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09 September 2007 ~ 0 Comments



While not directly t-shirt related, I just have to pimp this new site: Artbreak. It’s a site to sell your art through (or, in some cases, just show your art), and though the site is still beta testing they’ve already got some really gorgeous work up and available for purchase.

Personally, I was drawn to the work of Andrea Heimer and Bill O’Neil, but there are a lot of talented people listed.

And maybe it’s just my t-shirt centric world view, but I’d love to see most of these people take a crack that format!

08 September 2007 ~ 0 Comments

Design By Humans Shirt of the Week: Is Nothing Sacred


Congratulations to MrRocks, whose shirt design Is Nothing Sacred? was selected as Shirt of the Week at Design By Humans.

The award for Shirt of the Week is an additional $1000 (Shirts of the Day receive $750). There is also a monthly prize of $1750 up for grabs, so if you’ve got a great shirt design (especially one that takes advantage of the unique print techniques that DBH offers), try your hand at submitting. The contest is on-going.

(You may have noticed that this week’s winner… wasn’t actually a Shirt of the Day winner this week. I think this irregularity is due to the fact that no Shirt of the Week was awarded last week, when the $5000 winner was announced. I expect (though no formal rule seems to exist) that in the future, a Shirt of the Day will win the Weekly prize during its inaugural week.)

07 September 2007 ~ 0 Comments

T-Shirt Hell Increases Prize to $500

T-Shirt Hell has been offering a prize for idea submissions for awhile now, but they’ve just recently increased the prize to $500 (formerly $200) and 10 shirts. So if you have a horribly offensive t-shirt idea, there’s never been a better time to send it along to T-Shirt Hell.

07 September 2007 ~ 0 Comments

New This Week at Design By Humans


I’m not gonna lie, I check Design By Humans every day to see what kickass shirt they’ve decided to print. And every day, I am pleasantly surprised. Because these are truly amazing shirts, make no mistake- the raw creativity and finely-tuned skill on display at DBH is pretty much unmatched by an other site, a fact made all the more amazing because this is still only the site’s second week. Unbelievable.

Animal Story by Raid71 was today’s addition, and it is fantastic. I love this guy’s style because it conveys so much information about light and texture, and the special technique of adding some embroidered accents probably helps to emphasize that even more in person.

Animal Farm by tomburns is one of the most attractive shirts I’ve seen in awhile. The interplay of blues and yellows is gorgeous, and the fact that the design is an homage to the Orwell novel (which, unfortunately, I’ve never actually read) just adds more depth to an already great tee.

Revelations by jimiyo requires a closeup: the delicate lines, smooth shadows and cool copper highlights work together to form a really stylish look. I admit to hating the shirt color on general principle, but it works well with the design here.

Turttle by RWR2 is defined by the bold turtle and tree that form its center. It’s a brilliant, fresh drawing and I bet the flock print adds even more flavor. I might be picking this one up this weekend.

Citylife by Steven communicates the feel of the city perfectly. The printing techniques (oversize print, suede puff lines, foil highlights, oh my!) just communicate awesomeness.

Overall, a really nice week. It’s interesting that four of the five shirts center around animals, I wonder if there’ll be more accidental themes in the future? Anyway, part of me hopes DBH prints some more mediocre stuff soon- buying shirts at this rate, I’m going to be broke!

07 September 2007 ~ 0 Comments

Mae Loves Threadless: My Top Three

Since the Mae Loves Threadless deadline passed a week ago, I think it’s fair to say that all the designs have entered scoring by now. The top tier of this contest was pretty great, I awarded a $5 score to four contenders. But here are the three that I’d most like to see go home with the prize:

The Great Discovery - Threadless, Best T-shirts Ever

The Great Discovery is well-named, because it is a flat-out great shirt. Awesome color scheme, creates a fun shape on the shirt, and there’s even an interesting back story (check the first comment in the link to learn more). Plus, it would be deeply cool if a collaborative design won a contest with the theme of Singularity. It must happen!

They Were Robots - Threadless, Best T-shirts Ever

They Were Robots is a cool depiction of what it might look like if some of history’s most decorated names were, well, robots. Time-traveling robots. And you know what, it looks freaking amazing. I want that version of reality. The roboticized icons include Einstein, a Pharaoh, some Confucian dude and Shakespeare. And even if I have some of those names wrong, it’s still a winner in my book- the whimsy of robot mustaches cannot be beaten.

Survivor - Threadless, Best T-shirts Ever

Survivor is a little different from the others, because it is much more dour. The last mannequin soldier tows a katamari of his dead brethren, looking very much like he has the weight of the world (or at least an ass ton of mannequin parts) on his shoulders. But you know what? It looks great, it has a strong message, and I’d be proud to wear it.

Overall, a great competition. There were more than a dozen entries that I think would make excellent additions to the Threadless catalog, hopefully a few of them will make that leap in the weeks to come.

06 September 2007 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #7: Visually Sound

The newest Derby theme at Shirt.Woot has been announced: Visually Sound. Basically, they’re just looking for any kind of visual representation of sound. Which seems like a pretty awesome topic to me, though I fear an onslaught of shirts covering in comic book-style sound effects done in MS Paint.

As always, submissions can be made from Friday at noon until Wednesday at noon. Voters will determine the top three shirts, which will be sold over the weekend. Designers who win will earn $200 for the first night of sales and $2 per shirt for every shirt sold after the first day.

Designers with some t-shirt experience can bypass this process entirely if they choose and submit shirts of any theme directly to Woot. Check out the What is Woot link for details.

06 September 2007 ~ 0 Comments

Talbots Kids T-Shirt Design Contest


Talbots Kids is currently holding a shirt design contest just for kids. Entrants should be between 4 and 12 years of age, and should submit a design consisting of their favorite animals.

Prizes will be awarded to ten individuals. First place will be printed, with the winner receiving a $1000 Talbots Kids shopping spree and a drawing gift sets. The other nine winners will get the drawing gift sets and $250 shopping sprees.

To enter, submit your design along with a Talbots entry form before October 3rd.

via Promo Magazine