Branding Project: MPLS Band Shirts
Role: Art Director / Production Designer
Branding for yourself and your business partner can be tricky when you’re both already designers. For our own business, we hired our fellow-designer and risograph artist Ian Babineau. Together, we marked out a concept for MPLS Band Shirts and Ian executed and created the design elements to create a band that was straight-forward and accessible and incorporated print sensibility and texture.
MPLS Band Shirts is a company I co-own with Kevin Bergquist and is a subsidiary of our print shop business Curfew Street Printhouse. We screenprint and embroider apparel for local bands, organizations, and small companies.
In 2015 my partner Kevin and I layed the foundation for a new print studio called Curfew Street. I’m talking literal foundation. Cement, then wood framing, then shingles and trim, then pipes and electricity, insulation, drywall, flooring… now we have a new space to live and work in.
This space sits on the MPLS/St. Paul border and is the home of Lazy Geometry as well as Curfew Street Printing & Embroidery, and MPLS Band Shirts. MPLS Band Shirts is a subsidiary of Curfew Street where we focus on bands and other small creative groups. We offer a discount to local musicians, artists, and individuals looking to produce merchandise to further their art. We offer design services, t-shirt/poster/LP printing, and embroidery.
Example of our work – November 2017:
We were deeply sad to lose our neighborhood punk rock venue The Triple Rock Social Club in November 2017. Supportive Parents frontman and Triple Rock Bar man Matt Webster reached out to us to create and print a Supportive Parents/Dillinger Four mash-up shirt in commemoration of the beloved venue. They had mocked-up the design on the phone and all I needed to do was translate it to a one-color screenprint.
Concept by Supportive Parents
Print design by Paige Guggemos
You can find more information at MPLSbandshirts.com