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13 July 2020 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Stickers design contest

Threadless has a lot more to offer than just t-shirts, as shown by their new Stickers design competition. Here’s what they’re looking for…

There’s something so perfectly simple and direct about stickers. You can slap one pretty much anywhere – even obscure places – and the chances of someone seeing it are pretty high. They’ll walk away with a smile on their face or maybe even a new perspective. That’s because stickers can be a lot of things on a very small footprint. So when you think about your sticker design, consider the things that make the best stickers so memorable: something thought provoking, high contrast imagery, bold colors, an epic word or phrase, or something that’s simply beautiful or iconic. Or all of the above, if you’ve got the skills! Well, do ya?

This contest opens to entries on July 17th, 2020 and ends on July 31st. One winner will earn $500 cash and a $500 Threadless gift code. All designers printed will earn up to $3 per sticker sold (learn more about Threadless artist payments).

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08 July 2020 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Detective Whiskey

The Threadless catalog isn’t showing any new designs this week, so instead I’ll be highlighting a favorite design from recently added Artist Shops pieces.

Detective Whiskey by ilustrata has a great color palette, pairing various shades of brown and tan with fresh patches of light blue that inject just enough contrast to make the darker tones pop off the fabric. That sets the scene perfectly for the concept, which positions a shot of whiskey as the lead character in a noir detective movie. In this cinematic world, blood runs in brown bourbon colors, martini glasses are femme fatales, and there’s always a jazz club just around the corner. It’s stylish and has a deliciously retro ambiance, sure to appeal to anyone who likes to pair a classic movie with a good old fashioned drink.

Threadless Artist Shops are free to create, and allow artists to set their own prices on products ranging from apparel to accessories and even home decor.

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06 July 2020 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Before & After design contest

Art tells a story in Threadless’s new Before & After design competition. Here’s what they’re looking for…

The idea of before and after can be represented in limitless ways. Think: a robot that’s both a robot AND a boombox, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, a chrysalis and a butterfly, or simply someone with and without coffee. Regardless of your interpretation, consider the concepts of transformation and clear differentiation. In addition to your chosen subject matter, consider how colors, patterns, textures, and lines can also contribute to the spirit and feeling of your before and after design.

This contest opens to entries on July 10th, 2020 and ends on July 24th. One winner will earn $500 cash and a $500 Threadless gift code. All designers printed will earn up to $7 per item sold (learn more about Threadless artist payments).

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01 July 2020 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Dream

The Threadless catalog isn’t showing any new designs this week, so instead I’ll be highlighting a favorite design from recently added Artist Shops pieces.

Dream by makart is a fun twist on desert island imagery. Instead of the corked bottle holding an SOS message, here it holds the entire island itself. So rather than a cry for help, this bottle becomes a safe oasis in dangerous waters. Outside, a shark ominously circles. But inside, it’s hard to imagine a more perfect summer day- the palm tree provides shade, a surfboard provides entertainment, and the red of the sun suggests impending colorful sunset skies. It’s a great concept, though for my taste the art itself could use some minor refining. The palm tree is too detailed to match the style of the rest, and I’d have liked to see the birds vary a bit rather than be the same copy and pasted shape. That said, the distressing of the art is a great touch and adds to the stranded-on-an-island ambiance, and helps unite the different parts a bit.

Threadless Artist Shops are free to create, and allow artists to set their own prices on products ranging from apparel to accessories and even home decor.

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29 June 2020 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Hair design competition

Let your locks flow in Threadless‘s new Hair design competition! Here’s what they’re looking for…

Let’s get into some hair. Are we talking Hagrid-level growth here, or are we more into a lack thereof vibe a la the Last Airbender? And let’s not forget about our fur babies! Comb the deep recesses of your creative mind and visualize hair however you see fit, whether literal or completely abstract. It need not be gross, of course, but certainly could go there. Beards? Check. Afros? Yep. Furry friends? Definitely. Au naturale? Well… uh… ok.

This contest opens to entries on July 3rd, 2020 and ends on July 17th. One winner will earn a $500 Threadless gift code. All designers printed will earn up to $7 per item sold (learn more about Threadless artist payments).

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24 June 2020 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Summer Vibes Avocado

The Threadless catalog isn’t showing any new designs this week, so instead I’ll be highlighting a favorite design from recently added Artist Shops pieces.

Summer Vibes Avocado by olipopart is one of a series of Summer Vibes designs, each showing food as a pool float and relaxing snack. It’s a great concept because it captures the laid-back feel of summer dining, and also creates a scenario where viewers identify with the lazing morsels. The avocado’s round pit gives him a nice potbelly, while his sunglasses balance out his form and add a bit of personality. Texture is an aspect of the artwork that really impresses, with a bumpy avocado skin that stands in contrast to the smooth interior, a craggy chip surface, and even highlights that imply light and motion on the watery background. My favorite detail, though, is the tiny air plug at the corner of the float- it’s simple, but helps the concept to read clearly.

Threadless Artist Shops are free to create, and allow artists to set their own prices on products ranging from apparel to accessories and even home decor.

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22 June 2020 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Animal Mashup design contest

Wildlife is set to get wilder in Threadless‘s new Animal Mashup design competition. Here’s what they’re looking for…

Some animals are already kind of a mash-up (read: platypus) but outside of that wonderful freak of nature, what other interesting fauna-based composites can you dream up? Get weird, get specific, get your safari outfit on, leopard print sketchbook prepped, and hang onto your butts! Think Audubon meets Napoleon Dynamite, but on shirts and stuff. Does your creation live deep in the darkest jungles, or on the rooftops of a big city, proudly spitting lyrics that celebrate the unholy union of rats, pigeons, and hip hop? Whatever your messed up version of the Animal Kingdom is, our crack team of biologists (lowercase ‘b’) is on the ready to examine each and every specimen.

This contest opens to entries on June 26th, 2020 and ends on July 10th. One winner will earn a $500 Threadless gift code. All designers printed will earn up to $7 per item sold (learn more about Threadless artist payments).

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