Wednesday, October 6, 2010

What makes a good National Invitational t-shirt?

We are in the midst of the 2011 National 4-H Shooting Sports Invitational t-shirt design contest. The flyer for the contest can be found online at

Rules for submission include:
Must be a 4-H member (not necessarily a shooting sports participant). May
be a team (any size), 4-H Club, or individual submission. Participants must be
from the same county.
Logo and Theme Requirements:
Images may be hand drawn or computer generated.
Electronic images must be in a jpg format.
Logo will be featured on the back of the t-shirts
If selected, the image may be modified for printing purposes.
Submission Deadline:
December 3, 2010.
Submission Rights and Credits:
All submissions become the property of Texas AgriLife Extension Service.
4-H Members release all rights to future use of logo.
Credit will be provided to individual, team, or club submitting winning logo in
the 2011 National 4-H Shooting Sports Invitational program of events.
Winning Entry:
Winning entry will be voted on by Texas 4-H faculty & staff.
Winner will be notified and winning entry will be featured in January

So, what makes a good t-shirt design? There are a few things to remember:
  • Texas is the host for the 2011 match. Include a reference to the state in the design so that the shirt isn't just another Invitational shirt, but a memento of the Invitational Texas hosted.
  • Try to come up with a catchphrase or slogan for the event. Last year, we used "Shooting Straight in the Lone Star State." Nebraska used "Aiming our best in the Midwest." 
  • The logo will be used on our event program for the week, so make sure it is appropriate for many different contexts. 
  • Be sure the logo is relevant to all disciplines represented at the match: air pistol, air rifle, compound archery, recurve archery, smallbore pistol, smallbore rifle, hunting, muzzleloading, and shotgun. The logo doesn't have to include the image of a firearm, but if it does, make sure it can represent all disciplines.
  • We just need a design for the backs of t-shirts. The front logo remains the same. You can find that on the top of the image below:
This is last year's early design. We made modifications to it when we selected the final design, but this can give you a basic idea of what we look for. Don't pay attention to all the color information on the sides of the image, the print shop that created this (CC Creations), include that for their purposes. We do not need that from contest participants, we just need a logo. CC Creations will do the rest to make your design printable!

If you have any questions about this office, feel free to contact me. I'm more than willing to help. Good luck and I hope to see your submissions in the office in December!

Have a great rest of the week!

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