MEET THE COLORS: ROYAL BLUE DESIGN CHALLENGE WINNER!
The blues! Who likes having the blues!??! Nobody, that’s who. However, blue is a pretty great color, particularly the royal blue kind, so we launched the Colors: Royal Blue design challenge to see what type of designs all you talented peeps would create for a royal blue tee. Well, artist Gregorius T. Rofi from Indonesia took the challenge quite literally, and his clever take on the blues (the sad kind) resulted in his design “Royal Blues”, which heck, is quite genius! Read on to learn a bit more about Gregorius, and shop his winning tee here!
Congrats on your winning “Royal Blues” design for the Colors: Royal Blue design challenge! Why don’t you tell us a little bit about yourself?
“Thanks! My name is Rofi, I am 19 years old, and I’m an aspiring graphic designer (still in college). I’m currently based in Jakarta, Indonesia. I’m all about design, good books, and traveling.”
In what ways did the color “royal blue” itself dictate the direction of your design?
“Well, the challenge title ‘Royal Blue’ kind of lead me into thinking about kings and queens. From that, I tried to make a simple, punny design that had something to do with the word ‘royal’.”
What kind of impact does color have on your designs typically?
“I personally feel that color is the most important part of my designs. In my opinion, even if you have a good concept and execution, if the color palette isn’t right, it will end up looking trashy and unappealing.”
Your “Royal Blues” design, and particularly the name of it, is super clever. How did you come up with it?
“Since I was a kid, I have always loved to play around with words and puns, so it came naturally. All I did was add an ‘s’ after the word ‘Royal Blue’, so I wouldn’t call myself super clever for that! Ha!”
Have you had this idea of the king card in the back of your mind for awhile?
“Yes, I have always wanted to create my own deck of cards. I actually started this illustration back in February, but didn’t have the time to finish it. When the challenge came up, I looked for the file, changed some colors, finished it up, and voila!”
What was the process of creating your design? Feel free to share any WIP’s if possible!
“It wasn’t that much of a process to be honest; the design is pretty simple. Normally I would sketch my ideas and create it digitally once the idea was solid. But for this design, I went straight to the computer and went with the flow.”
Are you a big card player? If so, what’s your favorite game?
“No, not really. I play Blackjack occasionally, but that’s about it. I’m more of a board game kind of guy.”
Why do you think this king is stabbing himself in the head anyway?
“The queen probably left him for a much younger, richer king that rides better horses than him. Fun fact: The king of hearts has always been illustrated with a sword into his head, but a lot of people never really notice it.”
Why is this rather bloody king the perfect design for a royal blue background?
“That’s a hard question, ha! Why not? *shrugs*”
Any other shout-outs?
“Big thanks to Threadless for this supercool experience! Also, shout-outs to all the sleep-deprived designers out there. Never stop creating!”