Threadless is now bringing their community voting and t-shirt design chops to T-Shirts with it’s new Twitter.Threadless.com section on the site. All you do is go to the site, login (thankfully using OAuth) and you can submit your favorite tweets which then get voted on by the community, winning tweets then get a design treatment from the in-house creative team and you win $500, or if you are submiting someone else’s tweet you get $140 Very clever. Threadles has also created it’s own tiny url tool so you can link to your submissions, here’s one of mine http://thrdl.es/~/ac.
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Wow, go to threadless right now and vote for one of the 331 T-Shirts from 2008, voting closes on the 19th and the $20,000 prize will be given on February 2nd, I can’t wait to see who wins. BTW I would love it if they did some kind of lifetime achievement award as well to reward some of the pioneering designers that helped build threadless.
Threadless has just started their holiday sale, time to pick up some super bargains, starting at $5
(thanks to Gearcrave for letting me know about this story)
The Threadless saga continues and all things they touch continue to turn to gold, like these limited edition Timbuktu bags. All the bags are silkscreened with beautiful designs and limited to 200 pieces, very unique and striking and even better with a matching t-shirt.
The New England design geniuses at Gluekit put this design together for this Timbuktu bag and matching T-Shirt from Threadless (Apart from the awesome bag and shirt I highly recommend you check out their site as well for some great graphics and “best use of audio in web navigation” IMHO).
The design from Julia Sonmi Heglund is also a graphic treat as well titled Believe It, check out the bag here and the T-Shirt from Threadless here. Totally worth exploring her site for more graphic goodness as well, fabulous stuff, she has had several previous winners on Threadless.
Jake Nickell founder of Threadless has done an interview with Etsy picking out some of his favorite T-Shirt designers and designs, I concur with Jake on most of his choices and pulled a couple of my favs. (I highly recomend subscribing to the Etsy blog, the Storque.
Slow Shirts – Hand Screened Original Drawings
I love the designs Slow Shirts is putting out there, so fucking good.
And the test prints are real one of a kinds
Cubist Literature – Re-Cycled T-shirts
Many of Cubist Literature shirts are hand drawn, recycled, inside out shirts Unique? Check. Intriguing? Check. Awesome? Check.
Check out his blog cubistliterature.com for more weirdness
Enferno is a self taught 18 yo out of Utah who is doing some very unique designs.
Etsy is a wonderful place to find unique and had crafted stuff, any of you guys have any favorites?
Another great Threadless sale with shirts as low as $10 and some excelent reprints, thanks Erin for reminding me to post
To help you get a start on this sale i’m offering a $25 threadless GC for who ever can tell me what movie this image is from (leave your answer in the comments), keep an eye on this as I may post some follow up questions for extra GC’s:
Inc. Magazine has an article coming out in June on Threadless but you can go read it now Apparently the founders are highly sought after in business schools now, thank god, maybe we’ll get away from this crazy management by numbers and spreadsheets.
Revenue was growing 500 percent a year, despite the fact that the company had never advertised, employed no professional designers, used no modeling agency or fashion photographers, had no sales force, and enjoyed no retail distribution.
Interesting video/interview with the Threadless founders. Tara (blogger at HorsePigCow) put the video together and has written a book recently called the Whuffie Factor about businesses that are succeeding by leveraging web2.0/social media and of course the community. Threadless is probably one of the best examples of a community driven company.
New York Times has an interesting article on threadless today called “Mass Appeal“. Article covers aspects of Threadless business like some of the group aesthetic that emerges from the design democracy, to some of the Threadless stars like Glenn Jones and Ross Zietz. Sounds like the next generation of Threadless is emerging with a Threadless retail and gallery space will opening in the Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago, to letting winning designers select certain shirts to be printed regardless of voting.
One interesting note was that threadless often prints t-shirts that generate a lot of 0 and 5 votes, with the idea that a polarizing idea sells. Sounds like the foundation of any good democracy.
One of the T-shirts in the picture: Swiss Army Tank