Internet Explorer by Yort Evangelista (yortsiraulo) is my favorite design this week. I love the way it takes a phrase familiar to any internet user and imagines what it should be like. Instead of a bug-prone browser, it’s a vital tool for navigating the wilderness. And maybe the explorer isn’t technology at all- it’s you, and you’re warm and safe by the fire in an exciting natural world where adventure surely lurks behind every pine tree and mountaintop. The color palette clinches the outdoorsy appeal, feeling like it’s taking cues from scout patches and uniforms. And of course the minimal, thinly lined art style helps the design to feel safe and welcoming.
Happy Little Emojis by Cody Weiler (csweiler) won Threadless’s Emojis challenge, and it’s a smart pick. I like the way it takes the central goals of emoji- to convey emotion and information in quick, easy to read images- and applies them to a very natural subject, a man who famously did the same thing with his paintings, although in a more complicated way. Nearly everyone familiar with Bob Ross has positive feelings about him and his work, so his face standing in for a smiley face emoji makes perfect sense. The icons are all well chosen, with tools, subject matter and the finished product each represented (including, of course, a happy little tree!). And the artist did a great job of nailing the simple emoji style, with its soft gradients, smooth lines, and bold, chunky shapes.
Boaty McBoatface Launch by Nicholas Ginty (Gintron) feels like an official crest for the internet’s favorite submarine vessel. One thing I find interesting is the way that it keeps fans’ favorite thing about the sub, the goofy name, fairly minimal. The text calling it out is small and unheralded, and the only indication of the sub’s fame is the slight smile gracing it (something many viewers could easily overlook). The white shirt is also a bit of a curveball, as it’s one of the less popular shirt colors and might also feel a bit out of step, since the ocean is typically represented in shades of blue. I think it can be forgiven as a nod to Boaty’s use in the antarctic, though. The style is very Threadless, employing that line-heavy brand of minimalism that is so common to the site’s nature designs, so I do think it’s in the right place to reach a decent audience.
Stand With Standing Rock by Kyle (kylepattison) is definitely one of the better-looking charity shirts I’ve seen. What I like about this one is that, although it’s definitely in that minimal outdoorsy style Threadless loves, the art is also a perfect fit for its subject matter. The bold shapes and fixed geometry feels reminiscent of the classic look of native american patterns. And the objects (sun, teepee, water droplet and stars) all suit the issue and protest, as well as fit together in an iconic, visually interesting way. By nesting the droplet within the doorway of the teepee, it smoothly communicates the idea of native people protecting the water. Brilliantly done.
Threadless prints new shirts every week, chosen from the designs submitted by and voted on by site members. Most winners earn $1 minimum per item sold (learn more about Threadless artist payments).