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20 July 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: Trappist 1 and more new this week

Trappist 1 by Claudia Santos (clsantos82) is my favorite print this week. The calm, even style fills out a geometric space scene with elements all drawn with the same precise line width. But while designs in this style often aim for minimalism, what catches my eye about this piece is how rich with activity and excitement it is. A rainbow of colors keeps the eye moving, and as you look deeper into the art there are a lot of fun elements to notice, from passing comets to planets and their orbits. A satellite at one end and a telescope at the other anchor the scene and give it some context, showing how these distant places are being discovered by people here on earth. It has a cheerful, optimistic feeling, and a strong sense of the wonder of the universe that should appeal to anyone who looks at the night sky and wants to know more.

The Extraordinary League of Dimwits by v_calahan (v_calahan) is a political design with a message that most viewers would probably agree with. I have to say, though, that I’m kind of baffled as to who the purchasing group is for a design like this- when I dislike or am disgusted by a prominent figure, the last thing I want to do is think about it or see their face more often. In fact, I’d think that most people who agree with the design’s message would also hope that (due to impeachment) this shirt wouldn’t be relevant for a whole lot longer. Even if it’s not made obsolete for that reason, it already seems a bit behind the times because of the inclusion of Kellyanne Conway (who I believe has been largely an non-entity since the election, especially when compared to those with official positions). The art is certainly well-made, though, despite my conceptual quibbles. In particular, the likenesses are instantly recognizable.

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).

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16 July 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Holidays design contest

Threadless is thinking about all kinds of big events with their new Holidays design competition. It’s definitely going to be interesting to see designs from all different times of year and of varying stature pitted against each other. Here’s what they’re looking for…

We’re lookin’ to add to our lineup of designs for every holiday, so go crazy on ALL the holidays (not just the ones with presents!) Create punny or heartwarming greeting card worthy designs (that just might end up on one!) Have St. Paddy’s Day and Earth Day fight over which PANTONE green is best! Highlight your favorite holiday…or get sweet revenge on the sweetness of Valentine’s Day.

This contest opens to entries on July 21th, 2017 and ends on August 4th, 2017. One winner will earn $1000 cash and a $500 Threadless gift code. Additionally, all designers printed will earn $1 minimum per item sold (learn more about Threadless artist payments).

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13 July 2017 ~ 1 Comment

Threadless: Snide Effects and more new this week

Snide Effects by David Olenick (DRO72) is my favorite new design this week. It’s a slick pun, and the execution of the artwork only increases its appeal. The choice to use an emoji-style illustration helps to make the concept even more relatable, and emphasizes the passivity of the action. What really puts the cherry on top, though, is the slight distressing and mild disarray of the elements. It adds a graffiti quality to the art that makes it feel like it has the same kind of symbolic resonance as, like, a cave painting. It’s at once unique, clearly demonstrating the hand of the artist, and universal.

Emergency Kosplay by Ian Byers won Threadless’s Safety Card challenge, and it really is a clever take on the theme. The first five panels feel very true to what’s actually on a safety card, demonstrating proper technique for getting your own oxygen sorted before helping someone else. But that sixth panel reveals the twist- it hasn’t been a life or death situation, this is all just a bit of cosplay and our characters are dressing up as Mortal Kombat characters. It’s a smart way of taking a scary situation and turning it into comedy. I also like how true it is to the cosplay ethos- so much good cosplay is about taking inexpensive, ordinary objects and transforming them into professional-looking costumes and props. This feels like something an intrepid cosplayer might actually try, which makes the joke even funnier.

Dead in the Water by Cody Weiler (csweiler) is an interesting piece to me because it uses a very minimal style, but in a way we don’t usually see that look used- to tell a complex story. So we’ve got those smooth, geometric lines, solid shapes and light distressing seen in so many Threadless nature tees, except this time they’re not just sketching out an outdoor environment, this time they’re breaking down a concept into two distinct halves. First, there’s the skeletal hand firmly gripping a large, golden compass. This feels spooky, but also wistful- it’s clearly the portrait of a character who didn’t get where they were desperately trying to go. Inside the compass, we get another perspective on the same idea- in this case, a letter in a bottle drifting towards some distant shore. It helps paint this character as utterly lost, but still possessing some hope. While his body may be decaying at the bottom of the ocean, something of him lingers on and might still reach his destination.

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).

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10 July 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Minimalism design contest

Threadless is keeping things simple with their new Minimalism design competition. Here’s what they’re looking for:

With a world so filled with “things”, one may find the need to strip things down to basics. Whether it’s desk clutter or the spices in a meal or even the garish spectacle of a Vegas show, we really tend to overdo it at times.

For this challenge, declutter your mind and canvas with a minimalistic approach. Focus geometrically instead of free hand. Clean lines. Fundamental ideas and ideals. Execute with precision instead of whim. Make art that is iconic and immediate.

This contest opens to entries on July 14th, 2017 and ends on July 28th, 2017. One winner will earn $1000 cash and a $500 Threadless gift code. Additionally, all designers printed will earn $1 minimum per item sold (learn more about Threadless artist payments).

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07 July 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: Running Wild and more new this week

Running Wild by Cody Weiler (csweiler) won Threadless’s Speed challenge, and it’s also my favorite new print this week. I’ve seen a lot of designs that place landscapes inside animal silhouettes, but this piece takes the concept in a slightly different direction that makes it even more interesting. Typically those landscape scenes seem to show tranquil, still environments full of lush trees and the sound of birds. Instead, this design delivers sharp mountains, flat grasslands and a running river, all drawn with sharp lines that imply motion and give the sense of these vast lands blurring as the rabbit speeds past them. It’s a smart and attractive take on an old idea, and that keeps everything feeling surprisingly fresh.

I feel like dancing 🙂 by aliadi (aliadi) delights the eye with shape and color, creating a confetti-like effect that scatters dashes of bright colors all across the shirt’s canvas. There’s so much going on that it’s hard to keep your eyes focused in one place rather than dashing from one cool moment to the next, and with every leap you’re rewarded with something interesting and exciting to look at. I particularly like the animals interspersed among the human characters, and there’s also a ton of variety in the shape, outfits, and general personality of the people shown. While the design certainly works as a normal t-shirt graphic, I’m even more impressed with how fun and frenetic it becomes when the pattern is repeated for the dye sublimation version. There’s just something neat about being completely enveloped by such an active scene, and it’s so busy that it doesn’t even read as a repeating pattern.

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).

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02 July 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Blankets design contest

Threadless‘s Home collection is set for another upgrade with the new Blankets design competition. Here’s what they’re looking for…

We’re putting the ‘blank’ in ‘blanket’ with our softest canvas! Get all wrapped up in this challenge and create a design worthy of cuddling up with. Design a blanket covered in a mountainous pattern that would make an actual sherpa feel right at home. Or perhaps a design that would make the perfect fort floor – or roof! Maybe even a blanket covered in puppy designs so, if just for a moment, we can pretend we’re actually covered in puppies.

This contest opens to entries on July 7th, 2017 and ends on July 21st, 2017. One winner will earn $1000 cash and a $500 Threadless gift code. Additionally, all designers printed will earn $1 minimum per item sold (learn more about Threadless artist payments).

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29 June 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: Lend a Hand and more new this week

Lend a Hand by Cody Weiler & Gulshan kisor (csweiler) is my favorite of Threadless’s three pixel style tees debuting this week. It’s a cute take on the T-Rex’s legendarily tiny arms, showing a kind raptor who helps him to tie his shoes. I love the way this reframes the T-Rex from one of history’s biggest and most dangerous predators into kind of an awkward, helpless nerd. And what’s especially great about it is how integral the art style is to this makeover- so much of it hangs on the Rex’s dweeby grin, full of squared-off pixel teeth instead of the sharp fangs you’d expect. Very well done!

Day Job by Teo Zirinis (TeoZ) makes a really smart comparison between a crappy day job and the Continue or Quit menu you see after your character dies in a retro video game. In both scenarios, you’ve dumped a lot of time into something that didn’t really deliver the desired result, so you’ve got to decide how much more time to pour into it. The pixel style allows for that framing, but it also does something neat by presenting that annoying job as something outdated, a thing of the past. With that in mind, no wonder Quit is already selected- it’s pretty much the only logical choice!

Grounded Forever by Cody Weiler and Ross Matlock (csweiler) won Threadless’s Pixel Challenge, and while it’s my third favorite of these tees it’s still a pretty solid pick. There’s something pretty neat about the idea that dinosaurs got “grounded” rather than became extinct, in part because it opens up the question of what they did to get in trouble. Showing the skeleton of a killer like the T-Rex would certainly provide an answer, so it’s interesting to instead see the bones of a plant-eating Stegosaurus here, definitely not one of the dinos famous for scary behavior. Maybe he was just hanging out with a bad crowd? At any rate, the execution is really nicely done, using colored lines to represent different strata of the earth, while a volcano and setting sun add interest and some environment above. There’s even a nice moment with the stegosaurus’s skull, which seems to be hitting a very funny expression with its disappointed, bored-looking mouth.

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).

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