Meet the Team: 14 Questions with Jonathan Robinson from Production

Our employees are what truly make RushOrderTees a diverse and unique place to work. We have an extremely talented team of creative individuals who have a passion for what they do and we are proud to showcase them. Jonathan Robinson has been at RushOrderTees since August 2018. He can currently be found in expediting.

Where are you from?

Philly. North Philly. I’ve lived in North Philly all of my life. Growing up I lived in different parts of Philly, but most of the time in North.

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The Top 8 Screen Printing Locations (and Why They Are Standard)

Who doesn’t love the standards? There’s a reason why the vast majority of T-shirt designs get printed in standard locations. They are tried and true. We’ve tried them all, and it’s true. 

If you’re ordering standard locations, it’s important to know about the typical print sizes, placements, and if there are any restrictions based on your garment style. You may find that you want to try a different standard location, or even get crazy with an alternative location.

In this post, I’m going to describe the top 8 standards and give you some additional information about each print location to help you decide where to print your design or logo.

Here’s a quick visual guide to the 8 Standard Locations I’ll be going over.

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Ask the Expert: Manual vs Automatic Screen Printing

Screen printing machines for the decorated apparel market mostly fit into two categories: manual presses and automatic presses. Yes, there are belt printers that do the all-over prints, but they’re pretty rare. For the purpose of this post, we’re comparing the two main types.

As you would expect, automatic presses print much faster than manual presses. But there’s a lot more to it than that.

So I’m going to talk to our resident expert, Tom Ingling.

With a history in industrial supplies, micro-publishing, and aerospace manufacturing, Tom came to the decorated apparel industry in 2010 managing ClearSky24, a major printing company in Texas. He moved on to be the assistant manager at Shadowfax Graphics in 2012, and finally arrived at RushOrderTees in April 2013.

Tom in his natural habitat.

Within these decorated apparel companies, Tom served roles in finance, marketing, sales, procurement, art, prepress, new equipment investments, multiple production processes, process optimization, shipping, software development, automation, IT, management, human resources, facilities, maintenance, and quality control. Holy moly, Tom.

For any “thing” involved in custom apparel, Tom’s been involved with it in some way. And he’s happy to tell us all about it.

In this conversation, we’re going to go over costs, production speed, efficiency, and more. If you’re a new screen printer, thinking of buying an automatic machine, or just curious about the process, this post is for you.

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Screen Printing vs DTG: 10-Round Battle for Print Method Championship of the World

Ladies and gentlemen, people around the world, this is the moment you have been waiting for. It’s the “Thrilla in Phila!” Ten rounds for the Print Method Championship of the World. Let’s get ready to rumble!

As Direct-to-Garment digital printing has gained popularity and affordability, the question that arises more and more often: how does DTG printing stack up against traditional screen printing?

In other words, what is the best T-shirt print method?

I’m here to answer that question– in the form of a 10-round fight for print method supremacy. Each round will cover a different facet of custom apparel printing, including vibrancy, color matching, durability, and more. Whichever print method wins the most rounds takes home the championship belt.

And remember kids, nobody is getting punched in the head. It’s just a metaphor. Now on to the introductions… Continue reading “Screen Printing vs DTG: 10-Round Battle for Print Method Championship of the World”

Announcing the RushOrderTees Pro Shop, featuring original designs for the big game and upcoming holidays

We’ve been a custom T-shirt company from the very beginning in 2002. It’s what we do best. We pride ourselves on a commitment to high quality, lightning-fast turnaround and exceptional customer service. This has led to strong, steady growth over the years and positioned us as one of the industry leaders.

So what to do next?

We have lots of exciting projects and plans in progress. One of them, we’re pleased to announce, is the new RushOrderTees Pro Shop. Continue reading “Announcing the RushOrderTees Pro Shop, featuring original designs for the big game and upcoming holidays”

11 Proven Band Merch Ideas To Generate Excitement, Sales, and Fan Loyalty (UPDATED)

Band merchandise, or “merch” for short, is a huge market. While physical copies of music sales are down (for the most part– we see you, vinyl), fans now have YouTube, streaming services, downloading, and a multitude of other ways of getting their music online. Which is why the music business is booming, generating 51.5 billion dollars globally in 2018.

So what are all these fans spending money on, if not the music itself?

Ever since the early days of file sharing (think Napster), bands have had to look at other revenue streams to stay afloat and keep the music coming. Merch is one of the main things doing that for many bands. It’s also often one of the only things that a band benefits entirely from, without the label taking a cut.

In this post, I’ll go over some of the tried and tested band merch, explain what they are, and why they are popular. This should give you some ideas for creating customized swag that will excite your fans and bring in some bucks.

They asked me to list 10, but I’m turning it up to 11.

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The Most Unfortunate Print Placement Ever (and How You Can Easily Avoid It)

When we think about what makes a good-looking custom printed T-shirt, we tend to think of the design. But did you know that the print placement can make it or break it? And I mean really break it.

In this post, we’re going to look at one of the most unfortunate (and common) mistakes when it comes to placement, and I’ll show you how you can easily avoid it, with some example graphics to demonstrate the idea and a few quick case studies using actual jobs.

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All the Local News Stations Are Visiting RushOrderTees To Check Out The Eagles Playoff T-shirts We’re Printing

It’s January, our franchise QB is out for the year with an injury, and our back up QB Nick Foles comes in and rattles off four straight victories. Sound familiar? The Eagles are in the playoffs once again, and Philly fans couldn’t be more excited.

Last Sunday in Chicago was the “Double Doink” heard ’round the world, as Cody Parkey’s missed field goal attempt bounced off two field goal posts and landed on the ground as refs signaled “No Good” and the Eagles left the Bears with a tough road win in the Wild Card round of the NFL Playoffs.

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7 Solid Options For Spending Your End-of-Year Budget on Company Swag

 

It’s that time of year: when you have money left in your discretionary budget and you don’t know what to do with it. Well, I have the answer. You’re going to get some awesome stuff for your company from RushOrderTees.

Taking care of employees is one of the hallmarks of any successful business, and some year-end swag is a great way to do that. Or you might want to send out some quality branded merch to your VIP customers to thank them for their business.

In this post, I’m going to give you seven options to choose from. Pick one or more of these, or use them as a springboard to think of more ideas. There’s nothing stopping you. Except the limits of your budget.

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Does Size Matter? Learn These 9 Printing Terms To Help You Place The Perfect Order

We’ll get to size in a minute. As the term relates to a print, of course.

First, have you ever called a company and spoke to someone about their services and had to ask yourself “What the heck are they talking about?” Understanding the terminology is important, especially in the custom apparel business when some of the terms are used interchangeably.

And that’s fine– as long as everyone knows what they’re talking about.

In this post, I’ll give you some quick and easy definitions to explain nine commonly used terms to do with size and placement that our awesome team uses on a daily basis here at RushOrderTees. Understanding these terms will help you decide what you want, and how to ask for it when you order.

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