Beer by Jaco Haasbroek (Haasbroek) is my favorite design this week. It’s beautiful in its simplicity and plentiful in charm- the bear’s smooth fur and kind eyes make him a very relatable figure, the kind of dude you’d like to befriend. The plain BEER wording below feels a bit playful and humorous, both because it identifies the beer as more important and worth naming than the bear, and because of the similarity between the two words. Plus, since Threadless is a Chicago company I’m guessing that they also recognize the specific appeal of this for Chicago sports fans.
Aliens! by HellofromtheMoon (hellofromthemoon) takes that familiar X-Files refrain of “I want to believe” in an unexpected direction, packed with intricate scrolls and crystalline structures. The result feels surprisingly alien, putting me in mind of an alternate timeline where aliens changed human progress into something startlingly different. It’s interesting that the borders feel old-fashioned, the central structure and UFO feel futuristic, and the small icons in the left and right columns feel modern. This is a neat approach that creates a sense of unease, of something being strange and wrong, even while no element on its own has the same effect. Very cool!
The Hunt – Camille Chew by Camille Chew (lordofmasks) is definitely a design that feels enhanced by its print on a baseball shirt- those bright red sleeves help the red ink come to life. The art is brilliant in its own right as well, a kooky collection of patterns that keep the eye bouncing from shape to shape. Everywhere you look, there’s something fun to notice – constellation patterns on her skin, a strange (sideways?) third eye gracing her forehead, and even a weird, wonderful little creature forming fanged shoulder decoration. She’s the kind of character you want to know more about, but that is always neat to look at.
Love is in the Air by Ben Grib (kingslip) creates an incredible landscape out of jagged blue lines, equally resembling a vast forest or a strange, vast mountain range. And just barely transgressing the corner, a bright red biplane. The plane is handled really nicely, an immediate focal point due both to its color and to the stream of white smoke behind it, which almost functions like a rough arrow. But because so many baseball tees were printed this week, I can’t help but think that this would have been a great design to throw in that mix as well. I think some blue sleeves (if that style is available) might have helped soften the rectangular shape of the art.
I’d Like to Be Under the Sea by georgeslemercenaire aka choubaka360 (choubaka360) has a wonderful concept, imagining a deep sea diver who reads 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea as ocean life crowds around him, eager to enjoy the story. It’s an enchanting idea, and definitely captures the underwater bedtime story vibe well. But I have to say that I wish there was a little more contrasting and highlighting in the piece because from far away it’s really tough to figure out what the art is meant to be. All those shades of blue are beautiful, but I’d prefer something bolder that reads better even from a distance. It’s a flaw that could have been corrected by making the print much larger on the shirt as well, because it does look a bit small in the preview graphics.
Threadless prints new shirts every week, chosen from the designs submitted by and voted on by site members. Most winners get $2000 cash and $500 in Threadless credit, with the possibility to earn more through reprints.