Hell Yeah by Farnell (Farnell) is my favorite design this week, a simple, classic pocket design that uses puff ink to stand out even more. I love the way the calmness of the minimal art contrasts with the all-caps exuberance of the HELL YEAH text, and how even in the drawing there are hints that things are not quite as chill as they might have seen at first glance- that’s definitely a shark fin in the water! But hey, who says a crazy outdoor adventure can’t have all the sophisticated style of an ordinary, beautiful landscape?
Monday Hates You Too! by Hana Bacasno (hana.bacasno) reveals that even though everyone hates Monday, Monday is pretty tired of our bullshit, too. I like the way the design gives Monday some character, and reveals him to be a bit of a cranky old man (but with all that hate he’s been absorbing, can you really blame him?). That personality is smoothly conveyed in the text, with a raised fist emerging from the word Hates and the brilliant transformation of the “too” o’s into a grouchy face. It’s especially neat that the loops coming off the o’s look so much like pupils.
Waste of Space by John Tibbott (quick-brown-fox) illustrates the phrase Waste of Space in an unexpected way, with a photograph of a print out of space that has been balled up and about to be trashed. It’s an idea that I think has appeal on multiple levels. One is that we’re seeing a vast, three dimensional space represented as a two dimensional space, and then crumbled back into three dimensions. Another is the basic concept that someone has found so much vastness to be so worthless as to be garbage- it kind of makes you re-evaluate all the times you’ve dismissed one of your own ideas right away, instead of seeing how it could grow. Interesting stuff for sure.
Pocket Noodles by Kris (krisren28) is, I must confess, a design I’m not sure I totally understand. It feels to me from looking at the art like there’s meant to be a point to having noodles in the pocket, like it’s not just there for the sake of randomness. Is it a reference to something I’m unfamiliar with? Because while I like ramen and have certainly enjoyed a few Cup of Noodles in my time, the connection doesn’t feel strong to me. What I do like about the design, though, is those steam lines printed above the pocket opening. It gets to the heart of what having those noodles is like, and they’re in a simple style that feels like it could be pulled directly from the cooking instructions on the back of the packet.
Royal Blues by Gregorius T Rofi (tubrofi) won Threadless’s Royal Blue challenge, and definitely seems to have taken the royal part to heart. The art is an elegant, minimal version of a king playing card graphic, complete with a teary-eyed monarch above, and the same fellow’s skulled visage below. Although the cleanliness and simplicity of the art is impressive, to me it doesn’t feel quite fresh enough a concept to ignite interest. But what I do love is the color scheme, with a bright red popping boldly on the royal blue shirt.
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