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13 December 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: Dog Years and more new this week

Dog Years by Maggiexjean (Maggiexjean) is my favorite new design this week. It’s one of those designs where the art perfectly suits the sentiment, with the dashed-off, doodle style of the drawing adding a laissez-faire attitude that helps the slogan to read as silly and fun rather than doomed. I like it because it’s wackier than shirts for older people tend to be (retirement shirts tend to be corny text slogans and nothing interesting visually), so this is bringing something needed to that market while remaining wearable for younger people (after all, any age multiplied by seven is pretty old). Sometimes it’s pretty great not to be a dog!

Exe-cute by Graja (Graja) is a really adorable take on how that giant purple dude killed half the universe in a Marvel movie. The rainbow takes advantage of the glove’s colored jewels, and serves as a nice, cheerful landing spot for the text slogan. I think this is a case where the text is really necessary to the design, adding just as much as the illustration does. The pun is equally funny as the idea of Thanos as a cutie, and helps cement the design’s theme and playful spirit. The one quibble I have with this design, though, is that everyone in it dies. Shouldn’t half still be alive?

Spaced Out by Grant Shepley (Gamma-Ray) uses the overlapping teal and red of 3D graphics to create a space scene that feels genuinely out of this world. Looking at a design like this without special glasses can feel a bit disorienting, like the land isn’t quite solid beneath your feet, and that’s exactly the right ambiance for a piece like this. The floating astronaut serves as the hole in the center of the O, making him quite small and almost overwhelmed by the size of the starscape around him. I also like the way that the stars outside the lettering use the red and teal ink of the 3D lettering, a nice choice that helps the art feel unified.

Tangled by Tyne Bobier (winterglaze) has all the drama of a Japanese woodblock print, right down to the protagonist’s dramatic eyes. The star of the shirt, though, is the intricate dashed lines used to represent the hair. I love this style choice because it gives the hair texture, immediately making it more interesting to look at while also emphasizing the roughness of the hair. Several combs have moored themselves in the hair, not unlike boats on the verge of being swallowed up by crashing waves. And for their part, the protagonist blushes bright pink and almost seems to be hiding within their own hair, seeming both annoyed and a bit embarrassed by this predicament. I love the way this illustration turns a relatable everyday mishap into something genuinely artistic and beautiful.

Rainbow Sky Above Paris by Florent Bodart (speakerine) is a great clash of styles, with the solidly build architecture photograph lit by a modern vector gradient sky. The set of rainbow stripes is well-chosen, reminiscent of both photography and technology logos (Polaroid, Apple, Instagram) in a way that feels like a comment on modern photography as well as just a cool visual. To me, it’s a piece that asks the question of whether what we value in photography is an image like the bottom half that dutifully records the reality of the scene, or the above- something more colorful and trendy than the real thing, an interpretation rather than a precise picture that matches the memory.

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).

12 December 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s Derby Editor’s Choice: Winter Getaway collection

Shirt.Woot’s Derby Editor’s Choice: Winter Getaway plus sale included snowy landscapes, cold weather activities, and even warm weather vacations. While there was a lot of variety to choose from, a few gems still stood out…

Best of the Bunch: Never Alone by benjaminleebates was altered since voting, trading in a red sun for a white one that helps put the focus back on those great undersea creatures. It’s a great choice!

Nicest Surprise: Winter Love by sebasebi keeps things minimal and beautiful, making it another voting favorite that I’m glad to see printed.

Shirt I Am Most Biased About: My design My Winter Cabin plays with the form of a simple snowflake, turning the arms into trees and making the center a window into a wintery scene.

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

11 December 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s New Year, New ____! derby voting highlights

Shirt.Woot‘s New Year, New ___! derby had a lower number of entries than usual, either due to busy seasonal obligations or a tricky theme that asked participants to design a New Year tee without using the phrase New Year’s or including a year number. But while the theme may have been tough enough to cause some to not enter, those who did largely created the kind of design that feels wearable and fun at any time of the year. Here’s a look at two current voting underdogs that I think could use some more attention…

Nap More by ApeLad has a loose, sketchy style that suits the relaxed concept of the slogan well.

All the Books by speedcheetah uses a textured wash for shadow and distance that reflects the warm and fuzzy feeling reading gives many.

This derby continues through Thursday at noon. The top three vote-getters will each earn $1000 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.

10 December 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Football in Shirt Design: 15 great examples

There’s more to a great sports tee than team logos and jerseys, so it’s no surprise that many artists have tackled the subject of football in many different ways. From celebration of the culture of sports to its athleticism and even humor, the game is alive and well in the medium of fabric. Here’s a look at 15 fun designs that make football look great on shirts…

09 December 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Backpacks design contest

If t-shirts aren’t your bag, don’t worry- Threadless has your back with the new Backpacks design competition. Here’s what they’re looking for…

To celebrate one of our newest products, we want you to create the perfect backpack design! Was there ever a time in your childhood where you couldn’t seem to find a backpack that matched your style? Make the ideal version of the product that’s always got your back, no matter where you roam. Would you rather have it be covered in an all-over pattern? Or one single design that makes passersby do a double take? The choice is yours!

This contest opens to entries on December 14th, 2018 and ends on December 28th, 2018. One winner will earn $1000 cash and a $500 Threadless gift code. Also, all designers printed will earn $1 minimum per item sold (learn more about Threadless artist payments).

08 December 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #686: So Fresh, So Clean

Cleaning isn’t just for Spring in Shirt.Woot‘s latest derby theme…

Starting Thursday at noon: Derby #686: So Fresh, So Clean

And yes I sing the song in my head every time I say this. This week’s theme is not about the song or about clean slates, or starting fresh. It is not a New Year’s theme either. It is about the act of cleaning or freshening up – or not. Also about people, places or things being fresh and clean (or not) and all the myriad of products and stuff that help you get there!

This derby begins Thursday at noon and continues through next 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.

07 December 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Pampling’s Pizza Kong

Pizza Kong by Ilustrata is part of the artist’s series that casts popular foods as giant movie monsters, and for my money this is an especially strong pairing. For starters, there’s something cool about taking a food like pizza, which has the reputation for causing nightmares when eaten too late, and putting it in something of a nightmare scenario. Similarly, it’s always fun to see food eating people instead of the other way around. Even the shape of the pizza slice seems to lend itself to this kind of treatment, so top-heavy that it seems to careen off-balance as it swats at the fighter planes. We live in a world where fast food, including pizzas, seem to make their servings more generous with every year, making this gargantuan slice seem… well, not totally out of the realm of possibility! Maybe this is what happens when pizza is left too long in the fridge and it finally goes bad…

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).