Abominable Snow-Flakes by Michael Buxton (DinoMike) is Threadless’s Cereal Box challenge winner, and also my favorite design of the week. For starters, this weird yeti guy is such a great character, and I love the way he breaks from usual depictions of yetis with the addition of those horns. Two choices really cement this as a great design for me. The first is the decision to use realistic cereal in the bowl, making this illustration more similar to real cereal boxes. The second is that “Free Missing Mountaineer Inside!” text, which injects a bit of menace into the otherwise adorable art, and also raises an important question… what the heck is in that cereal, anyway?
The Scoville Scale by Jenice (jenicekim) is either an infographic listing the hotness of various peppers or it’s a how to manual for becoming a fire-breathing dragon. Either way, it’s a fun design because it captures the feeling of eating something that’s way too hot. I like the way the peppers are organized in a rough circle that the dragon interacts with, grabbing and holding some in place. The dragon’s rough style is a good fit for the theme because extreme spicy flavors are exactly this bold and brash, something more delicate would feel out of place. I like the way the solid green on the dragon’s body is broken up with scales, a choice that gives him some extra personality and texture.
Mountain Tent by Rodrigo Leonardo Batista Ferreira (rodrigobhz) hinges on the observation that tents and mountains share a common shape. So with that in mind, it’s kind of the ultimate outdoorsman fantasy to be closer to nature, so close that you could unzip a mountain and sleep there instead of an artificial tent. Be totally surrounded by and a part of the wilderness. That’s a concept that definitely resonates, and the art backs it up with strong geometric shapes that reinforce the back-to-basics approach and a campfire that breaks with the circular shape of the art to direct attention to that tent opening.
Comfy Bed by Chow Hon Lam (Flying_Mouse) creates an adorable pile of some of the world’s most cuddly animals, and as the name implies it definitely should leave viewers craving a nap. What I like about this one is that it’s very specific in its focus- it’s all about the roundest, furriest, most huggable animals, and nothing else. A lot of people might have been tempted to make it about lazy animals instead, but let’s be honest- cute though the animal may be, seeing a sloth’s long nails in a stack like this would make you want to snuggle less, not more. So I commend that this aims for something different, and uses long, curvy lines to emphasize the chubby qualities of each creature. The peaceful nature background also helps set the scene without distracting from the cuddle action.
Unity by Grant Stephen Shepley (Gamma-Ray) takes its cues from a dreamcatcher to create an array of thinly lined illustrations that show us a minimal take on different aspects of the natural world. The owl sitting perched dead center of the biggest circle makes for a great focal point, setting the tone of nature and wisdom. Behind him, stars light up the sky- but these, too, are placed intelligently rather than randomly, each centered in the shape it occupies. At the top of the arrangement a few abstract icons set the scene (the stacked triangles presumably stand in for a tree, though it’s only context that makes it so). And below, three distinct bands each tell a different story. Water on the left, a vast forest on the right, and in the middle arrows, sun and mountain tell a tale of human interaction and activity. The well-balanced, sophisticated look of the art makes it beautiful to look at, and the environmentally focused theme is one that should resonate with most viewers.
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