Thursday, September 6, 2007

T-Shirt Review

Playground Love - Threadless, Best T-shirts Ever

This shirt is just great. The geekiness of it is perfect and I love the size of the design on the shirt. I was surprised too because usually on larges, the design isn't as big on the shirt as it would be on a smaller size. It just looks great. The only thing about this is that the background elements of the shirt are in a very light color and are kinda hard to see unless you are really up close. Either way, I still like this shirt a lot.

Insomnia - Threadless, Best T-shirts Ever

This shirt is just fun to have and it looks awesome on the shirt as well. I like how the color turned out a lot and the size is just right. Very nice print on this one and the shirt is just great all around.

Poker Hand Values - Threadless, Best T-shirts Ever

This shirt was printed with some really thick ink that when you run your hand across the design, you feel every bump. I kinda like it this way though. It's fun to run my fingers through the design and I actually notice that this ink stands up to the washing machine pretty well. I really think this is an awesome shirt and great to wear to a poker game so you don't have to remember which hand is higher, since it's written right on the shirt! The size is great too and I've received compliments on this shirt from a wide variety of people.

These are the kinds of shirts that Threadless needs to print more often. Very often do see the new shirts and do not feel compelled to buy ANY of them because they are just not that great. The design is good, but it doesn't feel appropriate to be on a shirt.

Monday, September 3, 2007

New Tees!!

After Show - Threadless, Best T-shirts Ever

The new shirts that came out this week are not that bad. Here are my reviews on the new shirts as the reprints are getting hard to keep track of with the new layout. Here they are:

Now I Know My ABCs
This one is really large on the shirt which I think is okay, and the more I look at the design, the more it grows on me. Still not compelling enough for me to want it though, even with the sale.

After Show
I think this design is just awesome! The concept of cleaning up music notes after a show is just so ace! I really like this design and even am considering buying it, but I do have too many brown shirts.

Luckiest T-Shirt Ever
I had a design similar to this (although it was about superstitions) but this one is pretty well done. I like the style, but it doesn't attract me that much for me to want it on me. Nicely done and great concept though.

A Collection of Flies
This one is drawn well, but I kinda don't like shirts like this where there are just a bunch of things spaced apart like this. I get the concept, but these kinds of shirts are kinda getting old.

We're Not Savages
This shirt is beautifully designed. I knew it would be printed when I saw it, but I'm not about to buy it. I just appreciate the design aspect in this design. Very nice and I'm sure this one will be well received by the public.

Roadside Picnic
This design is just beautiful. It also has a powerful message which I think is something great if pulled off correctly, which this one is. It is such a great design. I love the detail in the leaves and stuff too.

Ascending Descent
Face it, this was going to win no matter what. This is some of the cleanest vectoring I've ever seen! I wish I was that good, but I think I'm just lazy. I really love how crisp this design is and eye appealing. Great use of textures too!

Monday, August 27, 2007

$10 Sale and Design Review

Wishless - Threadless, Best T-shirts Ever

First of all, I'm kinda sad that the sale was now because I was hoping for some shirts that I wanted reprinted to be printed before the sale, but it won't happen. Anyways, it still didn't hold me back from buying shirts today, haha. Here are the reviews for the new shirts.

Anthill Trap
To tell you the truth, this one is kinda lame. I know, that sounds harsh, but it looks like a dirty rainbow and the ants look a little copy-and-pasted, if you know what I mean. It got a pretty nice score tho and I wasn't there to vote for it, so I can't knock the design because it isn't really a bad design, but this is one of those shirts that won on concept more than design.

The Unseen/Unheard
This one is cool and I like how the shirt color is the color of the people outlines. The ghost things just make the shirt even better and I like this one a lot. Great detail and awesome use of transparency.

Rock the Frog
I'm not too fond of this one, but I guess it looks okay. I'm just wondering why the artist didn't do more since this was a select tee. It just seems too mediocre for me to want to spend extra on.

Everybody Loves a Yeti
Now this one is just plain funny. And it is illustrated beautifully. I'm so glad this one won because it looks awesome and the colors work very well, given it is such a simple color scheme.

UR In My Top 8
Finally, someone made a great myspace shirt. Granted, this is a subtle reference to myspace, it is a great idea and it is drawn beautifully. I just love Priscilla's work and this is just another quality design from her. Great job!

Bad Apple
Alright, I get the pun, but my question about this is ... why? Why was this printed? It is too simple and the shirt just looks too plain to me. I just don't think that this design matches the caliber design that should be printed on this site, yet shirts like this continue to be printed on a regular basis. Sigh.

I like this design a lot. The design has that illusion of a gradient when viewed on the shirt. I like this design very much and I think it is a great addition to the collection. I don't think I like it enough to buy it, but it is very well executed and a well deserved print. It also looks awesome on the shirt.

Stupid Raisins, Stay Out of My Cookies
I hate raisins with a passion! But this shirt is kinda weird because of how all the people on the site bash photoshopped photo designs and this one clearly looks like a picture of a cookie was photoshopped to fit the color restrictions and then a bunch of words were thrown on it. I know this is a type tee, so it shouldn't be too much of a problem since I normally don't buy type tees anyways, but I think it is kinda a cop out way of making a type tee. I'm definitely not an expert though, so for all I know, this took a lot of skill to do.

Amazon Addiction
I ADORE this shirt! I love how this isn't just a normal Tetris based design, but one adapted to nature. I also love how the pieces don't show every little line in it, which makes this one even more unique to a regular Tetris design. All-in-all, I think I might get this design for my mom because she is obsessed Tetris.

Grave of the Fireflies
This is just another example of someone that won because of complexity in their design. This design just doesn't appeal at all to me. I don't know what it is. Maybe its the color scheme or all the clashing styles of each thing in the drawing. I also see this halftone halo that I just see as overused in this design.

This is just an incredible design. I am so jealous at somni's talent. I would buy this, but as much as I love the design, I can't see myself wearing it. I like the concept a lot, but I just don't think it will look good on me, but that is personal preference. Anyways, this is still my favorite out of all the new prints this week.

Stupid Cupid
This one is hilarious. Cupid is a bad shot, haha. This one is a well deserved win and it is drawn very well. This is an example of where using a pattern in the background works very well with the simplicity of the rest of the design.

This one just annoys me. It is just so, for lack of a better term, ... ugly. I am definitely turned off about the expression on the cat's face and it just makes me want to poke my eye out. And the text for this is just horrendous. Sorry to completely bash this design, but I think it was a poor decision to even consider printing this one.

Strength in Numbers
After the cat one, anything looks better, haha. Actually, this one is quite good. I like the concept a lot and it is designed exceptionally. I really like the addition of the angler fish as the eye. Very clever and great print!

I'm not even going to review the reprints because I can't keep track of what was reprinted. Hopefully my reprint requests are granted next Monday so I can get the shirts I've been waiting for. Lately, I haven't been buying new shirts and have been buying more older shirts because I see a trend in the new designs where less and less of them are compelling me to buy them. A lot of them are great art but not necessarily for t-shirt design. This is just my opinion though, I am sure I will buy some new designs, but I checked my closet and I have only like 2 shirts that were purchased on the week they were printed (1st edition)

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Design Promo

Surface Integration - Threadless, Best T-shirts Ever

Here is my latest sub for all you geeky types. It involves Surface Integration which is a Calc III topic. I thought it was a fun thing to learn and decided to make a shirt of it. Go check it out!

Monday, August 20, 2007

New Prints!!!

Carnie Nightlife - Threadless, Best T-shirts Ever

This week has some good (and some not-so-good) prints.

Carnie Nightlife
This one is just one of those breakthrough shirts. When I saw this one up for scoring, I immediately knew that threadless would print it. The idea of having a hidden design is just incredible!

Grandma Clock
This is just creepy. I think it is drawn well, but drawn very creepily. I don't think it was a bad choice to print, I just think it is, well, creepy.

Butterfly Fish
At first, I thought this was just another butterfly shirt, but then I saw the fish and immediately knew why this was printed. Great job on the print and the design!

Quack Attack
This is funny and I think it was extremely done well. The only thing is that I think halftones are a little played out now as everyone keeps using it in their designs. Someone needs to make a new shading method. Maybe I will, hmmm.

Polar Gardening
This is okay looking, but every week, there is always some cutesy print like this. I like the white "rainbow" thing, but there's a halftone again. I think it is just a mediocre design.

The Great Outdoors
This is a good style, but I don't like the muted colors on it. It could be better, but I feel like it isn't something I would buy.

Make Yourself At Home
This design is just great with the complexity of it. I like how awesome it looks on the shirt and how detailed it is by design. Nice choice!

The reprints are ok, but none are that appealing. I'm lazy today, so I kinda slacked off on these reviews. Hopefully next week is a sale or something.

Design Review (Purple Rain Edition)

The Alumni peeps made a contest called Purple Rain where the theme is to make a design utilizing the color purple. Here are my reviews on all the ones up for scoring right now.

Halt! Who Goes There? - Threadless, Best T-shirts Ever
$5 This is my favorite of all the Alumni Purple Rain submissions. It is just so well illustrated and really has a good concept as well. Props for making purple look good.

Ride Love - Threadless, Best T-shirts Ever
2 This shirt design is just okay, but the colors don't really work well with the purple in my opinion. Nice try tho

Psychedelic Smoke - Threadless, Best T-shirts Ever
4 I love the complexity of this design and how it still sticks to stingerstyler's unique style. I hope this gets more recognition than it is getting right now, although I still kinda think its missing something.

everyone's a hero - Threadless, Best T-shirts Ever
3 The drawing is really good, but I think this could have been done better. The colors are a little dull and the placement is kinda weird. I don't know why people use off center placement so much. There is a time and place for it and I think this design would have been better had it been centered.

The fall of the Chain Letter Gang - Threadless, Best T-shirts Ever
$4 This one is another great design from kaloyster. The detail is brilliant for only 2 colors and I can definitely see myself purchasing this one if it looks good on the shirt. Nice job again!

When rhythm arrives... - Threadless, Best T-shirts Ever
3 This was dropped early and I kinda understand why, but this should have at least had a chance to get the whole 7 days. The design isn't like a normal text shirt as the outline they used is pretty well done. I don't like when people fill in letters for no reason, but at least this one filled in only o's, which showed it had a reason.

Mystic Rain. - Threadless, Best T-shirts Ever
4 I like how this one looks and how it is so huge on the shirt. The drops remind me of the designs on bandanas. Nicely done, although the presentation is kinda too slow where you have to wait so long to see the whole design.

Just Before The Purple Rain - Threadless, Best T-shirts Ever
5 This one has one of the mose incredible use of pattern and the purple looks amazing. I like the detail and this looks like it took a while to do. Nice work!

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Design Review

Spam myth - Threadless, Best T-shirts Ever
This is a great example on where concept overshadows design. The design is lacking, but the concept is so brilliant that I can't give it less than a $5. Great job and I really wish the best on this design.

World Wide Connection - Threadless, Best T-shirts Ever
This is one of the most creative uses of the world map that I've ever seen. To top it off, it is drawn extremely well. I really hope the winner of the GMail contest is something super incredible if this one doesn't win it.