I had a lot of fun last year counting down the days until Christmas with some really awful, funny, and clever t-shirt designs. This year is the second installment of the Countdown to Christmas on T-Shirt Pow Wow. Starting on December 13th, I will be counting down the 12 days of Christmas with 12 of the best (and worst) t-shirt designs from around the t-shirt community. So get ready!
Threadless is hosting a custom t-shirt design contest centered around Marvel’s Iron Man. Get inspired by the genius billionaire playboy philanthropist Tony Stark and design a custom t-shirt worthy of the greatest of all Avengers.
Not that I am a t-shirt designer, but here are some Iron Man t-shirt designs that I really love:
Sometimes, the only superpower you need is creativity (that or billions of dollars in the bank).
I just found an awesome custom t-shirt infographic from Spreadshirt. I’m always fascinated with t-shirt facts and history, so I couldn’t pass this one up. Usually, the custom t-shirt niche doesn’t garner a lot of infographics. I don’t know if this is because our niche is boring or because we’re too busy making actual t-shirt designs. Probably a bit of both. But here is the infographic for your viewing pleasure:
It seems that Nate Silver’s powers have grown to omniscient-type levels. Before this, all Silver did was correctly predict the winner of all 50 states during the 2012 presidential election as well as 31 of 33 US Senate winners. Oh yeah, and before that he correctly predicted the winner of 49 out of 50 states during the 2008 presidential election as well as all 35 US Senate winners. And he also invented saber-metrics. You know, from Money Ball?
So now Nate Silver spends his time in the NYC subways using his saber-metrics to correctly predict when complete strangers are going to die. I’m not using public transportation anymore.
On Election Day 2012, let’s remember the issues that really matter: the binders full of women. Where are these binders, Mr. Romney? Why can’t we see them? Do they exist? Let’s put an end to this controversy and see all the binders full of women.
Classic Obama t-shirts. With the Democratic Convention now firmly in our rear-view mirror, the real political show has already begun. For the next few months, I will be showcasing various political t-shirts from around the internet. Don’t worry, I could really care less about both candidates, but I will give equal opportunity to each of them. I decided to start with the current president and the t-shirt design that made him famous 4 years ago. This design really captured the spirit of the 2008 election. Hope, change, progress that we could all believe in. These t-shirt designs are still pretty popular, even if much of it is mash-ups or derivative humor.
The Thunder Song t-shirt from 80s Tees and the movie “Ted” leaves a lot to be desired. Honestly, I’m just not that impressed with the overall layout, design idea, and graphics. With all the potential the movie and that song in particular has, this t-shirt concept is more than a bit disappointing.
Include the lyrics, add a funny picture, something. Anything really. Why is Ted just sitting there without any sort of context? What about the bed covers? Something. This design reminds me of something out of the 1990s, like Alf. Just the way the image and the text work, or don’t work in this case.
Not impressive at all. Perhaps this will open the door for better Ted t-shirts.
Great movie t-shirt infographic from Fibers about all the different iconic t-shirts from movie history. My favorites are Cast Away (#34), Napoleon Dynamite (#37) and of course, Flash Gordon (#7). Really clever stuff. What are your top three iconic t-shirts from the movies?
What IS all the fuss about? 50 shades of grey. Big deal. I’m sure every single color in the spectrum can boast at least 50 shades. Oh wait, it’s a book. A very naughty book by British novelist E.L. James but an international best-seller nonetheless. Apparently it’s going to be a trilogy, which kind of brings up a completely unrelated side note that I want to rant about: why does everything have to be a trilogy? Seriously, is one not good enough anymore? Have we so lost our creativity that we have to milk every good idea into 3 mediocre ideas? But I digress. I am quite fond of this design. It’s witty.
Here is a beautiful t-shirt design by Made in the Now. It incorporates British and London culture into the traditional Olympic Rings.
There’s the Millennium Eye that London used to usher in the Year 2000 and became a lightening rod of tension. Some people thought the circus wheel looked too much like a giant carnival ride and an overall eyesore. But nevertheless, it’s a London staple.
That also goes for the Queen of England, Elizabeth II. Fresh off her Diamond Jubilee celebration, the Queen has outlasted US presidents since Harry Truman.
And of course, who can forget the ultimate tourist draw of London: Big Ben and the clock?
Take the Underground in London and discover a completely different world beneath the city streets.
However you choose to enjoy the Olympics, this t-shirt design is truly one of the more elegant ones you will find.