Isometric art challenge at Threadless


A new isometric t-shirt design challenge will open soon at Threadless.

Note that this isn't a pixel-art challenge specifically. Also don't take 'isometric' too literally, Threadless isn't too strict about challenge rules. However, do take the time to think hard about what makes a good shirt design, as opposed to a good piece of stand-alone art. Would you wear it? Does it have the Threadless feel, whatever that is?

The challenge opens later this week, and should last for 2 more weeks. Go for it!

Posted by Manupix @ 4/2/2018 15:18  |    4


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skeddles (Level 11 Sphinx) @ 4/9/2018 14:42

Yeah it's the same thing with music remix competitions, thousands of artists enter (aka advertise whoever is putting on the contest), but most don't get any benefit from it. Companies know contests are cheap.

Doppleganger (Level 6 Yonkyu) @ 4/4/2018 15:22

These competitions are the worst...

How many man hours from artists will they take away for free, for a $1000 prize? My guess is well over the $1000 they are offering. Everyone participating and sharing are giving away free advertisement and man hours for a company that's just taking advantage of them for the aforementioned. 

Whenever there is an art competition where the cost of entry is free and the prize is shoddy, all I can think about is the company exploiting the artist community for their own benefit.

Manupix (Level 11 Godfather) @ 4/3/2018 03:08

As far as I understand these things (very little), this phrasing is industry standard. I agree it sounds bad, and probably worse than it actually is in practice.

I believe 5 applies to use of the submitted design on the website and iterations thereof; and in the unlikely case a design is selected for printing, all necessary appearances of it on their and affiliated websites, promotional material, actual transmission to third-party printers, and all other necessary stuff to print, promote and sell the products.

6 only applies to whatever information you choose to pass on in case of, for instance, interview of the challenge winner. Other than that, I don't think it goes much further than displaying your profile.

10 seems OK to me, even the 25c hard limit on royalties. This lower limit only applies to very low sales (item sold 5$ or less), more about this here (as far as I know this is currently valid, but I know nothing). In practice the min royaly is 1$ for any item sold above 10$. Whenever an item is sold at full price ( = not during a sale), the full royaly applies.

There has been discussion on the forums about this, as sales happen quite frequently, buyers tend to wait for them and some artists weren't too happy about it.

To clarify, only one challenge winner takes the 1000$ prize in addition to any royalies on sales; other challenge submissions may be chosen for print and will be paid relevant royaltiies.

In any case, the chances of win and/or print are quite low. Use the opportunity as an artistic challenge!

AirStyle (Level 6 SWAT) @ 4/3/2018 00:43

I'm rather trepidacious concerning clauses 5, 6, and 10 in the contract innocuously phrased, "Legal Stuff".

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