T-shirts have been getting a lot of attention recently, namely in a book that celebrates this personal, and often overlooked, canvas for graphic design, from online community Threadless.
Threadless is a global internet design community, which celebrates its 10th birthday this year. It allows users to submit their t-shirt designs, which are then commissioned if they impress the Threadless team and the rest of the online community. It’s a great business model – a t-shirt company that gets to assess how popular its designs will be before they’re put in production, as well as building up some die-hard supporters along the way.
And it’s easy to see why. There’s a lot of great designs from the company’s ten year history, from the comical ‘God Hates Techno’ shirt, complete with a smiling thundercloud by G. Dan Covert or the ’It’s toile about you’ shirt by Emmy Cicierega, which features a blue and cream ye olde figures going about their daily chores.
Here’s some of our favourites. And yes, it is odd that they’re all of animals, or of animals munching other animals.
Threadless Ten Years of T-Shirts from the World’s Most Inspiring Online Design Community is published by Abrams Images, priced at £15.99.