5 things you need to know before ordering custom t-shirts

So, you’re thinking of ordering custom t-shirts?

Good idea! But whether you are getting them for your company, for a weekend away with friends, or as promo giveaways, it definitely pays to spend a few minutes reviewing these questions before ordering custom t-shirts and spending your cash.

The brilliant Buyapowa, with their team t-shirts. For sure they know all the things you need to know before ordering custom t-shirts
The brilliant Buyapowa, with their team t-shirts. Check them out for all your referral platform needs!

Here’s a few things to consider. Hopefully they will save you both time AND money.

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Christmas swag inspiration

Christmas business gifts and christmas inspiration ideasChristmas business gifts, such as sweaters and t-shirts, are great way to say thank you to your employees, your clients, and earn you some good holiday PR. It only takes a little effort to come up with corporate Christmas gift ideas that really stand out from the crowd. Plus, you’ll have created something that people will want (and hopefully wear more than just over the festive season!). And the potential rewards are huge!

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Keen IO’s brilliant t-shirt Easter Egg for developers

Keen IO are a San Francisco startup that makes it easy to create real-time data applications through the use of their API. What this means in non-tech terms is that 60,000 people use Keen IO APIs to capture, analyze, and embed data analytics into their products. It allows them to use all this data and present it in a usable way, through graphs, charts, tables etc.

Because they’re a technical product, their primary users tend to be developers. And to engage their audience they’ve hidden* a brilliant free t-shirt Easter egg in their API documentation – for our non-technical readers, this is the “manual” that their users must consult to know how to implement Keen IO’s code properly.

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Our Premium t-shirt: American Apparel 50/50

Introducing one of our favourite t-shirts. We call it the Premium t-shirt: the American Apparel 50/50, also known as BB401.

BEST FOR:
Tech firms; Silicon Valley Startups; those who have a good budget and want to send a premium product to favourite customers, and those who want to sell only the finest merch.

The AA50/50 is a super stylish cut, feels incredibly soft to wear and screenprinting looks amazing on it.

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Our Standard t-shirt: The Gildan Softstyle

Introducing one of our favourite t-shirts, what we call our Standard t-shirt: the Gildan Softstyle.

BEST FOR:
All uses, from promotional giveaways to corporate uniforms to band merch. It looks like a premium product but at a great price.

This is a a really versatile choice for your garment. Why? It’s great value, stylish, feels great to wear and screenprinting looks amazing on it.

It’s called Softstyle because it uses Gildan’s proprietary softstyle yarns. These yarns consume less energy to manufacture, producing less waste and result in a more stable print surface than traditional ring spun products (such as our budget t-shirts).

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What’s the difference? Screen Printing vs Digital Printing

Screen Printing vs Digital Printing

We’ve previously written about what screen printing is, but there’s another type of printing that you may have heard of called Digital Printing (which is also known as Direct To Garment, or DTG).

At Ramp, we use screen printing to print your t-shirts. Why? Well, we think it’s the best, most tried and tested method. But let’s look at DTG too.

What’s the difference?

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The best t-shirts from SXSW – inspiration for 2017!

We’re just starting to get ready for the influx of orders for this year’s beer, music, movies and tech fest that is South By South West in Austin, Texas. SXSW t-shirts are an absolutely vital part of this amazing event, and we don’t recall seeing more than a handful of people wearing much else during our times there!

So, for inspiration, here’s some previous great SXSW t-shirts that have been spotted wandering around the conference centre by day, and 6th Street by night….

SXSW t-shirts

Startup Repp got some brilliant conversations started in 2013 with this provocative number!

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Number #1 in our limited edition t-shirt series

Limited Edition T-shirt for every order with Ramp

It’s maybe stating the obvious, but we live and breathe t-shirts here at Ramp HQ. And we’ve written before about how we think t-shirts are a great way to say “thank you” to your customers or users. So it’s only right that we lead by example. From today, when you place an order with us, we’ll send you a very special limited edition t-shirt, for free, in the size of your choice.

neil ramp limited edition t-shirt
Neil Cocker, Ramp’s CEO, with limited edition t-shirt #1

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How many colours are in my t-shirt design?

If you’re going to be screenprinting your images onto t-shirts, you need to know how many colours are in your t-shirt design. Now that should be straightforward, right? Well, yes and no. Let’s look at a few cases where it’s not quite so simple.

How many colours are in my t-shirt design?

But first, why do we even need to know how many colours there are? Why can’t we just print your shirt, dammit?

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T-shirt design inspiration

Some great artworks used as a t-shirt design inspiration

Before you get started, bear in mind that creating a logo or artwork shouldn’t be a quick job, especially when you’re going to use it for your t-shirt design. Think about how you want to represent your brand and whether what you’ve created fits with your style. After all, this will end up adorning most of your merch. An instantly recognisable logo or a clever piece of eye-catching artwork can help you stand out from the crowd.

t-shirt design inspiration

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