Planet System by Bernhard Trunkle (b3rni) gets my nod for best of the week because I love the way it reframes Pluto’s expulsion from the solar system. Instead of human scientists making the decision, here all the planets have teamed up to knock the poor guy right out of orbit. There’s some fun character work in each planet’s expression (some are pleased or even downright ecstatic, but Neptune seems shocked and reaches out for his exiting comrade). Plus, using a Newton’s cradle as the apparatus holding the planets gives a nice double-dose of science-y appeal.
Quit Your Job! by Sam Lee (samintune14) certainly has a jovial spirit that is easy to relate to. There’s a sense of freedom about it that fits the theme well, although the roughness with which the businessman is drawn might be a bit polarizing. Personally, I’m a bit on the fence- I like the idea of a loosely-drawn person, but his mitten hands and different-length legs are visually distracting to me. Similarly, the briefcase stuffed with papers isn’t the right size, looking more like a weird handbag or toolbox (I initially mistook it for a radio!). Some of the other choices are much more successful, like the confetti-like yellow and blue curves and the stepped type treatment on the “Quit Your” text that gives the quitter’s dancing a sense of grandeur. A mixed bag overall, but the appealing theme ought to carry it without to much trouble.
Rocket Cats by Ronan Lynam (RonanL) taught me something interesting- I somehow had no clue that this is what a rocket launcher would look like. Despite a healthy diet of GI Joe cartoons and action movies, it turns out that to me the defining visual element of a rocket launcher is, well, rockets! So without the title, this design would have made no sense to me at all. I’m not sure if this is a quirky personal thing or at all indicative of other people’s ability to recognize machinery, though. At any rate, there’s some nice work here. I like the thick, almost woodcut look of the art, and I like the grumpy response of the kitten on the bottom left who is being stepped on. So there’s definitely some fun to be had for folks who are a little more up on military technology than I am!
Take a Break by Wacharapong Sisapon (uptme) caught me by surprise- I couldn’t tell from the thumbnail image in the catalog that it was a pocket tee, so that was a neat thing to have revealed on the product page. I suspect it looks even better in person than it does in the photos, because the pocket is difficult to see here but ought to be a lot more obvious when movement of the shirt and dimension come into play. While the something-in-your-pocket illusion has been done a lot, two things make this rendition feel new and unique. One is the unique pose of the astronaut, which makes the pocket feel more like some kind of space age hammock. The second is the way the pocket isn’t a pocket, exactly- it feels like it’s used here as almost a black hole in the darkness of outer space. Very interesting!
Join or Don’t by Evan Hinkelman (parallelish) takes the fire and revolutionary spirit of the famous Join Or Die graphic and turns it on its head, exchanging viciousness for apathy. It’s a very complete transformation, starting with the headlines above and below the illustration and even carrying into the snake itself. His closed eyes and shut mouth make it look like he’s dismissively sticking out his tongue rather than threatening anyone. There’s even a wonderful final detail in the abbreviated captions on each snake fragment- taken together, they spell “CHILL OUT.” It’s not often that you see a design simultaneously this laid back and also this conceptually complete.
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