The Discovery Collection


The Discovery Collection by Tinlun

When I set out to start my own company, I knew that it was going to be difficult and that I was going to learn a lot about business, but I never imagined I'd learn so much about myself.

This journey has been one of exploration, self-discovery, and enlightenment, and this collection represents a full year of lessons learned.

One Small Step tee - detail

Find Yourself - detail closeup

Mission Hoody - detail

Stay Humble tee

CONCEPT/DESIGN PROCESS

The idea of a discovery-themed collection wasn't preconceived; it happened very naturally. Wanting to create more art to feature alongside Stay Humble, I began sketching the phrase "Find Yourself."

Find Yourself - corrections and fixes

The phrase came to mind when I realized that I had lost sight of my goals and veered off course from the person I wanted to be

Find Yourself - all sketches

Not only had I allowed my ambition to cause me to neglect my family, but I had also begun making poor business decisions based on fear and scarcity.

Find Yourself - Illustrator artboard screenshot

I wanted to create a reminder that it takes active awareness not to divert from your goals and values. Your sense of self is essentially fleeting.

Find Yourself tee

Naturally, I began reflecting on my journey and all the valuable knowledge I've gained along the way, and I realized that it all began with one small step.

(It was then that I knew I wanted to create an entire collection with a "discovery" theme.)

One Small Step - sketches

I was working full-time as a designer at a very stable company with great benefits - what most would consider a dream scenario. I honestly thought I was going to retire at that company. Yet, I still craved the freedom to create on my own terms.

One Small Step - sketch closeup

After careful consideration and overcoming tons of hesitation, I decided to leave the comfort of stable employment and enter the unknown realm of entrepreneurship.

I know that it sounds like an enormous leap of faith - and it was at the time. But after a full year in business, I can look back and see that it was actually a very small step towards doing something much bigger and more meaningful.

One Small Step - vector process

I've been a fan of space exploration since I was a kid, and I've always loved design elements of anything associated with the future. I drew inspiration from my favorite space / exploration / futuristic organizations, films, TV shows, toys, and even my favorite sneaker designs.

Mission Patches - process

Tinlun / Stay Humble mission patches

Size Tag - design process

Tinlun - futuristic size tag design

GO GET IT

All great things begin the same way - with one tiny action leading to a chain reaction of exponentially bigger actions. No one has ever turned a dream into reality by sitting there and waiting for something to happen. 

One Small Step - tee

Stay Humble Mission Hoody

I want to challenge you to think about what it is that you really want to accomplish in your lifetime. I'm a believer that each one of us exists for a larger purpose than his/herself. It's time to find that purpose.

"The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step." - Lao Tzu

Find Yourself Tee

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