Outdoors & S’mores by jack (cabinsupplyco) is my favorite Threadless shirt this week. I’m always a sucker for a one color print, and thise one evokes that same kind of classic, timeless feel as the best of that genre do. It’s also quietly clever, using a stick and marshmallow to underline and highlight the key word in the phrase. I like the playful way the letters bounce around each other, curling and oozing across the text’s baseline in a way that is both visually interesting and evokes the idea of melting. So fun!
Size Matters by Grant Stephen Shepley (Gamma-Ray) won the Infographics competition with its depiction of the huge size differences between a quirky group of creatures. Interestingly, the characters selected don’t have a lot in common apart from having fairly recognizable silhouettes- some are heroes, others villains, and some aren’t even fictional. But rather that making the design feel scattered, it’s a choice that works because the aggressive poses make you picture a battle, and it’s funnier when the theoretical match-ups are really weird. Plus, the labels treat them all in the same vague, copyright-avoidant way whether or not they’re from pop culture, which is amusingly silly (Tiny Armed Dinosaur instead of T-Rex, for example). And of course, there’s Godzilla, towering over the whole bunch, and looking like he could take on the entire group at once without breaking a sweat. Effective and well-constructed.
Tiger Skull by Deadbutcool (Deadbutcool) immediately catches the eye with its unique style and pose, giving the tiger a contorted anatomy that makes it look even more predatory. Look at the sharpness of that jaw, ready to strike. Paws stretched wide and far like they’re hitting the ground so aggressively they land and dig like shovels. He looks so ferocious that it’s not even surprising when you finally spot the human skeleton in his belly, tucked among his stripes. That tiger is one tough creature, and it’s emphasized nicely by the arrows that puncture his frame. All things considered, though, I think my favorite detail is also the most subtle- that third eye hiding on the tiger’s forehead. It gives the art bit of mysticism and mystery, making the tiger seem even more legendary.
Campfire Tradition by Seth Bensusen (5eth) is a smart bit of minimalism. Using the familiar shape of a skull and crossbones as a framework, the bones are instead a slab of cracker and chocolate while marshmallow and flames take the place of the skull. That interaction between the marshmallow and fire also form the shirt’s best moment, creating a color shift that implies the toasting of the marshmallow. This is simplicity done right, clever and bold.
DJ Geisha by Roni Saptoni (ronin84) freshens up traditional Japanese art by making the geisha spin some records. It’s a bit of an odd mix, but I think it works because of associations that already exist with this kind of imagery. It makes sense to think of that precision and artfulness of a tea ceremony channeled in a more modern way with music, and it feels almost natural to see the long cherry blossom branch put to new use as it supports the weight of a disco ball. It’s the kind of design that makes you wonder what music she’s playing. And the skill of the art is a good match for the concept, smoothly imitating the real thing with an earnestness and attention to detail (look at those sleeves!) that make it clear that this is a tribute made with both respect and humor.
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