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23 November 2020 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s 20th Anniversary design contest


Threadless is celebrating 20 years of t-shirt excellence with a massive new contest- the Threadless 20th Anniversary design competition. Here’s what you need to know…

The last 20 years have been a wild ride. Throughout our history, our Design Challenges have helped Threadless become a playground for imagination. Since we introduced the feature, artists have submitted almost half a million original designs with eclectic themes ranging from dad jokes to ugly Christmas sweaters. More than 9,500 of those designs have been printed!

We’re excited to announce that our next Design Challenge coincides with significant improvements to the submission process, not to mention some HUGE cash prizes for the top five best designs! Like up to $10,000 huge, y’all!

We’ve replaced the old submission form with a new format allowing Artist Shop owners to submit to Design Challenges directly from the product creation tool in their Artist Dashboard. This means in order to participate, you need to have an Artist Shop, which provides you with a completely customized shop for your work. If you don’t already have one, we will create one for you automatically when you click “Submit”*. As an added bonus, the designs you submit will be available to purchase right away as soon as you publish them!

For the Design Challenge itself, we want to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Threadless with your absolute best work in any theme you’d like. We’re looking for the type of stuff that’ll make jaws drop, make people cry tears of joy, make people hug—when it’s OK to do so. While we know this challenge is wide open creatively, we trust you and your amazing skills to deliver work that is all about YOUR aesthetic, technique, and style. Create art you know people will be proud to display day in and day out, whether on a t-shirt, fine art print, or any other Threadless product.

Enter before December 25th, 2020 for your chance to win. One 1st Place winner will earn $10,000, 2nd Place will get $5,000, 3rd Place and 4th Place will each receive $2,000, and 5th Place gets $1,000. All designers printed will earn up to $7 per item sold (learn more about Threadless artist payments).

21 November 2020 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #789: Christmas 2020


The holidays are here again with Shirt.Woot’s latest derby theme…

Starting Monday at 8PM CST: Derby #789: Christmas 2020

This is specific to what Christmas in 2020 will look like. Pop culture, the icing on the cake that has been this awesome year, and general Christmas cheer is all welcome!

A lot of no’s on this one:

– no dates, except when the year 2020 really makes the joke – but limit these. People won’t buy more than 1 Christmas 2020 shirt

– no ugly sweaters

– if you have a camel in your design you must have a lamb

– if you have a person wearing a hat, they must also be in boots

– if you have an ice skater in your design, it must also include a koala

– no comic sans

– no cream shirts

– no politics, I mean, MAYBE a subtle reference, but keep it light, no overt politics that are one-sided and is going to cause the internet gremlins to lose their minds and me to lose my job

– no hay, but straw is acceptable

– if you sub a cat design, you must also sub a dog design

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.

20 November 2020 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s Ugly Holiday Sweaters derby voting highlights

Shirt.Woot‘s annual Ugly Holiday Sweaters derby is underway, and arguably has the best selection of designs yet due to the fact that every year, artists improve at making their fake stitches look authentically sweater-like. Most entries are a mix of pop culture and references to the weirdness of 2020. Of the bunch, here’s a look at two current derby underdog entries that I think could use some more attention…

It’s Us or Them by gotoup makes the holidays merry with some classic feline mischief.

Skinny Santa by ryanastle impresses with all of its wonderfully delicious food icons, each looking good enough to eat.

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.

19 November 2020 ~ 0 Comments

Spoonflower’s Create Room DreamBox design challenge


Spoonflower has teamed up with Create Room for the Create Room design challenge, giving artists the chance to make wallpaper patterns that enhance the interiors of Create Room’s elaborate crafting armoire, the DreamBox. Here’s what they’re looking for…

Create Room is on a mission to help people create room in their lives for more joy and fulfillment through creativity, starting with a dedicated workspace. The pattern you create should not only provide visual joy, but should inspire both you and others to create more. As you design, be sure to ask yourself the question, “What would I love to look at everyday while creating?” If your design catches the eye of the Create Room team, you could become the new owner of your very own DreamBox!

Before you start, get to know Create Room, the DreamBox and how the Spoonflower team used Peel-and-Stick Wallpaper to dress up our DreamBox on the blog.

Enter before December 1st, 2020 at 3PM EST for your chance to win. One first place winner will earn a Create Room DreamBox ($2,199 value) and $500 in Spoonflower credit. 2nd place will receive a $500 Create Room gift card and a $250 Spoonflower credit. 3rd place gets a $500 Create Room gift card and a $125 Spoonflower credit. 4th through 7th place get a $500 Create Room gift card and $75 in Spoonflower credit. 8th through 10th place get $20 Spoonflower credit.

18 November 2020 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: Cut & Paste and more new this week


Cut & Paste by adam antium is my favorite Threadless print this week. The collage style is accomplished really well, all based around the focal point of the skull in the center. I like the way one eye socket is left empty (by far the most empty part of the design) to draw the viewer in towards the surrounding chaos. Many illustration style feature in the cut pieces, from retro comics to realism. But the sheer abundance of text is what really impresses me here- there’s excellent variation is lettering style with some pieces repeated for emphasis. It feels like an artistic and overwhelming ode to the indulgences of consumerism, with horror and sales pitches mixing together to form one message.

Coffin by FineTimeStudios has a unique take on screen time, showing a gentleman basking in the glow of his electronic device, seemingly oblivious to the fact that he’s packed into a coffin. His cramped posture and the uncomfortable angle of the art emphasis the danger of the situation. A retro color palette and illustration style seem at odds with the theme, but the contrast between the vintage look and modern technology also helps to shock the viewer. It’s an image that could mean a lot of things, but for me the message that resonates is the idea of obliviousness, of focusing so intently on virtual concerns that more vital, physical ones are overlooked.

The Mysterious Sasquash by rodrigobhz is a nice pun that is perfect for fall, making a bigfoot into a walking vegetable. The grumpy, slightly embarrassed face of the creature hits just the right note of silliness, and I like the way the gourd’s stem becomes a goofy hairdo. The simple trees inject a lot of ambiance into the piece just through their bright colors, and the faded background is effective in creating a feeling of vastness and wilderness. The only flaw I see is in the way the back foot is overlapped by the bush- they connect a bit awkwardly, with the line seeming to double in thickness. Moving the character slightly lower in the art would solve this minor issue.

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.

17 November 2020 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s Derby Editor’s Choice: Awkward collection


Get ready to revel in feeling uncomfortable with Shirt.Woot’s Derby Editor’s Choice: Awkward plus sale. From pop culture to slogans and everyday scenarios, there’s something for every kind of awkward. Here’s what caught my eye this week…

Best of the Bunch: Life in a Nutshell by TaylorRoss1 will make you sympathize with a snacking squirrel.

Nicest Surprise: 3rd Wheel by Coddesigns first won me over in voting with its perfectly expressive faces.

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

16 November 2020 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Air design contest


Threadless‘s elements series continues with the new Air shirt design competition. Here’s what they’re looking for…

Although we can’t see air, it’s essential to all living things on Earth. It helps maintain the temperature of the planet and contains oxygen and nitrogen, which most species need to survive. When we breathe in oxygen, we give off carbon dioxide that helps plants make food for themselves and more oxygen for us. Air makes everything in life possible! Let’s pay homage to the most unseeable element with the next Design Challenge.

Technically speaking, air is a mixture of gases and tiny aerosol particles. If that immediately makes you think of science class, consider creating a clever design that riffs on the molecular formula of oxygen. Or, if you’re an environmentalist, urge your followers to shrink their carbon footprint with a message against air pollution. You can also aim for laughs with an illustration of air quotes or someone playing air guitar, or use empty air to signify the sudden absence of something—like “POOF! GONE.” For one last bit of visual inspiration, remember that air can also become a gust of wind powerful enough to blow leaves off trees or send a toupee into orbit.

This contest opens to entries on November 20th, 2020 and ends on December 4th. One winner will earn $500 cash and a $500 Threadless gift code. All designers printed will earn up to $7 per item sold (learn more about Threadless artist payments).