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03 November 2007 ~ 0 Comments

Vote on the Bountee and Drawn Contest

Now that the submission deadline has passed for the t-shirt design competition that Bountee and Drawn are running, there are a few days left to vote on the entries.

As expected, there’s some really nice work in the mix. My top three are probably Chewy, Face Off and Tennis Pro, all pictured above. Whoever gets the Grand Prize will be getting a shirt for every day of the month and a gift certificate for $75 from BlueFlip Art. Win or lose, all entries are very purchasable from Bountee.

02 November 2007 ~ 1 Comment

Teetonic’s Wet Wet Wet Contest Winner

Teetonic has announced the winner of their competition to design a shirt for the band Wet Wet Wet: Timeless by mallie.

It’s not a bad shirt, per say, but it seems a little generic. Very much a typical concert shirt. Contests like this are the reason Threadless stays on top of the competition- in a Threadless contest, the goal is to create a great shirt based on a theme. Teetonic seems to be looking for someone to PhotoShop a picture of a band. Neither is inherently superior, as plans go, but only one of those strategies attracts innovative artists.

01 November 2007 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #15: Time Travel Souvenirs

Shirt.Woot has announced the newest Derby theme: Time Travel Souvenirs. There are a few restrictions this time as well: 1) No designs may use the phrase “all I got was this lousy t-shirt” or anything similar, and 2) Stay far, far away from copyrighted imagery and concepts. Other than that, all of time is at your command- designs dealing with both the past and the future are encouraged.

As always, submissions and voting will open at noon on Friday. There is a definite advantage to submitting early, so keep that in mind. The top three entries will be printed next weekend, and each winner will receive up to $500 for the first night of sales plus $2 per shirt sold after the first day. If this theme isn’t to your liking and you can set up a print-ready design file, submit a design of any theme directly to Woot (pay is the same as for Derby winners).

Supplement the Derby fun with websites that support the Derby community: check Best Losers for news about non-winning shirts, or check ShirtDerbyStats and ShirtStats for the most up-to-date statistics on all the entries (including fogged designs).

01 November 2007 ~ 0 Comments

Uneetee’s November $1500 Winner

Pick Up the Peace by a nameless artist in Madison, Wisconsin has just won November’s $1500 prize at Uneetee. Inspired by legendary band The Who, this design uses words and phrases (which I guess are song or album titles?) to form an image of the band. This shirt will be for sale at the $10 price until November 5th.

And remember, Uneetee is accepting submissions for next month’s contest. The prize structure will be a little different, as cash is now guaranteed for all of the top five. First place still gets $1500, but amounts are now offered for the following four rankings as well: 2nd will get $750, 3rd gets $500, 4th gets $400 and 5th will receive $300. Definitely an improvement, I like seeing more work rewarded.

31 October 2007 ~ 0 Comments

La Fraise American Politics Winner

La Fraise has announced a winner in their American Politics contest: U.Scream, by Conker. They’ve further upped the ante by using some special printing techniques- discharge and gold foil (both never before used at La Fraise). That’s pretty cool, I love seeing companies experiment like that. Perhaps the industry is feeling the pressure to branch out due to the rising star of Design By Humans?

So far the design isn’t available in the American La Fraise store (I have high hopes that it will be offered in the near future). Europeans can of course purchase the design right now from the La Fraise store, on both t-shirt and long sleeve.

30 October 2007 ~ 0 Comments

ConceptShare’s T-Shirt Contest

ConceptShare is a web-based design collaboration system, and it looks pretty cool (I’m actually working on a project right now that would be a good fit for this, if there was any budget for this sort of thing).

It’s just… a little interesting to me that when an idea-sharing website decides to have a t-shirt contest, they’d provide so little information about how it’s supposed to work. Share your ideas, guys. I’m not a mind-reader.

Here’s the information I do have: 1) The winner will get an Ipod Touch, 2) the shirt design should have the ConceptShare logo, and… yep, that’s the information I have.

Tragically, a free account at ConceptShare is not enough to let the user view other submitted entries, but if you have a full account you can check those out here: http://community.conceptshare.com/

Also, just a note for all of the world’s contest organizers: It will help out your submitters greatly if you would kindly provide the time frame of the competition (an ending date would be nice). Also, when speaking of t-shirts you should inform users of any color and size limitations, as well as if the design can be on the front and back of the shirt.

29 October 2007 ~ 0 Comments

New Shirt Monday at Threadless

In addition to a new crop of shirts, Threadless has also unveiled a new front page design. I’m really into it, as it does a nice job of promoting the community aspect of Threadless in addition to the shirts. Plus, the addition of the $10 Thriftee bargain is great- one shirt at a time will be offered for $10 until it sells out, then another shirt gets that billing. Pretty awesome!

BEarth by Steven Lefcourt (Ste7en) is totally gorgeous. It stands out from most Threadless shirts because there’s no overt pun, nothing with a face on it, and there’s no pop culture reference. Just beautiful art with some depth. I’m very excited that this is being offered in zip-up hoody form, because it’s a great fit for that format. Definitely a worthy winner of the Mae competition.

My other favorite this week has got to be Halt! Who Goes There? by Steven E. Hughes (castle). It’s a neat concept (and pretty accurate to the way children play with cardboard boxes), but the execution is what makes this design such a winner. From the fur on the dog to the folds of a shirt, textures enhance the mood of the piece. The shadowing is also done well and serves to anchor the art to the shirt. But my favorite part is the angle of the artwork- it really invites the eye into the cardboard box. So cool.

This week’s Select is Preparing for the Goblin Fire by Chris Pottinger. I like the drawing, it does a nice job of being disgusting and cute at the same time. But, as I’ve said about past Select designs, I wish it took the t-shirt medium further. Why not use a puff or gloss ink on the boils? Why not use a less typical shirt placement? Design By Humans has shirts with interesting printing techniques almost every day of the week, and I think Select designs should be more up for that challenge. Why not take the opportunity to experiment?

Delivery by Jean-s√©bastien Deheeger (nes-k) is about the plight of a stork. This will probably sell out quickly, which does nothing to change the fact that I don’t care for it. As a concept, this kind of thing just seems very overdone to me. I’m completely fed up with detail-free vector creatures and their constant single bead of sweat.

Children Under the Bed by Meg Park (MegP) is in the same category as Delivery for me. Even though it is being printed for the first time today, I feel like I’ve seen it a million times. It is well done, don’t get me wrong. It’s just hard for me to conceive that there wasn’t something a little more innovative that might have been a better choice for a print.

More Reasons Not to Go Camping by Chris Thornley (Raid71) is completely amazing. The linework conveys a multitude of textures and the splashes of red add a nuance of aggression to the piece. The only thing that kept this from being my favorite of the week is the color scheme- I preferred the blue on brown color option, and I’m pretty tough to please when it comes to natural and cream colored shirts. Still, I’d love to see a third set of reasons not to go camping, because these shirts are solid gold.

Ambition Killed the Cat by Neil Gregory (NGee) is the first reprint of the week, and I’m not really a fan of it. It’s just not my sense of humor, I guess- seems a bit obvious and (even worse) visually uninteresting.

On the other hand, I quite like Best Mime Ever by John Schwegel (fizzgig). My usual complaint about how I would prefer if they switched up the color scheme for each printing still applies, but the image itself is solid.

Overall, a pretty nice week for Threadless. I vastly prefer this week’s selection to the past two weeks’, so I’m hoping things are on the upswing.