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21 February 2020 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s Nomads & Hermits derby voting highlights

Shirt.Woot‘s Nomads & Hermits derby concerned two very different groups, those who love to roam and those who’d rather stay at home. The archetypes are evenly matched in popularity, however, so there’s a good balance between the two at the top of the standings. Here’s a look at two current voting underdogs that I think could use some more attention…

Explore the World by sebasebi keeps things classic with postcard-style lettering, and manages to capture most ideal destination landscapes within its letterforms.

It’s A Trip by BoggsNicolas is a well-executed Star Wars pun, making Ackbar an extremely cute tourist. Love the outfit!

This derby continues through Monday at 8pm. The top three designs (determined by votes and editor input) will earn $1000 cash and $2 per item sold. Additionally, other designs may be selected for future plus sales and sold for $2 per item each.

20 February 2020 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: Zenburger and more new this week

Zenburger by Petr Stepanov (Steppeua) is my favorite Threadless print this week. It combines two styles of illustrating food, the pulled-apart stack and food with faces. Both come together really well here, as the unusual stacking technique (which flips some layers to be parallel with the viewer) is complex and precarious in a way that contrasts with the bun’s serene expression, conveying the zen theme in a slick and immediately visible way. I like the way different ingredients are interacting here, with lettuce and the meat forming a rough yin yang while the onion circles the tomato like a gravity-defying hula hoop.

Good Day by Miguel Espinoza (migfunk) has a fun, cartoony style that reminds me of the big eyes, simple color palettes, and vector doodles of a Jeremyville piece, but with a unique spin. In this zany world, food has faces and unblinking eyes, so large that they seem addled or suspicious. Curved batches of lines connect pieces together, emerging from mouths to land in other elements’ bodies or in puddles. Are they little rainbows, puke, or some kind of straw? It’s unclear, and that ambiguousness adds to the creepy/cute charm of the design.

Space and Time by Enkel Dika (buko) takes the stodgy old venn diagram and gives it a healthy dose of artistry. In this scene, one circle contains the colorful, wildness of space, complete with curves of star fields that make the elements feel in motion. The other circle, in contrast, is all business- only simple lines form this clock face, which has the industrial minimalism of clocks seen in schools and hospitals. That simplicity helps complete the illusion that the center panel is the glass view port of a space helmet. The overall feel is that of an astronaut solemnly surveying the universe, lamenting that he’ll never have time to explore it all. So good!

Threadless prints new shirts every week, chosen from the designs submitted by and voted on by site members. Most winners earn $1 to $7 per item sold.

19 February 2020 ~ 0 Comments

Spoonflower’s Nugget Couch design challenge

I don’t stray from t-shirt design contests very often, but spotted this competition recently and thought it would suit the skills of many t-shirt designers, especially those with young kids…

Spoonflower, a site specializing in custom-printed fabric, has launched a new Nugget Couch design challenge. These kid-sized couches are made of several modular pieces to encourage children to create their own forts, structures, and reading nooks, so they’re looking for non-directional geometric patterns with bright, color blocked shapes to help inspire kids creativity. There is an 8 color limit for this contest.

Enter before March 17th, 2020 for your chance to win. Public voting will determine the top 50 entries. One Grand Prize winner will earn a $500 cash prize (which also serves as the licensing fee to be featured on a Nugget Couch), a Nugget Couch featuring their winning design, and $200 in Spoonflower credit. The Second Place winner will receive $100 in Spoonflower credit and a $229 Nugget gift card. Third place will earn $50 in Spoonflower credit and a $50 Nugget gift card. The rest of the top ten will each get $20 Spoonflower credit.

18 February 2020 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Optical Illusions Part Deux design contest

Art is more than meets the eye in Threadless‘s new Optical Illusions Part Deux design competition. Here’s what they’re looking for…

Classified as physical, physiological, or cognitive, optical illusions leave us reeling from their topsy-turvy brain games. Remember the feeling when the hidden jaguar popped out at you from Magic Eye’s mystical posters? Or the parlor trick of making a straw look bent by putting it in half-full glass of water?

Remix your perception of what art can do in this reimagined, revamped optical illusion challenge. Give us your greatest brain-teasing designs, from patterns that look animated to shapes that challenge dimension. Create impossible shapes, dynamic typography, and mind-altering art for this visual optical challenge. Open your mind’s eye and make us question what’s really real!

This contest opens to entries on February 21st, 2020 and ends on March 6th. One winner will earn $1000 cash and a $500 Threadless gift code. Also, all designers printed will earn up to $7 per item sold (learn more about Threadless artist payments).

17 February 2020 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s WAFS Award Winners

Shirt.Woot’s Woot! Awards for Shirt have been announced, and the results are now available for purchase on many products, including some rare and unusual product types that haven’t been offered very frequently in the past. Here’s a look at some of the highlights…

People’s Choice Winner: To Catch a Dot by Spiritgreen was massively popular with voters, and there’s no wonder why- this piece has a strong concept, the cat as a planner and conspiracy theorist, and it has been executed with exacting detail. I especially enjoy how all of the cat’s notes have been written in meme-like broken grammar, adding some charm to his theories.

Bonus Product: This design is even offered on a Pet Bed, perfect for when your suspicious animal needs a nap.

Design of the Year: Life is Hard by Vo Maria features one of the cutest Grim Reaper drawings you’ll ever see, so happy and joyous that he’s literally clicking his heels and holding a rainbow. The loose style of the illustration helps offset the darkness of the message, and a retro font choice gives the shirt a vintage vibe that let’s you know that although you’re going to die, it probably won’t be all that soon.

Bonus Product: This design makes perfect sense on a Blanket, for when the existential crisis just plain wears you out.

Best-Seller of the Year: Adorable Sunset by Dandingeroz knows that even though the show is called The Mandalorian, Baby Yoda is the real star. As such, the baby gets top billing, delivering one of his trademark grumpy but curious looks, while the Mandalorian himself lives in a landscape created by Baby Yoda’s coat, heroically striding through an otherworldly landscape.

Bonus Product: This design looks like a fine art piece, so it makes perfect sense as a Portrait Wall Hanging.

Want to see more WAFS winners? Check out the WAFS Best Artists collection and the WAFS People’s Choice Award Runners-Up.

And remember, because Woot! is an Amazon company, Prime members get free shipping.

15 February 2020 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #749: Nomads & Hermits

Shirt.Woot‘s latest derby theme might make you want to get lost…

Starting Monday at 8pm CST: Derby #749: Nomads & Hermits

Whether you’ve got a thirst for adventure or would rather hide in bed til life passes…you need a shirt to identify. This weeks theme is about traveling, trekking and staying-at-home. The following phrases are OFF LIMITS:

“Those who do not wander are lost” – and any variation
“Not all those who wander are lost” – and any variation
All John Muir quotes – the mountains are not calling you to use any of them.

No politics. No cream shirts.

This derby begins Monday at 8pm CST and continues through the following Monday at 8pm. Three designs (determined by votes and editor input) will be printed as daily offers on Tuesday through Thursday and earn $1000 and $2 per item sold after the first day of sales. Other designs may be selected for a Plus sale, with each selected design earning $2 per item sold.

14 February 2020 ~ 0 Comments

Happy Valentine’s Day!