50 Awesome Typography T-Shirt Designs

Most times in t-shirt design you have a message you’re trying to convey by creating wearable art that speaks to those who view it. You can do this two ways…either by letting the graphics do the talking or by actually spelling it out. The latter option of text based design, also known as typography tees, can be just as captivating as one loaded down with graphics. To prove this, we’ve put together a list of 50 awesome typo tees below.

These tees represent some of the coolest and most original of the typography genre. It’s true that a few of the designs below do incorporate graphics as well, but in each case it is the text that really makes the tee shine. Check them out!

There’s Still HOPE – Design By Humans

Haikus Are Easy, But Sometimes…. – Threadless

John & Ringo & Wait… – Ript Apparel

Coriander Ruined My Salad – Yes No Maybe

I Helped Start The Riot

It’s This Easy Being Green – Threadless

Type – Respect + Tradition


Sleepwalk Our Lives Away

Always Working – Rumplo

Experimental Poets – Granph

It’s Not Me It’s You – Headline Shirts

It’s Dark In Here – Lazy Oaf

Shall We Play a Game

Rock Is Dead and Paper Killed It- Threadless

My Heart

Ganpati Lambodar – Hornok Tees

Ubiquity I Quality Vinyl – Underground Hip Hop

Ride Canada

Harvelle’s Roadhouse

Power and Glory

Like – Yes No Maybe

Yet Another Pixel Shirt

Go Green! *SMASH*

Young & Unusual

CLOSED – Random Objects

OPEN – Random Objects


Keep Moving Forward

Gandhi Says Relax – Headline Shirts

Dove Typo – Graniph

A Life In Progress – WinkyBoo

Aging Bones – Deaf Havana

One Nation Under Cinema

Now Panic and Freak Out – Threadless

Ride More Drive Less – Pedal Pushers Club

The Future Was Exciting

You’re Not Alone

Harder Better Faster Stronger – Light Design


Online – Senchi

Video Games Ruined My Life… Two Extra Lives. – Threadless

Trends – Senchi

I Listen to Bands That Don’t Even Exist Yet – Threadless

We Are Losing Structural Integrity – Urban Prey

Life (Blue) – 8teesix

Bread & Butter ist uns stulle. – Pink-Gorilla

Roses Are Green – Threadless

Biological Diversity – Graniph

Ubiquity | One World Rhythm – Ubiquity

  • http://hideyourarms.com/ Andy (Hide Your Arms)

    Nice list Jared, must have taken a while to put together (I’ll put this in HYA’s news roundup tomorrow).

  • Anonymous

    blake put another great article together here, was time consuming putting all those images in though i won’t lie! thanks andy.

  • Rogier @ Typotees

    Nice list, if you’re interested in more check out typotees for our ongoing collection of typographic shirts!

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  • http://www.nymfont.com/ Lauren

    Super roundup. LOL @ the “It’s not you it’s me” airplaine tee, too funny! I havent been by DJ in a long time. Nice to see the blog doing so super. 

  • Anonymous

    Thanks lauren, always nice to get a new lick of paint and organise the old room design right?
    This roundup is awesome mixes my love of design and awesome typography with my love for tees (As shown over at teegazette.)
    Now i can’t wait for our boston tee party expo in august!

  • http://www.thecyclery.etsy.com/ Pete

    Liking the list. Any one else get the reference to Kermit the Frog in the “being green” tee? Pretty cool flip on the song he sang.

  • Laststarfighter05

    With all the civil unrest going on, I like “I HELPED START THE RIOT”

  • Riotgeer

    so the other day i get up and go to see if i have any new sells on my
    web store  and i see I’m getting traffic from a link i have not seen so i
    go to give it a look and i find my self on this page  and I’m floored
    buy what i see im run the i helped start the riot and its a small brad
    as it s just me and a friend .. and to be in the list of 50 is one of
    the  coolest things to happen to us in are fist year at this .. i just
    have to say thank you for pouting us in their with all the other gate
    art work i see on your 50 is just damn cool

  • Flav

    awesome site guys! I just discovered you and I am sharing with fiends and colleagues. Cool stuff for the mind.

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  • Anonymous

    Loving your sherlock holmes design! Get over to @teegazette and get your tees featured on there!

  • Anonymous

    thanks flav!

  • Anonymous

    Thanks riotgeer, here’s to a great 2012 for the brand!

  • Anonymous

    haha good spot!