I’ll admit. I’m the wort at designing t-shirts. I’ve designed many over the years. I like to think I can design a sharp post card or banner, but give me a t-shirt and I lose all confidence. I know what I like, I just can’t make it.

Last fall I had a graphic designer create our new volunteer t-shirt. It’s one of my favorites. It was so good, Jim Wideman “borrowed” the design for his volunteer shirts. I took that as a huge compliment.

So we had this idea to design some Kids Quest t-shirts for the kids. I’ve spent the last 2-3 weeks thinking about them. Finally last night after I spent an hour playing with some design ideas, I asked a graphic designer to take a crack at it. This afternoon she sent me this.


I was in love. On the first try she really captured the essence of what I wanted. It needed just a little tweaking. “Kids Quest” didn’t stand out enough. I made some suggestions and next came this:


A little better, but not quite it. Having the bright white made it come across a little too childish. The designer decided to give it another shot. She went back to the original design and just widened the space between the text and the background. Bingo, that was it! We had a winner. Our final design is…. not yet. You’ll have to wait until after lunch.