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29 September 2007 ~ 0 Comments

Iron & WIne Loves Threadless: My Top Three

The Iron and Wine Loves Threadless competition ended recently, and I was really glad. For me, this was probably the weakest theme I’ve seen in a Threadless contest (shirts were supposed to be based on the song Boy With a Coin), and it was definitely reflected in the designs that were submitted. But there was still some good work to be found, so here are my top three:

answer is - Threadless, Best T-shirts Ever

Radiomode’s Answer Is looks great- it’s an attractive scene with some decorative flourishes and a kickin color palette. The various elements work to reard the viewer for taking a closer look- the cord of the phone loops through the skull and the bird tweets politely into the tin can.

Boy in the weeds ! - Threadless, Best T-shirts Ever

Boy in the Weeds by stor is flat-out neat, and I fully expect it to be printed (whether as a contest winner or not I cannot say). The weeds are rendered in a way that is both organic and mechanical- despite their precision, they almost seem to sway in the breeze.

A Beard Of Waves - Threadless, Best T-shirts Ever

JoesephWilliamDesign’s A Beard of Waves is gorgeous. The beardiness compliments the band that this contest is for, and the character work is excellent. There is also a neat intertwining of styles between the linework in the beard, the halftoning of the skin and the floral pattern in the background.

There were other great shirts as well, but those three were far and away my favorites. It was a tough competition for me as a voter- I somehow managed to avoid giving a five to any of the entries in this one. Ouch! In my limited defense, I did give out plenty of fours. But still, it was definitely not a favorite theme for me.

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25 September 2007 ~ 0 Comments

Ferraby Lionheart Loves Threadless

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Ferraby Lionheart Loves Threadless. And if you’re like me, you have never heard of this dude. It turns out that he’s a musician with a song titled Small Planet. That song is the theme of this contest, so design your shirts accordingly. I’m a little skeptical on this one- I think the recent Iron & Wine competition proved that a lot of people aren’t actually taking the time to listen to the song, they’re just reading the title. Hopefully I’m wrong.

Anyway, the prize is totally boss: the winner gets a custom Epiphone Les Paul Jr. guitar with their design on it! There’s also a Ferraby Lionheart CD, poster and EP in the mix, plus the customary Threadless prize of $2000 cash and a $500 Threadless gift certificate.

Enter before October 24th, 2007 to be eligible for the prize.

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19 September 2007 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: Top Three 33 1/3 Submissions

The 33 1/3 Loves Threadless contest deadline has passed, so it’s time to take a look at a few of the top contenders.

The ash grove we come to be... - Threadless, Best T-shirts Ever

The Ash Grove We Come to Be by thepaul is one of the most expressive textural pieces I’ve seen on Threadless. The woman’s face holds a lot of power, and as the eye is drawn in the viewer is rewarded with a cacophony of smooth tan and gold line. The well-chosen tee placement only enhances an already amazing work.

Zero BPM - Threadless, Best T-shirts Ever

Zero BPM by ejay is dark and whimsical at the same time. Death listens to his favorite sound, while wearing bunny slippers of course. Every detail is perfectly imagined, with subtle touches like the texture on the scythe handle raising the bar even further.

Natural music - Threadless, Best T-shirts Ever

nes-k’s Natural Music is probably the most fun grey design I’ve ever seen. Playful and clean, a figure chooses the bird he’d like to hear by tugging a vine. The restraint of the artist increased the imaginative appeal of this piece.

While those are undoubtedly my top three, there were many excellent submissions to this competition. In scoring, I awarded seven designs with a 5 (four of which were $5). Another nine received a 4.

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17 September 2007 ~ 0 Comments

The Comebacks Loves Threadless

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Fans of sports and comedy take note: The Comebacks Loves Threadless. What is The Comebacks? It’s a sports movie spoof, starring David Koechner (who you probably recognize from about a thousand non-starring comedy roles, including a stint on The Office).

Submissions should use the theme “Keep Your Eye on the Ball.” Submit your work before October 17th, 2007 for your chance to win a prize package including a Sony Portable DVD Player, Fox Atomic DVD’s, Comebacks swag and the customary Threadless prize of a $500 Threadless Gift Certificate and $2,000 in cash.

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07 September 2007 ~ 0 Comments

Mae Loves Threadless: My Top Three

Since the Mae Loves Threadless deadline passed a week ago, I think it’s fair to say that all the designs have entered scoring by now. The top tier of this contest was pretty great, I awarded a $5 score to four contenders. But here are the three that I’d most like to see go home with the prize:

The Great Discovery - Threadless, Best T-shirts Ever

The Great Discovery is well-named, because it is a flat-out great shirt. Awesome color scheme, creates a fun shape on the shirt, and there’s even an interesting back story (check the first comment in the link to learn more). Plus, it would be deeply cool if a collaborative design won a contest with the theme of Singularity. It must happen!

They Were Robots - Threadless, Best T-shirts Ever

They Were Robots is a cool depiction of what it might look like if some of history’s most decorated names were, well, robots. Time-traveling robots. And you know what, it looks freaking amazing. I want that version of reality. The roboticized icons include Einstein, a Pharaoh, some Confucian dude and Shakespeare. And even if I have some of those names wrong, it’s still a winner in my book- the whimsy of robot mustaches cannot be beaten.

Survivor - Threadless, Best T-shirts Ever

Survivor is a little different from the others, because it is much more dour. The last mannequin soldier tows a katamari of his dead brethren, looking very much like he has the weight of the world (or at least an ass ton of mannequin parts) on his shoulders. But you know what? It looks great, it has a strong message, and I’d be proud to wear it.

Overall, a great competition. There were more than a dozen entries that I think would make excellent additions to the Threadless catalog, hopefully a few of them will make that leap in the weeks to come.

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04 September 2007 ~ 0 Comments

E For All Loves Threadless

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You guys, E For All totally Loves Threadless! E For All is so into Threadless, it’s ridiculous- they’re awarding a prize that includes a $400 JetBlue giftcard, a Nintendo Wii, 2 4-day passes to the E For All Expo and a bunch of E For All swag- all in addition to the typical Threadless prize of $2000 and a $500 Threadless gift certificate. That’s quite a dowry!

Aaaaaaanyway, it’s a theme wedding. I know, how cliche! But they’re both really into it, so let’s play along. The theme is “Power Up and Play.” I guess we should design shirts?

This competition runs until October 1st, 2007.

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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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