JVLehrer got their new t-shirt by running a design contest:
Help Budo Shingikan School of Japanese Martial Arts with a new t-shirt design
Check out JVLehrer's T-shirt contest…
We teach the Japanese martial art Aikido to adults and children in the Mesa, Arizona area. Aikido is a highly effective, advanced martial art involving blending with the opponents energy and redirecting it. Aikido also has a highly developed ethical and philosophical aspect. It is not a sport and there are no tournaments or games.
What's your vision?
We are looking for a design that might be usable on t-shirts as well as other merchandise (coffee cups, hats, etc). The tag line we are considering is "Budo Shingikan Aikido - Feel me now?" We may or may not actually use this, but this is the attitude. Please produce a design that works with and without the tagline. Aikido is a very hands-on marital art - not much in the way of punches or kicks. More throws and energy redirection. We are looking for a design that blends traditional Japanese visual elements with something edgier - matching the sort of urban sense of the tagline. The Aikido community is split between flowery, non-martial styles, and more robust, practical, martial styles. We fall into the latter camp and would like to emphasize this without going over the top. At their heart, all Aikido styles come from the same root. Above all, the sentiment is one of connection and integration. Samurai-type design elements are fine, but the sword should not be emphasized as we would prefer to see the open hand aspects of Aikido emphasized if people are integrated into the design. While the tagline has a slightly whimsical quality to it, the design should not. We would prefer to see the design be the more serious or straightforward element and let the "feel me now?" be the extent of the whimsy.
We would like to appeal to the 24-35 male and female crowd, but kids should find the design cool as well. These people should not be "beat the crap out of you"-type martial arts consumers. Those people go to MMA or Brazilian Jiu-jitsu. This is more of an intellectual crowd, but we are still dealing with people who appreciate the martial aspects of Aikido. Also, I am attaching our logo. Our colors generally follow the black and red of the logo, but we are flexible on this for the purposes of this design.
Every design category has flexible pricing for all budgets. T-shirt starts at $269.
Full copyright with production-ready files for digital and/or print.
It all began with a design brief.
A quick, interactive guide helped them understand their design style and captured exactly what they needed in their t-shirt.
Designers across the globe delivered design magic.
JVLehrer collaborated with designers to refine their ideas
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And then… they selected 3 winners!
J has been a pleasure to work with, he submitted clean and quality designs, which were just a notch above in terms of capturing what we wanted. We also felt like we were working 1-1 with an artist and not just trading texts through a computer screen. We really look forward to working with him again on a future project!
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