Here’s a curve ball in the Clink X Clinkers department. Chad is a longtime Clinker and a super super talented dude. When we came across his design of this amazing Chief on his Dribbble we asked if we could make a hat of it. He was into the idea and so were we. We were so inspired by the design, we created this custom faceted native print for the visor. We’re so pumped with how this thing came out. Head over to our online store to grab one…
Hey Clinkers! New contest! New rewards! As always, we’re excited to bring your hat design to life in the Clink store! We’re going to do this thing a little differently. We want the collaborations with you guys to be a more permanant fixture on Clink. That means we’ll be doing things a little differently. Here are the details…
How does it work?
You get to dream up your imaginary team name and design your own hat logo. Once your team story and hat design is perfected, simply email it to us!
As you can imagine, we receive a ton of great entries. We can’t post every entry, but we do review and consider each of them personally. Check the blog regularly to see if your entry is posted. It just might get drafted and turned into a real hat in the Clink store! Entries are drafted based on the best story, team name, and design. If drafted, we will contact you directly.
What’s the deadline?
There’s no deadline. We’re going to keep these design challenges rolling.
What do I receive if my hat design is drafted?
1. You’ll have your hat produced.
2. You’ll be celebrated on The Clink Room as a master of your craft.
3. You’ll receive $250 cash for every 144 hats we produce, and a hat for your portfolio.
What’s the design challenge?
We’re offering three design challenges for you to show off your creative skills. The Clink Kong franchise, the Shadow League, and the Reject League. Here’s what we’re looking for with each of the challenges…
Design a hat logo for the Clink Kong franchise: Imagine Clink Kong is brand new professional sports franchise. What would his road hat look like? What would a sleeve patch look like? What would his throwback logos look like? What would the team wear on Halloween? Imagine the Clink Kong team had to wear a different hat logo for every game – what would they look like? What if they played a game on the beach? What if they played a game in the snow? What if they played a game inside the Museum of Modern Art?
Pro tips: Clink Kong is the patron saint of Clink. He’s always got a pencil with him, and he attacks his designs with the same tenacity that you do.
This League is about simplicity. Think of all the great retro logos that only use silhouettes and
shadows of creatures. We’ve had so many great Shadow League designs in Clink’s history. Just take a look at the three examples above!
With this concept, we’ve found that it helps to combine two different ideas into one. A “W” and a bat for the Walbats, a cobra and a heart for the Heartbreakers, and a seahorse and a devil for the Sea Devils. Think about how you can use embroidery to bring detail to a simple design. All of the above hat designs are silhouettes that are given their detail in embroidery.
Pro tips: The more clever the better. Don’t be afraid to get goofy. Don’t plagiarize. Don’t use the names of real teams, don’t copy existing designs. Keep it simple.
The Reject League is about rejected team names. It could be straight forward. For example, the “Sloths” probably wouldn’t be used for a real team, but it would make for an awesome logo. It could be absurd, like the “Speed Sloths.”
You may choose to use past Clink design challenges as your inspirational guide. The Taco Shop League team names were inspired by Clink’s love of all things taco shop (Clink’s hometown is San Diego). What about the Night League? Team names and designs celebrating everything that goes on after the sun goes down.
Pro tips: Name your team whatever sounds fun to you. The more clever the better! Don’t be afraid to get goofy. Don’t plagiarize. Don’t use the names of real teams. Don’t copy existing designs. Tell a great story becasue we love a great story – everyone does! So tell your team’s backstory. Show research, show sketches, and show inspiration to give your design context.
1. Use these design pro tips:
• Keep it simple. It has to be stitched small on a cap. No gradients.
• Use icons. It doesn’t have to be a full body of a bear to know it’s the bears.
• Keep it completely original. No use of existing designs.
2. Use the template provided:
This is very important. Adobe Illustrator is our preference, but we’ll try to work with you if you don’t know it. You will also find the thread and fabric color swatches for production. The colors appear differently on the computer than they do it real life, so just approximate.
• Use the templates.
• Keep your artwork in vector format.
• Export as an .AI or.PNG file.
4. Email us your entry:
Email your .AI or .PNG file to email@example.com
As you can imagine, we receive a ton of great entries. We can’t post every entry, but we do review and consider each of them personally. Check the blog regularly to see if your entry is posted. It just might get drafted and turned into a real hat in the Clink store! Entries are drafted based on the best story, team name, and design. If drafted, we will contact you directly. Remember, there’s no deadline so we’re going to keep these design challenges rolling.
What the Clink Legal team made sure we mentioned…
If your hat design is chosen for production, you will be presented a contract granting The Clink Room the exclusive rights to the design. In order for the cap to be produced, you will have to sign the contract and return it to The Clink Room. The Clink Room has the right to reject any submissions. The designer will receive $250.00 for every 144 hats produced. Designer fees will be paid upon release of the hat. Fees will be paid quarterly.
We got to talk to Joseph Osborne, designer of the slick Eels Fitted and winner of the The Clink Room’s “Shadow League” contest:
Where did your love for art and design come from?
My mom always was doing arts and crafts growing up so from an early age I enjoyed making things… that translated into a love for design when we got our first computer. I spent hours on MS Paint recreating cartoon characters and movie covers. My love for design just grew from there.
What does it mean to be a “Clinker” and how did you get involved with The Clink Room?
Being a Clinker is all about fun, it’s great to see all the behind the scenes stuff from Brandiose and the fact that they give anyone an opportunity to have their work come to life is a rare and awesome thing.
I discovered The Clink Room midway through the skate shop league… I wasn’t sure what was even going on so I went all the way back to the first post and caught myself up. It blew my mind they were even attempting a competition like this. When the Shadow League was announced I decided to throw my hat in the ring.
Please tell us about the The Eels design challenge and what does it feel like to reign champion?
The Shadow League competition was a little different from the others, the idea was to do something simple that would reproduce well with just one color. Thinking about the Wallbats “W” I knew I wanted to do an animal that corresponded with a letter… So “E is for Eel” came to me and I ran with it. It feels great to have my work come to life in such a badass way.
What does one have to take into consideration when designing logos for a hat?
Keep It Simple Stupid. The more I design the more I realize there is a lot to be said for simplicity. I look back on the Eels design and think I could have done stuff different to make it simpler so it would stitch better but that is all part of the learning process.
Thoughts on the final outcome of The Eels hat?
I think it turned out good. The color scheme was different than the original black and orange I submitted but Casey and Jason are pros so I trust their opinion.
Any exciting projects coming up?
Nothing coming up right now but I post all my projects on Dribbble.
Kick this Thanksgiving’s ass Clinkers!