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19 July 2007 ~ 0 Comments

Buy 2, Get 1 Free at Gorilla Tank

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Gorilla Tank, a recently launched t-shirt design competition site, currently has a sale underway. If you buy 2 shirts from the store, they’ll give you the third free of charge! You’ll be the proud owner of the entire Gorilla Tank collection so far.

If you’d like to see your work printed at Gorilla Tank (winners receive 300 pounds- the equivalent of about $600), join up! There aren’t too many submitters right now, which is good news for new designers- your work is guaranteed to stand out.

18 July 2007 ~ 0 Comments

Frenchloser: On-going Design Competition

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A new t-shirt design competition site, Frenchloser, has launched. Though, as the name implies, the site is in French, there is still plenty of information for English-speaking t-shirt designers. Currently, the FAQ and checkout page are available in English (more English translations are planned). For more information in English, check out Frenchloser’s myspace page.

The style so far at Frenchloser is illustrative, landing somewhere between cartoons and fine art. There are already a few pieces ready to be voted on in the Gallery, where site members rank designs (on a scale of one to four). When a design is printed, the size of the print run is determined by how many members voted that they’d buy the shirt. A print run will range from 50 to 500 shirts, with the designer receiving 2 Euros per shirt.

I think this site is one to keep an eye on, especially if the submitted shirts measure up to the work currently in the store. My two favorites, Bird of Fortune and Singe, are pictured above.

18 July 2007 ~ 0 Comments

La Fraise: The Reprints Are Coming!

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La Fraise‘s policy has always been to print 500 copies of each shirt design, and no more. That means that a lot of La Fraise fans missed out on the opportunity to own their favorites- a sad fact that was especially true for site members in geographic areas that have only recently been able to order.

What great news, then, that La Fraise is breaking with their policy and printing reprints of eight selected works (4 chosen by staff, 4 chosen by site members). The first of these reprints was Skywalker and Son, pictured above. More reprint goodness is soon to come!

In other awesome La Fraise news, non-Europeans are soon going to be able to enjoy ordering shirts. The site is currently working on adding many countries (including the US and Canada) to the list of countries they can ship to (expect to see a formal announcement later this summer). And remember, although La Fraise is Europe-focused, anyone from anywhere in the world can enter their competition and win.

18 July 2007 ~ 0 Comments

Design By Humans Rock Star Awards

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You know, blogging about the t-shirt industry can be kind of a tough gig. You work late at your day job, take a power nap… and suddenly you’re the last one to report on some major t-shirt news.

At any rate, if you didn’t hear about it from Tcritic or Hide Your Arms, then you’ll be pleased to know that Design By Humans has expanded the potential winnings for their t-shirt designers.

According the new winning structure, the Rock Star Awards Program, artists will be able to earn residuals when their designs sell well.

Here’s how the winnings break down:

SILVER
1,000 total shirts sold
$500 cash award!

GOLD
2,000 total shirts sold
$1,000 cash award!

PLATINUM
3,000 total shirts sold
$1,500 cash award!

MULTI-PLATINUM
5,000 total shirts sold
$2,000 cash award!

DIAMOND
10,000 total shirts sold
$5,000 cash award!

It’s hard not to view this as a reaction to the prize increase Threadless made yesterday, but I’m actually of the opinion that DBH would have done this anyway. I think the Threadless change caused them to announce earlier (I’ve been expecting an announcement of something like this after the current $5000 contest ends), but probably nothing else. At any rate, this is certainly great news for t-shirt designers. The more they compete, the more we all win!

And for any potential Design By Humans purchasers, use this code (LWMWD6) to get 15% off your order (expires 08-17-07).

16 July 2007 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless Alumni Club

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Just launched today, the Threadless Alumni Club gives special features to designers whose work has been printed by Threadless. Some of this is material items, such as a membership card (good for discounts on Threadless merch), a medal of honor, a shirt, a mug and a mousepad.

In a more controversial move, the Alumni Club also has its own exclusive blog forum (unreadable to non-Alumni). A lot of long-term members of the site are up in arms about this development, and I have to say I understand where they’re coming from.

Here’s the thing: Threadless has amazing designers, no question about that. But the Threadless community is much more varied than that, including many non-artistic people who contribute to the flavor of the site in other ways. For instance, some people take great product pictures but can’t draw worth a lick. Others start contests in the forums, encouraging creativity that they themselves may not be capable of. Still more submit slogans and offer helpful opinions on designers’ works, able to appreciate great design but not to create it. These are all really valuable roles, and I can see why it hurts some people to see a site that they have dedicated so much time to suddenly appear to say that they’re not important.

The exclusive blog forum, in addition to causing some hurt feelings, is also a bit of a puzzling move to me. Designers create awesome designs, but what does that have to do with blogs? I guess I can see how it might be useful for collaborations, though I don’t see any benefit to keeping that invisible to other users.

I’m all in favor of rewarding talented designers. The blogs just don’t strike me as a particularly well-suited reward. What if, instead, designers were entered in a monthly prize drawing for art materials? What if, periodically, there was a contest just for alumni- perhaps focused on creating more experimental shirt designs?

At any rate, the hubbub over the Alumni Club might be overshadowing some great news- Threadless has increased their prize money! Winning designers will now receive $2,000 cash, a $500 gift certificate (which can be redeemed for another $200 cash) and exclusive membership to the Threadless Alumni Club. Perhaps more importantly, designers whose work is reprinted will now be getting $500 cash each time their work is reprinted. I think that’s an idea everyone can agree on!

Update: For anyone who is interested, you can check out a screen shot of the new alumni forum here.

16 July 2007 ~ 0 Comments

Uneetee’s July Top 20 Finalists

Uneetee has announced the top twenty finalists for July’s $1000 contest, and as usual it’s a bit of a mixed bag. Cast your vote to ensure that the best shirt is rewarded!

My favorites right now are She Plays Devil Music, Traffic Jam, and Hot Air Water Balloonist, all linked below:

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16 July 2007 ~ 0 Comments

New Monday at Threadless: Super-Sized!

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This Monday at Threadless is even more hectic than usual: In addition to a great crop of new tees (my favorites, Mother Knows Best and Play, are pictured above) there are also two brand new Loves Threadless competitions!

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In the PaRappa the Rapper Loves Threadless competition, designers are encouraged to create shirts with the theme “I Gotta Believe!” In addition to the typical prizes for being printed, the winner will receive a PSP, games and PaRappa merchandise.

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The Gmail Loves Threadless competition is going to be insane, I can already tell. The theme is “Connect,” which is a pretty easy idea to brainstorm around. And the prizes are nuts! The winner gets an iPhone, a $400 JetBlue gift certificate, a bluetooth headset, and tons of Google merchandise.