After getting approval from the CS department chair, Prof. Richard Brown, they went looking for a design. They had always been fond of the BSD daemon, so they decided to try to incorporate that character into the T-shirt design. They got approval from Kirk McKusick to use the daemon, and Ben Johnson did the text and design. Prof. Brown granted final approval, the design was sent to a T-shirt shop for printing, and a 25-shirt limited-edition run was printed and distributed in Spring 1994.
The design: The BSD daemon, in red, is displayed prominently across the front center of a black T-shirt. It is encircled by text in white stating: ``St. Olaf College Computer Science Department.'' On the back is the phrase ``phenomenal cosmic powers, itty bitty living space.'' The text on the back is significant because the only ``official'' computer-science lab at the college is a room about 6 feet wide and 15 feet long (itty bitty). Ben Johnson did all the design work on a Sun SparcStation2 using a variety of graphics programs and the PostScript language.