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25 September 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Cropped design contest

Cutting corners is usually a bad idea, but in Threadless‘s new Cropped design challenge, it just might be the secret to creating cool art! Here’s what they’re looking for…

Cropped imagery is kind of like destroyed minimalism: the idea is to cut up an image, text, or hand lettering just enough to give it a cropped look, all the while making sure the image still make sense at first glance. And when you can make the reason for chopping the image symbolic or tie it into the larger piece? Even better. For this challenge, we want you to snip your design or lettering wherever you see fit (while still keeping it clear!) Slash fancy wording right in half. Is the glass half empty or half full? Crop that glass right down the middle and let the viewers decide!

This contest opens to entries on September 29nd, 2017 and ends on October 13th, 2017. One winner will earn $1000 cash and a $500 Threadless gift code (plus more prizing to be announced on 9/29/17). Additionally, all designers printed will earn $1 minimum per item sold (learn more about Threadless artist payments).

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22 September 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: Taco Belle and more new this week

Taco Belle by Cheyanne (salmondesign) is my favorite Threadless print this week. It’s a fun piece of punning, comparing the restaurant name Taco Bell to the Disney princess Belle of Beauty and the Beast. What makes this especially fun is the way it takes a character from the immaculate, magical world of fairy tales and puts her in the context of something mundane, messy, and although delicious very far removed from the riches of castle living. It makes magic of something we all love about everyday life. That’s a lot of fun, and I’m sure this sings especially strongly for those who share an affection for both the food and all things Disney.

Open Space by Cody Weiler (csweiler) left a slightly odd first impression on me, and one that I’m fairly certain wasn’t intended. Since I initially saw this design as a small thumbnail the shape is what jumped out first, and to me the shape of the art (with its rectangular shape and curved top) looked a lot like a gravestone. So when I clicked in for a closer look and saw the staircase steps rising on the left, I thought I might be looking at a Stairway to Heaven riff. The thing is, the rest of the elements (the silhouetted observer staring up at the sky and the extremely star-studded vista) don’t necessarily back up that theory. So I think the intention may have been to simply create an attractive, interesting scene with some geometric elements, it’s just that the specific elements used for framing led me a bit down the wrong path. And none of that is a knock against the design, although it may be a bit awkward for some to wear a design that appears at first to hold a message… only to ultimately come up more empty than expected.

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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17 September 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Powerful Slogans design contest

Wordplay is the name of the game in Threadless‘s new Powerful Slogans design competition. Here’s what they’re looking for…

Pop quiz! What do “Because You’re Worth It”, “Got Milk?”, and “Change We Can Believe In” all have in common? They’re all famous slogans you no-doubt have embedded in your brains! A powerful slogan can make a brand name stick in our minds forever or even define a movement.

For this challenge we want you to create one of your own that the world will never forget! Come up with a slogan that’s super inspiring, moving, or even something hilarious self-deprecating

Don’t be afraid to “Make Great Together” combining wordsmith skills with hand-lettering inventiveness. Get out there and Just Do It.

This contest opens to entries on September 22nd, 2017 and ends on October 6th, 2017. One winner will earn $1000 cash and a $500 Threadless gift code (plus more prizing to be announced on 9/22/17). Additionally, all designers printed will earn $1 minimum per item sold (learn more about Threadless artist payments).

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14 September 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: Banana Jungle and more new this week

Banana Jungle by arrynando (ndough) is my favorite print this week. I’m always a sucker for a big, bold sublimation dyed shirt, and this one makes a great impact with its massive green leaves. The leaves are all smartly illustrated with soft, flowy lines and a variety of tones. The way they bend, twist and overlap each other makes them feel like they’re caught in a breeze on a hot summer day. The style is realistic, but just stylized enough so that you can feel the hand of an artist at work. The slight roughness is a big part of what helps the design feel as though it has some motion to it. Good stuff.

Clever Games by Pepe Rodriguez (ppmid) turns Jurassic Park’s most terrifying residents into playful, puckish creatures who are just trying to play a game with you. I like that the inherent malevolence of the raptor is still present, clear in both the sneaky crook of his eyebrow and the sharpness of his many teeth. I think the positioning of the hand on the left (which seems slightly out of position to belong to the dino whose face we’re seeing) also starts to imply that more dinosaurs might be hiding nearby. The blocky, shaky-edged lettering of Peekaboo refers back to the Jurassic Park’s logo, while also giving some personality to the beast (the raised O’s are especially evocative of a playful spirit). Even the leaves were given a lot of attention, with multiple leaf shapes, types and even some blossoms helping to establish the feeling of a lush jungle even though not much of it is shown.

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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11 September 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Duotone design contest

Threadless is keeping their color palette minimal for the new Duotone design competition. Here’s what they’re looking for…

Duotone art is exactly what you’d think: the use of two colors overlapping each other. It’s inspired by printing press art, but Spotify’s use of it is what made this style, like, so hot right now.

We want you to emulate this traditional-art-meets-digital-art style with a duotone masterpiece of your own! Combine two colors that make a great team, or experiment with colors you wouldn’t usually put together. Try throwing in some halftone dots. Use a photo, as is traditionally done with this style, or emulate the duotone look with an illustration!

This contest opens to entries on September 15th, 2017 and ends on September 29th, 2017. One winner will earn $1000 cash and a $500 Threadless gift code (plus more prizing to be announced on 9/15/17). Additionally, all designers printed will earn $1 minimum per item sold (learn more about Threadless artist payments).

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08 September 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: Nothing To See Here and more new this week

Nothing to See Here by Fox Shiver (FoxShiver) is my favorite Threadless print this week. The best part of it is how genuinely sinister and sneaky those cats look with their small, narrow eyes. By minimizing the cats’s facial features and keeping the details sparse, these cats lose their individuality and cuteness to become a herd of indistinguishable feline plotters instead. The style used is so loose and focused on exterior lines that the cats’s front legs are practically lost entirely, making them seem more like creatures than house pets. It’s brilliant, because they make the viewer uncomfortable before they’re even aware why looking at these cats feels wrong and creepy. The detail of the plans laid out between the cats is a nice finishing touch and does a good job of cementing the theme.

WAVES OF SHARKS by Elizabeth (Agamat ni Inkong) is a fun, summer-y all-over print that updates a classic wave or scallop pattern look to include shark fins. The subtlety of it is what makes it work, so that it still feels traditional but with freshness brought by the bright color and a humorous spark once the viewer correctly guesses what those triangles are meant to represent. While I admit that when I look at this part of me wishes the shark fins were less frequent (because with fewer fins, it would be more obvious that they’re sharks and thus the humor would be more obvious and heightened), there’s also a strong argument to be made for this approach because it helps the art to be more wearable by being less gimmicky.

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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05 September 2017 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Music 2 design contest

Threadless has definitely been tuned in to what t-shirt fans love, because their latest themed design competition is Music 2. Here’s what they’re looking for…

What music gets your heart beating? Jazz? Classic rock? Punk? No matter what kind of music serves as the soundtrack of your life, trade foot-tapping for pencil-tapping by channeling those tunes and composing a music-inspired art piece! Create a stylized timeline of the history of music. Make an all-over synesthesia-inspired design representing different types of music with color bursts and patterns. Recreate famous figures as headbangers, or illustrate what kind of animals would listen to what kind of music!

Einstein himself said, “I see my life in terms of music.” And who are we to question a genius? Go cause some treble and create a design that strikes a chord with us! Don’t forget to think outside the vinyl crate!

PSA: Dance your way to safe submissions and follow the rules of parody and copyright. Rocknf’nroll.

This contest opens to entries on September 8th, 2017 and ends on September 22nd, 2017. One winner will earn $1000 cash and a $500 Threadless gift code (plus more prizing to be announced on 9/8/17). Additionally, all designers printed will earn $1 minimum per item sold (learn more about Threadless artist payments).

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