White and Red text on black background. Text: Reunion 2024 - Save the Date May 30 - June 2.Deadline extended to Dec 15! Reunion 2024 T-shirt Design Contest

Announcing the Grinnell College Reunion 2024 T-shirt design contest in three easy steps! 

  1. Create a design to be printed on the Reunion 2024 T-shirt.  Please see the requirements
  2. Submit your design by midnight December 1 December 15. 
  3. Sit back and wait while alums vote for their favorite! 

This contest is open to alums of Grinnell College. Voting will take place after December 15 to January 1, with the announcement of the winning design to follow. 

What is the Reunion 2024 T-shirt? 

A momento to commemorate your experience at Reunion 2024, available to Reunion registrants at cost by pre-order only, on the Reunion registration platform, February 1 through midnight May 15, 2024.  

How do I get the shirt? 

Order when you register for Reunion 2024.  The T-shirt with the winning design will be available for purchase at cost within the Reunion 2024 registration platform February 1 to May 15, 2024, by pre-order only. In order to intentionally minimize over-production and waste, additional T-shirts will not be available for purchase after midnight May 15. 

Pick your pre-ordered T-shirt up when you arrive on campus for Reunion 2024. T-shirts will be available for pick-up only at Reunion 2024. 

Screen printing T-shirt artwork specifications 

  • All Files must be 300 dpi or Vector Form 
  • Preferred file types are .PSD, .EPS, .AI, .PDF 
  • Acceptable but less preferred are .TIF, and .JPG 
  • Design should be sized to the size it will be printed 
  • Text must be converted to outlines 
  • Standard Screen Size: 12” W x 12” H for full front or back chest; 4” W x 3” H for front chest; please ask about other print location options if needed 
  • 1 color  
  • Must be your original artwork, nothing from the internet (Facebook, Google, etc.) 

Art formats not accepted 

  • MS Word 
  • MS PowerPoint 
  • MS Publisher 
  • MS Paint 
  • Anything from the internet that you do not own (Myspace, Facebook, Google, or anything similar or older) 

Art creation tips 

Know your design. Take the time to explore variations on your design before committing. Also, don’t forget that it will be on a shirt. It helps to create a design actual size in order to get a better idea of how the finished product will look. 

Be detailed. Attention to detail will serve you well in everything, including t-shirt design. Keeping the little things in mind will ensure that your design comes out looking crisp, clean and perfect. 

Keep it simple. Simplicity can be very effective when it comes to designing shirts. Think back on some of the most iconic logos, etc. What do a lot of them have in common? They are striking in their simplicity. Your design can make a big impact without being intricate. 

Get your message across. This ties in with simplicity. In order for your shirt to have the greatest impact, you need to be sure your message can be understood immediately upon looking at the design. 

Don’t overload. Using too many colors, shapes, etc. can detract from the essence of your design. Complementary colors and minimal text will help create an amazing tee shirt. 

Keep copyrights in mind. While it can be fun and effective to use recognizable images and variations of them, make sure you have the legal right to use them.