About

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.

Mograph Monsters in motion thanks to David Stanfield
Mograph Monsters in motion thanks to David Stanfield

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!

Final 9 designs to be printed as shirts
Final 9 designs to be printed as shirts
Shirts come in any color, as long as it's black. Printed on high quality American Apparel shirts by the legendary Cotton Bureau.
Shirts come in any color, as long as it's black. Printed on high quality American Apparel shirts by the legendary Cotton Bureau.
Grid poster of all 20 designs. 18x24 inch, 2-color on Black Muscletone. Printed by the Half and Half, embossed and signed.
Grid poster of all 20 designs. 18x24 inch, 2-color on Black Muscletone. Printed by the Half and Half, embossed and signed.
Patch Mock-up. We will produce 5 different patches from the top selling T-shirt designs.
Patch Mock-up. We will produce 5 different patches from the top selling T-shirt designs.

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.

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    Set of DESIGN GANGS wallpapers for your mobile and desktop and our eternal gratitude

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    Design Gang Temporary Tattoo Pack: (5) top requested T-shirt designs as temporary tattoos. about 2" square. Domestic shipping included.

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    Design Gang Patch Pack: Choose any 3 from the (5) top requested T-shirt designs as embroidered patches. Domestic shipping included.

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    Design Gang Print:
    (1) 18x24 inch, 2-color screenprint on French Paper Black Muscletone. Each print is embossed and signed. Domestic shipping included.

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    Design Gang Single Shirt:
    (1) design gang shirt of your choice. You may choose from the 9 made available as T-shirts. Domestic shipping included.

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    Design Gang Shirt/Patch Pack:
    (1) Design gang shirt & (1) patch (of the 5 available) of your choice. May choose various designs and sizes. Must all ship to one location. Domestic shipping included.

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    Design Gang Shirt 2-Pack:
    (2) Design gang shirts of your choice. May choose various designs and sizes. Must all ship to one location. Domestic shipping included.

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    Deluxe Combo:
    (1) Design Gang tattoo pack
    (1) Design Gang shirt of your choice
    (1) Design Gang two color screen print
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    Super Deluxe Combo:
    (1) Design Gang tattoo pack of 5 tattoos
    (1) Design Gang patch of the 5 available
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    (1) Design Gang two color screen print
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    Design Gang Shirt WORKWEEK PACK: (5) Design gang shirts of your choice. One for each day of the week or give them to your friends or creative team. May choose various designs and sizes. Must all ship to one location. Domestic shipping included.

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    Design Gang Shirt BIG AGENCY PACK: (10) Design gang shirts of your choice to outfit your creative team. May choose various designs and sizes. Must all ship to one location. Domestic shipping included.

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    Design Gangs SPEAKING ENGAGEMENT. I'll come out to your design organization, design school, or company and share my story. Focusing on design gangs I've encountered through my career as well as my commitment to personal projects and the roads they've taken me down. Does not include travel cost which will be calculated based on your location (airfare and necessary accommodations).

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Funding period

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