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uchi clothing Trojan T shirt - cream

uchi’s Trojan Records T shirt colour combo conundrum

uchi clothing’s newest T shirt, Trojan, is already being hailed as a classic. Since it first appeared the Trojan T shirt has flown off the shelves and online shopping carts. The black T shirt was well received and had many Trojan fans instantly asking if it came in different colours. As usual, the little details are important to uchi clothing so we’re reposted the how and why these two new T shirt print colour combinations evolved…

I had created an ‘artist’s impression’ of the new yellow T shirts, thinking red and green print on yellow would not only look great, it’d be perfect for a reggae based T shirt. However, the mock-up posted on the product page suggested otherwise. I dismissed this and put it down to it being a mock-up and not a picture of an actual real printed T shirt! I was confident that when actually printed, the colours “will look dope on that colour T shirt!”.

They didn’t. It did remind me of having an eye test. On the yellow T shirts, the depth of the red and green colours was two close. The whole print was too dark to show the Trojan emblem prominently enough through the text – the opposite of what I wanted. The mock-up turned out to be accurate after all.

Trojan men's T shirt - Red Gold and Green

Trojan men’s T shirt – Red Gold and Green?

I was a little disappointed, but (and you have to stay on your feet in this game), I remembered that the last yellow uchi T shirt was printed using a dark golden yellow and the same green we were using, so… We overprinted the poorly chosen red with the dark yellow and this is what we got.

Trojan men's T shirt - Sunflower Yellow detail

Trojan men’s T shirt – Sunflower Yellow

They say hindsight is a beautiful thing. And with further hindsight, or, by paying attention to the rules of colour instead of getting sentimental about red, gold and green combos, maybe even these current colour ways could be better? If instead, green and gold were printed on the cream and the yellow T shirt had the green/orange combo. Perhaps? It is a very limited run, so the next cream and yellow Trojan T shirts will probably see a reversal of colours… maybe clear and red inks? Feel free to let me know what colour combo you’d like to see on a future uchi Trojan T shirt.

Trojan men's T shirt - Black and Cream

Trojan men’s T shirt – Black and Cream

Thanks as always to Screen One Printers, Bristol for their skills.

Periodic Table of Typefaces T Shirt

uchi clothing’s Periodic Table of Typefaces T shirt

We’ve got one of uchi clothing’s most recent best selling joints OVER HERE, now in these fresh new women’s charcoal bamboo T shirts.

Whether you’re a type geek or a chemistry geek, you can’t fail to be impressed by this execution of a classic design element. 

Here’s the first colour drop of uchi’s Typographic Periodic Table – charcoal grey on a women’s bamboo T shirt. Shop them at the OVER HERE store, OVER HERE online and from uchi clothing co.

Periodic Table of Typefaces T Shirt


uchi 's Typographic Periodic Table of Elements

uchi’s Typographic Periodic Table of Elements


uchi’s Typographic Periodic Table — a brief description of each typeface group.

There are many classification systems of type – defined by their visual characteristics (stroke contrast, serif shape, etc) and their historical development or historical reference. Here, I’ve tried to match the main categories with the element groups. Also, except for the Lanthanoids and Actinoids (Glyphic, Script, Blackletter and Graphic faces) and, where possible, in each group I’ve tried to order the typefaces date order from top to bottom. There are some notable exceptions for aesthetic reasons. For example, Helevtica, of course had to be Hydrogen.

Alkali metals


Venetian typefaces (also known as Humanist) 1400s – 1500s:

Characteristics: Bracketed serifs which are angled on lower case letters and ascenders, curve axis slopes to the left, little contrast between thick and thin strokes.

Alkaline earth metals


Garalde typefaces (also known as Old Style and Old Face) 1600s:

Characteristics: Bracketed serifs, curve axis slopes to the left, heavier contrast between thick and thin strokes. The lower case e has a horizontal bar.

Other non metals


Grotesque/neo grotesque typefaces (San serifs) 1700s – 1800s:

Characteristics: No serifs. Slightly squared curves. Grotesque faces have more contrast between thin and thick strokes than the latter more uniform neo grotesque fonts (Helvetica).

Transition metals


Transitional (also called Neoclassical or Rationalist) 1700s:

Characteristics: Bracketed serifs which are angled on ascenders and lower case letters, vertical or left inclined axis on curves. Influenced by copperplate engraving. Transitional typefaces incorporate characteristics of the earlier Garalde and the latter Didone type.

Slab serif


Slab-serif (or Egyptian) 1700 – 1800s:

Characteristics: Typefaces with heavy, square-ended serifs, often the same thickness as the main stem of the letters. Serifs can be with or without brackets.


Post transition metals

Didone (also called Modern) 1700s:

Characteristics: Didone faces feature strong and abrupt contrast between thick and thin strokes. Curve axis are vertical and the lower case serifs of ascenders are generally horizontal. Generally there are no bracketing of serifs.

Geometric Sans Serif


Geomteric sans serif 1700 – 1800s:

Characteristics: Geometric fonts are of uniform weight and based on simple geometric shapes, rectangles and circles. Most Geometric fonts have a single story a.

Nobel Gases

Humanist Sans-serif

Humanist sans-serif 1700 – 1800s:

Characteristics: Humanist typefaces are sans-serif faces that follow the proportions of traditional Roman inscribed capital letters and the Garalde (or Old Style) lower case letters. Unlike the monoline geometric fonts they have some contrast between stroke lines and most have a two story a and g.


Glyphic and Script fonts


Characteristics: Typefaces which appear chiselled rather than derived from a calligraphic form.


Characteristics: Typefaces which imitate cursive handwriting.


Graphic and symbol fonts

Blackletter (Gothic, Fraktur or Old English) c1100 – 1500s:

Characteristics: Typefaces based on early manuscript lettering. Blacketter typefaces have dramatic thin and thick strokes, and elaborate swirls on the serifs. Used in the printing of the Gutenberg Bible in 1450.


Characteristics: Symbols and typefaces which appear drawn rather than derived from a nibbed pen.