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Easy as Pi (shirt 20)

March 15, 2010
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Easy as Pi T-shirt
Yesterday (March 14) was Pi Day. Don’t feel bad if you didn’t know about it — although Google sported a nifty logo for Pi Day. Turns out that 3.14 (or March 14) is the beginning of Pi, which can be stretched much further than that (3.14159265358979…).

Pi is the ratio of a circle’s circumference to the diameter. Wikipedia has a long, interesting entry for Pi. The history section, I think, is particularly interesting. For example:

The earliest evidenced conscious use of an accurate approximation for the length of a circumference with respect to its radius is of 3+1/7 in the designs of the Old Kingdom pyramids in Egypt. The Great Pyramid at Giza, constructed c.2550-2500 BC, was built with a perimeter of 1760 cubits and a height of 280 cubits; the ratio 1760/280 ≈ 2π.

As you may guess (from reading my other posts), I don’t use Pi in my work. After all, I’m an English Major who turned into a freelance graphic designer. While I use circles and curves in some layouts, I have never sat and calculated Pi in a layout for a book cover. Still, when I read of architecture — such as the pyramids — based on Pi, I think it’s pretty interesting stuff.

So I put together a few Pi t-shirt designs, and a couple are shown above. “Easy as π” is shown in a funky font with three colors as the borders grow. The pictured shirt has slate, light blue, and dark blue, and you can find it here at Zazzle. The other color options are: soft yellow, orange, and brown — and bright yellow, light green, and medium green.

Another play on words is my “Q T π” t-shirt — shown above on the right. This Cutie Pi shirt is available in three different color options: pink shades, blue shades, and green shades.

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