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13 February 2020 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s Sloganography derby voting highlights

Shirt.Woot‘s Sloganography derby asked artists to illustrate phrases using images (and only minimal text). Some designs stayed quite illustrative, not really needing the viewer to recognize the slogan at all, while others used a rebus-like approach that needs some decoding. Here’s a look at two current voting underdogs that I think could use some more attention…

MTFBWY by Wheels03 explains its phrase with some slick icons that hide its Star Wars source.

I’ll Stick In Your Head by vomaria is a horrific (but very good looking) plan to make you think about Baby Shark again.

This derby continues through Monday at 8pm. The top three designs (determined by votes and editor input) will earn $1000 cash and $2 per item sold. Additionally, other designs may be selected for future plus sales and sold for $2 per item each.

12 February 2020 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: Taco Night and more new this week

Taco Night by Katie Campbell (campkatie) is my favorite Threadless print this week. It’s a great pun, combining two phrases (talk all night and taco night) in a way that appeals to people who like both activities. But even better, the artwork channels a vintage look that helps to add extra character to the concept. 80s and 90s kids who remember the freedom of a wireless home phone will respond to the taco’s retro gadget and relaxed pose, and the faded color palette helps the design to feel like it might genuinely be a relic from that era. So good!

Rainbow Skate by Tri Agus Nuradhim (triagus) takes two elements frequently seen together, the unicorn and the rainbow, and combines them in a new way. By turning the rainbow upside-down to make a skate ramp, we also end up with a very different kind of unicorn. While this is a mythic beast usually shown as majestic and glittery, the unicorn shown here is an awkward, chubby fellow who’d rather do jumps on his board that toss his mane and pose in front of a waterfall. I like the idea of the unicorn as more rough-and-tumble, valuable and unique for his creativity in athletics rather than the way he looks.

Intergalactic Get Down by RJ Artworks (rjartworks) imagines the perfect far-out space party, packed with bright colors and unexpected guests. My favorite aspect of this design is that the first thing you see is a screaming skull, shooting rainbows from his empty eye sockets. It’s such an ominous start, and the abrupt shift from that horror to the fun-loving scenes of the rest of the art heightens the sense that something amazing and exotic is happening. This is a world where UFOs provide the spotlights, colorful stars strobe in the background, and the universe’s strangest aliens provide thee music as a classic little green alien dances to the beat. You can’t help but want to hear the music!

Greetings From Nowhere by John Tibbott (quick-brown-fox) parodies the classic vacation postcard, and this time instead of being sent from an exciting locale, it’s sent from nowhere at all. I think the wording captures how it can feel to be in a remote place at times, like you are so far from the action that nothing you do could possibly have any wider effect on the world. The use of stars in the blackness of space to represent this makes emotional sense, and also has the advantage of showing what the night sky looks like no matter where you are (making the design an equally good fit for alienated city dwellers as their distant rural counterparts).

Threadless prints new shirts every week, chosen from the designs submitted by and voted on by site members. Most winners earn $1 to $7 per item sold.

11 February 2020 ~ 0 Comments

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

Get in the Valentines spirit with Shirt.Woot’s Derby Editor’s Choice: Love plus sale. Whether your vision of love involves nature, video games, food, or dark humor, there’s all of that and more to enjoy in this week’s selections. Here’s what caught my eye…

Best of the Bunch: Love Gives You Wings by walmazan has a great color palette and warm, inviting characters.

Nicest Surprise: You Blow My Mind by BlancaVidal first impressed me in voting with its unexpected punchline.

Shirt(s) I Am Most Biased About: My design Candy Will Be the Death of Me makes candy hearts into a skull while Cupid Archery Team is for those who love the bow and arrow.

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

10 February 2020 ~ 2 Comments

Threadless’s The Woods design contest

You might want to get wild for Threadless‘s new The Woods design competition. Here’s what they’re looking for…

Can’t see the forest for the trees? Skip merrily into the woods for this forest-themed challenge. Draw woods filled with coniferous or deciduous trees that provide shade, shelter, and so much more to their environment. Celebrate the humble beech or oak, maple or fir. Create designs featuring typography or scenes of flourishing forests. Robert Frost said it best in his beloved poem, “The woods are lovely, dark and deep.” Make this your own ode to the woods—grab your sketchbook, climb a tree, and design away!

This contest opens to entries on February 14th, 2020 and ends on February 28th. One winner will earn $1000 cash and a $500 Threadless gift code. Also, all designers printed will earn up to $7 per item sold (learn more about Threadless artist payments).

08 February 2020 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #748: Sloganography

Shirt.Woot is communicating visually with their new derby theme…

Starting Monday at 8pm CST: Derby #748: Sloganography

Illustrate a slogan with icons or pictures. This is a MINIMAL TEXT derby. Your slogan can not be in the design, you must only use minimal text to enhance the illustration, like 3-5 words.

Bonus points for humor.

No politics. No cream shirts.

This derby begins Monday at 8pm CST and continues through the following Monday at 8pm. Three designs (determined by votes and editor input) will be printed as daily offers on Tuesday through Thursday and earn $1000 and $2 per item sold after the first day of sales. Other designs may be selected for a Plus sale, with each selected design earning $2 per item sold.

07 February 2020 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s People’s Choice Award derby voting highlights

Shirt.Woot‘s annual t-shirt design awards are coming up, and this time they’ve been rebranded as the Woot Awards For Shirt (aka WAFS). The derby choosing voters’ People’s Choice Award winner is underway now, although with a significant change from past years- editors have narrowed down printed designs from last year to just the best-selling cream of the crop, making for a very high quality selection for voters to choose from. Here are two of my favorites…

Read a Rainbow by Spiritgreen uses a collection of colorful doodles to show some fun references to the world’s most popular novels.

Murphy’s University by simic is a brilliant reference to a famous saying, and keeping the art to one color helps it to look like a real school crest.

This derby continues through Monday at 8pm.

06 February 2020 ~ 0 Comments

Pampling’s Avocado Core Workout

Avocado Core Workout by Gedsalazargarcia takes a supposedly healthy food, the avocado, and uses its unusual shape to tell a story about exercise. With its pear shape and large pit, thee avocado definitely looks like its sporting a potbelly and could afford to lose a few pounds. It’s a fun concept, and the choice to show both how his shape makes these exercises more difficult and the effort on his face is a good one. In particular, the stomach crunch pose where the poor guy seems to be rocking on his back like an upside-down turtle is charming and silly. The only quibble I have is that it might have been nice to see a panel where his hard work pays off and the pit is gone!

Pampling has multiple prizes available. XPress Prize winners earn 1 euro for each product sold in the presale and XPress sale (with a guaranteed minimum of 500 euros). Shot Prize winners earn 1 euro per product sold (with a guaranteed minimum of 200 euros). Classic Prize winners get 300 euros. All designers are also potentially eligible for the 1000 euro Designer of the Month Prize (selected by the Pampling team taking into consideration sales success, priority, and participation).