**Editor's note: this post has been edited/updated for accuracy as of December 2021.
We see a ton of really awesome custom t-shirts every single day. It's kind of the best—I mean, how can you be bored when you've got stacks on stacks on stacks of amazing designs from companies that you love/admire queued up? As a marketing team, we try to get our hands on some of our favorites before they get sent out to their happy homes so that we can have photographic evidence of all of the cool stuff we get to print.
Full disclosure: it's impossible for us to sift through every t-shirt, because, well, we print a lot of them. That said, here are 19 of our favorite shirt designs from the past year.
1. Clothe Your Neighbor
Now more than ever, we endorse this message from our pals at Clothe Your Neighbor. We also love how it looks! The blue pops off of the shirt nicely, making sure this message is read and heard loud and clear.
We could spend hours getting lost in the depth of this 3D design from our friends at IZEA. This design does a great job of adding intrigue to a simple design. Plus, that subtle gradient looks amazing.
3. Hiller Goodspeed
It’s always good to stay humble. This shirt keeps that spirit in mind with a quaint, quirky, hand-drawn feel. Check out more of Hiller Goodspeed’s work for friendly, self-deprecating, silly, and inspiring designs.
Our friends at Abstract, a design collaboration software, have us reminiscing with this lego-centric take on the design process. Being able to incorporate legos, a beautiful color palette, and represent the design process in an ..abstract.. way make this design a noteworthy one.
5. Catalyst Church
Mustard was one of our most popular t-shirt colors this year, and this shirt wears it flawlessly. The simple typeface and illustration make this shirt a sight to behold.
6. Pinsa Pizzeria
Who can argue with this one? A fun food like pizza deserves a playful type-centric design, and the folks at Pinsa Pizzeria really delivered the goods.
7. Scarlet Computing Solutions
Scarlet Computing Solutions may sound like a mundane name, but this t-shirt design is anything but. It’s all about the details here, and the complex gradients in this design are what make this t-shirt really stand out.
Other computing solutions can only hope to be this cool.
8. To Write Love On Her Arms
To Write Love On Her Arms really delivers here with a powerful message. The non-profit –– created to bring hope to those struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury, and suicide –– is doing really inspiring work around the world.
9. Help Scout
Help Scout knows how to throw a company retreat. They also know how to design a t-shirt. Help Scout employees work 100% remotely, and twice a year, their whole team gathers for a company retreat to spend some face-to-face time together.
This shirt was designed for their trip to Portugal earlier this year. The color palette that’s somehow both soft and bold has us gushing (and trying to figure out how to get an invite to the next retreat).
10. Raised By Kings
This simple yet powerful design is from Raised by Kings. This amazing brand focuses on building pride for the city they love (Orlando!), while still giving back to the community. Whenever a garment is purchased from their store, proceeds are donated to help provide meals to hungry children and families in Orlando!
Look, we love what we do, but there’s more to it than a paycheck (though it helps!). We love the blend of type and graphics on this design by FridaysTheBomb.
Printing on a tri-blend helped give the design a naturally vintage feel that really enhances the overall look.
For more on tri-blends, what they are, and how they look/feel, be sure to check out What Exactly is a Tri-Blend?
12. Kingdom Native
Next up is clean, simple, and bold design from Kingdom Native. This great example of minimalism was printed on the Canvas 3001 in Mauve, a color that we saw a ton this year.
13. The Ladies Edge
Be inspired by this motivational design by our friends at The Ladies Edge! Notice the detail on this design — metallic gold foil lettering and a touch of animal print! This tank was printed on a District 137 in Blush Frost.
14. Good & Well Supply Co.
This campy, outdoorsy design was done by Good and Well Supply Co. in collaboration with Oxford Pennant this past Summer. The old school, national park vibes of the mascot have us nostalgic for Summer camping trips and yearning to get outdoors.
If you’re a Florida native, you’ve likely had more alligator run-ins than most people would feel comfortable with. This one from Flomotion hits close to home for us.
16. Perfect Keto
80’s design will always live on in some form or fashion, and this funky print from Perfect Keto encapsulates the era perfectly. A white t-shirt serves as a perfect backdrop to let these bright, neon colors really shine.
17. Cornerstone Church
Design by: Cornerstone Church
Printed on: Next Level 3600 in Banana Cream
We’re suckers for summer-centric t-shirt designs, and this one from the team at Cornerstone Church captures the seasonal vibe perfectly. Yellow isn’t a color for everyone, but this design, paired with a softer, more neutral yellow makes this shirt one that’s really wearable for all.
Iconography has long been a staple in t-shirt design, and clearly, the trend isn’t going anywhere.
This is executed perfectly by the designers at Mabl, a software testing platform, as it blends digital and analog design in a beautiful way.
19. Inch x Inch
Anyone else inspired by this t-shirt design from our friends at Inch x Inch? 🙋 This one is a typographic masterpiece, and the natural heathering of the shirt rounds out the overall feel of this shirt perfectly.
Plus, every t-shirt purchase goes towards donating to youth art education programs. What’s not to like here?
Start designing your own
As always, we were blown away this year by the funny, inspiring, and jaw-dropping t-shirt designs that we had the honor of printing. And we're equally blown away by the talented, friendly people who trust to make their artwork come to life.
We can't wait to see what's to come. If you have a t-shirt design you're looking to have printed, talk to our team. Seriously, we can't wait to work with you.