The Breakfast Club by Jaco Haasbroek (Haasbroek) is my favorite design this week. It’s not my first time seeing the movie imitated with breakfast foods, but it definitely is the most charming version I’ve seen. I think the design’s strength is in the seriousness of it’s little snacks, and their tiny unsmiling expressions. Their stoicism is in complete contrast to the silliness of the idea and magnifies it. Another interesting aspect of the piece is its placement- the food sits squarely on on stomach, with only the small title gracing the chest. In most designs this kind of balance wouldn’t work, but I think placing food on the gut like that actually helps make things funnier here. It’s very on-theme!
American Skulls and Bones by Vincent Angeles (Binxent) is a design that I didn’t expect to like, but when I saw how rad it looked printed on a triblend shirt… well, there’s just no arguing with that! The heavy cracks and texture that hadn’t appealed to me when seeing it on a plain black background felt much more subtle and weathered on the speckled fabric. Plus, the shape of the artwork is really well-suited to the t-shirt form.
Believing by lineslineslines (lineslineslines) discovers a dove in the negative space created by a praying man’s hands and chin. It’s one of those images so clever that it sticks with you, like The I in Team. That said, I feel like an opportunity was lost in including so much detail in the portrait- it gives the impression that the image is about a specific person, rather than a symbol or stand in for all people. The glasses and bald head had me wondering if I was meant to recognize this guy or what.
Le Royal Meh by 38 Sunsets (38 Sunsets) arrives at a particularly meh moment in history, hot on the heels of a similarly meh-centric design at Shirt.Woot and just days after the launch of Meh.com (a project by the original Woot founder). The timing isn’t intentional, but it’s the kind of happy accident that leaves me feeling more favorably towards the design than I probably would have been otherwise. While both designs play with the boredom inherent in the word meh and twist it by giving it enthusiasm and grandiosity, I think the Threadless shirt has the more interesting punchline because it also gets a laugh by comparing the plain, modern word to a very traditional and classical context. It turns the phrase into a casual, off-handed rejection of the formality of the past.
ALIEN HOME by Femmy Priscillya Antolinez (mamoizelle) uses the familiar shape of a Space Invaders icon to build a blueprint around. This one doesn’t quite work for me because I don’t see the connection between the two- why would this shape be a building? It feels strange to me to see something drawn up as though it is architecture when it’s such an awkward structure, entirely reliant on that square pixel shape. It’s not something that feels humorous to me, it feels like it’s reaching for a joke (is there some kind of pun, maybe?) that just isn’t there.
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