I have a penchant for short-sleeved shirts that had a former life in industry. My first purchase was a green shirt with a patch that read ‘Janice’ over the right side of my chest. Given that I’m male, I enjoyed the irony. I enjoyed the irony more because I bought it in Dublin, where Janice is not a popular name, and people are kind of homophobic. While I had no illusions about its attractiveness, it was comfortable and handy for wearing while working from home.
Since then, I’ve bought a few more. My most recent, and favourite selection, was a UPS shirt I found at a vintage clothing store called ‘The Patch’ (no website, I’m afraid) in Victoria. Again, it’s not the most attractive or stylish shirt in the world. It is, however, exceptionally well-designed for its purpose–clothing UPS drivers. It reminded me of a great book on design, and how pleasant well-designed things are to use.
After the jump, I’ve created an annotated image of me in the aforementioned shirt, espousing its many fine design features.