He-Man and the Masters of the Univers

I collected He-Man figures and look what happened to me

So I had this t-shirt concept (above) that’s been brewing for a long while. (You might have seen He-Man make an appearance in this photo of my desk.)

It’s a humorous take on the font Univers (which makes up the background grid with its family of font weights).

The design seemed too limited in appeal so it never came to be, but I still have a deep love for it.

Turns out this pun has legs in other manifestations. Case in point: Swiss Legacy ‘blog brought Mr September Industry’s Cinematography game to view. Essentially a mashup of fonts and titles of things. Fun stuff.

Maybe I should still keep the dream alive and make the tee.

Current music: Beastie Boys “Just a Test”

23 responses to “He-Man and the Masters of the Univers”

  1. Kevin Avatar

    chris, there is no question in my mind that i would buy this shirt.

  2. Richard Avatar

    You should go ahead with the tee idea…I love it. I would buy one too!

  3. PJ Doland Avatar

    Totally cool, but aren’t you afraid of incurring the wrath of Mattel? I hear they’re scarier than the MedellĂ­n Cartel.

  4. Chris Glass Avatar

    Indeed PJ, the wrath of Mattel is not something I’d want to take on.
    Only semi-related: I always wonder, in the back of my mind… if Campbell’s Soup ever sued Andy Warhol.

  5. Sean Avatar

    I’d buy it, too, as long as you printed on something other than white — that’s just asking for me to spill a Skeletor-sized chalice of red wine all over it. Call up Ben at Powerhouse, he’ll do it.

  6. Sheila Ryan Avatar

    I’d buy two of them — one for me and one for my guy — so please do! And if you can, offer a ‘girly cut’ version, on account of, well, I’m a girl, and on account of my guy likes to wear girly tees because they show off the fruits of his iron-pumping. (He also wears Annika Sorenstam-branded women’s golf shirts out on the course.)

  7. Nick Hall Avatar
    Nick Hall

    Count me in too, I would like to purchase one. Lovely design.

  8. Diggs Avatar

    I think its super rad. I would buy one!

  9. Artur Avatar

    Please, Please, Please!!!

  10. visualingual Avatar

    Veer and its customers would be all over this!

  11. Peter Sullivan Avatar

    I say go for it. Did He-Man ever sue Fakor?

  12. bushy Avatar

    Mail me — want one.

  13. Luke Avatar

    make that shirt its a good idea, but make the grid in the back more visible

  14. borisforconi Avatar

    I definitely want some !

  15. aKun Avatar

    Great idea! retro toys & typography, my perfect combination!!!

  16. Rosscott Avatar

    I would totally buy it. Email me if it becomes available and the correct amount of money will soon appear.

  17. Jebadiah Moore Avatar

    I’ll join the chorus here; print it and I will buy.

  18. Jayson Shenk Avatar

    This is great. My very first design project as a student was doing illustrations using the Univers family. That shirt rocks. I’d buy one.

  19. no Avatar

    great ! want one too !

  20. Chris Glass Avatar

    Hey folks! WOW. I’m thrilled to know there are others out there that get the fun of this idea, and I’M GOING TO MAKE THE SHIRT! Keep leaving comments with your website or email address (or contact me directly). I’ll let you know when they roll out. I might go with a pre-order and make it sort’ve limited, not sure yet.

  21. James Kurtz III Avatar

    BY THE POWER OF GREYSKULL!! make this t-shirt.

  22. Brennan McGuigan Avatar
    Brennan McGuigan

    by the TYPOGRAPHY of greyskull…. I would buy this

  23. Candice Avatar

    Wow! That is one awesome t-shirt design. =) You should enter ONE’s design contest with some of your ideas, here’s the link if you decide you’re interested – lots of great potential exposure from a cool company: http://onecondoms.com/design/contest/index