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These fantastic printed t-shirts aim to bridge the gap between the physical and the digital. Super exciting stuff! Here’s how they work…
Augmented Reality? What on earth is that!?
Augmented Reality allows you to point any mobile smartphone or tablet at a target (in this case, a printed t-shirt) and instantly be rewarded with a unique experience on your device. The trigger is basically the image that the camera (your iPhone, for example) recognises to launch the AR experience. It can be anything, from a logo on a flyer or photographs in a magazine, but what we’re pretty excited about is the t-shirt graphics that act as a AR trigger.
Who are Zappar?
Zappar are a Scottish design team that have taken the US by storm with a revolutionary new 3D t-shirt. Zappar was founded by Glaswegian game writer Kirk, 43, English marketing whiz Caspar Thykier, 38, Cambridge University computer engineers Simon Taylor, 28, and Connell Gauld, 23.
In less than a year, the Edinburgh based company sold nearly a million of their t-shirts, which “come alive” when viewed through a smart device. The tiny firm then went on to sign a deal with US supermarket giants Walmart. In June last year, Asda became the first UK retailer to carry a range of their t-shirts.
Developer Kirk Ewing, one of four pals behind the invention, reckons their experiments with Augmented Reality (AR) technology will change the world.
“AR will merge the real world with the computer world. It sounds scary but it will become second nature and we’re the first people to be doing things with it commercially. In the future, you will be able to wear special glasses and see ads coming out of shops and get the football scores off a stranger’s chest as you walk down the street.”
We love the fact their printed t-shirts look like any others until they are viewed through a smartphone or tablet. Just by using a free app, the designs leap from the wearer’s chest in 3D and perform.
Icon Printing are based in Shoreditch, London and are t-shirt direct to garment and t-shirt screen printing specialists. For more an instant quote, please visit our website. Call on: 0207 183 8431 or visit our website for an instant quote.
Okay, so it may not actually be t-shirt weather right now, but we just can’t help ourselves! We’ve come up with our ultimate top five favourite festive printed t-shirts of 2012…
The Comedy Tee (see above)
This is a famous quote from the film Home Alone 2. Kevin is seen lip-syncing “Merry Christmas, ya filthy animal…” – which is originally from the 1938 classic gangster film, Angels with Dirty Faces. This makes pretty awesome text for t-shirt artwork – all of us at Icon Printing would rock this design…
We’ve been meaning to do a blog post on this brand for a little while now. Not only because they’re a fan of Gotham typeface as much as we are (our new logo is Gotham…keep your eyes peeled, it’s coming soon – along with our new website!), but we’ve recently noticed just how successful they’ve become in their unique market. They’ve perfected the blend of chilled, surf lifestyle combined with the sophistication of a big city. We can’t fault their brand identity, we’d happily sport a plain white tee with their black Saturdays logo across it. It’s wonderfully simple but equally as eye catching.
You’ll be surprised to know that they actually are a surf shop in NYC, it’s not just a fancy name. You may have also seen their logo sitting upon paper coffee cups – don’t worry that’s not some kind of mistake either, just another string to their bow.
In late ’09, downtown Manhattan became the site for Saturdays Surf. The store, which caters to New York’s surfers and coffee drinkers alike, is a small boutique focused on clean, stylish apparel, classic hardgoods, and a sampling of finer accessories and footwear. In little over a year the store has become an icon of sorts, and its private label is becoming a brand in its own right.
Out the back our their store is a fully planted yard that acts as a wood-decked sanctuary from the streets. It is a place to enjoy their coffee, hang out with friends or have a quiet meeting. Sounds ideal!
For any info on creating your own branded merch or custom tshirt printing, feel free to get in touch…
phone: 0207 183 8431
1. How long will my order take?
Our standard turnaround time is 7 working days (including production and delivery). We also offer an express service – which is 3 working days. For express turnaround we charge a markup of 20% of your order total. If you need your items sooner, please contact us so we can check your quote and artwork details; additional charges may apply. Once your order has dispatched we’ll email you a dispatch notification.
2. Do you offer an artwork service?
If you need your artwork converting into a print ready format we can help with this. Just upload the files you have so we can check them over. Most of the time converting artwork formats is free of charge however if it’s a complex design, there is an artwork charge which is usually £14.95 per hour.
3. Do I receive a visual proof before my job goes to print?
Yes, once your order is confirmed we’ll email you a visual proof PDF for you to approve before we start production. This allows you to see exactly what you have ordered and check the artwork dimensions, colours, layout and text. We won’t go ahead with production until you have signed the proof off. We’ll also send you an email confirmation with the full order details.
4. How much do you charge for delivery?
Standard delivery (9am to 6pm on weekdays) are free to mainland UK address.
We can deliver on a Saturday and additional charges apply:
Saturday pre 10am @ £40.50 per box and Saturday pre noon @ £30.50 per box.
5. Can I collect my order from your London office?
Sorry, it’s not possible to collect your items from our London office as the production takes place at one of our specialist print houses outside London. We always deliver the printed or embroidered items to your door via courier companies on a next day delivery. We use DPD or APC couriers who deliver next day, we’ll send you a dispatch notification when your items have been sent so you can track your order.
6. What artwork formats do you accept?
Before we start printing or embroidery, we always need your artwork in a print ready format. Depending on which customisation method we use we need the artwork in one of the following formats:
Vector Format for screen printing, embroidery or transfer printing:
– Adobe Illustrator, EPS or PDF files
– All fonts and strokes should be created to outlines
High res PNG files for DTG printing:
– PNG files saved with a transparent background
– Must be saved to at least 150 dpi and at least 100% of intended print size
If you’re not sure or unable how to supply any of these artwork files, please just upload whatever you have and we can recommend any changes if necessary.
7. Do you have a minimum order?
We have no minimum order for DTG or Transfer Printing. We have a minimum order of 20 items for Screen Printing and 6 items for Embroidery due to the set up, screen or digitisation costs involved. If you are supplying your own garments, we have a minimum order of 10 items.
8. Can you print over seams or zips?
No, we’re not able to.
9. If screen printing, can I change the colour of the print on some t-shirts?
Yes, as long as the design remains the same we can change the print colour. There is an additional colour change fee of £15.00 + VAT.
10. Do you deliver outside of the UK?
Yes we can deliver to mainland Europe but delivery costs will be higher and turnaround times can be longer. Please contact us if you wish to get your items sent to an address outside of the UK and we can provide full details for the cost and delivery timescales.
Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with any other queries you may have…need express t-shirt printing? We can help!
phone: 0207 183 8431