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20 August 2007 ~ 0 Comments

Zazzle Talking Food Winner and New Fake Mascot Contest


Zazzle has announced it’s Talking Food competition winner: French Toast tote bag by jenimp. While I’m generally a talking food hater, this one is actually pretty cute. The French toast has a beret and says bonjour!

And as one contest ends, another has begun. The current contest theme is Fake Mascot, which is a very promising topic. As before, one grand prize winner will receive $1000 cash and 25 runners up will get $25 Zazzle gift certificates. And there’s no shirt limitation- any Zazzle product can be used.

19 August 2007 ~ 0 Comments

Parappa the Rapper Loves Threadless: My Top Three

Gmail loves Threadless isn’t the only competition that just passed the submission deadline- Parappa the Rapper Loves Threadless just passed its submission deadline as well. Some really great entries were posted, all dealing with the theme of “I Gotta Believe!” Here are my top three:

I Believe [I can fly] - Threadless, Best T-shirts Ever
I saw daddy planting a Buddy tree - Threadless, Best T-shirts Ever
Mystic Rain. - Threadless, Best T-shirts Ever

I Believe [I can fly] uses fifties-era cartoon styling to create a scene that communicates childhood wishful thinking. It’s very charming, and speaks to anyone who was once a child with an impossible dream.

I saw daddy planting a Buddy tree uses a surreal, saturated color palette to great effect. Rather than being a sad scene of a child mourning his dog’s death, it almost seems to deal with an alternate reality where a child really can bring his pet back to life with a little hard work and determination (and, of course, a watering can).

Mystic Rain is a bit of an odd one, it depicts a leafy cloud raining leaves on a paisley tree. The color palette is completely fresh, standing out from just about any shirt I’ve ever seen. And more than any other design in this competition, it looks amazing on a shirt- from composition to color to theme, it is truly made for the t-shirt medium.

Although the Parappa the Rapper competition was often overshadowed by the Gmail contest (they ran concurrently), I think it was actually the more successful of the two. It had more solid entries (in my scoring, anyway) and lacked the sheer volume of designs by untrained and untried designers that marred the Gmail competition. During the Parappa contest, I scored nine designs with 5s (four of which were $5 scores). Of those, none were dropped early and three are still being scored.

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


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


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.