Gyula Knows How To Work It

Like T.J. said yesterday, one way to get our attention is by really working and reworking your entry. Few Clinkers are willing to hit the drawing board again-and-again to the degree that Gyula does. He really understands that a design isn’t as important as an idea. Reworking the design, even starting over completely, to better communicate your idea is the way to roll.

We’ll give you a look at the hat tomorrow morning and it’ll be available tomorrow night!

T.J.’s Shams Sellout!

T.J.’s Shams just officially sold-out. So to celebrate, we thought we’d give him the overdue but requisite interview. Thanks T.J.!

What was the process of coming up with the Shams design?
Prior to creating the design, I was really looking to make something that had a feeling of familiarity but with twist of originality. Something that could appeal to people on a variety of levels. Initially I was inspired by the ideas for the leagues that were scrapped in favor of the Reject League – the Mythology League and the Fairy Tale League. I saw these leagues as having timeless imagery that could be twisted in a way that would produce some really cool ideas. The wolf in sheeps clothing is a theme heard and seen over and over again in print, cartoons and stories but I had never seen it expressed in a “cool” and stylish way. We’ve seen tons of wolf logos, but not any quite like this – so I thought it would be a great idea to explore. My only issue would be how exactly to portray it, should it be more lighthearted or more serious? I just grabbed a pad and pencil, looked at some inspirational images and tried to work it out the best I could.

Did you feel like the cap was a good realization of your vision?
I think the cap was a tremendous rendition of my design – it came out even nicer than I anticipated. The changes that Brandiose made were on point, the omission of the border thus making the staffs tonal, and the red under-bill were strokes of genius. I also appreciated that how prior to the creation of the cap, I was asked what my preference was for cap color. I originally chose black and they went with my suggestion on the production model. I was also fixated on the “pebble” thread color for the wolfs face and was very happy to see that it worked so well in the flesh.

What was it like to see your cap in the Clink store?
It was a great feeling seeing it there in the store next to all the other Clink products. I had feelings of pride, excitement, anxiousness, happiness and a sense of accomplishment all rolled into one. It had been a dream to make my own New Era fitted and Brandiose made it happen. Knowing how the design started out and then seeing it in finished form in the store was a gratifying feeling. On the one hand you hope that your cap sells out, but on the other, you think even if it doesn’t sell well that’s okay too because you’re so proud of it and what it took to get it to this point.

What was it like to see your hat in photos, being worn by people from allover the World?
Mind boggling. From the feature in Strictly Fitteds to seeing the Shams traveling and getting love from those all around the world is hard to wrap my brain around. I greatly appreciate all the pics and compliments the cap has gotten, and I feel so blessed to be able to reach people with a design . The idea that the Shams crossed cultural and language barriers is a wonderful testament to art and design as a whole and is a very gratifying feeling. I would like to see the Shams on every continent…although I realize that there may not be very many fitted wearers down in Antarctica. Seeing the Shams being worn at the Blind Project benefit was a proud moment as well.

What would you like Clink to do with your design next?
I think what I was really happy about with the Shams was that I was able to create supporting marks in conjunction with the main logo. While the Shams unfortunately came down the pike a little too late to get either a matching tee or patch, I think the “S” mark could be used in some way as it seemed to get support from my fellow Clinkers. In addition, I created Gramma Sham (based on Casey’s red riding hood comment in the Clink Room) something a little bit different but still the same themes of trickery and hidden danger as the original Shams design . As for a cap re-issue, I am excited to work again with Brandiose, hear their ideas for another Shams cap and explore the options that we have in front of us for the next step in the Shams evolution.

Do you have any advice for people creating their own designs for Clink’s Collaboration Leagues?
Keep hammering away at your designs. Only good things can come from that constant chipping away at the paper with the pencil. Think about shapes and the weight of your design. Simpler is often better, but don’t let that dumb down your concept either. You will know when you’ve got a winner for the most part, It will speak to you. That said, take heed to suggestions too, no matter how good you think your mark is because sometimes another set of eyes are the most valuable tool you can use.

Shadow League Winners!

Man, we lost sleep over this contest. Some of the toughest decisions we’ve ever had to make. So many brilliant designs are left on the cutting-room floor and it’s chewing me up. But, here they are and just look em! What a gorgeous crew!

I want to thank everyone for submitting. You guys are absolutely some of the most talented people I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with. Seriously, 4 years in one of the best art schools in the country and I haven’t seen this concentration of talent. Thank you for your hard work. PLEASE, don’t be discouraged if your design wasn’t selected. PLEASE! Ask a veteran Clinker, sometimes it takes a few Leagues. We love you all!

Merry Christmas to you. Next week we unveil Gyula Németh’s Trick-or-Treats, it’ll go on sale next weekend and it looks spectacular. Kick this weekend’s ass everyone!

Shadow League Vote

The Shadow League vote is finally here. Anyone can vote! If you submitted a design, then you get 5 votes, if you didn’t you get 3. We want it to be known that the while the vote is important, the final decision will be made by Jason and I. But the vote is still very influential.

Here’s how it works…

Download the PDF Ballot (About 10MB).
• When you’re ready to vote, send your email to Shadow League Votes. (
• IMPORTANT: The subject of your email must read “SHADOW LEAGUE VOTE” in order for your vote to count.

• If you submitted a design, you get 5 votes. The order doesn’t matter. It should look something like this…

• If you didn’t submit a design you get 3 votes. Your email should look something like this…

• Voting ends on Thursday morning, December 22th when we open our emails.
• Winners will be announced Friday, December 23nd.

I’m so pumped! Good luck to everyone. Have a great rest of your week.

PS. Same as the last contest, shout out your favorites in the comments.

Just Kidding!

I know, I know. We were done. But here are the last of the stragglers and the ones that I never got in my Inbox. I turned away a few so don’t think I’m a softy bending the rules. Anyhow, it’ll take a few days for us to get the ballot in order. So what’s a few more?

Ryan! See one color is awesome! Love this guy.

Mike! Better. I like that shape, part droplet-part flame. I think I liked the stick of dynamite in there better though. If you get picked, we’ll work on it. Great work though, I like the black and white colorway.

Gyula! Much better. And those tentacles have made the whole thing tripy in that Cthulhu sort of way. Done!

Stewart! Awesome. 70’s or 80’s era awesome with a 2012 Clink Room name. Done!