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25 November 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: Up a Tree Cup and more new this week

Up a Tree Cup by Micaela Podrzaj (micpod) is my favorite new design this week. While the pun of the shirt’s title strikes me as being a bit too labored to actually work, the tree concept still works for me because it mimics the way steam rises from a fresh, hot cup of tea. The cloud shape that rests on each branch feels light and airy, like by ascending the cup you enter a carefree new world of shape and pattern. It’s an interesting way of thinking of taste, as a literal exploration of flavor, and I think the rounded forms, bright stripes and festive dots work together to create an illustration that really does look quite tasty.

Naps by Luis Romero (lxromero) is an intriguing combination of words and imagery. Normally the sun denotes daytime and activity, so it’s neat to see it here showing another sun-associated quality, friendliness, in the service of giving you permission to stay in bed. The AM and PM designations on the left and right clarify that we’re talking about napping all the time, not just staying up all night and sleeping during the day. There’s no productivity here, no plans, and certainly no waking up to watch the sunrise. But that’s okay, the sun smiles on your restfulness, making the nap even warmer and better.

METAL FEST by Grant Shepley (Gamma-Ray) takes its cues from the packed bill of a big metal concert, filling the design with the names of actual metals done up in the style of famous metal bands. Even if, like me, you don’t have a strong enough knowledge of the genre to know which logos are being parodied in some cases, the strong lines, blocky shapes and sharp points of the lettering still make them read clearly as band logos. Solid work, and I like the effect of the green lightning behind the red logo- it’s a bit of flair that keeps the design from feeling like just a bunch of fonts.

Creepy Santa by Jamszi (jamszi) takes a concept that has been done a lot, but gives it a simple and effective treatment that keeps it feeling fresh. I love how clearly creepy the character is, with massive white eyes and pinprick pupils. The eyes are not quite the same size, adding to the unhinged feel. My favorite detail is the messy beard, with sharp edges that make it read as messy and scratchy compared to the fluffy white of the hat’s cotton. The text is well-chosen, too, taking the first person perspective to make it clear that Santa is telling you this about himself, which is even more disturbing than if it were the artist’s phrase describing him.

The Fox Leaves at Midnight by Tom (Thomas Orrow) constructs a realistic fox out of fall leaves, and it’s really effective. The artist cleverly uses the directions the leaves point to help imply the fox’s physical structure, and between that and the color choices the animal’s shape is sketched out very clearly. I like that while all the leaves are the same basic shape (helping the art to feel cohesive), the size varies quite a bit which keeps the eye moving. The art is so successful in its portrait of the fox that it’s easy to forgive the things that don’t make sense (white leaves?). The final product is more important than strict adherence to leaf colors.

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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23 November 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Black Friday T-Shirt Deals

Looking for a good deal on t-shirts this Black Friday? Try these…

Design By Humans: 20% off site-wide

Once Upon A Tee: 10 random shirts for $50

Pop Up Tee: 33% off everything

Qwertee: $5 Insanitees

Redbubble: 20% off

RIPT Apparel: $8 off non-daily graphic tees and more

Shirt.Woot: It’s a Woot-off! New product on sale when the previous deal runs out.

Society6: 30% off everything

TeeFury: 18% off everything available in black

TeePublic: $14 tees and up to 30% off

TeeTurtle: 50% off shirts

TheYetee: All YeteeMart apparel buy one get one 15% off, all pins buy 3 get 1 free, all in-stock vinyl 25% off

Threadless: All black tees $10 and 50% off everything else

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19 November 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Whales in Shirt Design: 15 great examples

Ahoy, mateys! The ocean just wouldn’t be the ocean without whales, those titans of the deep. Their sheer size, variety, and links to history and literature have made them an especially popular subject matter for t-shirt designers, tackling the animal with approaches both humorous and artistic. Here’s a look at 15 shirts that pay tribute to whales in especially fun and exciting ways…

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18 November 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Resolutions design contest

New Year is nearly here, and Threadless is starting their preparations early with their Resolutions design competition. Here’s what they’re looking for…

What was your New Year’s resolution at the beginning of this year? Was it to be more creative? To eat healthier? To keep your resolution? It’s never too early or too late to get started! Re-capture your resolution to draw more and create a masterpiece about this holiday tradition we all love to keep… er, to NOT keep. Think about the shared experience of making and breaking these promises to ourselves, ridiculous resolutions, realistic resolutions, and more. What does this tradition mean to you? What do you think is weird, funny, etc. about it?

This contest opens to entries on November 23rd, 2018 and ends on December 7th, 2018. One winner will earn $1000 cash and a $500 Threadless gift code. Also, all designers printed will earn $1 minimum per item sold (learn more about Threadless artist payments).

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15 November 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: Wanderlust and more new this week

Wanderlust by Mike Marshall (Mike Marshall) is my favorite Threadless print this week. The soft, tactile look of the artwork caught my attention first, but what really ignited my curiosity is the unique take on the theme the artist takes. While most travel-themed designs glorify bright sunny days, exotic landscapes, and exciting landmarks, this piece feels much more measured in its enthusiasm. This bird doesn’t look very free, lumbered with a backpack so large it must nearly outweigh him. He’s not flying across rolling hills and scenic mountaintops, he’s trudging along a heavily thorned (and painful-looking) branch. Even the color palette feels a bit weary, like it’s baked in the sun a bit too long and lost some of its vibrancy. This is a design about undertaking a difficult journey, about following a path even when it’s not easy. And I think because it has that depth, to me it feels more real and more deep than the average travel shirt.

Wright’s Butterflies by skyte (lizej) imagines the geometric patterns of Frank Lloyd Wright scattered across butterfly wings. I love this combination because it focuses attention on the influence of nature in Wright’s work, which helps these butterflies to look a bit like more elegant, more refined versions of the real thing. Keeping it all in black and white is a neat choice as well, focusing very much on the structure of the shapes involved and their relation to each other for an appropriately architectural look.

Our Cabin by David Fleck (Fleck) is one of those designs that makes me want to reach out and touch it. With the tiny leaves that bunch and fade in the trees and the worn look of the house’s boards, everything has a texture to it. That attention to detail (and the fallen leaves on the ground) help the white of the shirt to read as a field of snow rather than an absence. And the coldness of that environment serves to make the little cabin, standing so straight and narrow among the tall trees, to feel even cozier. Even though we can’t see inside, glowing yellow windows and two pairs of shoes sitting outside the front door help to paint the picture of a happy home.

Book of Fire and Ice by dandingeroz (dandingeroz) pays tribute to Game of Thrones, using an open book as a stage. The two major factions of the series each claim a side, with a Targaryen dragon made of flames bursting from the left pages while a cold, snow-filled Stark direwolf howls from the right. And across these colorful backdrops, silhouettes of Daenerys and her dragons stand near Jon Snow with his wolf and a collection of crows. It’s definitely instantly recognizable and it’s probably smart to focus on two of the series’ most popular characters. But to me, it’s a slight misstep to do that while using the book so prominently- while fans of the show flock towards those two characters, it’s been my experience that book readers tend to be a lot more diverse in their favorites, with folks like Davos Seaworth, Mance Rayder, Wyman Manderly and other more minor players attracting lots of attention. The books are much more about a massive interconnected world, and the close focus on two of the relatively bland, but pivotal characters feels more in tune with the spirit of the TV show to me.

The Snuggle is Real by jack (cabinsupplyco) is an excellent bit of typography, starting with a strong slogan and using the style and placement of the lettering to convey its meaning. There’s a great conflict between the original phrase’s Struggle and this piece’s inversion of it with Snuggle, taking a harsh reality and replacing it with something dreamy and aspirational. Even better, the words fit together and nest inside each other to form a snug square, creating a scene that feels compact and cozy even before you read it. Really nice work, and perfect for wintery days.

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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12 November 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Pi in Shirt Design: 15 great examples

In terms of accessible, fun, and interesting math designs, pi shirts tend to be the cream of the crop. There’s so much potential to explore in both humor and the beauty of numbers that artists have found nearly as many ways to express the concept as there are digits in pi itself. Here’s a look at 15 of the best ways pi has been used in shirt design…

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11 November 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Plant Life design contest

Get in touch with nature with Threadless‘s new Plant Life design competition. Here’s what they’re looking for…

You can never have too many plants. Whether your living room looks like a portal to the rainforest or you prefer plant art that requires zero watering, it’s time to show us your green thumb! We’re challenging you to create a plant design that will add a little greenery to any room. Think plant patterns of Monstera leaves on a tapestry, flourishing florals in a framed art print, designs of lavish leaves on leggings – whatever speaks to you!

This contest opens to entries on November 16th, 2018 and ends on November 30th, 2018. One winner will earn $1000 cash and a $500 Threadless gift code. Also, all designers printed will earn $1 minimum per item sold (learn more about Threadless artist payments).

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