Synchronize by Evan Luza (Evan_Luza) is my favorite print at Threadless this week, a quirky geometric piece that hints at science fictional elements. Overlapping circles with dashed lines form a background, reminding me of an atom. On top of that backdrop, the scene only becomes more intriguing with a strange sphere at the center, kind of a sand duned Saturn with a peachy ring smuggling a pair of moons and three sharp peaks that imply rockets escaping from the surface. There’s a lot to look at, and soft textures keep the eye moving from one piece to the next.
Sweet Dreams Are Made of Cheese by Arkady (Arkzai) is a heck of a nice slogan, and given how many people are fanatical about cheeses I think it’s safe to say the shirt will be a big hit with customers. I’m a little split on the execution, though. While I love the background of stars (and the way it reinforces the dream idea), I feel like the text is a bit of a let down. Made of Cheese does well to imitate the pepperoni (with a smart highlight to pull it forward visually), but “are” is almost hidden it’s so small in the crust and Sweet Dreams is just ordinary text that doesn’t play with either the style of the pizza illustration or the stars behind it. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a good shirt, but I really feel that a bit more thought and planning could have made it a great one.
Control Dots by Florent Bodart (speakerine) uses common media player icons to create a surprisingly sophisticated pattern. Because of the size of the icons and their spacing, the effect is similar to that of polka dots- but more interesting because the differing shapes of the icons makes your eyes hop around to take it all in. Plus, since watching or listening to media is so universal, this is a design with very wide appeal (both on shirts and on the other canvases offered, like pillows).
Coffee Shop Neon Sign by Rodrigo Leonardo Batista Ferreira (rodrigobhz) provides a nice kick of absurdity, imagining a very misleading neon message. It’s also a play on the uneasy trust you’re forced to place in a seedy diner or restaurant- once you’re in the door, you kind of have to assume that what you’re being handed is what they claim it is, no matter how many signs to the contrary might be in evidence. Kind of a low-key, every day sort of horror, really. So it’s a very relatable joke, made even stronger because of how spot-on the execution is. Those glowing gradients are so real you can almost hear the hum of the neon lights.
Once Golden by joseph (hisartwork) is a fun new approach to the golden ratio, filling each shape with a simple pattern. The biggest shape is also the most intriguing, appearing to contain a QR code. That inclusion gives the entire piece something of a modern, tech-y feel, while the slightly blurred print and roughly gradated colors balance it with some retro charm. The result is a design packed with motion, that leads your vision ever deeper in the ratio’s curve, but that feels strangely timeless (or maybe out of time). Very interesting work, and a unique way of approaching a very common symbol.
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