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14 July 2007 ~ 0 Comments

Voters versus Pros: A T-Shirt Competition Showdown

A recent article about Threadless in the New York Times is raising all sorts of questions for loyal voters. According to the article, Threadless is considering a new method of choosing shirts (in addition to the current method)- “letting winning designers select a certain number of shirts to be printed every month, regardless of the voting results.”

While on the surface this may seem like a betrayal of the principles that made Threadless a household name, it may in fact be bringing the site closer to its roots. In the beginning Threadless was primarily well-known to design and art geeks, but as the site has grown there’s been a natural shift to include more and more types of voters. Strategies for scoring well have also evolved to capture that new audience, often leading to a never-ending parade of puns and adorable animals. These shirts aren’t terrible, but they’re awfully safe. By giving shirt creators a different (more design and arts oriented) audience to court, the variety of shirts submitted is sure to increase.

Still, a lot of people have concerns. After all, a winner could select nothing but their own friends, or even stoop to accepting bribes.

I’m optimistic about it (particularly since a lot of my favorite shirt submissions are eliminated on the first day of voting), but it’s definitely going to be interesting to see this new system evolve.

13 July 2007 ~ 2 Comments

One Source Talent’s $1000 T-Shirt Design Contest

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One Source Talent, which describes itself as “a consulting service for the fashion and acting communities,” has just begun a t-shirt design contest. The competition, which runs until July 9th 2007, doesn’t have a whole lot of constraints- they’re just looking for something stylish and trendy (though they offer their logo for download, so that probably ought to be on the shirt somewhere).

The prize for the winner is $1000, much higher than businesses usually offer for a one-off contest of this nature. Best of luck to those who choose to enter!

13 July 2007 ~ 0 Comments

Typographic Style at Camiseteria

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Brazilian t-shirt giant Camiseteria has debuted the winners of their “Designer’s Mixtape” typographic challenge. While typically I find type on shirts to be lazily done, these shirts have style to spare. The best shirts (like the two pictured above, Pense and Trompetone) took advantage of the shape and color of their letters to create unique and eye-catching compositions. Ten shirts in total were printed as part of this challenge, and they’re all worth a look.

12 July 2007 ~ 0 Comments

La Fraise and Celio

La Fraise, the European t-shirt design competition community, is joining forces with Celio (a French store selling men’s apparel). This is good news for designers because if their shirt is chosen, they can earn up to 3000 euros.

To learn more about this promotion, called “Le Tremplin des Créateurs” (or “A Springboard for Designers”), check out the La Fraise blog. Designers have until July 20th to enter their work, which should fit the theme of My New Year’s Resolutions 2008.

11 July 2007 ~ 0 Comments

New T-Shirt Competition: Design By Humans

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Yes, another competition. As the t-shirt design competition market gets increasingly saturated, how does a new competition site stand out from the crowd?

With $5000, my friend. That’s right, Design By Humans is launching with a $5000 grand prize. And already, the work being submitted is more than worthy of such a prize. A quick glance through their already stocked store (my favorite shirt, Black Market, is pictured above) lets you know that DBH plans to be the go-to site for tees that could pass as fine art.

Their plan to attract talent includes a multi-tier design competition: Each weekday, a shirt is selected as Shirt of the Day, earning the designer $500 cash and $250 in store credit. At the end of the week, one of the Shirt of the Day winners will be designated Shirt of the Week, winning the designer an additional $1000 cash. Monthly, a Shirt of the Week Winner will rise to become Shirt of the Month (with a prize of another $1500 cash and $250 credit). Which, added together, is quite a windfall!

Another feature that is sure to attract artists is DBH’s Mixed Media template- you can specify such decadent features as embroidery, appliqué, foil and much, much more.

Entries to the $5000 contest must be submitted before August 10th, 2007. Designs submitted after that date are eligible for the site’s other prizes, with an upper limit of $3500. There are already a bunch of truly great shirts in the running (my favorite, Robit, is pictured below), so if you want a chance at that $5000 it’s probably best to submit your work soon!

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And for any potential Design By Humans purchasers, here’s a code to get 15% off on your order: LWMWD6 (expires 08-17-07).

10 July 2007 ~ 0 Comments

Sale at Uneetee

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Tragically for me, I placed an order at Uneetee two weeks ago and bought all the shirts I wanted then. But for the luckier souls among us, Uneetee’s 12 day sale (which runs through July 20th) marks an excellent opportunity to pick up shirts from their collection (including my two favorites, linked above) for the low price of $12 each.

Also, just a reminder- today is the last day to enter Uneetee’s July 2007 $1000 design contest. If you’ve got a submission ready, act now!

10 July 2007 ~ 0 Comments

Gorilla Tank: A New T-Shirt Competition Site

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The image you see above is one of the three inaugural designs at the new on-going t-shirt design competition site, Gorilla Tank.

Based in the UK, Gorilla Tank is taking a different approach to the design competition concept- members will have different status levels (based on community participation). These status levels may even affect how votes are weighted in the competition. Status is measured through the use of “seeds,” which are earned for a variety of actions including referring visitors to the site, buying shirts, submitting material to the site, or even just having a birthday. This could be a cool alternative to the voting metrics that most sites use, since it rewards those who work to improve the community.

And there’s some good news for designers, too. A winning design at Gorilla Tanks will net you 300 pounds in cash and another 120 in merchandise. Since the site just launched five days ago (and only a handful of shirts are currently being voted on), chances of having your design printed have never been better.

(My name on Gorilla Tank is mj00, so please use me as the person who referred you to the site! Thanks.)