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Kat Hubbs

Last weekend my fellow Inker Ben and I traveled to Chicago for the HOW Design Live Conference. Thousands of designers, freelancers, and in-house managers came together to learn and be inspired — by each other and the many speakers working in the design industry. There were sessions about technique, new technology, brainstorming, staying creative, and how to make your in-house design more desirable. After four days you leave feeling energized, full of ideas, and ready to create!

We got the inside scoop on Martha Stewart Living’s ipad apps and digital magazine, which made me want to run out and buy an ipad just to use them! We learned creative ideas for brainstorming from the folks at Disney. We heard about various exercises to get the creative juices flowing for yourself or your design team. We learned the difference between Lettering and Type design from Jessica Hische (check out her wonderful blog the Daily Drop Cap). And finally, we got to see products and work from loads of vendors including stock photography, paper samples, t-shirt designers, t-shirt printers, and letterpress studios. Even Adobe was there showing off their new suite of software.

As you can see from the collection of swag above, French Paper was there, generously giving away examples of their lovely paper. The line for their booth was humongous, and the guys were feverishly running around trying to keep up with the demand. They ran out of stuff before lunch on the second day, and there is good reason too. Check out the Sample Room, a blog displaying various artists’ work using French Paper. With their long history of eco friendly paper making and wonderful color selection, I definitely know what I am using for my next non-tshirt project.

When we weren’t in sessions, Ben and I were sharing all our experiences over delicious lunches around town. Chicago continues to creep-up my favorite cities list by offering so many delicious food options. My new favorite is Chicago style hotdogs… if only I could get them at east coast ballparks! I will be dreaming of those dogs, as I create new artwork and design templates for you this fall. In the meantime, share some of your inspiring blogs, artists, and design with us in the comments!


May Artist of the Month

This month’s artist spotlight is on our own Jack-of-All-Trades, Jeff. He is literally on every team here at CustomInk. Whenever a team has more projects than manpower they call on Jeff. When there is something that needs taking care of around the office, Jeff to the rescue!

Jeff was into everything in college as well, where he concentrated in photography but had just as many credits in metals, jewelry, painting and drawing. He has trained his eye pretty well over the years doing photography, and so each project starts with him stumbling across a strong composition.

The compositions are one of the elements I enjoy most about Jeff’s work. The juxtaposition of straight lines and curves, diagonal shadows bisecting the frame, and the close crop forcing the viewer to see the rusty details. Each piece gives the subject a mammoth feel, heavy and immovable, with no more relevance to the outside world.

When I asked Jeff about his work, he said he is drawn to things that appear to have a forgotten history, especially industrial sites and equipment; objects that are rusting away in crumbling towns that time has left behind. They are a reminder of where we have been and how our priorities change with each new generation. Imposing structures that spark growth and create cities, yet fall into disrepair.


Mascot Clip Art

Hi everyone, I just added two new collections of artwork to our website: Mascots and Vacations! The new Mascot designs are perfect for your team or summer sport camp. Lions, Tigers, and Pirates… Oh my! The Vacation Collection is perfect for those people heading out on a mountain vacation, going fishing, or hitting the waves. You can find them by searching any of the following: vacation, mountains, lake, surfing, beach, and fishing. Whatever your plans are for the summer, try adding some of our artwork to take your shirts to the next level. Enjoy!

Vacation Clip Art


Prom Clip Art

Prom season is just around the corner, and I am happy to say we have tons of new artwork that will be perfect for the big event! All of these images can be found in the artwork gallery of our Design Lab. You can click your way into the Events category and to the “Prom” link, or just type “Prom” in the search field.

Prom Ideas

Of course, there are lots of other terms you can search to find prom essentials: Dance, Crown, Music, King and Queen. And don’t forget all the little extras that make a design sparkle: Stars, Hearts, Flourish, Swirl, Ornate and Banner.

2011 Prom ThemeHere is my throw back design for all those schools that like to have themed proms. I could go on for days with all the search terms associated with various themes. The best thing to do is search the exact thing you seek. For my design I searched these terms: Sea, Seahorse, The, Under, and Bubbles. Easy – Peasy! Now get going on your design and be the star of your planning committee!

Customize the Under the Sea design for your group.


CustomInk Artist Erin K.

This month the artist spotlight is on Erin K., one of our Artwork Specialists. Erin is a part of the Creative Services team, helping customers take their t-shirt ideas to the next level with pre-order design assistance! Read more –>


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