There are a million ways to design a T-shirt. You can craft it using a funny illustration, a clever saying and bright colors, OR you can really create a unique design that uses text only!
In fact, we have 15 terrific ones to show you today!
1. This T-shirt features a luscious scripted font that includes a lot of flourishes to give it a classic shirt look.
2. I don’t know about you, but I’ve always loved the bold styling of letter shirts. Here we’re able to admire the lowercase 'a' in all its glory. What a great tail it has!
3. With text-only T-shirts, try experimenting with different types of fonts. Here we see serif and scripts that look like they’ve been hand-lettered.
4. The designer has manipulated type into a shape. Notice the pointed top and rounded base?
5. This meticulously-detailed shirt has made a 3D image by using only type. The masterful contouring of the words (around the chin, for instance) is what gives it its shape.
6. While this design only includes text, you can see the letter forms are made up of fragmented flourishes and interesting shapes.
7. Here’s another detailed shirt. This one makes up a phrase with only type. How meta!
8. An extra special flourish on the 'F' of this design cleverly gives the illusion of a silhouette.
9. While this one clearly spells out love, it’s nice that the word is turned so you read it downward. Paired with the colorful shapes, it add abstraction into the design.
10. This T-shirt has a really nice play of scale. Some words are really big, while others appear really small. It breaks up visual monotony and keeps your eye interested.
11. The space and placement of the words make up a compact design, and the extra-long tails of the letters give the entire thing a very floral feel.
12. If you’re interested in appropriating a vintage style to your T-shirt design, make sure you study the type that was popular during that era. It will make your image look more believable.
13. I love the colors in this text and how the designer made it look 3D. The highlights and rounded letter forms remind me of balloons.
14. Sure this shirt is a text-only design, but it’s so delightfully illustrative. I love all the details that are included in each letter and how lines wrap around the forms. It carries your eye throughout the piece.
15. Thanks to a perfect choice in font and playing on the fact that we usually only read the half of letters, this artist has created a very clever design.
We luv gr8 txt-only shirts!
When using text, selecting the right font is key. You won’t have the crutch of an illustration but instead will have to rely on your creativity in using font to convey the mood and message of what you’re trying to say.
Hand-drawn text is also a way to add some flair to your design, and don’t forget flourishes – they will also make your design pop, too.
What will your text-only design look like?