Design 31 : Latte Haiku t-shirt

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Yay! I finally made another t-shirt.  So happy.  Actually made two so I’m on a roll.  Here is my first one.  What do you think?

and then I did another one

I have some more latte/coffee sayings I could do.

They come in 5 colors and mens and womens although I doubt guys would wear it.  I do wish Merch Amazon had v- or scoop necklines for women.  Oh cool thing is Merch Amazon is spreading into UK and Germany so in a few months my designs will be over there too.

On this design, I used a picture of a real latte with a heart I took in a California cafe.  The only thing is that it has bubbles.  Do you think I should flatten it and make it into a graphic design latte heart so that the image is more flat — no bubbles.  The bubbles are a result of the frothing of the milk for a latte.  Coffee is smoother because the milk isn’t frothed.  I could smooth out the bubbles to make the surface look flatter but that makes it less of a latte.  What do you think?  Realism or a more flatter more illustrative type look?

I probably will go 2-d graphic design type latte with Zazzle because I think they will print better there if I only do one color. Merch Amazon does a pretty good job on photos.  Zazzle’s photos’ colors look more faded which doesn’t matter so much with the latte. I like Merch Amazon’s printing better but Zazzle has a much better selection of styles with all kinds of shirts for women like razor back, tank tops, crops and lots more.

close up on the bubbles

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8 Replies to “Design 31 : Latte Haiku t-shirt”

  1. Michael says:

    I actually kind of like the 3D thing going on but I can see why some people wouldn’t

    • MNL says:

      I get confused because I like both real photographs and 2D illustrations. I think the illustrations are easier on screen printers though because you can do one or two colors of ink, much cheaper to print then.

  2. Very nice and creative!

  3. Anonymous says:

    Here’s my 2 cents worth. I like the 2-D flat better! I like the “hot and spicy” shirt best, though I probably wouldn’t wear it to the mall! The other shirt with the cat and book comment, I think needs a different photo entirely–not feeling coffee thing on that one.

    • MNL says:

      So more of a cat and book thing? because of the first line? I’ll work on that one — my cats are not exactly cooperative on planned shots.

  4. Brian Frum says:

    It’s hard to be a good latte!


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