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07 September 2007 ~ 0 Comments

New This Week at Design By Humans


I’m not gonna lie, I check Design By Humans every day to see what kickass shirt they’ve decided to print. And every day, I am pleasantly surprised. Because these are truly amazing shirts, make no mistake- the raw creativity and finely-tuned skill on display at DBH is pretty much unmatched by an other site, a fact made all the more amazing because this is still only the site’s second week. Unbelievable.

Animal Story by Raid71 was today’s addition, and it is fantastic. I love this guy’s style because it conveys so much information about light and texture, and the special technique of adding some embroidered accents probably helps to emphasize that even more in person.

Animal Farm by tomburns is one of the most attractive shirts I’ve seen in awhile. The interplay of blues and yellows is gorgeous, and the fact that the design is an homage to the Orwell novel (which, unfortunately, I’ve never actually read) just adds more depth to an already great tee.

Revelations by jimiyo requires a closeup: the delicate lines, smooth shadows and cool copper highlights work together to form a really stylish look. I admit to hating the shirt color on general principle, but it works well with the design here.

Turttle by RWR2 is defined by the bold turtle and tree that form its center. It’s a brilliant, fresh drawing and I bet the flock print adds even more flavor. I might be picking this one up this weekend.

Citylife by Steven communicates the feel of the city perfectly. The printing techniques (oversize print, suede puff lines, foil highlights, oh my!) just communicate awesomeness.

Overall, a really nice week. It’s interesting that four of the five shirts center around animals, I wonder if there’ll be more accidental themes in the future? Anyway, part of me hopes DBH prints some more mediocre stuff soon- buying shirts at this rate, I’m going to be broke!

07 September 2007 ~ 0 Comments

Mae Loves Threadless: My Top Three

Since the Mae Loves Threadless deadline passed a week ago, I think it’s fair to say that all the designs have entered scoring by now. The top tier of this contest was pretty great, I awarded a $5 score to four contenders. But here are the three that I’d most like to see go home with the prize:

The Great Discovery - Threadless, Best T-shirts Ever

The Great Discovery is well-named, because it is a flat-out great shirt. Awesome color scheme, creates a fun shape on the shirt, and there’s even an interesting back story (check the first comment in the link to learn more). Plus, it would be deeply cool if a collaborative design won a contest with the theme of Singularity. It must happen!

They Were Robots - Threadless, Best T-shirts Ever

They Were Robots is a cool depiction of what it might look like if some of history’s most decorated names were, well, robots. Time-traveling robots. And you know what, it looks freaking amazing. I want that version of reality. The roboticized icons include Einstein, a Pharaoh, some Confucian dude and Shakespeare. And even if I have some of those names wrong, it’s still a winner in my book- the whimsy of robot mustaches cannot be beaten.

Survivor - Threadless, Best T-shirts Ever

Survivor is a little different from the others, because it is much more dour. The last mannequin soldier tows a katamari of his dead brethren, looking very much like he has the weight of the world (or at least an ass ton of mannequin parts) on his shoulders. But you know what? It looks great, it has a strong message, and I’d be proud to wear it.

Overall, a great competition. There were more than a dozen entries that I think would make excellent additions to the Threadless catalog, hopefully a few of them will make that leap in the weeks to come.

06 September 2007 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #7: Visually Sound

The newest Derby theme at Shirt.Woot has been announced: Visually Sound. Basically, they’re just looking for any kind of visual representation of sound. Which seems like a pretty awesome topic to me, though I fear an onslaught of shirts covering in comic book-style sound effects done in MS Paint.

As always, submissions can be made from Friday at noon until Wednesday at noon. Voters will determine the top three shirts, which will be sold over the weekend. Designers who win will earn $200 for the first night of sales and $2 per shirt for every shirt sold after the first day.

Designers with some t-shirt experience can bypass this process entirely if they choose and submit shirts of any theme directly to Woot. Check out the What is Woot link for details.

06 September 2007 ~ 0 Comments

Talbots Kids T-Shirt Design Contest


Talbots Kids is currently holding a shirt design contest just for kids. Entrants should be between 4 and 12 years of age, and should submit a design consisting of their favorite animals.

Prizes will be awarded to ten individuals. First place will be printed, with the winner receiving a $1000 Talbots Kids shopping spree and a drawing gift sets. The other nine winners will get the drawing gift sets and $250 shopping sprees.

To enter, submit your design along with a Talbots entry form before October 3rd.

via Promo Magazine

05 September 2007 ~ 0 Comments

Rocky Mountain Animal Defense T-Shirt Contest


Animals are pretty great, huh? That’s what Rocky Mountain Animal Defense believes, and it just so happens that they’re holding a t-shirt design contest.

There are actually two competitions: One for a RMAD logo shirt and one for a more general shirt sporting a design with an advocacy message. There are two first prizes (one for each category), as well as second, third and honorable mention prizes. If you win, you’ll be the proud recipient of some vegan ice cream, gift certificates, a magazine subscription… You know, all that crazy vegan stuff.

Enter your work before November 31st, 2007 for a chance to win.

04 September 2007 ~ 0 Comments

E For All Loves Threadless


You guys, E For All totally Loves Threadless! E For All is so into Threadless, it’s ridiculous- they’re awarding a prize that includes a $400 JetBlue giftcard, a Nintendo Wii, 2 4-day passes to the E For All Expo and a bunch of E For All swag- all in addition to the typical Threadless prize of $2000 and a $500 Threadless gift certificate. That’s quite a dowry!

Aaaaaaanyway, it’s a theme wedding. I know, how cliche! But they’re both really into it, so let’s play along. The theme is “Power Up and Play.” I guess we should design shirts?

This competition runs until October 1st, 2007.

03 September 2007 ~ 0 Comments

New Shirt Monday at Threadless: $10 Sale Continues


The $10 sale at Threadless marches on, with a smattering of shirts for the last day of the sale.

After Show is a really great shirt- there’s kind of a melancholy vibe in the way everyone is sweeping up the remains of the musical notes, and it’s a cool touch that one sweeper is whistling. Cap it off with a really nice seventies-inspired color scheme, and this is undeniably a great shirt.

But my favorite of the week has got to be We’re Not Savages. It’s an immaculately styled Lord of the Rings tribute, and the mixture of bold black and white with subtle red shading creates an amazing sense of environment.

Ascending Descent is one that I knew would get printed from the moment I saw it in scoring. It’s well-styled, and I can’t really nitpick it at all… However, I just plain don’t like it. I think I’m reacting to the halftones (which, to me, kind of bring the quality level down) or maybe the angles of the piece just aren’t grabbing me. I don’t know, it’s a puzzler.

The complicated take on a symbolic image is a good idea, and that’s why Roadside Picnic really works for me. While I preferred the color combinations in the original submission, it’s bold enough that I think it would work with just about any set of colors.

A Collection of Flies is another one that I’ve been expecting to see printed. It’s pretty clever, and the artwork is solid. If I were in the market for a flies-pinned-to-a-shirt kind of thing, this would absolutely be the one to get.

I hate Luckiest T-Shirt Ever. There, I said it. It’s a concept that pops up a lot at Threadless, and this is easily one of the worst iterations I’ve seen. It’s honestly kind of mind-boggling to me that it both scored well and got printed. The drawing style is not great, the characterizations of the lucky items are uninspired… I just don’t see a winner here.

Now I Know My ABCs is another that I am just not digging. Why is this a rectangle? To me, the overall shape of this absolutely kills the fun and whimsy a shirt like this should have. That’s just about the only flaw, but it’s such a huge flaw that it destroys the whole shirt for me. The geometry of the letters contrasted with them forming a cool, organic shape would have been amazing, and I weep for the shirt that might have been.

So, it was kind of a disappointing set of shirts for me. Two fantastic shirts, but the rest are less than what I think they could be.