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23 March 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #701: Mischievous Shirts

Shirt.Woot is teasing a new derby theme…

Starting Thursday at noon: Derby #701: Mischievous Shirts

Buehler, pets, monkeys, children, old people! The theme this week is mischief – the previous are the most common offenders…

Tell your mischievous story in any form you prefer, with any characters you like. Words are allowed, politics are not. Designs can and should be funny and light-hearted – no serious pranks. And no cream tees!

This derby begins Thursday at noon and continues through next Thursday at noon. The top three designs (determined by votes and editor input) will each earn $1000 and $2 per item sold after the first day of sales. Those winners will be sold on Friday (1st), Saturday (2nd), and Sunday (3rd). Additionally, other designs may be selected for a Plus sale on the following Monday, with each selected design earning $2 per item sold.

22 March 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Design By Humans’s Swimsuit Design Contest

Summer is right around the corner, and Design By Humans is getting their catalog ready with a new Swimsuit design contest. This is the first time swimsuits have been offered at DBH, though the imagery they provide may give some clues as to what kinds of design applications they’re hoping to see from participating artists.

Enter before April 8th, 2019 for your chance to win. Voting will be from April 8th to 15th, with winners announced on April 16th. First place will earn $500, with second place getting $300 and third place receiving $150. All printed designs will also receive royalties for every product sold.

21 March 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: Shades and more new this week

Shades by Ronan Lyman (RonanL) is my favorite Threadless print this week. There have been a lot of memorable lion shirts, even some that specifically feature glasses. But this piece still manages to feel completely different than all those designs that came before it, and that’s largely down to the soft, friendly vibe the artist created. With the thick strands of the mane, his fur looks like yarn sewn into a child’s stuffed animal. This is a fully relaxed creature, not a notorious predator. He’s king of the jungle because he does as he pleases, not because he throws his weight around the savannah. And today, he wants to chill out in the sun in his best pair of yellow sunglasses. So relatable!

Heart Always Wins ;D by Chawit WSWW (Cnatch) is a fun, cartoony take on the eternal battle between head and heart. One thing I really appreciate about this drawing is how even the fight has been- both competitors show nearly identical damage. And although the bout has clearly been exhausting and hard fought, this pair are good sports who gave their all and are now ready to accept the judges’ scorecards. This is what it feels like to experience internal conflict, so the design has universal appeal.

Coral Reef Hugger Society by kooky love (kooky love) feels like an aquatic answer to the tree hugging phenomenon, and it’s a switch that makes sense because while trees are, while not as plentiful as one might wish, not exactly endangered, coral reefs are very much in danger of total loss. It’s a sentiment that is very much needed, and the design does well to hint at the reef’s importance in the ecosystem by filling the background with fish. There’s also a lot of humor inherent in the concept because the diver has to be so protected to manage this feat, very unlike the loose, carefree look of a traditional treehugger. Hugging a coral would be a ridiculous thing to do, but seeing this design makes you want to do it in spirit if nothing else.

Bar Code by Grant Shepley (Gamma-Ray) is probably influenced by those images of real barcodes that incorporate graphics while remaining functional, and utilizes that same kind of ingenuity to turn the code’s vertical stripes into a series of horizontal shelves. The use of the pun makes this version feel fun and wearable, even though it’s not a place one would expect to see a barcode. And I really like the specifics of the illustration, the way consistent line widths, repetition of shapes, and awkward angles stay true to the expectations of true barcode structure.

Donuts and Dragons by Vincent Trinidad (vptrinidad021) combines two magical elements, fantasy RPGs and junk food. It’s a combination that instinctively feels right because they so often go together- what fun is gaming without some snacks to enjoy while you do it? Even the dragon probably finds this situation preferable, as a bed of soft baked goods has got to be more comfortable than metal coins and treasure. The colorful frosting of the donuts is another smart choice, grabbing attention and delighting viewers even before they scope out the adjusted title.

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.

20 March 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s Derby Editor’s Choice: Classics Reimagined collection

Some of Shirt.Woot’s most popular prints got a facelift in the Derby Editor’s Choice: Classics Reimagined plus sale. Since the subject matter of the original pieces was already a hit with customers, the contest gave artists the opportunity to show the idea (or a similar one) in a fresh, new way. Here’s what caught my eye…

Best of the Bunch: UnNinja: Birthday by dooomcat keeps things simple with a ninja trio and a candle mishap. I love the detailed and very comic expressions on each of the ninjas’ faces.

Nicest Surprise: Just Making It Up by dinomike works for me in part because the cat is drawn in a way that makes it seem like a mishap is just around the corner, and that clumsiness suits the slogan perfectly.

This promotion will only last until 11:59 p.m. on Sunday. So if there’s something you like, grab it fast!

19 March 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s T-List 2018 – The People’s Choice derby voting highlights

Shirt.Woot made an excellent choice in playing out the T-List 2018 – The People’s Choice derby differently than it had been done in the past, limiting the entries to just the best sellers from the past year (instead of all shirts printed in the year, as the contest previously had). This curating lets voters have a more positive experience, keeping quality high and making the number of entries much more manageable. With so many excellent pieces, narrowing things down was difficult but here are the two current voting underdogs that I think need more attention…

Permanently Pooped-Out Pigeon by fablefire is a brilliant addition to the Early Bird/Night Owl divide, a mascot that finally addresses people who are tired all the time, day or night!

Ass in Gear by rasabi might be the most iconic design of the past year, delivering some classic dad joke humor in a clean, understated style.

This derby continues through Thursday at noon. The People’s Choice winner will be featured alongside the other T-List winners.

18 March 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Bauhaus design contest

Threadless rewinds time to a classic art movement in the new Bauhaus design competition. Here’s what they’re looking for…

Bauhaus-perhaps the greatest design movement in the last 100 years. Bauhaus began as a school of design and ended up erasing the lines that divided fine art and functional design. Blending them together transformed society’s expectation of what art can provide. From typography, color, and the hierarchy of design- Bauhaus principles changed the rules for graphic design forever!

Do you have it in you to challenge the norm and manifest minimalism in a way that unites art and technology? The rules are loose but show us how form follows function, where abstraction has purpose, and fuse different disciplines seamlessly. Take flight and create a Bauhaus inspired design!

This contest opens to entries on March 22nd and ends on April 5th, 2019. One winner will earn $1000 cash and a $500 Threadless gift code. Also, all designers printed will earn $1 minimum per item sold (learn more about Threadless artist payments).

16 March 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #700: Mashup Challenge – Animals & Books/TV/Movies

After the steady voting for past Shirt.Woot favorites in the current derby, artists should be chomping at the bit for the chance to design for a new theme…

Starting Thursday at noon: Derby #700: Mashup Challenge – Animals & Books/TV/Movies

This weeks Derby Contest is a mashup challenge! Mash animals with your chosen book, TV series OR movie!

Your design must include at least one animal, zero hoomans, and be mashed with either a movie, TV or a book (real or imagined). Just note that real names of things need to have the titles changed so that we don’t get a whole host of like lawsuits and stuff.

Designs may be depicted however you like. Some examples of ways to show your mashup are as a poster, title, credits, cover, scene…you get the idea. All creatures in the animal kingdom are fair game, including mythical ones!

No animals should be harmed in the making of your artwork. Shirt does not accept responsibility for injuries incurred in the making of such designs – don’t put your hand inside the enclosure!

No cream tees, no politics and no humans!

This derby begins Thursday at noon and continues through next Thursday at noon. The top three designs (determined by votes and editor input) will each earn $1000 and $2 per item sold after the first day of sales. Those winners will be sold on Friday (1st), Saturday (2nd), and Sunday (3rd). Additionally, other designs may be selected for a Plus sale on the following Monday, with each selected design earning $2 per item sold.