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10 January 2020 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s Three Marker Challenge derby voting highlights

Shirt.Woot‘s Three Marker Challenge derby asked artists to use color palettes randomly generated online. This both worked as a way of getting people to do things outside their comfort zones, and also left the subject matter wide open and to be inspired by the random color selections. This meant a lot of Baby Yoda in various shades of green, but also artistic illustrations and slogans in a wide variety of styles. Here’s a look at two current voting underdogs that I think could use some more attention…

Octodoodle by artguyaaron has a lovely art nouveau feel in its tangle of tentacles, and I love the off-center placement.

#1 Nap Taker by burnapaperzach tilts the #1 hand to the side, which both emphasizes the tee’s sleepy theme and helps the art to sit more nicely on the shirt.

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.

09 January 2020 ~ 0 Comments

Pampling’s Frida Calavera

Frida Calavera by NemiMakeIt is one of those designs that just feels right. It makes sense to see Frida Kahlo, an artist whose work frequently explored her heritage, represented as one of Mexico’s most iconic images, the sugar skull. Even better, the similarity of sound between Kahlo and Calavera makes it a bit of a pun. Her distinctive hairstyle and unibrow make the skull easily recognizable, and the way the skull is covered in big, bright flowers both suits the traditional look of the calavera as well as reinforces themes from Kahlo’s own work. I slightly wish there’d been a nod to monkeys (or other animals from her paintings) tucked away in the art somewhere to further unite the two concepts, but it’s an excellent design with wide appeal as-is.

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).

08 January 2020 ~ 0 Comments

Snowmen in Shirt Design: 15 great examples

As a classic winter symbol and source of seasonal nostalgia for many, the snowman is a staple of cold weather shirt design. Whether they’re melting as the sun grows hotter, celebrating the holidays, or behaving like humans, snow creatures of all sorts decorate shirts this time of year. Here’s a look at 15 great examples of ways snowmen have made winter shirts more fun…

07 January 2020 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s Editor’s Picks: Textography collection

Artists exercised some creative wordplay in the Shirt.Woot Editor’s Picks: Textography plus sale. The collection’s emphasis on hand-drawn letters resulted in some very unique pieces, and more than a few pop-y phrases that will impress Star Wars fans. Here’s what caught my eye…

Best of the Bunch: Tea Makes It Better by jasneko was a voting favorite for the pure warmth and coziness its lettering communicates.

Nicest Surprise: Very Good! by sebasebi, another design I liked in voting, impresses with the enthusiasm and quirkiness of its color palette.

Shirt I Am Most Biased About: My design Slow Down stars a friendly sloth.

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

06 January 2020 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Classic Blue design contest

One of Threadless‘s great traditions is that every year they theme a contest around Pantone’s Color of the Year. So it comes as no great surprise that the year’s first theme is the Classic Blue design competition. Here’s what they’re looking for…

Pantone’s 2020 Color of the Year instills in us the hope and confidence we need to move into a new era. The classic, trustworthy blue beckons to the natural world while reminding us of human resilience. It’s calming and centering—just what we need as we head into a future of endless possibilities.

Share your stance on the next decade by embracing 2020’s Pantone Color of the Year. Whether you channel the brilliance of a fresh start in design or make art inspired by a hopeful new year, we’re ready for your 19-4052 Classic Blue RGB (0, 70, 128) designs. Drafts designs featuring scenes of a thriving planet or typographic words of wisdom for the future. Let’s design the world we want to live in. Give us your take on Pantone’s outlook on 2020 with the Color of the Year challenge.

This contest opens to entries on January 10th, 2020 and ends on January 24th. 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).

04 January 2020 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #744: Retro Future

Nostalgia meets Nostradamus in Shirt.Woot‘s latest derby theme…

Starting Monday at 8pm CST: Derby #744: Retro Future

The theme this week is retrofuturism. 2. Your design must depict a retro idea of what the future would look like. Put yourself in the past and think about the future.

No real politics, but fictional politics are allowed. No cream shirts. As always, trademarked franchises or brands must be parodied or done in your own fan art style. No logos, no copyrighted material, yada, yada, you know the drill. No names of real people, no realistic depictions of real people. Any questions?

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.

03 January 2020 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s Workout Schmerkout derby voting highlights

Shirt.Woot approached the typical exercise New Year’s resolution with their trademark irreverence by deeming this week’s contest the Workout Schmerkout derby. Some entries tackled the theme with tributes to laziness, while others explored slogans or alternate styles of athletics that don’t involve moving. Here’s a look at two current voting underdogs that I think could use some more attention…

Avocardio by walmazan imagines an avocado trying to lose its round pit. Some serious shading emphasizes the roundness of the pit, making the concept crystal clear.

Avoid Sports by mekazoo looks super stylish with its colorful gradient and bold slogan, managing to make hating sports look cool.

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.