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08 February 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Design By Humans’s Sea of Thieves fan shop

Design By Humans‘s roster of fan shops (which already includes properties like Star Trek, NASA, and Overcooked 2) has a new addition with Sea of Thieves. This pirate-themed multiplayer game lets ships full of grog-addled pirates try their luck on the open seas, and they need new apparel artwork.

Approved designs will be sold in the Officially Licensed Sea of Thieves store with the artist receiving a royalty per item sold. Royalties range from $2.20 on a men’s long tee to $7 for an all-over zip hoodie. See all details and requirements in the Sea of Thieves fan shop artist’s brief.

07 February 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: Super Reporter and more new this week

Super Reporter by Gianni Corniola (spike00) is my favorite Threadless design this week. In an era when newspapers are prone to bankruptcy, there’s little funding for original reporting, and even what’s printed is often doubted as fake, it feels refreshing to see a reporter held up as important and even aspirational. Let’s face it, superheroes are something of a mixed bag with the way they operate outside the law and seem to encourage the emergence of supervillains. It might be fair to say that good ol’ Clark Kent was the real hero all along. The image of him ripping apart his Superman costume to reveal his reporter’s suit feels iconic, a symbol of finding the truth and doing the work instead of resorting to vigilanteism.

Just Believe in Your Dream by barmalisiRTB (barmalisiRTB) feels like a classic shirt from the early days of Threadless with its two color palette and reliance on silhouettes. It’s a look that works for a reason, though, because the low color count and use of symbols keep the viewer focused on the concept of flying with a flock of birds instead of personalizing the scene to be one person’s particular experience of that moment. It lets you dream that you’re in the character’s shoes, floating across a blue expanse of sky. While the woman’s silhouette feels a bit clumsy to me in the area the shoulders, neck and arms meet, it’s not so egregious that I’d expect it to cost any sales.

Sorry I Asked by Cody Weiler (csweiler) mimics a common store sign to deliver a relatable slogan. Pretty much everyone has experienced conversations that went poorly or included unnecessary information, and tweaking a Closed sign to signal that you’re now closed to that line of discussion is a clever choice. I like that the art stays true to the original, but introduces some light distressing that helps the message to feel a bit more worn down (much as those conversations likely wore down the shirt’s wearer).

Nap Outside by Lisa Sundin (lisacsundin) stands out in the catalog due to its unusual placement, a badge-sized print in the pocket area of the shirt. This choice makes it feel more like a design from a nature-themed apparel line than from an art-focused t-shirt site’s large catalog, but it’s solidly made and a welcome addition. One decision I especially like is the way the Nap Outside text at the top is placed upside-down, tying in to the idea of laying down and staring up at the stars. The illustrations, while minimal, are impactful as well. The shape of the tent mirrors the shape of the mountains, and nestles between them where they overlap. Even the bear, in this context, stands in for both wildlife and the concept of hibernating. It’s a unique spin on what it means to stay outdoors, and is executed well.

Zombiecracy by Mathiole (mathiole) feels like a single comic panel taken out of context, owing to its strong rectangular shape and pop art style halftones. I love the color palette, which uses a shade of red that strikes me as both retro and like a reference to blood and gore. But for me, a design this simple really has to nail the details, and I’m not sure this one does. In particular, I dislike the way the finger points so noticeably downward. It seems to me that because of how the design sits on the shirt, it would ideally point upwards if the goal is making it seem to point towards the viewer. After all, whether this zombie wants brains or an Uncle Sam style “you,” it needs to be hitting the viewer’s chest or higher to communicate that.

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.

06 February 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s Editor’s Choice: ReMEMEber That? collection

Internet memes got new twists in Shirt.Woot’s Editor’s Choice: ReMEMEber That? plus sale. Pop culture frequently featured, as did clever text treatments. Here’s what caught my eye…

Best of the Bunch: Donut Talk to Me or My Son Ever Again by Spiritgreen pairs realistic donuts with clumsily drawn faces to create a scene high on humor that capitalizes on the nature of donut holes.

Nicest Surprise: Accidental Post by lirovi first caught my eye in voting with its lovely retro style.

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

05 February 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s Public Domain Day derby voting highlights

Harkening back to 1923, Shirt.Woot‘s Public Domain Day derby asked artists to create works inspired by materials made that year that were now entering into the public domain. Since most people today are only familiar with a few properties from that era, it’s perhaps not surprising that the number of entries was a bit sparse compared to the normal amount, and clustered around a few prime references. Still, though, there were gems to be found, so here’s a look at two current voting underdogs that I think could use some more attention…

The Lurking Fear by benjaminleebates feels appropriately creepy with its glowing color palette and heavy detail that pulls you in to find even more scary moments.

Chaplin by stiluk35 captures the playful spirit Charlie Chaplin channels in so many of his movies, and the splatter element hints at his slapstick stunts.

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.

04 February 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Subversive design contest

Threadless is breaking all the rules with their new Subversive design competition. Here’s what they’re looking for…

Get ready to subvert the system and overthrow all structures of authority! Whether you’re undermining the social structure of the government, or you’re sick and tired of the evil overlords that dominate society, it’s your time to disrupt the status quo with the ultimate Subversive design. Rep your rebellion by designing an anarch-tee (or anarch-tote) that you can wear with pride and let people know what you stand for. But we don’t want to give you too much structure because we want you to think for YOURSELF.

This contest opens to entries on February 8th, 2019 and ends on February 22nd, 2019. One winner will earn $1000 cash and a $500 Threadless gift code. Also, all designers printed will earn $1 minimum per item sold (learn more about Threadless artist payments).

02 February 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #694: Wanderlust

With much of the country fresh off polar temperatures this week, perhaps it’s not surprising that travel is on Shirt.Woot‘s mind in their latest derby theme…

Starting Thursday at noon: Derby #694: Wanderlust

This week is for the gallivanters, the vagabonds and the nomads! Those with a strong desire to wander and explore the world can share the passion with the introverted, shy and bashful prefer-to-stay-at-homers. We want to see designs that inspire you to travel or communicate a strong desire to wander! As always 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.

01 February 2019 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Collaborators tool

Threadless has a new addition to their site that just might make your next group project a little easier-  the Collaborators tool. Using this tool, artists are able to list a design in their store and add other artists to the piece, assigning a percentage of profits to each contributer. So if you and a friend have united you efforts in an epic shirt design, or if one person has come up with an idea someone else has then drawn, there’s now an easy, fool-proof way to split the profits (whether that’s 50-50 or something more complicated like 80-10-10) automatically as the purchases roll in.

Find out more about Threadless’s new Collaborators tool in their blog post.