Archived Tee - 2010-01-07
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Tell us about this design:
Since the Dark Side started using genetically modified walkers, they found many had to visit the Imperial Veterinary Clinic of Osteology suffering with acute pain in their hip joints. X-rays revealed their skeleton structure was just not strong enough to manoeuvre wearing those heavy boots. No amount of Cod Liver oil would ease their pain.
Tell us about yourself:
I’m a proud design geek, I love that finally, you’re allowed to be open about your own geekiness. I’m a father of two beautiful young girls who are embarrassed that their dad is a geek. Anyway, enough of this geek talk.
What's a day in the life of Roger like?
I’m a senior designer for an American owned events and publishing company. My day involves juggling many different design projects, and more often than not, it's a struggle to keep them all up in the air. My work is fairly varied, so I’m lucky my days are kept interesting. I commute on the train so I get a fair amount of time to work on tee ideas that get worked up in the studio at home, I just swop one Mac for another.
Do you own a lot of shirts? If so, what's your favorite?
I do own a lot of shirts, it’s almost a fetish. I’m lucky that everyday is ‘dress down for work day’ in my office so I get to exhibit many different designs. My current favourite is a skate tee ‘Bored? ... Board’ by Nick Ford, I’m a sucker for clean, crisp lines in tee designs.
What advice would you offer to aspiring designers? I saw you were on the top ten RedBubble sellers list. Got any advice on selling designs online with a on demand fulfillment company like RB?
You’ve gotta keep at it, especially on POD sites. Just because they handle all the production doesn’t mean sales will automatically come. You’ve got to promote very carefully. Blanket spamming just doesn’t work, you’ve got to be targeted and work hard to build relationships. If you’re prepared to put in the work, the good times will come. Thankfully, it’s not a dark art, common sense will take you a long way.
Any shout outs?
I have to give a mention to my fellow collaborators in ‘The Game Of Kings’ over at RedBubble. There are some seriously talented and varied artists and writers working on a huge chess based art project. Each of them has inspired and pushed me in a direction I didn’t think I’d go in.