopefully these bad examples below can help you steer clear of any terrible T-shirt ideas.
1. Unnecessary Statement
In the world of T-shirt verbiage, it seems the bar is constantly being lowered as to what is acceptable. I think a new record has been set with this insensitive shirt below.
2. Nerd Jargon
Sorry, but I couldn’t find any real reason to laugh at this shout-out to nerd humor. Perhaps, I just don’t get it.
3. Terrible Font Choice
In the case of this T-shirt, even if it does happen to be true (and kudos to you if it is), do you really need to show it in grungy yellow font?
4. Confused Objective
There is just too much going on here. Also, that design looks like a giant fish eating the model’s head.
5. Design Fail
I just don’t get what this is trying to accomplish.
6. Missing “Wow” Factor
This shirt’s effect is… confusing at best; a slurred, imperceptible statement at worst. You pick.
7. Just Plain Weird
You know that one couple, the one that can’t seem to get enough of each other? They may enjoy this concept in design, but I do not—and we shouldn’t have to consider them donning this at any time, public or private.
8. Awkward and Uncomfortable to Look At
Sailor, or Stay Puft Marshmallow Man?
9. Pug-alicious Gone Wrong
The really awful thing about this shirt is that you can’t tell where he starts and where he ends.
10. Target Missed
The artist here stuck a syringe in a piece of iconic pop art, and, if the goal was to kill the awesome design, then congratulations. (The text reads, “Actual pain.”)
11. Sexist and Stupid
There are several problems with this one, including sexism and bad design.
Dress with Class
Alright, well, it’s fair to say that in the world of bad T-shirts the options seem to spin on and on. However, I feel confident that, with this brief overview, we’ve covered some of the major bases. Just to review: No winged tees, misspellings, kindergarten art or outdated Honey Badger references. Got it? Great! No go forth and dress smart!