The first product I want to create is bicycle handlebar tape. Most cyclists just use plain black bar tape, but I want the handlebars to be a canvas you can use to personalise your ride. There are very few bar tape suppliers that stock tape with any design or pattern, and those that do are very limited. I want to create a brand with a variety of attractive designs and colours. Similar to the way there is a myriad of designs out there on phone cases, or socks, or T-shirts. I am hoping to be able to pick several designs from this contest.
- I'll attach some example photos, but please use them as vague reference rather than as guidelines... I would really like to see your creative take!
- I'm looking for geometric or art-deco style designs
- This kind of style, but tailored for my purpose:
- Preferably the design will not include too much solid fill, but mostly lines and open shapes, as I don't want to cover too much of the underlying rubber material (which provides grip when cycling)
- Either a repeating pattern or a design that changes over the space of the handlebars
- Preferably a novel design rather than using stock patterns, due to budget constraints
- Design could be a nice way to incorporate someone's name onto the tape for personalised designs
- Assume the background material colour to be black (for now)
- At this stage I am still considering whether to print these via screen print or digital, but I am open to multiple colours and gradient colours
- Ok to use RGB colour mode
- The dimensions of the bar tape strips are 2160mm x 30mm, so it would be best to create the design on an artboard of this size
- The final product will be wrapped in an overlapping spiral fashion around bike handlebars 2.5cm thick
- Please note that due to the nature of wrapping the bar tape around the handlebars, approximately the top 10mm of the tape will be overlapped and therefore the top one third of the pattern will be covered
- I have found it very difficult to create a design that accommodates for this overlap, and also for the fact that the tape wraps around the bars in a helical fashion, so the elements of the designs that were originally adjacent to each other on the design prior to wrapping are no longer visibly adjacent to each other when viewing the wrapped handlebars from any one angle. The elements that sit above and below each other once the tape is wrapped may no longer match up to create a cohesive pattern. That's why I need help!
- If it helps, each revolution of the bar wrapping takes about 10cm of tape. So elements that are spaced roughly 10cm apart on the original design will line up approximately on top of each other when the design is wrapped. Approximately, not exactly.