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12 January 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Camiseteria’s Music of the Heart (Branca)

Music of the Heart (Branca) by Camiseteria and Aline Pessatti is the kind of bold, colorful graphic that immediately catches the eye, and with a strong side placement that orients the heart graphic in its proper anatomical place, it definitely stands out in a crowd. And yet, despite the first impression, the concept doesn’t quite hold up to closer viewing. The small record player at the bottom doesn’t seem to match the style of the heart (it noticeably lacks the same dramatic shading). It also feels strange that the paint splatters, but rarely drips- the motion of the color doesn’t relate well to the idea that the heart’s emotion bleeds into the music. I think this might have been improved by making some of the paint drips in the shape of musical notes, to encourage the idea of conversation between the record and heart sections. I’d also question whether the text needs to be there at all- the design should be strong enough to stand on its own, and the strangely finicky font doesn’t fit with the more loose, expressive style of the rest of the art. A little more finessing and I think this design could be something that speaks to an even larger audience.

Camiseteria winners earn R$800 cash and R$500 in Camiseteria products.

11 January 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: Good Boys Club and more new this week

Good Boys Club by Brent Schoepf (wowrainbows) won Threadless’s Dogs challenge, and it’s also my favorite design this week. It feels like a bit of a delayed reaction to Bad Boys Club merchandise, but because dog owners are so consistent in their veneration of dogs’ perceived loyalty and pureness, it also works very well independently of any reference. The typography is refined and sophisticated, much like the values being professed. But what makes this design special is that it also is filled with nods to dogs’ goofy qualities, from the awkwardly posed dog at the top to the “such good” and “much wow” notes lower down. These choices really communicate the things we love about dogs, who try their hardest even when they have no idea what they’re doing.

No Spoilers by Jackson Duarte (JackDuarte) puts the motto of the modern media consumer in the form of every binge watcher’s favorite logo. It’s a powerful combo, and one most people can relate to- there’s probably not a single person on the planet who hasn’t had some twist spoiled for them by an over-eager sharer. The slight texturing gives the design a worn quality, making this shirt feel like it’s been through many a television marathon even when it’s brand new. I like that because it also describes what it’s like to discover an old tv show or movie when it’s unspoiled- although some of the elements show their age, a good piece of media still feels as fresh as the day it was created, maybe even more valuable now because of how its themes have withstood the test of time.

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).

10 January 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s Derby Editor’s Choice: Portmanteaus collection

Shirt.Woot celebrated wordplay with their Derby Editor’s Choice: Portmanteaus plus sale, but the results are a fun mix of slogans, cartoons, and even artistic designs. Here’s what caught my eye…

Best of the Bunch: Extremely Koalafied by Vo Maria has been a favorite of mine since voting for its brilliant punning and appealingly retro half-tone style.

Nicest Surprise: Bearaoke by Oneshoeoff is a quirky gem, and I love that it lets the viewer discover the pun for themselves rather than printing the wording directly on the shirt. It’s a cool concept even without knowing the pun.

Shirts I Am Most Biased About: My design Sarchasm Warning is for jokesters whose audience don’t always catch the punchline, while Mathletes are #1 delivers some humor that only math people will understand.

This promotion will only last until 11:59 p.m. on Sunday. So if there’s something you like, grab it fast!

09 January 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s From the Other Side derby voting highlights

Shirt.Woot‘s From the Other Side derby had a theme that was very open to interpretation, and sent artists off in a variety of directions from Stranger Things parodies and puns to exploring alternate viewpoints. Here’s a look at two current voting underdogs that I’d like to see get some more attention…

Death is Watching You by thatquietgir1 turns a classic piece of propaganda into a properly creepy advertisement for the grim reaper.

Breakthrough Kool-amity by mapinto shows that suddenly breaking down walls can have disastrous results, with red juice splattered on the ground like blood.

This derby continues through Thursday at noon. The top three vote-getters will each earn $1000 cash and $2 per item sold. Additionally, other designs will be selected and sold for $2 per item each. Both top vote-getters and selected designs will be sold in a future Plus sale.

08 January 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Ultra Violet design contest

Threadless is celebrating the Pantone Color of the Year with their new Ultra Violet design competition. Here’s what they’re looking for…

The Pantone Color of 2018, “Ultra Violet”, sets a cosmic tone for the year to come. If your New Year’s resolution is to create more art, we’ve got a great place for you to start: create a design celebrating Ultra Violet! What does it bring to mind for you? A play on “Roses are red, Ultra Violet is def not blue”? The mystical vibe that purple shades are often linked to? A parody of that classic PANTONE square?

2017’s color of the year showed us it IS easy being green…what does PANTONE 18-3838 (RGB values (101 | 78 | 163)) say to you for this year? Play some “Purple Rain” to get yourself in the zone and dive headfirst into the most ultra of violets.

This contest opens to entries on January 12th, 2018 and ends on January 26th, 2018. One winner will earn $1000 cash, a Limited Edition FHI Color Guide, Pantone Color of the Year 2018 Chip Drive, and a $250 Threadless gift code. Additionally, all designers printed will earn $1 minimum per item sold (learn more about Threadless artist payments).

07 January 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Camiseteria’s Tonight Will Have Moonlight

Tonight Will Have Moonlight by rodisley jose da silva makes an appealing connection between the vastness of the universe and a child’s imagination, showing a young boy blowing bubbles that transform into massive planets. Part of what I like about this as a concept is that it feels very complete- it’s easy to picture broken bubbles becoming the stars, for instance, and fun to think of bubbles that drift off forever, continually growing. The way the boy is treated is smart as well, with angling that makes him appear to loom over the small viewer. This playing with size helps to make sense of the bubble/planet transition. Painting the child in color while the universe scene remains in black and white is a choice that makes the sky seem realistic, while the child in his bright, unconventional colors might be a daydream. It all comes together feeling unusual, but also a friendly, fun take on the creation of the universe.

Camiseteria winners earn R$800 cash and R$500 in Camiseteria products.

06 January 2018 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #638: Sports Fandom

Shirt.Woot shows some team spirit with their latest derby theme…

Starting Thursday at noon: Derby #638: Sports Fandom

With the big game coming up, this derby is in honor of sports (of all kinds)! Designs should avoid jokey/silly territory, and steer toward designs that legit sports nuts and mega fans would want to wear. Feel free to borrow inspiration from your favorite teams’ colors, mascots, etc – but please, no copyright infringement / team names! Instant Replay: This derby is less “Go Sports!” and more bonafide Sports Fan – no copyright infringement – and no cream tees.

This derby begins Thursday at noon and continues through next Thursday at noon. The top three vote-getters will each earn $1000 and $2 per item sold after the first day of sales. Those winners will be sold on Friday (1st), Saturday (2nd), and Sunday (3rd). Additionally, other designs may be selected for a Plus sale on the following Monday, with each selected design earning $2 per item sold.