Monday, January 30, 2012

I don't understand Threadless's Comics On Tees line

New monkey-themed t-shirts designed by Allred, Samnee, Coover, and Francavilla - - some of my favorite artists. But designs like these look terrible on t-shirts.




5 comments:

  1. Agreed. Great array of artists, but I really think Threadless just let them create anything and took it for the shirts.

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  2. That seems to be the case with all of the Threadless Comic tees -- they're all more suited to be prints.

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  3. I think the giant monkey works as a t-shirt, just for silliness.

    The others are a bit too comic book referential to work in society. The Batman one, for example, doesn't make sense unless you realize it is a play on Batman.

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  4. The problem is that being a great comic artist doesn't mean you're a good t-shirt designer. i went from a Fine Arts background to graphic design to trying to win these shirt contest (and I am printed at Threadless, thank you very much) and what I learned more than anything is that it's an entire different beast.
    But, if you can get a grasp on how to make successful shirts it seems like it really pumps up your skills in other media - no doubt from having so many limitations; from colors to area space, to all around perception on various body shapes, to even appealing to a mass audience. Olly Moss is brilliant, but I believe that even he would attribute his evolution in skills, in some small part at least, to coming up doing so much t-shirt work.

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  5. Yes, why would I want to wear a page from a comic book taped to my chest (and back)?

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