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26 July 2007 ~ 2 Comments

Body By Milk and Adidas: The T-Shirt Contest


For some reason, t-shirt design contests run by large companies tend to be kind of a mixed bag. Either the results are tremendous, or the results are damn near terrifying. If professional designers are doing the judging, it usually results in a nice shirt. Add in a public vote, though, and the worst of the bunch are almost guaranteed to succeed.

Gosh, that sounds kind of elitist! It totally is, but it’s also kind of true. And anyone who thinks I’m being unfair to large corporations, this is a golden opportunity to prove me wrong!

Right now Body By Milk and Adidas have teamed up to create a t-shirt design contest. All you have to do is create a cool shirt that uses the logos of both companies. Then, upload your work and voters will determine your fate. If you win, you’ll be flown out to Portland to meet with Adidas designers. You’ll also get to see your design produced nationally.

If you are willing to risk a public vote, enter your work in the contest within the next 18 days. But please, before you take the time to do that, take a look at the current top ten. It’s not a pretty sight.

26 July 2007 ~ 6 Comments

Sore Thumbs: The Complete Controller List


A number of people (greater than one, less than 85) have requested a list of all the controllers used in my Sore Thumbs shirt. Based on my notes, here’s the list:

Atari 2600, GCE Vectrex, NES, NES Max, Magnavox Odyssey, Colecovision, Atari 7800, NES Advantage, Mattel Intelivision, Atari 5200, Sega Master System, NEC Turbografx-16, Nintendo Super Family, Panasonic 3D0, Sony Playstation, Nintendo 64, Sega Genesis, Sega Genesis 6 Button, Nintendo Virtual Boy, Sony Playstation Dual Analog, Super NES, Atari Jaguar, Sega Saturn, Sega Saturn 3D, XBOX Controller S, Wavebird, Wii, Sega Dreamcast, XBOX “Duke,” XBOX 360, Wii Classic, and Gamecube.

I admittedly left at least one out- you’ll notice that there’s no Playstation 3 controller. I decided that it was so visually similar to the Dual Analog that it would be needlessly repetitive. Some other controllers (Powerglove, mouse, etc) were left out because they didn’t fit the theme (they would be unlikely to result in sore thumbs).

If there are other controllers I missed, let me know!

Also, if anyone missed this shirt while it was on Woot, copies are still available at this link. Shirt.Woot has the interesting strategy of putting shirts back up for sale through a secret link, though it only lasts for a limited amount of time. It’s been controversial with some Woot members, but I like this system- it was the only way my family could get copies since my shirt sold out quickly.

25 July 2007 ~ 0 Comments

A Better Tomorrow: Shirts! Wallstickers! More?


Germany’s A Better Tomorrow is a t-shirt design competition with a difference. While most t-shirt competitions are strictly about, well, shirts, ABT challenges their designers with new mediums. For instance, they have a wallsticker contest and big plans to branch into a variety of other areas as well, possibly including sneakers or hats.

The prevailing look at ABT is streetwear, so expect to see a lot of bold shapes and colors with a hip hop sensibility. One of the things that sets ABT apart, though, is their total lack of limits- no matter what you submit, it will be entered in the contest and be voted on. Each month two winners will be selected from the contest and each winning design receives 500 euros and will be featured in a German design magazine.

The only potential hang up at this site is that all the text is in German. The good news is that an English version is currently in the works- it might be up on the web as soon as the end of August, so keep an eye out for it (I know I will!).

25 July 2007 ~ 0 Comments

Bigfoot Factory is Seeking Illustrators

If you’re a great illustrator who is looking to create some great shirts, this could be just the opportunity you’re looking for.

Bigfoot Factory is a new company looking to create an eye-catching line of soccer shirts. They’ve got some great slogans and concepts waiting for the right artists to bring them to life. If you think you’ve got what it takes, e-mail Bigfoot Factory with some examples of your work.

24 July 2007 ~ 0 Comments

Gorilla Tank Tee Review


Gorilla Tank‘s Superfly shirt is an instant classic, the kind of shirt that looks great and also manages to capture your imagination. Clean lines and some tasteful text combine to make this a must-have for me.

I got Superfly in the mail today and was happy to learn that the quality of the printing is just as good as the quality of the design. The white ink has great coverage- you don’t see the original shirt color poking through, but at the same time it isn’t overly heavy either. And since Gorilla Tank uses American Apparel tees, the shirt quality is on point as well. In person this shade of green is really fresh and spring-like.

Overall, a really nice shirt. The rest of the Gorilla Tank collection is pretty great as well, and right now if you buy two you get the third shirt free! This is a great deal, particularly because Gorilla Tank shirts are limited edition- only 228 copies are printed of each shirt.

24 July 2007 ~ 5 Comments

Shirt.Woot: Daily Tees With a Techie Twist

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If you’ve been on the internet for any amount of time, then you know Woot. They’ve gained fame as the cheapest place to get good technology products, but you have to be pretty quick on the draw- one product goes on sale each night at midnight, and if they sell out, you’re out of luck.

It’s been a very successful business strategy, and Woot has recently adapted it to a new medium- t-shirts. It’s true that others have pursued a similar business plan in this market (Uneetee and Shirt A Day), but Woot brings something to the table that the others have so far lacked: a huge, loyal audience. Last night, the site ran it’s first regularly scheduled shirt, Sore Thumbs, and it sold its full print run of 500 shirts in less than an hour, an amount that other sites take weeks and even months to sell. I expect that the site will only grow from there, especially since shirts are sold for the almost unbelievable price of $10 (and yes, that includes shipping).

Needless to say, an operation of this scope is in need of a constant influx of new shirts. Shirt.Woot is currently looking for experienced designers to purchase shirt designs from. They pay out a flat fee for the first night of sales, and for each shirt sale after that point you’ll receive money per shirt sold. Yes, you heard that right- shirts can be sold even after the initial run of 500 sells out (I’ll provide more information on this later in the week). They are also flexible with designers who would like to sell their shirt design on their own at a later date, which is a huge plus.

Non-professional designers aren’t left out in the cold, either- a Derby will be held each Friday, and each week one designer will have their work printed and sold on the site. I’ll have more information on that as it becomes available.

And, in the interest of full disclosure: Yep, I designed Sore Thumbs. If you have any questions or concerns about working with Shirt.Woot, I’d be happy to address them.

23 July 2007 ~ 0 Comments

New Shirt Monday at Threadless!

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Threadless‘s new shirt picks for this week are top-notch as usual- and it’s an unusually hefty number of new shirts, to boot! Seven awesome, brand new, never before offered shirts and two perfectly reasonable reprints. My favorites of the new crop are Surprise (it makes excellent use of the shirt color and creates a really neat shape on the tee) and Sea-Saw II (a really fun concept executed impeccably).

And for all the shirt designers out there, just a reminder: The Gmail Loves Threadless and PaRappa the Rapper Loves Threadless competitions are currently accepting entries. They both have a deadline of August 16th, 2007.