Configurable T-shirt

This is a t-shirt for which the wearer designs what goes on the front, a further experiment in how to design low-tech systems that are open enough to allow for other people's designs yet specific enough to provide an intriguing starting point. It's often difficult to design on a completely blank canvas, so this t-shirt provides a matrix of pixels that can be coloured in with a black felt-tip pen in order to turn them "off".

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The t-shirt is printed with rubber foam ink so that the black pen ink soaks in really well. As the t-shirt fabric colour is already black it doesn't matter if people go out of the lines or if the pen is too fat: it won't show up. As long as an entire pixel is coloured-in, it will look neat and tidy, just like a professionally designed and printed t-shirt.

A flash-based web interface is provided at to prototype and share designs. The blank t-shirt was available for purchase in 2006 and a new run will be available in Summer 2007. If you would like to register your interest, please email tshirt [ at ] haque [ dot ] co [ dot ] uk.

Configurable T-shirt is now available in many variations at The Configurable T Shirt shop.

November 2013: Please note that Haque Design + Research is now Umbrellium, where more up-to-date information can be found Umbrellium