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T-Shirt Designer Spotlight: Dale Edwin Murray (0)

Published on November 17th, 2008. By

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This post is the inaugural t-shirt designer spotlight interview of many to come. We have a few of these interviews already lined up because these designers are the peeps that keep the t-shirt game strong. Enough chit-chat, let’s get down to it:

What is your favorite part of design?

My favorite part of design is the wonderful moment when you successfully visually articulate an idea that has been knocking around your head, and it looks as good as you had hoped. So often ideas can elude you and remain locked away in the brain but when you can get them out and down on paper it’s a great feeling. From a practical standpoint I also love doodling -  the process of letting you mind run free and drawing as you do so is a really liberating experience n my opinion. So many of my designs have come from completely aimless doodling – I highly recommend it! And from a commercial point of view I still get a massive buzz from produce something that someone wants to buy or from seeing someone wear a t-shirt that I have designed.

How would you describe your style?

How would I describe my style. Hmmmmmm. I’m not sure really. I do this for a living so I try to be as versatile as possible and am always looking to develop new styles so that I have more to offer potential clients. I have always veered towards a more clean, graphic, minimal style but recently I have been trying to break out of this comfort zone and try a more maximalist approach. I guess most of my stuff on the whole is quite light hearted, fun and stylised. But my next mission is to push myself to try something a bit darker and more realistic.

What inspires your work?

What inspires my work? Other people’s designs, music, cinema, waking up in the morning, the never ending quest to produce the ‘perfect’ t-shirt graphic, a couple of pints of Guiness, a big fat credit card bill, my girlfriend, graffiti. I get a lot of inspiration from participating in online design competitions – getting positive feedback, or even negative for that matter, really pushes you on to try and produce better and better work.

What are five websites that you can’t live without?

Taddict

(and you wonder why we like these designers?)
Threadless
Emptees
Design By Humans
TeeFury
FFFFound

What trends do you see developing in the future of t-shirt design?

God I haven’t got a clue really. I’m not really into design trends. I’m psyched about drawing monster characters at the moment and I have no idea whether that is ‘trendy’ or not? I hope that hand drawn rather than vectored graphics will continue to be popular because that is what I really enjoy. Yeah, hand drawn monsters are my prediction for the future!

URL: http://www.daleedwinmurray.com


Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/7452274@N08/

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