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29 September 2014 ~ 0 Comments

10% off at Design By Humans

Design By Humans hooked me up with a 10% off coupon code to celebrate their new zip-up and pullover hoodie collection. Use the code COMPETEHOODIE to save 10%, and here’s a look at the design that I think works best for each type of sweatshirt that DBH offers:

design by humans take off

My zip-up pick is Take Off by alchemist, a design with a very strong triangular shape that I think works to highlight the zipper well. Plus, even if you’ve got it a bit unzipped so the rocket isn’t visible, those bright colors still create a very cool look.

design by humans map to nowhere

Map to Nowhere by collisiontheory is a shockingly good design for a pull-over hoodie. Those two diagonal lines that descend from the main shape perfectly highlight where the pullover’s kangroo pocket begins.

design by humans keep warm

What could be more fun than wearing a sweater with a bear in a sweater on it? That’s why the crew neck version of Keep Warm by fathi_dhia makes me smile.

And of course, there’s a massive amount of designs to choose from in the hoodies section at DBH. Remember to use the COMPETEHOODIE coupon code to get 10% off!

28 September 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Camiseteria’s Mushroom Brain

camiseteria mushroom brain

Mushroom Brain by Danilo Laynes is in that class of designs that take an ordinary object you’ve seen a million times and tweak it slightly, so that every time you see one from now on you can’t help but remember the artist’s twist. In this case it’s reinterpreting the dome of a mushroom (in the style of a Mario 1up mushroom) as a brain, and it’s a pretty smooth transition. Seeing those bulging lobes reminds me of cartoon supervillains, so smart that their brains escape from their skulls and occupy a strange vat up top. The video game connection and current zombie trend in pop culture also make me look at Mario in a new way- what is he really after when he’s claiming mushrooms for powerups? Seeing the guy as a crazed zombie, growing larger and gaining life with mushroom brains suddenly doesn’t seem like that much of a stretch.

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

27 September 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Photography III contest

threadless photography 3

Threadless’s Photography competition is back, proving yet again that you don’t always need illustration skills to make a great shirt- sometimes a great idea and a camera is the key to a winning tee. Here’s what they’re looking for:

Photo fiends and lens lovers, the photography challenge is back!

Use your original photography to create a tee design. The content is up to you! Snap taco still lifes, city skylines, people wearing life-like moose masks, rare flowers, or whatever makes you happy.

You can modify your photos in any way you see fit to make it the best possible design for the tee canvas.
Ready, set, click!

Enter before October 16th, 2014 for your chance to win. One winner will earn $2000 cash, a $500 Threadless gift code, and a $500 Photojojo gift code.

26 September 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: Hell Yeah and more new this week

threadless hell yeah

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?

threadless monday hates you toothreadless waste of space

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.

threadless pocket noodlesthreadless royal blues

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.

Threadless prints new shirts every week, chosen from the designs submitted by and voted on by site members. Most winners earn 20% royalties based on net profit (paid monthly) and a $250 Threadless Gift Certificate.

25 September 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #375: 10k Cup, Round 1: Halloween

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Shirt.Woot is getting a jump on the upcoming holiday with their latest derby theme, 10k Cup, Round 1: Halloween. Here’s what they’re looking for:

We’re kicking off another 10k Cup! Read about it here, with previews to upcoming themes! This week’s derby theme is “Halloween.” So maybe do something about Halloween. Maybe it could be about those terrible marshmallowy candy pumpkins that always make the rounds with the candy corn. OR YOU COULD DO SOMETHING THAT PEOPLE ACTUALLY ENJOY.


Glow in the Dark allowed, but not required.

Can design on front or back, but not both.

No Crème Tees!

The derby opens to submissions at noon on Friday, with submissions continuing until Wednesday at noon. Voting is on-going from Friday at noon until Thursday at noon. Three winners will be printed the following weekend (as chosen by voters), with the printed designers earning $1000 for the first night of sales and a potential $2 per shirt sold on any sales after that date. In addition to the top 3 winners, Woot will select a few other pieces for a Plus! sale and inclusion in their catalog, with selected artists earning $2 per shirt sold.

24 September 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Cartoons That Don’t Exist Yet contest

threadless cartoons that don't exist yet

Based on the stellar results of Threadless’s past Video Games That Don’t Exist Yet and Movies That Don’t Exist Yet contests, it seems a smart bet to predict that Cartoons That Don’t Exist Yet ought to yield some amazing shirts!

Enter before October 14th, 2014 for your chance to win. One winner will earn $2000 cash, a $500 Threadless gift code, and a $250 KidRobot gift card.

23 September 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s Heavy Metal collection

shirt.woot heavy metal

In the past derby, Shirt.Woot artists attacked the theme of Heavy Metal, bending it to their will and applying it to stuff like nature, science and math. These are the designs that didn’t quite make the cut with votes, but won the hearts of Woot staff.

Best of the Bunch: Heavy Math is genuinely clever, turning a common hand sign into a math problem.

Nicest Surprise: I’m impressed with all the detail in Here Comes the Party Animal!

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