Custom T-Shirts!? The One Tip You Need To Think About When Ordering | Bill Svoboda | TEDxFargo

If you’ve ever been in charge of ordering custom printed t-shirts, you know it can take a lot of work! From designing a logo, to finding a printer and even choosing which t-shirt to have the design printed on, the process can either make or break the experience for you! As the founder of an online custom t-shirt company,, Bill Svoboda gives a few pointers to help you not only decide on the right shirt, but choose one that will represent your brand… making people want to wear and talk about it well-past your event.

In 2004 Bill Svoboda started Coed Monkey, an online custom t-shirt company out of his dorm room because of an order-gone-bad. Who knew that ten years later it would turn into a million dollar business with clients ranging from Silicon Valley startups to college residence halls, and everyone in between? But he’s not the normal t-shirt salesman peddling one-time use t-shirts that begin on your back and end in the trash can. Instead, he has created a company that is focused on two things… soft fabric and tailored fits.

Bill always says, “you don’t need to advertise a good party,” so he takes pride knowing that his company is helping canvas the world with custom printed shirts that people actually want to wear, sparking conversations. Beyond t-shirts, Bill is also passionate about coffee, supporting local businesses (especially restaurants), finding good deals on name brand clothes and late night trips to the salad bar at Whole Foods.

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