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Thread's Not Dead: The Designer's Guide to the Apparel Industry

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"The ESSENTIAL strategy guide for dominating the t-shirt design business." Jeffrey Kalmikoff, former CCO of Threadless.com What if the most prolific and influential people in the modern t-shirt design scene got together and discussed everything they wish they knew when they started? That's exactly what we have here. Thread's Not Dead is the essential strategy guide to the ...more
Hardcover, 244 pages
Published August 19th 2011 by Jeff Finley (first published April 1st 2011)
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skullface
Jul 25, 2015 rated it it was ok
Only a few years after initial publication, this hasn't aged gracefully. I feel bad for anyone who purchased the hardcover version on launch and didn't take action right away. Many of the URLs don't go anywhere, 404, or are outdated in trend/style or information. Many of the links and references are for the author's old company's online marketplace of stock image/artwork resources and that kind of self-promo is not my style.

The first half of the book's information on breaking out into apparel de
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Brent Galloway
Jun 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A must read for any designer! I've read through this book three times now and I'm still picking it back up to pull resources from it. If you're at all interested in the apparel industry or even freelance design, I highly recommend Thread's Not Dead!
Sophia V
Oct 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Thread’s Not Dead: The Designer’s Guide to the Apparel Industry
By Jeff Finley

I read the book Thread’s Not Dead by Jeff Finley; it was an amusing yet inspiring and educating book. In fact, I respected it tremendously because it taught me about being true to my own style and not always going along with the existing trends. “Take the things that make you unique and magnify them,” (page 189). It also made me understand that once you start, you must stay humble! Being humble keeps you focused and no
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Charles Yan
Dec 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Thread's Not Dead is quick glance at the graphic shirt industry from a designer's perspective. Unfortunately, I am not a graphic designer, and the first half of the book proved relatively useless for me.

But, the next few chapters are pretty useful in providing some tips about certain logistics and operations of a clothing line. For example, I'd never heard of the ratio of 1/2/2/1 for shirt sizes that is apparently industry standard, and I'd never thought of personal approaches to packaging and c
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Naved
May 31, 2013 rated it liked it
the book that helped me a lot during the very early and hard days of GuruTee (http://www.gurutee.com)
must read for every artist who wants to get into this business, includes very good resources and insights related to t-shirt design and its marketing as well.

3stars for the obvious reason, i was expecting a lot more, but still its a good read with useful insights.
Abe Schmidt
Jan 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Amazing book. Started my own small profitable apparel company handsinapparel.com because of this book.
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