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23 June 2021 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Do Right

Do Right by whackochacko is my favorite Threadless print this week. It’s the winner of the Black History Month design challenge, and what I love about it is the way that although it clearly references history in its use of a Martin Luther King, Jr. quote, the emphasis is very much on celebrating the increased progress that can be made on civil rights issues today. With bright colors, expressive poses, and playfully arranged text, this piece points out that doing the right thing isn’t just morally correct, it can also be aspirational and even a lot of fun. This is a design that moves the eye as you hunt for the next line of the slogan, and delivers value at every turn with details (the hairstyles! the way elements overlap! those rad shoes!) that are fun to discover. Really nice work!

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.

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16 June 2021 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Here To Cause Trouble

Here To Cause Trouble by wytrab8 makes a pair of adorable kittens into dangerous scamps. There are some great moments in the kittens’ characterization that emphasizes their malevolent qualities, like the prominent claws, frowning mouths, and downturned eyes. But of course it’s the props that cement the humor, with the cats’ mischief taking the unlikely avenue of arson. Armed with a container of gasoline and an already lit lighter, their plan is already well underway, and since those elements are brightly colored (in comparison to the dark line work of the rest of the piece), it grabs your attention immediately. The wobbly style of the text is another excellent choice, implying a chaotic mood that suits the theme.

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.

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14 June 2021 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s SUE the T. Rex design contest

Make something dino-mite for Threadless‘s new SUE the T. Rex design competition. Here’s what they’re looking for…

I, SUE the T. rex, need—nay—demand your help designing my next round of exclusive MURDERBIRD merchandis

Lend your long mammalian forelimbs and create my fierce likeness, or any other SUE-adjacent traits: my palatial home (the Field Museum), my favorite food (ham), my sassy wit (see @SUEtheTrex). Your imagination is the limit.

I’ll select four (4) T. rex-ellent designs to make and sell from my Threadless shop. Submit your SUE by July 9!

Enter before July 9th, 2021 for your chance to win. One 1st Place winner will earn $450 cash and a behind the scenes tour of the Field Museum in Chicago. One 2nd Place winner will get $350 cash and two all-access passes to the Field Museum in Chicago. One 3rd Place winner will receive $250 cash and two all-access passes to the Field Museum in Chicago. One 4th Place winner will get $150 cash and two all-access passes to the Field Museum in Chicago. All designers printed will earn up to $7 per item sold (learn more about Threadless artist payments).

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09 June 2021 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Apple Affirmation

Apple Affirmation by obinsun is delightfully retro. I love the big, chunky elements of the apple and how well they pair with the thick type. The characterization of the apple is unusual, but also charming. His too-big pupils flood his eyes, dwarfing his small nose and mouth. The effect is to make him seem more cautious than just cheerful, as though things could go very wrong at any moment. The massive thumbs up balances a bite mark on the apple’s other side, another moment of positive and negative reaching a tentative balance. Even the sparkly stars aren’t quite even, just slightly out of symmetry. It’s awkward, and unmistakably vintage- like a memory that isn’t quite as sunny now as it seemed when it first occurred.

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.

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07 June 2021 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Celebrate Pride design contest

Threadless‘s new Celebrate Pride design competition arrives just in time for Pride Month. Here’s what they’re looking for…

The origins of Pride Month go back to June 28, 1969, a time when most states criminalized acts labeled as “homosexual.” On that day, New York City police raided Greenwich Village’s Stonewall Inn, a popular gathering place for the LGBTQIA+ community. In response, the community fought back and sparked a days-long uprising widely known as the Stonewall riots. On the one-year anniversary of the event, the first Pride marches took place in New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. Fast-forward to today, we now recognize June as Pride Month, commemorating the ongoing pursuit of justice for the LGBTQIA+ community.

For your next Design Challenge, we want you to capture the vibrant, resilient spirit of Pride Month. While making your new design, you might find inspiration from the brave rebellion fueling the gay rights movements of the ‘60s and onward. Or, you can focus on a specific issue that’s important to the LGBTQIA+ community, such as protecting trans rights. And of course, there are always rainbows! The rainbow flag symbolizes the diversity of the LGBTQIA+ community, and you can use it as inspiration for your color palette or the design itself. Be as bold and colorful as you want to be!

Your new design will honor the history of Pride Month, but it can make an even bigger impact. With Threadless Causes, you can donate a portion of your earnings from the sale of your new design to Pride/LGBTQIA+ charities doing critical work around the world. These organizations help to ensure all gay, lesbian, and transgendered individuals have access to the resources they need to not only survive, but thrive. For this Cause, Threadless is matching donations up to $100,000! If you’re interested in joining our fundraising efforts, refer to our Help Page to learn how Causes works.

Enter before June 25th, 2021 for your chance to win. 1st Place will earn $1250 cash and a $250 Threadless gift code. 2nd Place gets $500 cash and a $250 Threadless gift code. 3rd Place receives $250 cash and a $250 Threadless gift code. All designers printed will earn up to $7 per item sold (learn more about Threadless artist payments).

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02 June 2021 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Fresh

Fresh by ThePaperCrane is the winner of Threadless’s Air design contest, and it’s easy to see why. By encapsulating this lush landscape into a set of lung outlines, you get an immediate sense of fresh, clean air filling your own lungs. The varying heights of the landscape, which flows from low, placid lakes to rolling hills and just a hint of clouds beyond their peaks, make the whole scene seem to be filled with air (even though, being invisible, it can’t actually be seen). This is a really clever way of handling the “air” prompt, and I also like that because the art uses a more old-fashioned style (emphasized by the presence of some architectural follies interspersed among the trees) the air feels even fresher for being implied to be pre-industrial. The blue palette suits both the air theme (blue skies, of course) and the vintage sensibility of the artwork. I also appreciate that the lungs are left asymmetrical, a choice that helps both them and the interior to feel more natural and organic.

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.

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31 May 2021 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s I’m Vaccinated design contest

T-shirts have become a popular way for people to affirm their vaccination status, and Threadless‘s new I’m Vaccinated design competition is sure to produce a great new concept in that vein. Here’s what they’re looking for…

For over a year, the coronavirus pandemic has ravaged the world and taken away many of the simple things we never knew we’d miss—hugging our loved ones, eating indoors at restaurants, going out in public without wearing a mask. The list goes on and on. Now, as the COVID-19 vaccine rolls out to more people, we’re finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. By taking that shot to your arm, you don’t just earn a cool sticker you can Instagram. You get the opportunity to restore normalcy to your life, whatever that means to you. If you’re proud to have received the vaccine, let the world know with your next Design Challenge!

While making your new design, think of the reasons why being vaccinated is important to you and the world at large. According to the CDC, the vaccine not only helps prevent you from contracting COVID-19, but it also reduces the likelihood of you spreading it to vulnerable people. Consider sending a message that we’re all in this together, and we all play a key role in ending this pandemic. Alternatively, you can focus on the things you can’t wait to do once everyone is fully vaccinated, whether it’s going to concerts, traveling, or attending class in-person. Or, you can create art that simply states, “Proud to Be Vaccinated.” Choosing to get the vaccine is a pretty heroic act, after all.

Enter before June 25th, 2021 for your chance to win. One 1st Place winner will earn $1250 cash and a $250 Threadless gift code. 2nd Place gets $500 cash and a $250 Threadless gift code. 3rd Place receives $250 cash and a $250 Threadless gift code. All designers printed will earn up to $7 per item sold (learn more about Threadless artist payments).

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