WORTHINGTON - This year’s Worthington Windsurfing Regatta and Music Festival T-shirt designer is no stranger to the annual event.
Nate Einck, a 1997 graduate of Worthington High School who now resides in Hopkins, had his design chosen for this year’s shirt. Einck had created the T-shirt design for two previous Regatta events while employed as a graphic designer at The Globe several years ago; his work this year was selected from multiple submissions by the event’s board of directors.
“A few years ago I submitted a design and lost by one vote,” Einck said. “Then, this year, the Regatta posted on Facebook that they were looking for a design and I was tagged by a few friends, and I decided to go for it.”
Einck and other artists were required to incorporate a windsurfer and guitar as part of their design entries. What he came up with, he said, is consistent with a lot his other work.
“I wanted the design to have a vintage feel,” Einck said. “Everyone loves a good throwback to glory days, so I try to make that come across in a lot of my artwork for T-shirts.”
After working at The Globe, Einck was employed at Pipestone Publishing Co. and then moved to Mankato to work for a screen T-shirt company. His career has now taken to him to The ADS Group, a full-service multi-media development and distribution company in Plymouth that produces CDs, DVDs and vinyl records.
Einck keeps himself plenty busy outside of work, as he’s created his own enterprise.
“Over the years, designing and printing shirts has always been a bit of a side hustle,” he said. “I’ve recently set up shop at the house to print certain jobs, and the more complex or larger orders get sent to various printers in the Twin Cities and southern Minnesota.”
Einck’s website, https://dunordbrand.com, shows off a sampling of his T-shirt design work, and his “Nate Einck” Instagram page also features many examples of his creations.
“I have always been and will forever be old school,” Einck said. “A lot of that comes through in my designs and if you check out my Instagram, you’ll see that.”
Regatta board president Josh Miller added that he and the board were pleased with both the quantity and quality of design entries.
“We had a lot of submissions from near and far away and a lot of great choices,” Miller said. “We really appreciate and enjoy people taking interest in this and having fun with it.”
This year’s Regatta T-shirts were printed by J & H Screen Printing of Worthington. Einck plans to return to Worthington for this year’s festival - which is set for June 8-10 on Sailboard Beach.