When Pop Culture Becomes Fashionable
Do you have a favorite movie? Who is your favorite singer or band? What is your favorite fast-food chain?
Regardless of how you responded, there is a high likelihood that you wear or have worn a t-shirt that reflects an aspect of popular culture.
Pop Culture and What You Learn at Graphic Design School
Television shows, movie characters, food products, and virtually everything under the sun have been emblazoned upon the fronts and backs of t-shirts at one time or another.
They are given away as premiums, used to advertise, and worn to make social statements.
Pop culture is a good way to glean ideas for your graphic design ideas whether it's for t-shirt designs or a multimillion dollar ad campaign.
Graphic design colleges provide the career training to become a good designer; you supply the creativity by observing the world around you.
In our concluding article of Pop Culture Graphic Design and Funny T-Shirts we'll show that famous people or things can serve as good subject material for t-shirts. Click on each image for more info on the designs.
Are You Psyched Up?
If you have ever attended a psychology class in school you are familiar with the work of Sigmund Freud. Freud was responsible for several new theories in human behavioral study and developed the clinical technique of psychoanalysis to help his patients overcome various anxieties and fears.
One of his major theories on how humans develop was based upon the mother-son relationship and how strongly this tie influences the future behavior of children and confidence levels even through adulthood.
One graphic designer used this idea to highlight this specific concept while having a little fun with pop culture vernacular.
It's So Surreal
Salvador Dali influenced the modern art movement by turning everyday scenes and familiar images into surrealistic art. Not only was he an exceptional artist, he also had a very eccentric personality and flair.
His trademark mustache seemed to serve as a visual statement about the artist's perception of the world and his love of the offbeat.
One artist has made Dali the surreal subject of her t-shirt design. In this case, the artist has become the art. Dali would have been pleased.
The "Invisible" T-Shirt
We've saved the best one for last in this article. Graphic designers should especially like this one.
If you've used Photoshop, you have undoubtedly used the little eraser to touch up your images or remove unwanted details for a quick fix.
But as all PS users know, by erasing part of the image, you get a checkerboard pattern in its place, which tells you that you need to fill the "empty" void with something.
Try wearing this t-shirt while walking around town. The ones who smile at you are the Photoshop users.
T-shirts and Real Life
The lowly t-shirt serves as a reminder to all designers that our work permeates through all levels of society. In this series we've demonstrated that popular culture can be a viable source of inspiration for graphic designers and artists.
Your education at a graphic design school or college is important but your personal talent and eye for detail is crucial for being successful as a designer.
We hope you've enjoyed this series.
So until next time, keep on designing!