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18 August 2007 ~ 0 Comments

Gmail Love Threadless: My Top 3

The Gmail Loves Threadless competition deadline has passed, and I think all the major contenders for the prize are currently posted. Here are the three I’d most like to see take the top prize:

Home Is Where The Hub Is - Threadless, Best T-shirts Ever
Industrial Age Internet Revolution - Threadless, Best T-shirts Ever
Girls Love Technology - Threadless, Best T-shirts Ever

Home is Where the Hub Is is a portrait of a robot family, beautifully styled and distressed. Use of a bright teal for the cords and other details makes this robot design stand out from the crowd.

Industrial Age Internet Revolution imagines the email process as a collection of gears and cheerful creatures. The gears create a really fun shape on the shirt, and the color selections are irresistible.

Girls Love Technology is loaded with shapes and colors, depicting the romance of a girl and a robot. The detail in the background adds a little something to each viewing (I like the calculator that says hello).

Overall, this was a really successful competition. I gave 5s to a total of seven designs (one was dropped early and another is still scoring), which is well above average. Granted, an influx of new iPhone-crazed submitters also meant that the level of total crap was at an all-time high (if I never see another lego or stick figure sub, it will still be too soon). But the resulting winner should be fantastic, so I think it was worth it.

18 August 2007 ~ 0 Comments

Uneetee’s Top 20 August Finalists

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Uneetee has just announced their top twenty finalists for August’s $1000 contest. Vote now to help decide the winner.

There are some really nice designs in this group, I’m rooting for What? by Rikki B and Violently Peaceful by Chandheeb Rajakumar.

17 August 2007 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby: Maps

Shirt.Woot‘s weekly derby is currently accepting map shirt designs. This week they’re being pretty quick about rejecting designs that don’t fit the theme, so hopefully this week will be controversy-free.

There are a few new rules that potential submitters should be aware of:

1) No designs on black or asphalt tees will be accepted (this is both to prevent monotony and to preserve Shirt.Woot’s remaining stock of those very popular colors).

2) Voters are now allowed to “un-vote” for designs that they no longer like as much.

3) Shirts will only be printed on the front (no more two-sided designs).

The new rules and increased presence of moderators is definitely a step in the right direction, and I think the new crop of designs reflects that. There are already a few promising shirts being scored, and it’s still the first day.

16 August 2007 ~ 3 Comments

La Fraise: Now Shipping to North America

It’s a great day for north american fans of Europe’s favorite t-shirt design competition- La Fraise is now shipping to the USA and Canada!

They’ve got a separate storefront set up for North American customers, and are setting aside 100 (of a total 500) shirts of some of their new designs just for that new audience. Which is fantastic news for me, because I’ve been coveting Notre Planete since the moment I first saw it.

15 August 2007 ~ 0 Comments

Allmightys: Once Upon a Time Contest & Tips

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Allmightys has just announced a new t-shirt design contest with the theme “Once Upon a Time.” Which is a legitimately cool theme, though I fear that a lot of the entries will be Disney-derivative crap created for and by 12 year olds. Hopefully enough skilled people enter to off-set that.

As always, Allmightys winners earn a commission per shirt sold (amounts range from 1 euro up to 2 euros, depending on how the shirt design was ranked in the competition). Entries should be sent before September 18th, 2007.

Also, Allmightys has posted a neat guide on how to create shirt designs. It uses examples from previous winners, and even shows designers how to create halftone patterns. It’s a great resource for all fledgling t-shirt designers, regardless of whether they’re entering that specific competition.

15 August 2007 ~ 0 Comments

Iron and Wine Loves Threadless

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Iron and Wine are a band. A band that Loves Threadless. And they’ve got a song, a song that needs a shirt design. Their song Boy with a Coin is the theme for this competition. If your shirt wins, your prize pack will include some Iron & Wine artwork, the complete Iron & Wine cd catalog and a Sub Pop Records cd prize pack (in addition to the typical prize for winning).

Submit your work before September 15th, 2007 for a chance to win.

15 August 2007 ~ 0 Comments

33 1/3 Loves Threadless

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33 1/3 are a series of books about beloved albums. And guess what? They Love Threadless! Design a shirt fitting the theme My Favorite Music and you could win a prize pack that includes a Numark TTUSB Turntable with USB Audio Interface, Sony high power capacity DJ-style headphones, a RCA Vinyl Record Care System and the full set of 33 1/3 books (in addition to the typical prize, of course).

Entries must be submitted before September 15th, 2007 to qualify for the prize.