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28 May 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Absurd Retro Packaging contest

The good ol’ days of advertising might get pretty weird in Threadless‘s new Absurd Retro Packaging design competition! Here’s what they’re looking for…

Vintage product labels and toy packaging from way back when gave even the biggest brands a “ma and pa shop” charm. And of course, there are products from back in the day with charming labels that make us go “aw” as much as they make us go, “wtf, this was a thing??” So for this challenge, we want you to take the charm of old toy packaging, children’s books, or food stuff and use it for RIDICULOUS products. Think absurd board games like “Mystery Date: Catfished Edition”. Design ridiculous titles for vintage “Little Golden Books” style book covers with a twist, like “P is for Ponzi Scheme!” Use wordplay to mash up retro design with the modern era, like a ‘SPAM’ can label for computer spam (only 15 cents!)

Today’s packaging labels are just the vintage labels of tomorrow, so go embrace your inner Don Draper and create some old-school advertising for absurd products that exist only in your imagination.

This contest opens to entries on June 2nd, 2017 and ends on June 16th, 2017. One winner will earn $1000 cash and a $500 Threadless gift code. Additionally, all designers printed will earn $1 minimum per item sold (learn more about Threadless artist payments).

27 May 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #606: Summer Breakation

Summer is almost here, so that’s what Shirt.Woot has on their mind with the latest derby theme…

Starting Thursday at noon: Derby #606: Summer Breakation

‘Tis the season to pack your stuff and head out into the world do some stuff and see some other stuff. And also probably some people you’re related to. So next week’s derby is all about summertime road-trippin’, travelin’ & vacationin’. No cats. Including the big kind. And remember, only backseat drivers submit cream tees.

This derby begins Thursday at noon and continues through next Thursday at noon. The top three vote-getters 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.

26 May 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Camiseteria’s A Realidade É Dura

A Realidade É Dura by Rodrigo Chinellato is one of those designs that comes very close to something special, but doesn’t quite hit the right mark. The problem is that while the situation is ripe for satire- large blocks of brick hanging in the sky are odd, and so is Mario’s ability to punch through them- the scene on the shirt feels very confusing. I’m unable to tell what is going on because the block’s location is so unclear. It doesn’t seem to be very high up at all, and the shadows seem to indicate that it’s stuck to the wall rather than floating. I guess Luigi’s trowel indicates that he’s put it there, but we have no clue as to why (and if those light lines are meant to feel like spider webs, it was a long time ago). Mario’s injury is just as perplexing. Did the bricks fall on him accidentally (the block doesn’t seem high enough for that to be likely) or did he somehow back into it (the wound appears to be on the back of his head)? And why is all of this happening indoors, rather than a hilly outdoor scene? It’s all very strange, and doesn’t quite add up to a punchline for me.

Camiseteria winners earn R$800 cash and R$500 in Camiseteria products.

25 May 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: Never Tell Me the Odds and more new this week

Never Tell Me the Odds by Rupert Beard (rupertbeard) is my favorite design this week. Partially because I’m impressed that, given the sheer number of Star Wars themed designs the internet churns out, there was still a brilliant original idea out there. And in my opinion, this one is really excellent- by transforming the shape of the Millennium Falcon into a skull, the design puts a strong emphasis on the danger of the phrase. The coffin shape ensures that no viewers miss that the ship is acting as a skull stand in, and the white dashes and dots feel reminiscent of speedy laser battles among the stars.

Can Knot by Haasbroek (Haasbroek) keeps things simple, and that’s a big part of why it works. That huge knotted rope fills in all the blanks you need, and avoids any distractions that might have muddied the waters. It lets the slogan be the star, and that’s a great choice because the slogan is such a smart riff on the original phrase. While the phrase “I literally cannot” is about being helpless and unable to function, this pun flips it on its head and turns the wording into a celebration of being really capable. Knots are a tool, a part of being prepared for anything, and this shirt makes it clear you’re that kind of person, not the stereotypical young person unable to act on their own.

Sur la Plage by Florent Bodart (speakerine) has a title that translates as On the Beach, which goes a bit of a way towards explaining what unites this eclectic group of objects. And indeed, there is a definite outdoorsy, beachy vibe to the design’s elements. From misplaced bits of clothing to small, handheld items and of course seashells and other flotsam, it all feels like the weird mix of natural, disposable, or forgettable detritus you’d come across walking down a shoreline. I like that some pieces are aspirational (the camper van), others are relatable (who hasn’t misplaced some sunglasses), and there are even moments of humor like the false shark fin. This is the kind of pattern that works in a lot of applications, and while shirts might not be its strongest use (those honors probably go to the tote or beach towel), it’s definitely wearable and easy to like.

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).

24 May 2017 ~ 1 Comment

Shirt.Woot: Dadism derby voting highlights

Shirt.Woot‘s Dadism derby was themed to make tees available ahead of Father’s Day, so it’s probably not surprising that most artists entered designs that only a dad could wear. Two of my favorite current underdog entries, though, went in a broader direction by designing things that are about fatherhood, but easily wearable by anyone.

Dad’s Mo Has Visitors by transformingegg is a fun, kid-friendly pun about the silly side of masculinity.

Tranquility by yazmoq caught my eye because of its softness and sense of serenity. How cute are those sleepy turtles?

This derby continues through Thursday at noon. The top three vote-getters will each earn $1000 cash and $2 per item sold. Additionally, other designs will be selected and sold for $2 per item each. Both top vote-getters and selected designs will be sold in a future Plus sale.

23 May 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s The Mother Lode collection

Shirt.Woot’s Mom-themed The Mother Lode plus sale may have arrived too late for Mother’s Day, but is thankfully not holiday-specific and instead focuses on mothering-inspired themes, some obvious and others more outside the box. Here’s what caught my eye…

Best of the Bunch: Momvocado by fishbiscuit5 is a clever take on a type of food that many moms love.

Nicest Surprise: Don’t Make Me Turn This Car Around by ThatRobert was a favorite of mine in voting, and the slogan should instantly resonate with anyone who took a childhood family road trip.

Shirt I Am Most Biased About: My design Gummy Mummy explores the parentage of gummy bears, with delicious results.

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

22 May 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Pampling’s Space Golf

Space Golf by Gonenlisalih imagines a black hole as a potential hole in one, with hilarious results. I think the style mix here is very effective, using a cartoon for its moon scene and a more realistic halftone, detailed technique to call out the black hole in space. That helps the gag to feel more natural. Size of the elements mean that the last part of the design most viewers notice is the earth, hovering just over the moon’s horizon and forming the golf ball for this astronaut’s game. It’s a detail that perfectly caps off the joke, and makes each piece of the design to feel important and necessary. Even the other far away stars start to seem like shots that didn’t quite hit their mark and just kept flying, headed for some distant celestial sand trap.

Pampling has two options for winners of their contest. XPress winners earn 1 euro per shirt sold, with a minimum of 100 euros guaranteed. If the design sells well, designers may have the option of earning 500 euros to give Pampling the exclusive printing rights for one year. The second option is Classic winners, who earn 680 euros cash and 120 euros in t-shirts (or 720 euros cash) for the first 400 units and exclusive rights for 3 years. If the design is reprinted, the artist earns 850 euros cash and 150 euros in Pampling products (or 900 euros cash).