If you've ever worked in an ad agency, design firm, been an illustrator or been around the world of visual design, you know there is an unspoken language and a mutual understanding. A knowing nod to those around us that have been through the same experiences, fought the same battles and come out on the other side. Whether it's saving out your 9th version of the "final" file to end a project, dealing with "a gift" on your office floor given by the cantankerous office dog, or slugging it out for long hours at an unpaid internship. There is a unique subculture that exists amongst those of us that have paid our dues and the Design Gangs Series humorously captures that through a series biker gang style badges on a variety of printed goods.
After a long career inside design shops and agencies, as a designer and creative director, I've been running my own small studio for a few years. A short twitter exchange with the design firm, Forefathers, had us joking about some of these situations understood by those of us in creative professions. This interaction made me think about the other "gangs" that could inhabit the modern world of visually creative professions. Before I knew it, this exploration was turning into a series. Based on the response I've received from all the work I've posted online, the resounding response has been very positive, with people connecting with various badges based on their own personal experience.
So Kickstarter friends, my goal is to raise enough to produce a series of 9 of these designs as t-shirts, all 20 on a screen printed poster, and some fun temporary tattoos. Kickstarter is the perfect platform to allow me to produce these as a series and get them in the hands of everyone that wants them.
I hope you dig the series and thanks in advance for taking a look and backing the project!
Risks and challenges
The artwork has all been created, so hopefully you all feel like you know what you're getting. Potential obstacles are production and fulfillment. Because I've been a professional designer for many years, I have a good handle on production pitfalls, selecting good vendors and understanding timelines. I created a successfully funded project a few years back called MAX100. It was a high end art book and I learned many lessons regarding fulfillment and shipping on that project, that will help me to make sure that process runs as smoothly as possible.
I have also partnered with vendors I know and trust for both the print (the Half and Half) and the t-shirts (Cotton Bureau). I have experienced their quality and attention to detail firsthand.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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