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18 August 2007 ~ 0 Comments

Gmail Love Threadless: My Top 3

The Gmail Loves Threadless competition deadline has passed, and I think all the major contenders for the prize are currently posted. Here are the three I’d most like to see take the top prize:

Home Is Where The Hub Is - Threadless, Best T-shirts Ever
Industrial Age Internet Revolution - Threadless, Best T-shirts Ever
Girls Love Technology - Threadless, Best T-shirts Ever

Home is Where the Hub Is is a portrait of a robot family, beautifully styled and distressed. Use of a bright teal for the cords and other details makes this robot design stand out from the crowd.

Industrial Age Internet Revolution imagines the email process as a collection of gears and cheerful creatures. The gears create a really fun shape on the shirt, and the color selections are irresistible.

Girls Love Technology is loaded with shapes and colors, depicting the romance of a girl and a robot. The detail in the background adds a little something to each viewing (I like the calculator that says hello).

Overall, this was a really successful competition. I gave 5s to a total of seven designs (one was dropped early and another is still scoring), which is well above average. Granted, an influx of new iPhone-crazed submitters also meant that the level of total crap was at an all-time high (if I never see another lego or stick figure sub, it will still be too soon). But the resulting winner should be fantastic, so I think it was worth it.

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15 August 2007 ~ 0 Comments

Iron and Wine Loves Threadless

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Iron and Wine are a band. A band that Loves Threadless. And they’ve got a song, a song that needs a shirt design. Their song Boy with a Coin is the theme for this competition. If your shirt wins, your prize pack will include some Iron & Wine artwork, the complete Iron & Wine cd catalog and a Sub Pop Records cd prize pack (in addition to the typical prize for winning).

Submit your work before September 15th, 2007 for a chance to win.

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15 August 2007 ~ 0 Comments

33 1/3 Loves Threadless

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33 1/3 are a series of books about beloved albums. And guess what? They Love Threadless! Design a shirt fitting the theme My Favorite Music and you could win a prize pack that includes a Numark TTUSB Turntable with USB Audio Interface, Sony high power capacity DJ-style headphones, a RCA Vinyl Record Care System and the full set of 33 1/3 books (in addition to the typical prize, of course).

Entries must be submitted before September 15th, 2007 to qualify for the prize.

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13 August 2007 ~ 0 Comments

New Shirt Monday at Threadless

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I’m pretty damn excited about the new Threadless shirts this week: this marks the first time in recorded history that I have 5’d two of the printed designs! Those two designs are the Eagle vs. Shark winner, Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places, and the most gorgeous shirt ever in all of eternity, Beasts and Pearls. Both great concepts, exquisitely executed.

Now, on to the other new additions… A Birth Day is nicely done, but I feel like the whole “unlikely offspring” concept is really overdone and this one doesn’t bring much new to the table. Messages from the Reverse is awesome, brilliantly drawn and creating a nice shape on the shirt. Skip Dessert is food with faces, so typically I’d hate it- but the styling is so fresh, I can’t bring myself to dislike it. Pense Pas Bete shows the world how shirts with lots of type should be done (hopefully some frequent type submitters are taking note).

As for the reprints, they’re okay. As always, I find them pretty underwhelming compared to the level of current submissions.

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08 August 2007 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless Wall Graphics

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Much like competitor A Better Tomorrow, Threadless has released a few of their designs as wall graphics. There are some interesting choices, but my favorite has got to be The Happy Creatures (pictured above left).

It looks like this is going to be on-going: Blik has set up an area of their site so that visitors can vote on which Threadless designs should become wall stickers next (I’m pulling for Foxy).

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07 August 2007 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless Chicago Store Update

Threadless has just posted more information on it’s new Chicago store (their first off-line store), and it’s very good news. The new store will feature a gallery, hosting such events as gallery showings, group critiques and maybe even events where winning artists demonstrate their process. They’ll also be hosting educational courses on a variety of creative subjects, ranging from program tutorials to photography to web design.

It’s awesome to see that even though Threadless is a huge company, they’re still looking for ways to support their customers. In order to stay fresh, a company like this needs to constantly attract and grow new talent, and these classes and events seem like a great way to do that. The store will be opening on September 14th.

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06 August 2007 ~ 0 Comments

New Shirt Monday at Threadless

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There are definitely some great shirts up this week. I’m most partial to the two shown above, Still Life with a Van (gorgeous colors, nice shape to the art) and Never Take Your Abilities for Granted (awesome concept, creative use of halftones).

There’s a lot of variety in the new offerings, which is nice to see. It ranges from retro (X-Ray Goggles Work) to illustrative (The Young Explorers Society) to off-beat (Bad Reception) to cartoon-y (There’s No Crying in Breakfast) to experimental (The Swirl of the World)… all the bases are covered, and with really well-done work.

But before you think I’m uniformly positive, let’s address the reprints. They’re totally, completely, ridiculously boring. Since the Threadless catalog is packed with classics and brilliant work, it’s kind of shocking to me that those are the two shirts they landed on. They’re both of a quality level that I think would be unlikely to be printed today, which makes me question the wisdom of doing any reprints at all if this is the result.

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