Ties by Cyberoptix Tie Lab

Detroit Water Towers tie

Cyberoptix is a Detroit-based studio that designs and produces a line of witty screenprinted men’s ties with prints ranging from the Detroit Water Towers [above] to the Coney Island Parachute Jump [below].

Coney Island Parachute Jump tie

Topographical Error tie

Clipper Ship tie

Oak Tree tie

Wind Turbines tie

Cyberoptix founder Bethany Shorb is yet another talented Cranbrook classmate who’s paving her own creative path. She trained as a sculptor and, among other things, has designed costumes for Skinny Puppy, and also performs as toybreaker and half of dethlab. A multi-faceted talent, that one is.

Other alums whose work I’ve featured here before include Peter Stathis [product design], Scott Santoro [graphic design], Jodi Boatman [photography], Arjen Noordeman [type design], and Andy Detskas [painting]. Well, and also the architect Gyo Obata, but I was pretty critical of his latest project, so maybe that doesn’t count.


11 thoughts on “Ties by Cyberoptix Tie Lab

  1. I am a huge fan of the Cyberoptix ties. I have a running list of ties I plan on buying from them. I just picked one up for my brother and he gets compliments every time he wears it.

    I still think their best one is Hive, although Poppies is a close second.

  2. One of the frustrating things about printing by hand is that the results are not 100% consistent. So, I hear you about the flaws in your tie — you’re right that it’s not perfect, but that also comes with the territory of anything printed by hand. We run into similar issues in our own work.

  3. now… i know where to find a good tie. it’s good to know that there’s something unique out there, instead of the standard designs. thank you so much for posting this.

  4. I´am waiting for 5 months for my ties…they are not serious workers. Search for another ties providers, there are a lot of them in the web, more serious and whit the same quality designs.

  5. A small studio like Cyberoptix probably prints orders as they’re received but, if it’s been 5 months since your order, I recommend contacting Bethany directly to find out the status and express your frustration. You’re right that other designers have caught on to this niche, but I think her ties tend to be better designed and executed than her competition’s.

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