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02 August 2007 ~ 2 Comments

Camiseteria Competition for InterCon 2007

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Camiseteria has just announced a new competition: As part of a partnership with iMasters InterCon 2007 (a networking convention for the fields of technology, the internet and the media), Camiseteria is asking for t-shirt design submissions using the theme of The Meeting of Two Worlds.

The winner will receive R$1400 (half in product, half in cash) and an invitation to attend InterCon 2007 (a value of R$210). The submission period for this contest ends soon (the 13th of August, which means the competition only lasts two weeks!), so anyone who’s interested should act soon.

Note: Camiseteria is located in Brazil, so all of the site’s content is in Portuguese. I use Babelfish when things are unclear and that seems to work fine, so there’s no reason for english-speakers to avoid the site.

01 August 2007 ~ 0 Comments

Uneetee’s July $1000 Winner

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You’re looking at July’s $1000 winner at Uneetee, a shirt called Time After Time. While it wasn’t my favorite in the contest (I feel that the angles and some of the line widths need to be worked out better) it’s definitely a neat concept. I believe this shirt will be running for most of (maybe even all of) this week, so if this shirt is for you then you’ll have plenty of time to pick up a copy,

The collection has also been updated to include a few more shirts, including one I almost bought recently- Dream of the Flying Geisha. I passed on it because the shipping fee scared me off (now that Shirt.Woot is doing $10 tees with free shipping, everything else seems like a rip-off) but I might reconsider if there’s a good daily shirt soon.

01 August 2007 ~ 0 Comments

Mae Loves Threadless

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A new contest is up at Threadless: Mae Loves Threadless. The theme is Singularity, and the prize pack is pretty sweet (Xbox 360, Guitar Hero II, an autographed cymbal and more!).

Entries should be submitted before August 31st.

(I admit that I had never heard of Mae until now. So I was amused to learn that the band’s website is WhatIsMae.com. Indeed.)

01 August 2007 ~ 1 Comment

Keydon Update

Although Keydon (a new t-shirt design competition site) was scheduled to open today, the launch has been pushed back to August 20th. You can still submit work, it will be in the voting system when the site launches.

There’s also a sneak peek posted of the new website. The four designs that can be seen at the bottom of the screen look very promising, so I’m officially excited about the launch.

31 July 2007 ~ 0 Comments

First Gorilla Tank Winner Announced

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Folks, you are now looking at Gorilla Tank‘s first winner, Peanut Butter and Jelly Wrestling by ah. It’s a fantastic shirt, and easily the best submission so far. I know I’ll be ordering this one when it lands in the store in 3 weeks or so.

Here’s an interesting fact: this submission is still being voted on! Also, while it has earned a really amazing score, one design out of voting scored better than it has and another currently scoring submission is also ranked higher. So while Gorilla Tank is definitely taking votes into consideration, they’re making decisions on prints based on other factors as well (including comments). I think this is great news, as I have an intense distrust of anonymous voters and a definite love for this shirt in particular.

Oh, and potential submitters should definitely know this: Gorilla Tank is now allowing submissions with Halftones and Gradients! To the best of my knowledge they’re the only contest that allows it, so it will be interesting to see how this evolves.

30 July 2007 ~ 0 Comments

New Shirt Monday at Threadless

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Wow, this is probably my favorite collection of new Threadless shirts ever! The type tee, Nerds 2squared Ever, has a lot more visual style than the typical type tee, which elevates an already cool phrase. Dinner in the Sky and Pretty World Inferno (both pictured above) have great imagery on shirts with great colors. There are also three more conceptual designs available; Human Nature is a well-styled forest fire diagram, See You at the Show is a shirt for an imaginary concert (the illustration is reminiscent of designers Chwast and Glaser), and Hidden displays a flower with insects hidden throughout. And it wouldn’t be Threadless without some off-beat cuteness- Wanted features an abominable snowman painting mustaches on his wanted posters and Marshmallow Factory, a reprint, shows a unicorn pooing marshmallows for an adoring crowd.

In fact, the only one I’m not crazy about is the reprint of Living in Harmony. It’s an interesting enough image I guess, but to me it looks really dull on a shirt. Plus, the subject matter doesn’t really do it for me- there are guitar shirts everywhere, and I expect more from Threadless. I mean, white ink on a black shirt? Again? Get real.

29 July 2007 ~ 1 Comment

T-Shirt Design Tips: Finding the Right Color Palette

One of the hardest parts of designing a t-shirt is finding the right colors. It’s a process that can stump even seasoned pros, but luckily there are a few websites out there to offer some assistance.

Kuler is an Adobe site where users upload their best palettes. There are over 16000 to choose from, but checking out the ratings will help to ensure that you choose a palette that resonates with a lot of people.

Similar to Kuler (which some consider a rip-off of this site), COLOURlovers is a place for users to find new color palettes. It’s easily searchable by color or key word. There’s also a trends section that catalogs the colors used by major magazines and websites.

If borrowing someone else’s color palette isn’t your style, why not look to nature for some inspiration? As this site shows, butterflies are a great source for finding colors that naturally relate well. Depending on your theme, other animals could easily work as well (fish and birds are a good place to start).

Are you unsure about how to apply those colors to your design now that you’ve selected them? Well, there’s a Photoshop Coloring Tutorial just for you. It should guide you through the more technical aspects of getting your color just right.