Hi, my name is Ryan and I am the designer at SmartLogic. Sometimes when I’m not working on projects for our clients I work on t-shirt designs! With the fourth annual Baltimore Hackathon just around the corner, we’d like to unveil this year’s t-shirt design and take a look back at the shirt designs from previous years.
And without further ado, here is the t-shirt design for Baltimore Hackathon 2015:
I designed the first Hackathon shirt in 2012. As a tribute to innovation and new ideas, the first Hackathon’s website featured many old drawings and plans for inventions. In keeping with this aesthetic, we decided to take a few extra steps to give the t-shirt design a hand-drawn feeling:
- Brainstorming/sketching - In this step I get some ideas on paper and gather feedback. It’s important to keep in mind that the drawing needs to fit nicely on a t-shirt.
- Preliminary drawing - Once we’ve settled on an idea, I get to work on a preliminary drawing. For this step I work either in pencil or by drawing a basic frame in Illustrator so that I can still make changes.
- Finalized drawing - After the team give the thumbs-up, I use a marker to add cross-hatching or stippling.
- Production-ready files - Now it’s time to scan the drawing and create the file from which the actual screenprints will be made. In Photoshop I clean up any mistakes I made in the inking process and add a little color.
Each design takes about 30 hours to complete, and I always love seeing how they look printed on the t-shirts.
For the first shirt design, we wanted to draw on the theme of innovation. 2012’s t-shirt features everyone’s favorite Baltimore icon Mr. Boh as a pilot at the dawn of aviation.
With the second shirt we continued in the same spirit, and this time Mr. Boh is speeding along in an old-timey race car.
After his journeys in the air and on the open road, Mr. Boh is setting sail for 2015’s nautically themed Hackathon.