Category: decoration tips

You’ll Be Inspired by These 2020 T-shirt Designs

Circa 2020 was definitely the year of the statement T-shirt … so we asked some of our favorite screen printers to share their most inspiring designs from a pandemic year, and give us their best tips for creating compelling artwork and printing like a pro.

“At a time when a message means more than words can express, and what we wear during a time when a face mask covers our normal, everyday conversations, the beliefs and expressions we convey through T-shirt design are powerful,” says Tom Rauen, CEO at Envision in Dubuque, IA.

Get ready to be inspired by these 10 T-shirt (and hoodie) designs and the great stories behind them.

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Make Over Your Management Style in 2021

Pandemic worries, higher unemployment numbers, remote work and Zoom calls, and a sea change switch to online shopping … things definitely look different than they did a year ago. 

“Given the monumental shifts in what ‘business as usual’ looked like last year, it’s very likely that 2020 is a harbinger of 2021 and beyond,” says Doug Holcombe, who works in business development for employee benefits at Marlton, NJ-based Hardenbergh Insurance Group. “Small to medium-sized businesses were forced to change the way they operated. Many had to navigate remote technologies to continue to serve their clients from home.  This included providing employees with laptops, monitors, switching phone systems over to VOIP, and remote servers—all of which can be costly investments.” 

We realize this is a totally new experience for many shops, so we talked to leadership experts to learn how you can respond even better to your team’s needs, while also helping them get excited about hitting your new goals. Here are 10 ways to rethink leadership, employee motivation and team-building in 2021.

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Ready to Invest in Decorating Equipment? Here’s What You Need to Know for 2021

As we’ve headed into a new year in a pandemic state of mind, it’s usual for decorated apparel pros to review their business plans and consider adding new decorating equipment: embroidery machines, screen-printing presses, DTG printers, sublimation printers, heat presses and the like. 

However, the way you approach these investments probably will look a little different. We asked decorated apparel industry veterans to weigh in on the trends—automation, print-on-demand and more—that will impact how you purchase equipment in 2021.

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