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Homophone Series: Tee/Tea April 2022 | Design & Print Spotlight

  • Designer: Michelle Stephenson
  • Project: Sigler 2021/2022 Calendar
  • Design Style: Vector Illustration
  • Ink: 7472, 7506, 021, and Neutral Black 
  • Paper: 100C Bright White Finch Fine Smooth
  • Special Treatments: Emboss on cup

Let’s Get Literal (LGL) is a fun, interactive series of designs based on “literal” interpretations. LGL combines several things we love – clever concepts, design collaboration and creating campaigns that delight and engage people – and it’s up to the end-user to guess and check their answers at

Sigler's LGL 2021-22 calendar theme is HOMOPHONES (words that sound the same but have different meanings.) It utilizes the same 4 spot-color inks throughout to unify the unique aesthetic of our talented designers.

April 2022


In Michelle’s words:

When I saw Tee/Tea on the list of homophone options, I had a pretty clear vision of what I wanted to do. Abstract psychedelia, retro futurism, comics, characters and pop art are all popular design trends this year, so I wanted to incorporate some of those concepts into my design.



I decided to utilize the brightest colors in our palette in a Japanese-style character design for the barista and cup while using the stark black waves to create some dimension in the background. I also added an emboss to the cup to give it a little texture and make it look more like a golf ball. It’s subtle, but small details like this can not only make a print piece stand out, but it can help unify two completely different ideas/definitions into one design.




I had so much fun creating this design because I love my barista character – she’s so cute!

To learn more about the production of the entire calendar, you can read our blog here.

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