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30 April 2016 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #542: Intergalactic-ness

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Shirt.Woot looks toward the stars for their latest derby theme…

Starting Monday at noon: Derby #542: Intergalactic-ness

You know that movie franchise about wars and stars? Turns out WE DON’T HAVE ENOUGH OF THOSE SHIRTS. Let’s milk the phenomenon a little more and possibly send our writer to an institution when it’s all over. Remember to keep your “intergalactic battle” designs within the confines of “parody.” Also guess what? No cream tees.

This derby begins Monday at noon and continues through 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.


Meanwhile, disguises, tricks and other sorts of subterfuge feature heavily in the Under Cover derby. Here are two current underdog entries that caught my eye:

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Camouflage Deers by kharmazero takes an interesting, artistic approach to the theme, with an appropriately nature-inspired color scheme. The rectangle shapes are a cool finishing touch.

Secret Swing by Randyotter mixes oddity and the pure beauty of nature in a unique way. The flowers are very detailed and well-illustrated, which makes the creature even more of a fun surprise to discover.

This derby continues through Monday at noon. The top three vote-getters will each earn $200 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.

29 April 2016 ~ 0 Comments

Pampling’s Gamer Crest

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Gamer Crest by CoryFreemanDesign makes a big impression because while I’ve seen a lot of gaming themed crests before, I’ve not seen one done with this level of sophistication. Crisp little daggers of shading give the art a woodcut feel, while scrolls and a darker color palette help to impart a feeling of tradition. The design’s smartest move, though, might be in its choice of what gaming implements to include. It’s an extremely broad collection of objects, ranging from the classic (playing cards, puzzle piece) to the modern (computer mouse, gamepad directional button). And even better, it covers just about every kind of gaming imaginable so that no matter what kind of play you prefer, it probably shows up somewhere in the art. Really solid work.

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).

28 April 2016 ~ 0 Comments

WeLoveFine’s Guardians of the Galaxy winners

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WeLoveFine‘s Guardians of the Galaxy design contest winners have been announced, and for my money the best of the bunch is the Trevor Devall Judge Pick, Neon Guardians by Daniel Stevens. I like the style of this piece, the way it represents the movie’s major characters with a minimal approach and a few colored lines. By heading in this stylistic direction, the artist is able to capture their essence rather than just their specifics. Groot is especially well-constructed, just needing a few jagged lines to make the viewer imagine his entire body’s wooden texture. It feels a lot more thoughtful and artistic than the average comic book superhero shirt, and this is a look I’d like to see more of in the pop culture parody realm.

Click here to see all the WeLoveFine Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy winners.

27 April 2016 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #541: Under Cover

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Things aren’t as they appear to be in Shirt.Woot’s latest derby…

Starting Thursday at noon: Derby #541: Under Cover

Secret Identities, disguises, camouflage and general sneakiness. No cream tees. No cream tees.

This derby begins Thursday at noon and continues through Monday at noon. The top three vote-getters will each earn $200 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.


And of course things are much more scientific in the current derby, Elements of Fashion. The periodic table was twisted in many funny ways, but I’m rooting for these two current underdog entries:

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I’m Not a Business Man by ApeLad is a tribute to one of the weirdest looking (bust also most beautiful) elements. While most viewers probably won’t get the reference, I think most who do will get a kick out of it.

free hUgs by rasabi succeeds by avoiding the temptation to spell out Uranium in plain text. Making the audience work a bit for the punchline might also endear the design more in the eyes of Woot’s nerd-centric voting block.

This derby continues through 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 April 2016 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s The Pageantry of Nature and The Smallest Things collections

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Shirt.Woot celebrated animals and the outdoors with their The Pageantry of Nature plus sale. Here are the designs that I think did best in terms of making being green look great…

Best of the Bunch: Golden Spring used the golden ratio to merge artistic skill with Wooter’s science-y and math-y preferences.

Nicest Surprise: Teamwork‘s pleasant, pretty take on an ecosystem working together won me over in voting so I’m glad to see it printed.

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

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All kinds of tiny things, from molecules to bugs to pet peeves, enjoyed their day in the spotlight with Shirt.Woot’s The Smallest Things plus sale. Of all the big ideas on display, this is what caught my eye…

Best of the Bunch: Soot Happens is a heck of a cute design with an anime reference that should make fans smile.

Nicest Surprise: The Madness‘s expert use of typography makes you really feel the rage of a pet peeve that’s been provoked.

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

25 April 2016 ~ 0 Comments

Camiseteria’s Games design contest

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Camiseteria‘s themed design contests are back, and they’re kicking things off with a theme that pretty much everyone enjoys- Games! The site is in Portuguese, so here’s a Google translation of the brief:

Create a stamp on your game (or games) favorite (s) and put us back in the game! Any console, any time, mobile phone games, okay worth almost everything! The selection criteria will be based mainly on the public notice of the print. However, they will be strongly considered creativity, the beauty of prints and especially if it is in line with the theme of the contest.

Enter before May 13th, 2016 for your chance to win. Each of the three winners can choose from the award of options:

Option 1:
– 1st place: R $ 400.00 cash + R $ 200.00 in credits Camiseteria + one game of your choice + commission on pattern of sales
– 2nd place: R $ 200.00 in cash + R $ 150.00 in credits Camiseteria + one game of your choice + commission on sales of print
– 3rd place: R $ 150.00 cash + R $ 100.00 in credits Camiseteria + one game of your choice + commission on sales of print

Option 2:
– 1st place: R $ 500.00 cash + R $ 300,00 in credits Camiseteria + commission on sales of print
– 2nd place: R $ 300.00 cash + R $ 200.00 in credits Camiseteria + commission on sales of print
– 3rd place: R $ 200.00 cash + R $ 100.00 in credits Camiseteria + commission on sales of print

24 April 2016 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: Stay Curious and more new this week

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Stay Curious by Nicholas Ginty (Gintron) won the Iconic Minimalism challenge, and I’d call it an excellent choice because it’s also my favorite design of the week. The basic concept is where the charm start for me- there’s just something really wonderful about taking one of the most complicated feats humanity has ever achieved (having a working robot on another planet) and presenting it in the simplest form possible. The simplicity also introduces some ambiguity into the art (is that circle in the sky the sun or the Earth?) the works nicely, while the clean, rounded lines help give the robot some personality (he looks so cheery and helpful!). A very successful design, with some quirky touches (like the unique style of the stars) that make it more memorable.

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A Long Time Ago… by Vo Maria (vo maria) takes its cues from pop culture, transforming the iconic opening text from Star Wars into a minimal series of rectangles. It’s a neat design because it calls attention to just how familiar the image is- I imagine most observers will be able to immediately recognize the reference even though it’s just color choice and angle that give it away, and major fans can probably even recite at least some of the spiel with only this image as prompt. Plus, by replacing the text with rectangles, the art starts to feel a bit like we’re looking at text that has been censored- a Jedi message sent from deep space, blocked by the dark side. Surprisingly cool!

Pencil Lightning by Scott Fuller (studiotemporary) feels like a tribute to the power of creativity with its raised fist, pencil and lightning imagery. I really like the thickness of line used here, it feels strong and insistent, defiant even. But what really won me over with this piece is the details. I like the way the line dividing the pencil from the eraser just ever so subtly juts out from the pencil’s form. There’s a gentle curve at the head of the pencil that is just enough to make the whole form feel rounded instead of flat. The choice to blunt the tip of the lightning instead of leaving it a sharp point intrigues me, and helps to suggest that it is both bolt and arm instead of firmly one or the other. But I think my favorite moment is the way the bottom angle of the palm quietly mimics the angle of the bolt’s break below it. Smart work, and definitely less simple than it first appears.

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It’s Going to Snow by Trevor Ede (Farnell) uses an asterisk-like shape to stand in for a snowflake. I like this choice because in addition to being more minimal and streamlined than something more traditionally snowflake-looking, it also creates another potential level of meaning when interpreted as an asterisk, as though it is being shown in place of the actual temperature. And that makes sense, because really who cares what the precise temperature is? When you’re looking for information about the weather, it’s the big picture stuff that’s more important, like whether you’re in a freaking blizzard. I like the way the light distressing is used as well- it reminds me of the way frost forms on windows on the coldest days.

Solar System by aparaat (aparaat) is a lot of fun because from a distance, it just looks like a black shirt with a yellow dot on it. But closer up, you see the real story- it’s a meditation on how small we are, with the sun and all the planets stacked in some approximation of their size. After the sun, Jupiter and Saturn come through pretty clearly. Earth, though, is almost invisible, a mere pinprick compared to some of the giants floating nearby. I think this visual captures just how awe-inspiring astronomy can be, and does it all with a really appealing simple style. I like that the sun gets a bit of texture to give it some dimension and create interest, but the rest of the piece sticks to basic solids. That technique helps make the sun seem to loom even larger on the fabric, always pulling the eye even when you try to venture lower to see the rest.

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).