If you are someone who wants to see their designs or illustrations on product or simply want to produce a small run of items but don't know where to go this post is for you. Back in grad school my homie Rae Ann put together a list of resources for design students who wanted to get stuff made. It was an awesome resource. Over the years I've updated and refined a version of that list that I share with my students. And now would like to share some of those items from that collection with you.
It's super fun to see your work produced professionally. In a lot of ways it feels polished, finished, and real. Just remember to be mindful of producing more stuff. Think about the environment, printing practices, and your needed inventory. Do your research and ask questions to help determine the right fit and amount for your project (for example considering a print-to-order system vs. printing a small quantity). Don't let the excitement of getting something made cloud the process, think it though.
Tees + Things
Busy Beaver: buttons
MakIt: customize plastic plates, platters, bowls, mugs, coasters and trays
Society6: print and sell your work
Sticker Mule: sticker printing
Custom Ink: custom t-shirt printing
TeeSpring: print and sell tees using a campaign system
Cafe Press: customize items like tees, cards, home decor, and mugs
OoShirts: digitally and screen-printed tees
Zazzle: tees, prints, posters, mugs, cards and mouse-pads
Printful: print and sell tees
Can't wait to see what you make! Do you have any resources you can recommend?