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11 May 2016 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #545: Aprons

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Shirt.Woot sets their sights on cooks with their latest derby theme…

Starting Thursday at noon: Derby #545: Aprons

Design an apron. Templates – Apron Template (.AI)  |  Apron Template (.PSD).

This derby begins Thursday at noon and continues through Monday at noon. The top three vote-getters will each earn $200 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.


Of course, there’s quite a variety of design themes in the current Color Spotlight: Eggplant derby, which only specified shirt color (or ink color) and let artists decide the rest. Here are two pieces that I think could use some more attention:

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Spirit Vegetable by Randyotter creates a character that is very easy to relate to, and I love the awkward way he holds his hands over his big belly.

Vegeta-ble by mikiekwoods is the veggie anime mashup I never knew I needed! Pun level over 9000.

This derby continues through 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.

10 May 2016 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Cereal Box design contest

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Threadless‘s new Cereal Box design contest is looking to start your day off right with some breakfast goodness. Here’s what they’re looking for:

Good morning, sunshine! For this challenge, design your very own original cereal for the most important meal of the day. Do you like your flakes frosted? Your crunches cinnamon toasted? Does your cereal have a mascot? Does it come with a prize? What’s its slogan?

…Whoa, whoa whoa. That’s way too many questions. You just woke up. Go ahead grab your coffee and a few spoonful of your fave flakes before you get started. Then, bowl us over with your brand new chocolately-sweet-sour-sugary-totally-weird cereal concoction.

Enter before May 27th, 2016 for your chance to win. One winner will earn $1000 cash and a $500 Threadless gift code. Additionally, all designers printed will earn $1 minimum per item sold (learn more about Threadless artist payments).

09 May 2016 ~ 0 Comments

Camiseteria’s Com O Vento

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Com O Vento by Valter Ferrari plays like a kid’s dream- an amazing pirate fortress that floats high in the air, ready to whisk its passengers off to their next adventure at a moment’s notice. Just as the concept draws you in, so too does the artwork itself. The immediate impression is that of the skull-shaped balloon and ship below, setting the scene. As you dive in closer, the scene becomes even more fun because there’s something happening in each section of the craft that adds to the ambiance of exploration. My favorite bit is the portly gentleman and his dog standing proudly at the balloon’s peak, but the little hideout in the skull’s nose is a close second. Small ladders and ropes help you to imagine what it might be like to take a trip on this fantastic ship.

Camiseteria winners earn R$800 cash and R$500 in Camiseteria products.

08 May 2016 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: Rose Garden and more new this week

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Rose Garden by Brent Schoepf (wowrainbows) is my favorite design this week, largely due to its elegance and simplicity. The clean look gives the art a very timeless feel, like it could easily have been just as good a piece 100 years ago or even 100 years from now. Speckled shading adds texture, which creates visual interest as well as a more worn look. And of course, the idea is pretty brilliant conceptually. I love the way the illustration highlights the rose’s thorns, making it clear that although the transformation to weapon is complete now that it has formed an arrow, this flower was always ready to fight. The bee is an excellent addition for the same reason- its stinging ability puts it in that same quasi-weapon category, while its beauty and association with nature leaves you with safe, pleasant feelings.

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Detroit Rock City by Grant Stephen Shepley (Gamma-Ray) uses clean vectors to create a skyline of amps, speakers and guitars, all ready to rock out under a shining disc sun. In part, this design works because the retro style is a close match to the way most people imagine Detroit to be- a place that, in its heyday, was a mecca for both art deco architecture and its own major musical style in Motown. And that bronze gradient that fills the piece helps the art to feel like it’s cut from metal, gleaming with newness. Music fans (and anyone with a taste for art deco) will definitely appreciate this one, whether they have any affinity for Detroit or not.

Vintage Dogs by Kelly Larson (kellabell9) is an all-over pattern featuring the very best kind of dogs- fancy dogs! With their serious faces, monocles, bow ties and top hats, each little mutt is dressed for success in a unique way. The sheer variety of accessories and dog breeds involved means that each character also seems to have an individual personality, from the studious hound dog (who peers down through a small pair of eyeglasses perched on his nose) to the peppy, boyish Dalmation (his newsboy cap slightly cocked to one side). It’s a busy pattern, but because the areas of light and dark are dispersed so well, it doesn’t feel overwhelming. The one criticism I have is that I don’t think the upside-down dogs work well when this pattern is applied to a shirt- in my opinion, keeping them all right side up would have kept them all more readable and made the group feel like a crowd rather than a bunch of individuals layered together.

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Van Gogh Triple Self-Portrait by Antonio Angel Centeno Guerrero (Tony Centeno) is something you don’t see too often- a pop culture mashup where both halves are famous artists and artwork. And this twist on Norman Rockwell is certainly well-made, nailing both a more realistic look and Van Gogh’s trademark impressionist style. One of the things I really enjoy about this piece is the way the mirror is handled- instead of just being a reflection, the artist saw an opportunity to fill the background with a landscape that feels right out of one of his paintings. It’s a neat indication that this could be how Van Gogh saw the world, and in this moment we’re seeing it through his eyes. Even the design of the mirror itself plays up Van Gogh’s legacy by referencing sunflowers. Very complete, and very good work.

Leaf in the Wind by .:. (botnet) won Threadless’s Japanese Art design contest with its fresh spin on cut paper art. Instead of paper, the material appears to be a decaying leaf. This is a masterstroke, because in addition to the leaf’s crumbly texture making this very fun to look at, the artist was able to use the stem itself to form the samurai’s sword. Brilliant, outside the box thinking. And it pays off big time, because once you realize you’re looking at a leaf, you can’t help but look even closer, noticing every vein and crackle that form this dramatic character. In this context of the leaf, the red dot feels like more than just a Japanese reference too- suddenly its gradated shades of red feel like a play on the former autumn glory of the dying leaf above. So smart!

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 (learn more about Threadless artist payments).

07 May 2016 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #544: Color Spotlight: Eggplant

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Shirt.Woot leaves the theme wide open for their next contest by only specifying the color…

Starting Monday at noon: Derby #544: Color Spotlight: Eggplant

Design a tee on an eggplant blank OR use purple as a primary color. Use the hex code #542C5E as the eggplant shirt color. Also guess what? No cream tees.

This derby begins Monday at noon and continues through 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.


Meanwhile, cellphones took centerstage in the current Distracting Technology derby. Here are two designs that captured my attention:

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Defining Feature by rasabi is a fun take on what is often very important travel information.

Gadgets and Gizmos A-Plenty by MissyCorey posits that a modern Ariel might be a bit tech-obsessed, and illustrates the concept with a great, understated style.

This derby continues through Monday at noon. The top three vote-getters will each earn $200 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.

06 May 2016 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot’s Elements of Fashion and Animals & Spring Sports collections

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Scientists and others familiar with the periodic table ought to get a charge out of the humorous gags in the Elements of Fashion plus sale. Here’s a quick look at what rated highly with me…

Best of the Bunch: Ni Lessons is a fun new take on an old Monty Python joke.

Nicest Surprise: I’m Not a Business Man won me over in voting with its light-hearted eccentricity and cool look.

Shirts I Am Most Biased About: My design Periodic Table of Cats categorizes the major feline breeds by fur type, while Magic that Works uses the elements to spell out a science-y slogan.

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

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All kinds of creatures got competitive with athletics in the Animals & Spring Sports plus sale. But for me, these are the shirts that claim the top of the podium…

Best of the Bunch: Out strikes me as a pretty spot-on depiction of how some cats get mad about the prospect of playing.

Nicest Surprise: I don’t even remember seeing Shakin’ and Bacon in voting, but now that I’ve seen it I’m completely charmed by the way it transforms some quirky basketball slang into an awesome bit of food humor.

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

05 May 2016 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Home: Rugs design contest

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Threadless’s Home collection continues to expand with their new Home: Rugs design contest. Here’s what they’re looking for:

You didn’t spend hours crafting the perfect design just for everyone to walk all over it.

Or did you?

That’s right! The next product up in our Home series is rugs! Perfect for tying the room together, our rugs our made of two things: woven polyester and your future design.

Enter before May 16th, 2016 for your chance to win. One winner will earn $1500 cash and a $500 Threadless gift code. Additionally, all designers printed will earn $1 minimum per item sold (learn more about Threadless artist payments).