Unleash Your Creativity: 10 T-Shirt Design Ideas, Tips, and Resources

Unleash Your Creativity: 10 T-Shirt Design Ideas, Tips, and Resources

It’s time to top up your t-shirt design ideas because the demand for custom tees is rising.

In this article, you’ll find a list of 10 t-shirt design ideas to keep your store fresh and eye-catching.

We also included other resources for finding more creative ideas. 

So kick back, pour yourself a hot drink, and get ready to unleash your imagination and create unique t-shirt designs.

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T-Shirt Design Ideas for Your Business

First, check out our video on where and how to find cool design ideas for t-shirt businesses. It will give you a solid starting point for brainstorming ideas for your t-shirt business.

Check out our list of amazing artists for more cool design ideas – their work inspires our own design team at Printify.

Without further ado, here are some cool t-shirt design ideas for your business.

Funny T-Shirts

Our list of graphic t-shirt design ideas would be nothing without funny tees. Shoppers love them because they brighten up everyone’s day, and businesses use them to make their brands stand out from the crowd.

Witty designs are an excellent way to connect with your customers on a deeper level by making your brand relatable. 

Create a t-shirt design from one (or all) of these categories:

  • Sarcastic slogans
  • Pop-culture references
  • Sayings or quotes
  • Play on words 
  • Cartoon characters or drawings
  • Parodies of popular brands or logos

Important: consider your target market and if it’s the right place for humorous t-shirt designs. Make sure your jokes are appropriate, and remember everyone has their own sense of humor. The same t-shirt could be funny to some and offensive to others.

Yellow t-shirt with a “Bad Vibes Only” writing in black and a drawing of a grumpy cat drinking a martini.
White shirt with a four-picture collage of a drawing with a person drowning; only a palm visible above the blue water, and somebody else appears to be reaching to help only to give them a high five.
Black t-shirt with a drawing of a very fat toad with text on top and below it that says, “become ungovernable.”

Text Designs

A t-shirt design that focuses on text is simple yet powerful. The possibilities are endless – convey an important message, share a catchy quote or a poem, or simply feature your brand’s slogan.

Consider these ideas for your next text-based t-shirt design:

  • Bold and eye-catching typography
  • Playful and creative font choices
  • Combining text with other design elements, like illustrations or graphics

Creating text designs is easy and fun when you have the right tools. The text editor in our Mockup Generator is a beginner-friendly tool with over 45 cool fonts you can use as-in or combine and layer to create professional-looking t-shirt designs.

Black t-shirt with the words “Favourite son” in white lettering.

Family T-Shirts

A family-themed t-shirt design will bring a smile to everyone’s faces at the family reunion. It’s also a great gift idea on special occasions like wedding anniversaries and baby showers. 

Check out our family-friendly t-shirt design ideas:

All-Over-Print Designs

All-over-print, aka AOP, is a unique way to customize t-shirts for men and women who want to stand out. 

They’re made from the softest polyester which makes them super comfy. AOP differs from other printing techniques because you cover the entire surface of the t-shirt, not just the chest area.

Take these cool, creative t-shirt design ideas and make them your own with AOP:

  • Repeating patterns or motifs
  • Abstract designs or graphics
  • Large-scale drawings or photographs
  • Textures or gradients

Creating an AOP t-shirt design can seem tricky at first, but with the right tools, it’s a no-brainer.

Use our pattern creation tool to turn a blank tee into a piece of art. Experiment with different patterns and layouts and make stunning prints in seconds.

Motifs From Nature

Get inspired by mother nature for your next t-shirt design. Incorporating natural motifs like flowers, leaves, and animal footprints will definitely get your t-shirt noticed among other listings.  

Incorporate natural motifs into print designs by including:

  • Floral patterns featuring different types of flowers
  • Leaf patterns featuring different types of leaves
  • Animal footprint patterns
  • Nature-inspired abstract designs
  • Nature-inspired drawings or graphics
A bright blue t-shirt with a drawing of an onion and text that says “Onion” on top.
A white t-shirt laid flat beside a pair of jeans. The t-shirt has a drawing of a fox in black looking at a blue and red butterfly.

Cartoon Designs

Fashion concepts like kawaii have skyrocketed the demand for fun t-shirt designs. Print a t-shirt with cute animals or popular cartoons, and you’ll definitely find people who will wear them with pride.

Fine-tune each of these t-shirt design ideas for your audience: 

  • Animals in various poses and expressions
  • Animals with text bubbles
  • Little anthropomorphic objects like cars or tiny houses
  • Cartoon characters from popular TV shows or movies
  • Parodies of popular brands or logos using cartoon characters

One important thing to remember is to acquire the legal rights to print and sell a t-shirt design if you didn’t make it yourself.

A dark blue t-shirt depicting a cartoon wizard dressed in a robe sitting by an old desk that's surrounded by stacks of coins, with a flat-screen monitor showing some HTML code.
A Black t-shirt with an orange-colored Japanese-style cartoon cat swimming in a huge bowl of ramen soup and the words “ramen life” written across the chest part.

Branded Logo Designs

Get your business noticed by printing a t-shirt design with your logo. A strong, on-brand company logo makes your t-shirt designs cohesive and recognizable. 

Don’t have a logo yet? Find out how to make a logo in Photoshop in five simple steps and save money on buying a pricey design course.

How to incorporate your brand logo in a t-shirt design: 

  • Place your logo on the front center of the t-shirt
  • Cover the t-shirt with a repeating pattern of your logo
  • Include your logo in an illustration
  • Combine it with other design elements, like typography or graphics

Think outside the box and print your brand logo on other areas like the sleeves, back of the tee, and neck labels.

Tie-Dye T-Shirts

Next on our graphic design t-shirt ideas list are tie-dye shirts. This style recently regained its trend status, so use it to skyrocket your business.

Combine printed typography, and graphics with tie dye to make a unique and eye-catching t-shirt.

Image your next tie-dye tee with these designs:

  • A striking graphic or illustration
  • Bold text with positive affirmations
  • A cute brand logo
  • Layered patterns, printed in various complimentary colors
A mannequin in a green wig wearing a light blue and green tie-dye t-shirt with a giant green cartoon alien head printed across the chest.
A light blue and purple tie-dye t-shirt with a circular print that says “Girl's trip 2022” and two champagne glasses clinking laid flat beside a pair of blue jeans and white sneakers.
A stylish girl in sunglasses wearing an oversized tie-dye t-shirt in blue, purple, and pink tones.

Trends and Pop Culture

Identify a trend and use it to your advantage to make sales. T-shirt designs with pop-culture references are a fun way to connect with almost everybody.

Check out these creative, trendy t-shirt design ideas:

  • Viral memes and Internet slang
  • References to popular TV shows or movies
  • Quotes and images of celebrities
  • Hot takes on current world events and trending topics
A white t-shirt with a parody of the movie Jaws with an angry kitten underwater staring straight at a mouse and the word PAWS written in red on top.

Events and Holidays

Cater your t-shirt design to shoppers who are looking for the perfect gift idea on a special occasion.

Some examples of event and holiday-themed t-shirts include Valentine’s Day t-shirts, bachelorette shirts, and birthday shirts.

Pick an idea and add your style to make a winning t-shirt design:

  • Use symbols or images associated with the event or holiday
  • Select specific colors or patterns related to the event or holiday
  • Incorporating relevant quotes or sayings
  • Make matching designs for each family member or group

When creating a t-shirt design for special events, imagine what print could appeal to a broad range of customers. This way, you’ll secure more profits for your business.

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Where to Find Cool Design Ideas for T-Shirts

Tips on Where to Find Cool Design Ideas for T-Shirts

The Free Graphics Library

Browse our Graphics tab in the Printify Mockup Generator and find free art to include in your t-shirt designs.

Our team regularly updates it with graphics for holidays and special events like Independence Day, Halloween, Pride, and Christmas.

Check out our Shutterstock integration to find ideas for your designs for under a dollar each.

Social Media

The best way to spot a trend is by browsing social media platforms, like Instagram, Pinterest, Reddit, and Facebook.

Find accounts that cater to your specific niche or explore different topics and hashtags until you find something that will look great on a t-shirt.

Social media, especially groups, and forums are very useful when validating your t-shirt design idea. Share your work and ask for feedback.

Online Design Resources

Check out these websites to keep up with the latest design trends and get inspired by what others have created.

Dribbble is a popular design community where people showcase their work. You’ll find lots of fresh takes on popular designs and receive feedback on your t-shirt, if you want.

People use Pinterest to find style inspiration and share what they wear. Dive deeper into your niche or explore new trends to adapt them into a t-shirt design.

Behance is another platform where designers share their projects. Use it to identify and discover creative work. It’s a great resource for finding, getting feedback on your designs, and connecting with others in your niche.

Designspiration is a design-focused search engine and curated collection of designs, patterns, and colors.

The Inspiration Grid is a curated collection of designs from around the web. It’s a great resource for finding, discovering new design trends, and organizing ideas.

Creative Market is a platform for buying and selling design resources, including design templates, graphics, and fonts. It’s a great resource for finding, discovering new design trends, and purchasing designs for your own projects.


Never print someone else's work. Using others’ work is a form of plagiarism, which is prohibited by law.

Experimenting With Design Software

One of the most powerful ways to find inspiration for your t-shirt designs is by experimenting with different design software and tools. 

Popular design software, such as Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, Procreate, etc., come with a wide range of features and tools that can be used to create unique and interesting designs.

By learning how to use these tools and experimenting with different features, you may find new ways to approach your designs and discover new design elements to incorporate into your t-shirt designs.

Additionally, many design software also offers tutorials, classes, and templates that can guide you through learning new skills and techniques.

Therefore, experiment with different design software and tools and see where it takes you. You might be surprised by the new and interesting designs you can create.

Hiring a Professional

Another option for finding your t-shirt designs is by working with a professional graphic designer. A professional can bring their unique perspective and design skills to your project and can help you create unique and effective designs.

One great place to find professional graphic designers is through the Printify Experts Program, where you can connect with experienced and skilled who can help bring your designs to life. 

You can also find freelance designers on online platforms such as Upwork and Fiverr, where you can browse portfolios and hire artists based on your specific needs.

Make sure to clearly communicate your design goals and vision and provide them with relevant information, such as the target audience, budget, and deadline.

It’s also important to remember that hiring a professional can be more expensive than creating designs on your own. But the investment may go a long way, thanks to the added expertise and skill that a professional designer can bring to your project.

How to Apply Your Ideas and Make Your Own T-Shirts

Creating your own t-shirts is a great way to bring your design ideas to life and sell them online. The whole process of creating your own t-shirts can be broken down into a few simple steps:

1. Sign Up for Printify

The first step to creating your t-shirts is to sign up for a Printify account.

Printify is a print-on-demand company, perfect for printing and selling t-shirts, as well as other products. 

By signing up for a free account, you can access all the tools and resources you need to create your t-shirts.

2. Add Your Design

Once you’ve signed up for an account, you’ll be able to browse through our Catalog with a wide selection of t-shirts – choose a style, color, and size. You can choose the perfect t-shirt to match your design and audience.

T-shirt design It lets you easily create high-quality mockup images showing real people wearing your t-shirt. The best part? You don’t need any prior graphic design knowledge to use it.

3. Connect a Store

Once your design is complete, you can connect your Printify account to your eCommerce stores, such as Shopify, Etsy, Walmart, or Wix. You can do so with one click, thanks to our easy integrations.

4. Publish and Start Selling

Once you’ve connected your store, you can publish your design and sell your custom t-shirts online. We’ll print your t-shirt design in picture-perfect quality. You can also track your sales and see how your designs are performing.

Ready to Design and Sell T-Shirts With Printify?

Designing and selling t-shirts has a high potential to turn into a lucrative printing business. 

With Printify, you can access all the tools and resources you need to make unique and high-quality t-shirts and to start your fashion journey – even if you’ve only just started learning about all this. 

From finding design inspiration to experimenting with design software and hiring a professional, there are many ways to bring your vision to life.

So what are you waiting for? Sign up for a Printify account today and start designing and selling your own custom shirts. With Printify, you have everything you need to turn your design ideas into a successful business.

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