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We are super excited to announce that the overall winner of our 2013 Graduate T-shirt Design Contest is Dominic Kesterton, a recent Illustration graduate from Edinburgh College of Art. Dominic has won himself £1000 worth of printed t-shirts courtesy of IconPrinting and Continental Clothing; 1 years subscription to a Shopify store; a ASOS Marketplace boutique, plus mentorship from successful t-shirt brand Millionhands; exposure from It’s Nice That and Glug and business cards from Congratulations Dominic!

And the THREE runners-up are…


Here are our final four of eight finalists for our 2013 Graduate T-shirt Design Contest!

In case you missed us introducing our other four finalists, you can check them out here. They’re a super talented bunch! We shall be revealing the overall winner and two runners up later on this week.

Lydia Hannah Thomas t-shirt

Uni is now over, it feels…
Like I was a big fat hairy caterpillar, now, I’ve had lots of showers and lots of walks in the sunshine and I am now a beautiful butterfly ready to show the world my colours and style!

What advice would you give to your first term, first year self?
Experiment with everything, make mistakes, if you want to do something, do it. Don’t get bogged down and worried, just keep making beautiful pieces of work and it will work out! Never stop making!

A blog I’m loving at the moment, is…

The inspiration behind my t-shirt design entry came from…
One of my favourite films, with the best soundtrack “Garden State”

If you look inside my wardrobe you’d see…
My bright pink ski jacket (I don’t actually ski though).

When I have a moment spare I love to…
Run into the sea, then run out…because it’s too cold!

In five years I’d like to be…
Running my own screen printing and cupcake cafe with my boyfriend…maybe in New Zealand.


Lydia Hannah Thomas 2

To see more of Lydia’s work, check out her website or blog.

Freya Faulkner

When I was growing up I wanted to be… Exactly where I am right now. Growing up I was always pulled between my two passions, English Literature and Art. But I realised I would only ever be happy if I was working in a visually creative capacity. Art has always been my primary way of understanding things and expressing myself. It is the way I make sense of the world so I guess that I always knew I’d get to this point someday.

Uni is now over, it feels… Weird. Scary. Exhilarating. The training wheels have come off and I’m hitting the open road, but I’m ready for it.

When I’m in London, my favourite hang-outs are… That’s a difficult question to answer. I’ve been in London for a while and one of the reasons I love this city is because it’s always changing, that’s what keeps it fresh and exciting. But I’ve been living in Peckham for a few years now and I love it, so at the moment you’ll probably find me at the Bussey Building, in Bar Story or if the sun’s shining and the queue isn’t too long at Franks Campari Bar.

The inspiration behind my t-shirt design entry came from… Quantum Mechanics. The inspiration behind this design was my exploration of the Big Bang. I’m fascinated by the space where words fail or are inadequate and visual communication can bring a reality and immediacy to a concept. This design is about pure energy, expansion and the moment after the Big Bang called The Great Annihilation when matter and antimatter collided and sent each other into oblivion.

If you look inside my wardrobe you’d see… A raggle taggle eclectic bunch of clothing. Being a student isn’t easy so you have to get creative about fashion on a budget. Some days I love being covered head to toe in colourful, clashing prints, others I’m head to toe in black. It depends on my mood and what I’m doing. I do have a secret stash of incredible 1970s Liberty Print dresses but they don’t come out very often, you can’t screen print in 100% wool.

In five years I’d like to be… In my own studio, surrounded by colour, pattern and things that make me laugh, working on something I’m passionate about. I’ll probably be covered in ink trying to juggle emails, a deadline and a pint-sized cup of tea simultaneously with a big grin on my face.


Freya Faulkner 2

To see more of Freya’s work, check out her website or blog.

Nathalia Moore

Uni is now over, it feels…
Strange, but now I have a chance to create work without the sense of having a looming hand-in deadline and knowing that I no longer have to justify and explain why I’ve made the work. I know it will be tough to break into the illustration industry, but the hard work will eventually pay off.

My piece of advice for a new student would be…
Plan your time wisely! It’s not just about making nice piece of work. If you can’t meet a deadline you’ll tumble at the first hurdle. Make lists for EVERYTHING and it WILL get done.

The inspiration behind my t-shirt design entry came from…
Looking around the environment in which I live and seeing something beautiful in even the most ordinary objects or beings.

If you look inside my wardrobe you’d see…
Stripes, polka-dots, shades of blue and my battered ten year old Doc. Martins.

The best t-shirt I’ve ever seen would have to be…
A vintage turquoise and white Mickey Mouse t-shirt I bought in Brick Lane five years ago for a fiver. I love it to bits!


Nathalie Moore 2

If you would like to see more of Nathalie’s work, check out her website or blog.

Paolo Fiore


Uni is now over, it feels… like I’ve Jumped off a cliff and I’m still falling.


What advice would you give to your first term, first year self?
Don’t get wound up thinking and stressing too much about the future, let the process grow organically.


The inspiration behind my t-shirt design entry came from…
doing a 24 hour comic project, I became hooked on the idea of completing a project in a short space of time with no planning. I locked myself in the flat and powered for 24 hours using Youtube and news channels to fuel inspiration and subconscious responses on the page.


A blog I’m loving at the moment, is – Great illustrators who have helped me out with exposure since graduating. Pete recently approached me to help with a mural in Shoreditch for the New Blood closing party and I love his work!


What item of clothing could you not live without? Pants…


In five years I’d like to be… doing what i love doing and enjoying life.

Paolo Fiore 2

To see more of Paolo’s work, check out his website

Icon Printing are a screen printing t-shirt supplier based in Shoreditch. For more an instant quote, please visit our website. Call on: 0207 183 8431

We recently held a super exciting t-shirt design competition that was open to all Art and Design students graduating this summer. To enter, each new grad just needed to submit a design they felt would look awesome on a t-shirt – it could be something they had already created or a completely new piece of artwork, it was that simple!


IconPrinting are really excited to announce that all the entries for the 2013 Graduate T-shirt Design contest are now in! We have had a fantastic response, with over 100 new grads submitting work. We would like to say a big “thank-you” to everyone who entered, here are just are few of our favourite entries…

(above image: T-shirt design entry by Tom Howe, Camberwell College of Arts)


Our friends over at 99designs are currently holding an awesome contest to create an illustration based around Silicon Roundabout…

This competition is to celebrate the recent launch of the London based 99designs office. The winning design will win £500 AND Icon Printing will be printing t-shirts with the winning illustration all over ‘em – because we’re nice like that.

What’s Silicon Roundabout all about then? Well, it’s the heart of the tech start-up community in London. Officially it is the starting point for 200 + web companies, but its more than just internet businesses. There are great independent bars, pop up restaurants, clothes shops, coffee shops, art galleries. In a nutshell, it’s a hub of creative commerce. So, this is a image design for a geographic area. It could potentially be used on everything from the back of a business card size to a poster, t-shirt, social media page and more!

For more info on the design brief head over to the contest page here – or check out their blog.

There are some great designs already up, like the one featured in the top image – this one is by Hermin. Nice work! You’d be silly not to enter, and while you’re at it why not enter our contest too? If you’re a Design or Illustration student graduating this year, make sure you enter our T-shirt design competition! It’s a corker!

Icon Printing are a screen printing t-shirt supplier based in Shoreditch. For more an instant quote, please visit our website. Call on: 0207 183 8431

We’re excited to announce our career launching competition – if you’ve ever thought you could run your own t-shirt company then this is for you.
                                                                                                                                                                                                        icon printing competition

We’re inviting 2013 design and illustration graduates to submit one piece of work which they think would look amazing on a t-shirt. The graduate who impresses the high profile judging panel the most will win this career launching package worth £3,500:
£1000 worth of printed t-shirts with their design, courtesy of IconPrinting and Continental Clothing
1 years subscription to a Shopify store
An ASOS Marketplace boutique rent-free for 1 year
Mentorship from successful t-shirt brand Millionhands
Exposure from It’s Nice That
A t-shirt stand at the next Glug event
£100 worth business cards from

Alex Econs, founder of IconPrinting, said: “We wanted to create the best possible start up package for a new t-shirt label to help launch their brand. It’s fantastic that so many high profile brands wanted to get involved and it’s a great opportunity for a talented designer with an interest in fashion.”

Enter via the contest page, by emailing or submit via Twitter @iconprinting

Competition deadline: July 1st  2013