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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

02 September 2007 ~ 4 Comments

Threadless New Shirt Reviews (Very Belated)

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I didn’t post a summary of this weeks new Threadless designs- it seems that natural disasters (flooding, specifically) are one of the few things that can distract me from my t-shirt obsession. But now that that’s been cleared up and my internet connection has been back for a few days, I’m ready to post the huge summary.

First off, I am so glad to see that Unseen Unheard got printed. It was one of my favorites from the Ted Leo competition, and I was pretty disappointed when it didn’t win (though the actual winner, My Classmate, is certainly quite nice as well). Further, the artist of Unseen Unheard is Ed Pincombe, yesterday’s big Uneetee winner. Wow, way to take the internet t-shirt world by storm!

My other favorite of this week’s new tees is Wishless, which is just absolutely gorgeous. It’s a great enough idea that it might have been printed regardless of artistic quality, but the extra effort is evident in the elegant texture work on the dragon.

Strength in Numbers is a Ross Zietz design, so of course it’s already sold out in adult sizes. But it’s not just the superstar name that made this a quick sellout- the colors are masterfully done, and the halftones lend a beautiful subtle shading that takes the piece to the next level. Additionally, the shark’s expression is completely charming.

What can I say about Cat on a Skateboard? How about this- it’s kind of like an adult-oriented update of the shirts kids wore in the eighties. It’s bold, it’s fun, it’s awesome.

Then there’s Stupid Cupid. I admit, I don’t really care for this one. The colors are dull and to me, the characters are so subtly portrayed that they seem pretty lacking in personality. Add a white shirt and this one is pretty much dead to me. (Its close to sold out, though, so clearly others disagree with my assessment.)

Grave of the Fireflies is one that I almost like. Almost. Part of my objection is the color scheme- that shade of brown on back isn’t really doing it for me. There’s also some awkwardness in the way the jar is portrayed- the angle seems unlikely to my eye. The figure in the background also strikes me as unresolved.

Amazon Addiction is alright, and given the number of Tetris-themed submissions that Threadless receives, I guess they were bound to print one eventually. I just hate that it was this one (I’m rather partial to Working Game. Plus, the placement isn’t really ideal- that branch seems way too low.

Stupid Raisins, Stay Out of My Cookies is a great Text Tee. Its bold, child-like qualities are so appealing that I’d be tempted to wear it even though I love raisins.

Unicorn is a great pun with a nice, bold image and a halftone punch that lends extra style to the concept.

Another one with a simple, bold graphic is Bad Apple. The pixelated middle fingers are a great touch, as is the shadow beneath the apple. It’s no surprise that this is already sold out on everything except the hoody.

UR In My Top 8 is a great concept- a knight sends text messages to his princess rather than risk fighting the monsters that stand between him and the castle tower. Some really amazing textures help this shirt to be one of this week’s stand outs.

Kids will hold hands with anybody. That, and a simple case of missing identity, form the basis of the design for Everybody Loves a Yeti. It’s a nice, spare piece of art with tons of personality.

The Select this week was Rock the Frog, but for me the shirt didn’t live up to its awesome name. There’s a sense of studied awkwardness at play (which I usually go for), but here it just seems to detract from the sense of motion that a smashed guitar ought to have. The shirt placement is perfect, but the rest of this is just not my cup of tea.

Anthill Trap is solid. There’s a great cartoony style at play, and the joke is easy to understand at a glance. I’m really not crazy about the giant sun shape in the background, but I’ll also grant that I don’t have a better idea on how to handle that space.

Overall, a great selection of shirts. The $10 sale continues until Monday, so if you haven’t checked it out yet, definitely take a look.

01 September 2007 ~ 2 Comments

Uneetee’s August $1000 Winner Announced

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Ladies and gentlemen, feast your eyes on Uneetee‘s August $1000 winner. This shirt, titled Blast From the Past, was created by artist Ed Pincombe.

Starting now, the shirt will be available for $10 at Uneetee (offer ends on September 5th).

The September contest is currently accepting entries, so if you think you’ve got the next winner, go for it!