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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.)

09 July 2007 ~ 0 Comments

New Shirt Monday at Threadless

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Yep, it’s Monday again- and as usual, the only good thing about this horrible, horrible day is that Threadless is jam-packed with new shirts! It’s a nice group of shirts, with the stand-out to me being Clouds Within the Thunder. In addition to being a great, minimal concept, this shirt also proves for once and for all that Threadless can print on the shirt collar when they want to.

While overall the new shirts are fantastic, I also have some reservations about a few. The slogan shirt, for instance, has fantastic material to work with, yet the type is laid out in a completely boring fashion (yes, I saw the woodgrain, no, I was not impressed). Meanwhile, the sketchy life drawing shirt is a cool concept, but hardly one of the best sketchy shirts I’ve seen on the site (it looks like the seventies, ew!). Still, I guess it’s a bit much to expect Threadless to cater exclusively to my sensibilities, so I’ll content myself with the fact that other people are sure to enjoy those shirts a great deal. Congratulations, other people!

08 July 2007 ~ 0 Comments

Summer Sale at Allmightys

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T-shirt competition site Allmightys is having a summer sale until July 22nd. My favorite (Little Old Men) is pictured above, but there are a lot of cool shirts available.

Also, just a reminder- the current Allmightys competition, Big City Life, has its submission deadline on July 16th. As always, winners of the competition receive a share of the revenue from their shirt design.

07 July 2007 ~ 0 Comments

ECA T-Shirt Design Contest Finalists

Well, the good news is that the ECA t-shirt design competition finalists have been announced. The bad news, of course, is that these are embarrassingly bad shirts. I only find one of the shirts to be even remotely wearable, and even this is only because it’s too boring to be visually offensive.

Kind of a tragic outcome, especially when there are so many cool video game shirts already in the marketplace. Since only three people are represented in the contest’s five finalists, I have to think the prize just wasn’t able to attract much talent. Better luck next time, I guess.

For those of you who think I’m being harsh, here is one of the finalists:
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Yes, you read that right. “If the government has it’s way you won’t be able to play half the games on this website.” Except, it’s on a t-shirt. And so it makes no sense. Just… disappointing work in general.

Update:
Wow, looks like the winners were announced also. The winners are: the boring one and the only one to make less sense than the one I mentioned earlier. Fantastic!

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05 July 2007 ~ 0 Comments

Howie’s T-Shirt Design Contest

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UK retailer Howie’s has begun a t-shirt design competition. There are no constraints on subject matter or style, just a request to use five colors or less.

If you think your design could be the next big thing at Howie’s, e-mail them a jpg of your work. If you win, you’ll get the first shirt printed and some products from Howie’s.

05 July 2007 ~ 0 Comments

Photoshop Coloring Tutorial

If you’ve ever wondered how the Threadless pros create their designs, check out this photoshop coloring tutorial. Posted by valorandvellum, an artist with multiple shirts printed at Threadless, this is a great guide for people who are new to photoshop or who are looking to get a few tips on streamlining their design process.

04 July 2007 ~ 0 Comments

Best of Eagle Vs. Shark Loves Threadless

Since the Threadless Eagle vs. Shark competition deadline passed a few days ago, here’s a look at my favorite three entries:

Amazing Freak - Threadless, Best T-shirts Ever
This shirt is fantastic in just about every way. The awkwardness is easy to understand and the style (reminiscent of old circus posters) is impeccable.

Foiled Again! - Threadless, Best T-shirts Ever
Curses uses a great style (one that hasn’t been printed very often at Threadless). The story is easy to understand at a glance, and it has a lot of visual power.

Looking for love - Threadless, Best T-shirts Ever
Looking for Love is more of a typical Threadless shirt, employing cute animals to service the theme. But the detailing, from textures on the animals to a neat star pattern in the background, set this submission apart from the pack.

Any of those three (and a handful of other nice designs) would be a great addition to the catalog and a worthy prize winner.