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16 July 2007 ~ 0 Comments

New Monday at Threadless: Super-Sized!

Mother Knows Best - Threadless, Best T-shirts EverPlay - Threadless, Best T-shirts Ever

This Monday at Threadless is even more hectic than usual: In addition to a great crop of new tees (my favorites, Mother Knows Best and Play, are pictured above) there are also two brand new Loves Threadless competitions!

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In the PaRappa the Rapper Loves Threadless competition, designers are encouraged to create shirts with the theme “I Gotta Believe!” In addition to the typical prizes for being printed, the winner will receive a PSP, games and PaRappa merchandise.

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The Gmail Loves Threadless competition is going to be insane, I can already tell. The theme is “Connect,” which is a pretty easy idea to brainstorm around. And the prizes are nuts! The winner gets an iPhone, a $400 JetBlue gift certificate, a bluetooth headset, and tons of Google merchandise.

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14 July 2007 ~ 0 Comments

Voters versus Pros: A T-Shirt Competition Showdown

A recent article about Threadless in the New York Times is raising all sorts of questions for loyal voters. According to the article, Threadless is considering a new method of choosing shirts (in addition to the current method)- “letting winning designers select a certain number of shirts to be printed every month, regardless of the voting results.”

While on the surface this may seem like a betrayal of the principles that made Threadless a household name, it may in fact be bringing the site closer to its roots. In the beginning Threadless was primarily well-known to design and art geeks, but as the site has grown there’s been a natural shift to include more and more types of voters. Strategies for scoring well have also evolved to capture that new audience, often leading to a never-ending parade of puns and adorable animals. These shirts aren’t terrible, but they’re awfully safe. By giving shirt creators a different (more design and arts oriented) audience to court, the variety of shirts submitted is sure to increase.

Still, a lot of people have concerns. After all, a winner could select nothing but their own friends, or even stoop to accepting bribes.

I’m optimistic about it (particularly since a lot of my favorite shirt submissions are eliminated on the first day of voting), but it’s definitely going to be interesting to see this new system evolve.

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09 July 2007 ~ 0 Comments

New Shirt Monday at Threadless

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Yep, it’s Monday again- and as usual, the only good thing about this horrible, horrible day is that Threadless is jam-packed with new shirts! It’s a nice group of shirts, with the stand-out to me being Clouds Within the Thunder. In addition to being a great, minimal concept, this shirt also proves for once and for all that Threadless can print on the shirt collar when they want to.

While overall the new shirts are fantastic, I also have some reservations about a few. The slogan shirt, for instance, has fantastic material to work with, yet the type is laid out in a completely boring fashion (yes, I saw the woodgrain, no, I was not impressed). Meanwhile, the sketchy life drawing shirt is a cool concept, but hardly one of the best sketchy shirts I’ve seen on the site (it looks like the seventies, ew!). Still, I guess it’s a bit much to expect Threadless to cater exclusively to my sensibilities, so I’ll content myself with the fact that other people are sure to enjoy those shirts a great deal. Congratulations, other people!

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05 July 2007 ~ 0 Comments

Photoshop Coloring Tutorial

If you’ve ever wondered how the Threadless pros create their designs, check out this photoshop coloring tutorial. Posted by valorandvellum, an artist with multiple shirts printed at Threadless, this is a great guide for people who are new to photoshop or who are looking to get a few tips on streamlining their design process.

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04 July 2007 ~ 0 Comments

Best of Eagle Vs. Shark Loves Threadless

Since the Threadless Eagle vs. Shark competition deadline passed a few days ago, here’s a look at my favorite three entries:

Amazing Freak - Threadless, Best T-shirts Ever
This shirt is fantastic in just about every way. The awkwardness is easy to understand and the style (reminiscent of old circus posters) is impeccable.

Foiled Again! - Threadless, Best T-shirts Ever
Curses uses a great style (one that hasn’t been printed very often at Threadless). The story is easy to understand at a glance, and it has a lot of visual power.

Looking for love - Threadless, Best T-shirts Ever
Looking for Love is more of a typical Threadless shirt, employing cute animals to service the theme. But the detailing, from textures on the animals to a neat star pattern in the background, set this submission apart from the pack.

Any of those three (and a handful of other nice designs) would be a great addition to the catalog and a worthy prize winner.

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02 July 2007 ~ 0 Comments

New Shirt Monday at Threadless

Either I’m really easy to please today, or this was an exceptional crop of new shirts. I like every single shirt for sale today, and there are a couple that are on my buy list.

The best of the bunch, though, has got to be Priscilla Wilson’s excellent My Father Was a Sailor:
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01 July 2007 ~ 5 Comments

T-Shirt Slogans: Three Top Places to Sell Your Ideas

Everyone wears t-shirts. And these days, it seems like nearly everyone is selling them, too. This is great news for people who can come up with cool t-shirt slogan ideas, because a lot of sites are willing to pony up big cash for them.

1. ThinkGeek. The big daddy of all nerd stores wants your ideas, and they’re willing to pay big for them. If you provide a slogan they use, you’ll get $250 (or a $300 gift certificate for the site).

2. Nerdy Shirts. Like the name says, they’re in the business of selling shirts to nerds. No art skills required, if your slogan (or t-shirt idea) is up to par with their product line, they’ll pay you $50.

3. ShirtADay. A relative newcomer to the t-shirt sales scene, this website features a brand new t-shirt design every day of the week. And that means they need a lot of shirt ideas. If you send them a PhotoShop file of your slogan and they use it, you’ll get a percentage of the day’s sales.

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4. Threadless. Although they’re better known for more illustrative shirts, Threadless is also in the business of printing t-shirt slogans. If you’re slogan is printed, you’ll get $100 and a $100 gift certificate to the site. This is great, but the trouble is that new slogan tees rarely get printed and there is a ton of competition.

5. La Fraise. Sort of a European version of Threadless, La Fraise is also better known for designed t-shirts. It’s unclear what the odds are of getting a slogan printed right now (the site just broke off into three regions, each with its own slogan contest), but at any rate this is only of real interest to Europeans (you need a European address- or a fake one- just to register for the site). The prize for getting a slogan is also unclear, so be careful.

There you go, T-Shirt Slogan writers of tomorrow. When those slogan paychecks start pouring in, how about redirecting some of that my way?

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