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23 August 2007 ~ 0 Comments

Wordans: Rock Your Wear to Win $1500


Wordans is the Canadian answer to both Threadless and Spreadshirt– they use Threadless-style printing techniques and emphasize the site’s design community, but they are like Spreadshirt because each designer has their own online storefront.

The full site is due to launch in late September, but there’s already a contest in progress. In the Rock Your Wear contest, designers can submit their original work for a chance at the $1500 prize. The top ten finalists’ work will be printed on shirts, which they will then pick up from the Wordans office in downtown Montreal where the shirts can be further customized by hand before judging (these post-print effects are optional, but encouraged). The top ten will be chosen on September 18th, 2007, with their designs ready for customization on September 21st. The winner will be chosen on September 26th and rewarded the next day at the Rock Your Wear Gala.

If this sounds good to you, be sure to submit your entry before midnight on September 17th, 2007.

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21 August 2007 ~ 0 Comments

New Shirt Monday at Threadless


For me, this week wasn’t quite up to Threadless‘s usual standard. But there are still some gems to be had in this new crop of shirts.

Grandma Clock was the surprise of the day, and I mean that as a huge compliment. The subject matter is bizarre- strange, multi-eyed faces sit atop a jumble of stripes, white speech balloon shapes, and… oh yeah, a bunch of yellow boobs. It’s deeply strange, it’s a lot of fun, and there’s no way this would have made it through the voting process. In other words, it’s the perfect Select tee.

The Great Outdoors is a gorgeous and innovative composition by an artist who is still fairly new to the site. A lot of his work has been similar to this, in that a jumble of characters and setting indicators combine in an almost collaged manner. They’ve all been great designs, and while this wasn’t my favorite I’m gad to see one of these in print.

Carnie Nightlife is kind of an interesting case for me, because I love the artwork. The problem I have is that I’m really not crazy about the way it looks on a shirt. Different strokes for different folks and all that, but I think the placement makes the white expanse of the shirt more of a focus than the art.

As for the rest… Butterfly Fish, Quack Attack, Polar Gardening and Make Yourself at Home are all really solid compositions, very much in keeping with the cutesy side of the Threadless aesthetic. They’re not bad shirts by any means, I’d just prefer to see some more innovative stuff being printed. There’s always a time and a place for cuteness and cleverness, but the catalog is starting to feel really over-saturated with it these days.

Thumbs up on the reprints, though. Both Lions Are Smarter Than I Am and the A City Built on Rock n’ Roll Would Be Structurally Unsound are on par with the current level of submission quality, if not a bit higher. Which is exactly the type of reprint I like to see.

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19 August 2007 ~ 0 Comments

Parappa the Rapper Loves Threadless: My Top Three

Gmail loves Threadless isn’t the only competition that just passed the submission deadline- Parappa the Rapper Loves Threadless just passed its submission deadline as well. Some really great entries were posted, all dealing with the theme of “I Gotta Believe!” Here are my top three:

I Believe [I can fly] - Threadless, Best T-shirts Ever
I saw daddy planting a Buddy tree - Threadless, Best T-shirts Ever
Mystic Rain. - Threadless, Best T-shirts Ever

I Believe [I can fly] uses fifties-era cartoon styling to create a scene that communicates childhood wishful thinking. It’s very charming, and speaks to anyone who was once a child with an impossible dream.

I saw daddy planting a Buddy tree uses a surreal, saturated color palette to great effect. Rather than being a sad scene of a child mourning his dog’s death, it almost seems to deal with an alternate reality where a child really can bring his pet back to life with a little hard work and determination (and, of course, a watering can).

Mystic Rain is a bit of an odd one, it depicts a leafy cloud raining leaves on a paisley tree. The color palette is completely fresh, standing out from just about any shirt I’ve ever seen. And more than any other design in this competition, it looks amazing on a shirt- from composition to color to theme, it is truly made for the t-shirt medium.

Although the Parappa the Rapper competition was often overshadowed by the Gmail contest (they ran concurrently), I think it was actually the more successful of the two. It had more solid entries (in my scoring, anyway) and lacked the sheer volume of designs by untrained and untried designers that marred the Gmail competition. During the Parappa contest, I scored nine designs with 5s (four of which were $5 scores). Of those, none were dropped early and three are still being scored.

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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


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


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


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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