Threadless Top 20 Designs of 2008 Announced

About two weeks ago I posted my predictions for the Threadless 2008 Bestees Awards. My pick for Design of the Year went to When Pandas Attack by Jimiyo vs. AJ Dimarucot. And guess what, my pick has made the Top 20! Awesome. Let’s see if they can go all the way and win the $20,000 prize.

Some of my other favorites from the Top 20 include Friday I’m In Love by Loy Valera, Foam Monster In Emotion Reunion With Severed Thumb by Aled Lewis, and The Food Chain by Olly Moss. I’d be pretty happy to see any of these guys win!

I’ve put together this image showing the Top 20 Threadless tees of 2008as voted by the Threadless community. Which is you favorite? Who do you thin will win Design of the Year?

Threadless Top 20 Designs of 2008

AJ Dimarucot Wins 2009 Uneetee Kick Off Design Contest

Congratulations to AJ Dimarucot, better know in the indie tee world as CollisionTheory for winning the 2009 Uneetee Kick Off Design Contest! He won $3,000 from this contest, to add to his growing list of contest winnings. You might remember that last September he won $10,000 in the Design By Humans contest. One has to ask, what’s next? Maybe a Threadless Bestee Award? 

The winning tee is named An Offer You Can’t Refuse and comes in two flavors, black and white. The tee is available now at Uneetee for a measly $12, so be sure to pick one up!

An Off You Can't Refuse

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Threadless Bestees 2008 – My Picks!

Threadless today announced their upcoming Bestees 2008 Awards. The grand award, as always, is the Design of the Year award, and with that distinction also comes a prize of $20,000. All 326 designs released by Threadless in 2008 will be up for voting and the design with the most votes will be the big winner. This should be interesting since I would assume that many people would recruit friends and family (as many as they can gather) to vote for their designs.

$20,000 prize:
Design of the Year: My pick for Design of the Year would have to go to the Jimiyo vs. AJ Dimarucot mashup, When Panda’s Collide. The print on this tee is huge and let’s not forget the star power of the designers involved – both of whom were finalist in the Design By Humans $10,000 contest. However, for some reason, the Monster Mash Collaboration of Horror might do well due to the overwhelming amount of hype this design earned in the blogs throughout the year.

When Panda's Attack

$10,000 prize:
Designer of the Year: I’d give this award to Olly Moss. He continually pumps out awesome designs and has proved not to be a one hit wonder. I’ll also throw fatheed into the mix for this one.

Olly Moss

$1,000 prizes:
Newcomer of the Year: alexmdc did a great job with Bird Migration, the Threadless Loves Travel winner. 
Unprinted Designer of the Year (plus a design printed): Not sure because I don’t really follow works in progress and unprinted designs.
Blogger of the Year: ladykat would be my pick – she put together two great contests in 2008 in the Threadless blogs.
Gallery Photographer of the Year: ir0cko, this guys consistently pumps out cool gallery photos. Check out his Flickr if you don’t believe me. 
Collaboration of the Year: Monsters Collaboration: Monster Mash Collaboration of Horror by Monster Mob. Lots of Threadless designers helped to make this tee and thus it should win. Plus, who doesn’t like monsters! This design has to win one of these awards and it would be most fitting if it won Collaboration of the Year.

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googoo&gaga The Newest Venture From AJ Dimarucot

Popular tee designer, AJ Dimarucot aka in the tee design world as collisiontheory, has started a new venture with his wife, Audrey – producing “quirky clothes for kooky babies!” The new brand, googoo&gaga, specializes in onsies with “all over” prints. They currently have ten designs on their site and are only available “locally” at the moment. So unless you live in the Philippines, you won’t be able to get your hands on these, just yet. 

They use sublimation printing to achieve an “all over” look that is super soft for the baby to wear. No harsh ink rubbing against your baby’s skin which is a plus! 

If you do currently live in the Philippines and want to get your hands on these, check out the info below:

Come join us as we launch googoo&gaga at the Rockwell Urban Bazaar (Makati, Philippines), where the most discriminating customers converge to find the best and the latest in fashion and home items.

Experience love and madness with limited edition googoo&gaga onesies!
Our introductory price is P650 per piece,P600 if you buy at least 3 pieces.

December 12-14 11am-9pm | Rockwell Tent at the Powerplant Mall
You don’t have to pay to enter the tent. We’ll be outside beside the ticket booth. =)
Hope to see you there!

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Threads – A New Threadless iPhone App!

Here’s a great and fun little iPhone app that I just discovered while perusing the Threadless forum boards. Developed by Threadless user Ian Marsh (eeenmachine), Threads allows you to easily browse in-stock designs at Threadless straight from the iPhone or iPod Touch.

Not only can you browse Threadless tees, but you can buy tees directly from within the App (ok, this is a stretch, the app forwards you to the Threadless site via Safari). The app also makes use of the accelerometer – you are shown a different tee design every time you shake the phone while the app.

Even cooler, you can save these beautiful designs directly to your iPhone by tapping on the camera icon. Onc you click the camera icon all onscreen menus disappear and your left just with the design. From there you use the screen capture trick and then images are saved to your photo album and can then be used as Wallpaper for your iPhone! Pretty slick little app, I think! The app itself is snappy and works excellently on my first generation iPhone.

Interview with DBH Winner AJ Dimarucot

Fresh off his big $10,000 Design By Humans win, AJ Dimarucot (aka CollisionTheory) sat down to talk with me about his winning design Black Hole Sun, the stress of competition and the power of networking and family. 

Coty: Congratulations on winning the Design By Humans $10,000 contest! You must be really excited. DBH stretched out announcing the winner for an entire week. Did that stress you out? How did you find out that you won and how did you respond?

AJ: I was stressed out during the whole competition from the Final 10 to the announcement of the winner! I found out I won through my Mom and Dad who called me up 4:30am Saturday my time. It was cool and sort of expected, only because the daily votes indicated that I was on the top spot for the whole finals week. My first response was to check out the site on my crappy cellphone.

Coty: What was your inspiration for Black Hole Sun? What did you try and accomplish with this design?

AJ: I’ve recently been inspired by space/galaxy imagery and I’ve always wanted to do a design based on the solar eclipse. I like simple designs that overpower the shirt, also thought it was cool to use negative space – the shirt color being the “hole”, indicating the moon blocking the sun. DBH mentioned they can print anything with up to 14 colors so I really pushed the original design without thinking about color restrictions. I really think that the colors made the design.

Coty: DBH changed the colorways for the printed version of the shirt. How do you feel about this? Do you prefer your original colors over the DBH assigned colors?

AJ: I was really hoping they printed the original colors because it really made the design come alive on the shirt. In fact, I was expecting to see that when I checked my phone after I found out I won. When I saw the yellow and red on black I just thought my phone was acting up and the colors were off. I only realized it was the colorway they chose when I finally checked the site on my laptop.

They did print the correct colors on the white and grey tees though which was cool. Just thought the design itself got printed bigger, either that or the model was wearing an extra small shirt. To be honest, I was a bit sad at first but I guess DBH has their technical reasons and can do whatever they want with the design since it’s now theirs. I just hope people who voted for the original colorway still buy the shirt.

Coty: To win you had to get a ton of votes. Jimiyo went all out with promoting his top 5 tee. Did you do anything special or extra to publicize Black Hole Sun?

AJ: Funny you mentioned Jimiyo because every time he came out with something to promote his design, I tried to come with something on my own because it pressured me to get more votes!!!

Here’s some of the things that probably helped me win:

a) I gave away a couple of vectors at vecteezy.com after I saw Jimiyo give away animal vectors on gomediazine.com. I asked for votes in return.

b) Also placed some banner ads on targeted websites during the semi-finals week. I figured I could spend up to $1,000 to win the $10,000. I ended up spending around $300 worth of banner ads.

c) My parents became my best campaign managers after they email blasted the plea for votes to everyone they knew. They have a huge network and it just created a ripple effect.

d) I emailed a local newspaper about being a finalist and they featured me,my t-shirt designs, and my plea for votes.

e) I was an invited speaker at a local design conference called Graphika Manila, which included Tokidoki, Pixar, and other Filipino artists. So I ended up pimping my design to around 1,000 people.

Coty: Finally, I think most people are interested to know how you’re going to spend/use the cash prize?

AJ: Well I’m a family man so this goes partly to investing for the future. But before that, I’m bringing the family to Hong Kong for some R&R, maybe upgrade my laptop (Mac?). Also planning to give some money to our supportive parents. Lastly, I’m putting up a baby clothing business with my wife – we want to do onesies. So I guess I’m also going to be the designer for that. Do watch out for it. =)

Black Hole Sun is now available in the Design By Humans online store in three different shirt colorways. AJ, a Manila native, who calligraphy and bold patterns. He enjoys freelance and collaborative work. You can find out more about him and his work at his site, Collision Theory.