Big Frog Custom T-Shirts specializes in creating custom apparel quickly for people on the go. I was responsible for designing graphics for hats, shirts, jackets, backpacks, and more. At Big Frog I was also responsible for maintaining the retail space. This involved working with customers, updating the displays with season-appropriate wear, and keeping the DTG shirt printer clean and serviced properly.
Speed and efficiency are key for a designer at Big Frog, as you are often expected to design and print the customer’s order in 24 hours - whether the customer needs five shirts or five hundred! Because of the quick stop nature of the job, we averaged 15-20 minutes spent on each design. We had to have a solid understanding of Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator to pull off designs quickly, while also being aware of how the design would impact the printing process.
My clients at Big Frog included the Tennessee Titans, the CBS show Pickler & Ben, Belmont University, Vanderbilt, Williamson County Public Schools, and several up-and-coming singer-songwriters stationed in Nashville.
The League of Striving Artists is an arts organization stationed at the University of Tennessee at Martin. What started as an art club grew into an official UTM organization with a focus on community service. With the help of our adviser and the other faculty, my colleagues and I provided art exhibits, travel studies, and workshops for the students of UT Martin.
For my last two years of university I took up a leadership role within the organization. During my run as president we organized several large-scale projects, including an outdoor mural for the city of Dresden, a mural for the city of Bradford, an art exhibition for Memphis-based artist Lurlynn Franklin, and a meet-and-greet with internationally famous painter Inka Essenhigh.
The organization is still running strong with a new team of student leaders at the helm. They work hard for a great cause and you can check out their upcoming events (and catalog of past community service) at the link below.