Best Ways To Collaborate On A Group Tee Shirt Design

February 14th, 2013

The majority of our orders here at You Design It, are actually for groups of people who are ordering for various events and occasions. As such one of the questions we get the most often is how the person designing the shirts can share the design with everyone else, and in general what the best method is for collaborating on a design with a large group of people. That is why we wrote up this brief post to give you an overview of the process as well as some tips.

Poll Your Group

The most basic thing about working with a group of people is getting everyone’s input and working together to come up with the major design elements. That is why before you get started on the design itself it is a good idea to poll your group of people and get as much information as possible. What color schemes are they wanting to see in the design? Is there a specific style that your design should fit? What are the basic themes that you want to include?

Depending on how clear of a vision your group has going in, this initial task of gathering information about the various aspects of the design and making a decision about what you will actually design can be one of the most time consuming parts of the process. A good way to get started is to have a period of time in which anyone is allowed to suggest a color, style, or theme, and then after suggestions have been taken you can then vote on the most popular options. Of course in some cases these decisions will already be more or less made for you based on your company, school, team, or other group colors, or the general event that the design will be for.

Create Multiple Designs

Once you begin actually creating your designs, go ahead and do multiple, varied renditions of it. For instance you can experiment with curving the text differently, doing different parts of the design in different colors, making certain things bigger or smaller, or even outright altering the text and graphics completely. The reason that this is so helpful is that not only does it encourage creativity and get you thinking about things in a new way, it also allows more options for people to vote on. People like to have a choice, and without a choice they may just have a vague sense of, “This isn’t exactly what I wanted,” but with a choice the thinking often gets more productive and they can choose the best option, or more clearly voice what they would like to see different.

Share Them Socially

One of the best things about the social media revolution is the enhanced ability to quickly and easily connect with other people. That is equally true when it comes to sharing your design options with them. It is very easy to tweet a link to the design, Instagram a photo, or put links and pictures up on your Facebook or other social networking site. Doing so makes it easier for people see them which in turn makes them more likely to respond and more likely to respond quickly.

Take the Final Design and Experiment

Once you have gotten everyone to vote and you have reached a consensus on which of your initial designs is the best, don’t stop there. Instead take that “final design” and experiment just a little bit more. Consider switching up the colors, moving the graphics and text around, or resizing something. You may have already had perfection, but it doesn’t hurt to see if it can be just a little bit better. After all we save all versions of your design so you can easily go back to the original design if it turns out the experiment was a failure. Of course if the experiment ends up being a success your design will be that much better for it!

Pass Around the Final Proof for Approval

Once you have everything exactly as you want it, go ahead and pass around that final proof one more time. Make sure everyone gets a chance to see it and can vote, or at least give their input on it. This ensures that after the fact no one will be complaining that this wasn’t what they wanted or that they didn’t get a chance to let their opinions be heard.

Working with a group of people can be a challenging process. Everyone has their own tastes and preferences and what looks great to one person may look awful to another. However, by collaborating in a fair, open, and effective manner you can greatly reduce the risk of offending or disappointing anyone as well as significantly improve the quality of your overall design. Don’t forget we are also very happy to assist you each step of the way with any questions or concers that you may have, so don’t hesitate to contact us.

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The Strategy of Making Small Initial T Shirt Orders

January 30th, 2013

We frequently have customers who for various reasons may wish to place a smaller order prior to placing a much larger one. Often these customers are with clubs, schools, or other organizations that want to see physical shirts before the rest of their group orders. Other times the customer may simply want to see the quality of the print, or perhaps the way it looks on the shirt. These are certainly good reasons and we are happy for our customers to do whatever will make them most comfortable for their orders. However, there are a few specific considerations to keep in mind which can have a big impact on what should be expected from each order.

Pricing

The cost of the order is actually one of the reasons customers so frequently want to do their initial smaller order. They may be concerned about spending a great deal of money on something they haven’t seen. They may also worry that the shirts will be less popular than they were expecting and may instead prefer to show people the physical shirt and get preorders for it. These are logical concerns and indeed doing an initial small order will probably cost much less total money out of pocket initially.

However, it is going to be much less cost effective in the long run. The prices are dependent, among other things, on the quantity ordered per design. Thus doing one larger order will always be a good bit more cost effective than doing multiple orders that add up to the same quantity. For instance one 200 piece order is more cost effective and cheaper in total price than two 100 piece orders, which is a good bit more cost effective than four 50 piece orders, and so on.

In fact because the quantity does so heavily impact the price, a design which may be under $10 per shirt at larger quantities could easily cost upwards of $20 or $30 per shirt at a small initial quantity. For this reason it is important to weigh these factors carefully and determine if it makes financial sense in your situation to do the smaller order and then the larger order rather than one larger order.

Quality

A desire to test the quality of the print is one of the main reasons many people prefer to place a small order first and then later a larger order. However, depending on the specifics of the order this may not be an effective strategy at all. The reason is that our smaller order for 5 or fewer pieces are printed using the digital printing process while the larger orders of 6 or more pieces are printed using the screen printing process. Thus unless you order at least 6 or more pieces you wouldn’t truly be comparing apples to apples.

An additional consideration is that with screen printing (for orders of 6 or more pieces) not only will the print be different in general due to the different technique, but it will be a much better quality too. The digital printing process is a newer technology that was created to make it cost effective to be able to do smaller orders (5 or fewer pieces), but it still has a long way to go before it reaches the quality of screen printing.

Thus, it is important to order at least 6 pieces if you are doing a smaller initial order to test quality. Otherwise doing only 1 shirt, or only a few pieces, will yield shirts that, while still a good quality, aren’t as good looking as larger order. We wish that we could do all of our orders with the higher quality screen printing, but unfortunately due to the much higher cost of materials, labor, and time, it would be prohibitively expensive to us and to the customer.

Design

Along the same lines that we discussed above, orders of 5 or fewer pieces are printed with the digital printing process. Unfortunately there are many more limitations with this process. One of the main ones is that we are not able to accept outside artwork, such as existing logos and graphics that our customers might have. Thus if you have your own artwork that you need to use, then the minimum would be 6 or more pieces. Orders of 5 or fewer pieces would have to be designed online in our design studio.

In addition, the digital printing process only works for printing darker ink colors on lighter color shirts. Thus light ink options, and dark fabric options are not available for smaller order. The process is not ideal for heavier, thicker items such as hoodies, or for 50/50 blend, or 100% polyester fabrics. Only 100% cotton materials are available for digital printing. One last concern is that we are not able to print on non-standard areas such as the sleeve for digital printing.

The bottom line is that ordering a smaller, initial order can make sense in some circumstances; however, depending on your requirements and objectives you may still need to order at least 6 pieces to start out. It is also important to be aware of the different factors that will influence your price and other specifics. If you have any additional concerns or questions please call us or send us an email so that we can further assist you.

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Mixing Up Your T-Shirts In Orders Can Be A Win-Win For Everyone

January 24th, 2013

Mixed T Shirts

One of the things we frequently encounter is customers who want to get a little variety when they do their orders. That is certainly understandable, and we know while there are many events and occasions in which it is great to get a large quantity of matching shirts, quite often people feel the natural urge to mix it up a little. However, what typically happens in these instances is that customers easily get confused about how to place their orders and how the added variety will affect their prices. Let’s take a look at a few different scenarios and what happens with each.

Same Design, Different Shirt Colors

Scenario: You have a single design that you want to use for all your shirts, however, you want to order half in one shirt color, and half in another. Perhaps you even want to order several different shirt colors.

Pricing: You will be priced based on your quantity for the design, not each separate shirt color. Thus if you have 36 pieces in 3 colors, you will be priced for the lower 36 piece total quantity rather than for 3 separate 12 piece designs. In fact there is no extra charge whatsoever for doing different shirts. However, If you need to change the ink colors that are printed on the shirt there may be a small ink change fee. Nevertheless, this is a much less expensive option than doing completely different designs.

Ordering: To place your order, simply do the design on any one of the shirt colors that you need, process the entire order online on that single shirt color, and then in the comment section simply add the notes about your different shirt colors and the size breakdown for each color. As an example, if you need 36 shirts, in the breakdown:

Royal: 4 S, 4 M, 4 L
White: 6 S, 6 XL,
Red: 7 M, 5 L

You could simply place the entire order online on White as 10 S, 11 M, 9 L, 6 XL, and then specify in the comment box the color/sizes as shown above.

However, if you have any concerns or would simply feel more comfortable speaking to one of our customer service representatives, simply give us a call to finalize the order by phone.

Same Design, Different Shirts

Scenario: You may be ordering the same design for a wide group of people who want different shirts. For example some people might want regular, unisex t-shirts, while others want ladies’ shirts, tank tops, pocket tees, long sleeve shirts, hoodies, or simply a more or less expensive style shirt.

Pricing: You will be priced based on your total order quantity for the design. Thus if you have 23 pieces in the breakdown: 5 regular unisex tees, 8 ladies’ t-shirts, 7 pullover hoodies, 2 pocket tees, and 1 organic t-shirts, you will still be priced based on a total order quantity of 23 pieces. Your price will vary on each item depending on the cost of the item itself – for example the hoodies will obviously be more expensive per piece than the t-shirts – but you’ll still get the total quantity bulk rate.

Ordering: Rest assured that you are welcome to do this type of order; however, due to its more complex nature, you will need to call us to finalize the order.

Different Design, Same (or Different) Shirts

Scenario: You need to order multiple different designs. You may have the same shirt for all designs, different shirt colors, or even a variety of different products.

Pricing: You will be priced based on the quantity per design. Thus if you have 15 pieces of one design, and 17 pieces of another design, you will be priced based on 15 pieces and 17 pieces, not on a 32 piece quantity.

Ordering: You can place your orders normally online and each design is considered a completely separate order. You will still get free standard shipping on all orders; however, and often we can also get you a better rush price if you need rush delivery.

The above scenarios are the most common ones that we see. However, there are a couple of other things worth mentioning. First, the minimum order per design is always 6 pieces. Again you can get fewer than 6 pieces if you have different shirts with the same design. However, if you have different designs it will need to be at least 6 pieces per design, even if your total order on all designs is much higher.

Second, screen printing and embroidery are always considered separate and will be priced separately. That means that if you have 8 t-shirts, and 7 polos, even if you want the same design on both items, they will be priced different because they would get different customization techniques. Again the minimum on each would be 6 pieces.

We are committed to providing you with excellent service and we want to do everything we can to allow for as much flexibility and as many options as you would like. Remember you can always call or email us with further questions or if you are uncertain exactly how your own unique situation would be classified. You will also get free standard shipping on all orders!

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5 Great Long Sleeve Tees to Customize for the Cold Weather

January 3rd, 2013

At You Design It we love t-shirts all year round. Although, if there is one style that is king during the winter months then it is definitely the long sleeve tee. It’s pretty tough to beat the comfort, affordability, and convenience of a t-shirt that has the added benefit of helping to keep you warm when it gets chilly out. The best part of all is that you are not limited to a single long sleeve style. In fact there are quite a few great options out there. That is why we wanted to take a moment to show you 5 great long sleeve tees for the cold weather.

Gildan Heavyweight Long Sleeve Tee

The Gildan Heavyweight short sleeve is our biggest seller thanks to the good quality it offers at a low, affordable price. That is why it is no wonder at all that the long sleeve version is such a popular choice for customers who are seeking that same great combination of quality and affordability, but in a warmer, long sleeve option.

The Gildan Heavyweight Long Sleeve is a 100% cotton, preshrunk, 5.3oz shirt. It doesn’t come in as many colors as the short sleeve version, but rest assured that all the most popular color options are available. Want to really keep your cost down? Do your design with a single print color on one side of the shirt only, and order as many units as possible for extra savings!

Hanes Tagless Long Sleeve

Though there are truly a ton of fantastic t-shirt options, for many people when think of t-shirts, they think of the Hanes brand. The Hanes brand continues to carry a great deal of weight and thanks to Hanes long history as a quality brand many people are simply more comfortable knowing they are going to get a Hanes brand shirt. That is why the Hanes Tagless Long Sleeve t-shirt is a great option for people who are looking to buy a mid-priced long sleeve t-shirt.

The Hanes Tagless Long Sleeve is a 100% cotton, tagless shirt that is available in all the most popular Hanes brand colors! The fact that it is tagless makes it really popular with customers who are looking for comfort and who want to avoid the irritation that a tag might cause. This is a really great shirt for customers who are willing to pay a little bit more for extra comfort.

Hanes Beefy Long Sleeve

The Hanes Beefy Long Sleeve tee is like the Hanes Tagless’ big brother. The Beefy line of tees from Hanes is one of their absolute most popular, well-recognized, and highly sought after products. This line of shirts not only carries the usual high level of quality associated with the Hanes brand, it goes above and beyond, providing an even softer, thicker, more premium shirt in a great variety of Hanes colors..

The Hanes Beefy Long Sleeve is a 100% cotton, preshrunk, 6.1oz shirt. This shirt makes a fantastic long sleeve option because it is heavier and warmer than other long sleeve shirts. This one is a sure pick for people who are willing to pay more for better quality and superior comfort.

Long Sleeve Performance Tees

Our first three picks were chosen for the average consumer who might be looking for a long sleeve shirt for any number of reasons and purposes. Whereas the long sleeve performance t-shirt is the shirt of choice for athletes and teams who need a great quality, long sleeve shirt they can depend on. These performance shirts are designed specifically with the athlete in mind and they are made to offer that extra advantage in terms of comfort and performance.

Typically the performance version of the long sleeve shirt will be a 100% polyester fabric or a cotton/poly blend. That is because most performance long sleeve shirts are designed to wick moisture away from the body because athletes are in the unique position of needing a shirt that can keep them both warm and cool at the same time. The weather outside may be cold, but once they start running and sweating they need a shirt that can get rid of that excess moisture and help them keep their temperature regulated. This line of long sleeve shirts offers that high degree of versatility and performance.

Thermal Long Sleeve Tees

The thermal long sleeve tee is actually a style of shirt that first pops into the heads of many people when they think of a winter, long sleeve shirt. That is because the thermal shirt is specially designed to offer a premium of warmth to the wearer. This shirt is the product of choice for many people who live in very cold climates or who will be outdoors for prolonged periods of time in cold weather.

The thermal long sleeve also offers unique advantages in terms of style and individuality. It definitely stands out compared to the other long sleeve choices on the list and many people really like not only the way it feels but also the way it looks. This shirt is an enduring classic and we know it isn’t going to go anywhere any time soon!

We hope that this short list of 5 great long sleeve options has gotten you thinking about the best choice for your next winter shirt order. Remember these tees can be fully customized with your own text and logo. Plus, you can order them along with your summer short sleeve picks as well for an even better total order quantity price! For more information about any of these shirts or to discuss other questions or concerns please give us a call at 1-800-571-7615 or send us an email!

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Gildan Activewear Buys Anvil Knitwear

December 21st, 2012

Back in May there was some very exciting news in the t-shirt industry. Two of the most common brands, Gildan and Anvil, had decided to merge with Gildan buying out Anvil for $88 Million. The reason this was such a big deal to t-shirt designs and screen printers is that Gildan and Anvil are two of the most commonly used brands and each have a loyal following among customers. As always with a big acquisition like this, it left many people very curious and concerned about the future of the two brands. Since it is now several months later, let’s take a quick look at how things are shaping up.

To start, let’s cover the Gildan brand and discuss what it commonly does. Gildan Activewear, Inc is based in Montréal, Québec and it well known for its good quality, affordable apparel. In addition to t-shirts, Gildan offers hoodies, polos, sweatpants, and a range of other clothing options. One of the most popular Gildan brand products is the Gildan Heavyweight t-shirt. This is in fact our most popular and affordable t-shirt here at You Design It.

The Anvil Knitwear brand is also an extremely popular brand and it too offers many of the same types of products. Anvil also offers some fashion fit, lightweight t-shirts that make it very popular in that sector of the market. In addition Anvil offers some organic and eco-friendly products. This is of a great deal of interest to many consumers who are on board with the growing green trend.

Ideally of course what most people wanted to see from the acquisition is very little change in terms of the products and styles offered. Not only are many styles unique to each brand, but so too are many of the color options. It would have been unfortunate if all the product lines had essentially merged leaving consumers with fewer overall options.

The merger of the two companies was a good business decision for both because it is such a lateral acquisition that promises the two can share what works separately. They can now use the same manufacturing and logistics along with cutting down all of the overlap between the two companies. The brand equity the two brands have can now be operated with less personnel, infrastructure and overall expenditures.

The good news is that now, seven months later, it looks like those fears have proven to have been unfounded. The brands are still operating independently and there hasn’t been a large spike in discontinued products and colors. This is great news and here at You Design It we are very pleased to be able to continue offering a full range of both Gildan and Anvil brand products for custom printing.

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Anvil Knitwear is a Staple in the T-Shirt Industry

December 13th, 2012

Anvil T-Shirts

Here at You Design It we like to spotlight various brands from time to time to inform our customers about their options and let them know about some of the very best of the best products. One brand we are very pleased to offer is the Anvil brand. Anvil is an amazing, high quality brand that offers a very wide range of different products. They have quite a few different unisex styles, as well as some terrific ladies styles, and to top it all off they have a great range of athletic gear! Let’s take a look at some of their most popular items.

980 Anvil Fashion Fit Ringspun T-Shirt

This is a fantastic t-shirt that we are very pleased to be able to offer to our customers courtesy of the Anvil brand. This shirt embodies some of the best and most popular trends in the t-shirt market today. For instance the t-shirt itself is made of 100% Ringspun cotton. For those who are unfamiliar with this type of cotton it is specifically designed to be extra soft and comfortable. This is accomplished by the ringspinning process.

This tee is also great because it is one of Anvil’s premium fashion fit tees. That means that it is designed to have a flattering, tapered style. Consumers should be aware, however, that due to its more fitted nature it does typically run a little bit smaller than a traditional tshirt. Another perk of this shirt is that it is also designed to be lighterweight and more comfortable.

982 Anvil Soft Spun Fashion Fit V-Neck T-Shirt

As you can probably guess from the name the V-Neck Soft Spun Fashion Fit Tee is very similar to the shirt we profiled above with the exception of also having a v-neck rather than a crewneck. V-necks are more popular than ever these days and they truly do look stylish and hip while retaining all the same comfort and advantages of a crewneck.

Rest assured that the Soft Spun Fashion Fit V-Neck shirt also packs all the same benefits in terms of a lighter, more comfortable weight, and ultra soft cotton. This t-shirt is great for the fashion forward shopper and also makes a great selection if the shirts will be worn at parties or similar events. Don’t miss out on this sure winner!

978 Anvil Ladies’ Heavyweight T-Shirt

The Anvil Ladies’ Heavyweight T-shirt is what we always recommend as the standard for a ladies’ t-shirt. The reason for this is that this shirt gets everything right. It has a more feminine cut than the men’s version while still retaining a true, standard t-shirt style. That means that unlike the fashion fit t-shirts mentioned above this shirt still fits like a regular tee which is often very desirable and preferable for a number of reasons. In addition the Anvil Ladies has a fantastic selection of colors, is preshrunk, and also a very affordable, well-priced option.

Rest assured that in addition to the ladies’ version of this shirt unisex and youth options for the style also exist. Plus, if you’re looking for a more speciality type of ladies’ shirt like a v-neck or tank top, Anvil still has you covered with some really great choices. Let us know if you have any questions or want to find a specific color or other ladies’ style.

2184 Anvil Baseball T-Shirt

The Anvil Baseball Tee is one of our absolute favorite raglan style t-shirts! This shirt is designed to be worn by baseball or softball teams, but in truth it makes a fresh, stylish choice for any t-shirt shopper. The contrasting sleeves and body of the shirt are the hallmark of this style and Anvil does it right with some really great color combos.

Remember this shirt is designed to have a ¾ length sleeve. That means that when worn correctly the sleeve will stop somewhere between the elbow and wrist and will fall right in between a traditional long sleeve and short sleeve shirt. It’s a really fun, style and fit, but we want to make sure our customers are aware that this shirt isn’t designed to be a full long sleeve. If you are looking for a shirt with full length long sleeves we can definitely find you another great Anvil option though.

923 Anvil Ringer T-Shirt

The Anvil Ringer Tee is our favorite ringer shirt! It brings the usual quality, style, and comfort of other Anvil brand shirts with the added flare and character of a ringer tee. All this is a really great price point too! The ringer style shirt has different colored sleeves and neck for a nice, fresh spin on the classic tee. Once again Anvil brings us a great selection of colors.

The Anvil Ringer is a really great choice for people who are attending sporting events as fans and want to support their teams. However, we actually sell quite a few of these to teams as uniforms as well. They definitely have a more athletic style to them than the standard t-shirt, but are much lower priced than a performance style jersey or even the raglan style shirt we mentioned above. All in all this is a really great economical choice for people who are looking for something just a bit different.

So there you have it, five of our favorite Anvil brand shirts. That’s really just a very small sampling of what Anvil has to offer. They have quite a few other shirts for ladies or athletes, and a really amazing selection of regular unisex t-shirts in all kinds of different styles and colors. Believe us when we say that we had a tough choice narrowing down our picks to just five! We went with these five though because they are not only some of the most popular choices, but also because they typically have excellent availability and can be received and shipped quickly which makes them great for rush orders. Just let us know if you have any questions!

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