MEET THE COLORS: ROYAL BLUE DESIGN CHALLENGE WINNER!
The blues! Who likes having the blues!??! Nobody, that’s who. However, blue is a pretty great color, particularly the royal blue kind, so we launched the Colors: Royal Blue design challenge to see what type of designs all you talented peeps would create for a royal blue tee. Well, artist Gregorius T. Rofi from Indonesia took the challenge quite literally, and his clever take on the blues (the sad kind) resulted in his design “Royal Blues”, which heck, is quite genius! Read on to learn a bit more about Gregorius, and shop his winning tee here!
Congrats on your winning “Royal Blues” design for the Colors: Royal Blue design challenge! Why don’t you tell us a little bit about yourself?
“Thanks! My name is Rofi, I am 19 years old, and I’m an aspiring graphic designer (still in college). I’m currently based in Jakarta, Indonesia. I’m all about design, good books, and traveling.”
In what ways did the color “royal blue” itself dictate the direction of your design?
“Well, the challenge title ‘Royal Blue’ kind of lead me into thinking about kings and queens. From that, I tried to make a simple, punny design that had something to do with the word ‘royal’.”
What kind of impact does color have on your designs typically?
“I personally feel that color is the most important part of my designs. In my opinion, even if you have a good concept and execution, if the color palette isn’t right, it will end up looking trashy and unappealing.”
Your “Royal Blues” design, and particularly the name of it, is super clever. How did you come up with it?
“Since I was a kid, I have always loved to play around with words and puns, so it came naturally. All I did was add an ‘s’ after the word ‘Royal Blue’, so I wouldn’t call myself super clever for that! Ha!”
Have you had this idea of the king card in the back of your mind for awhile?
“Yes, I have always wanted to create my own deck of cards. I actually started this illustration back in February, but didn’t have the time to finish it. When the challenge came up, I looked for the file, changed some colors, finished it up, and voila!”
What was the process of creating your design? Feel free to share any WIP’s if possible!
“It wasn’t that much of a process to be honest; the design is pretty simple. Normally I would sketch my ideas and create it digitally once the idea was solid. But for this design, I went straight to the computer and went with the flow.”
Are you a big card player? If so, what’s your favorite game?
“No, not really. I play Blackjack occasionally, but that’s about it. I’m more of a board game kind of guy.”
Why do you think this king is stabbing himself in the head anyway?
“The queen probably left him for a much younger, richer king that rides better horses than him. Fun fact: The king of hearts has always been illustrated with a sword into his head, but a lot of people never really notice it.”
Why is this rather bloody king the perfect design for a royal blue background?
“That’s a hard question, ha! Why not? *shrugs*”
Any other shout-outs?
“Big thanks to Threadless for this supercool experience! Also, shout-outs to all the sleep-deprived designers out there. Never stop creating!”
MEET THE POCKET TEE DESIGN CHALLENGE WINNER!
In the t-shirt world, you’ve got a bevy of options. You’ve got your crew neck. You’ve got your v-neck. You’ve got the crops, and you’ve got the over-sized. And, for those of you who like a little chest flair, we’ve got the pocket tee. And who ever said such a cute little storage unit should be anything but total awesomeness? So, we launched the Pocket Tee design challenge, asking all of you to makeover the pocket tee’s very pocket itself, and honor it with the attention and limelight it surely deserves after all those years of being such a hard-working, pen-holding, Chapstick keeping tee accessory. And who blew us away the most with his pocket pizazz? That would be artist uptme, from Thailand, with his out-of-the-world design “Take a Break”. Learn more about the designer below, and then upgrade your pocket tee collection immensely by snagging his design here!
Congrats on your winning design “Take a Break” for our Pocket Tee design challenge! Why don’t you tell us a little bit about yourself?
“I’m a graphic designer born in Thailand. I’m passionate about art and everything that has to do with design.”
Creating a design for only a pocket is obviously a unique type of challenge. What drew you to it?
“I like to challenge myself to make new solutions, and this type of challenge interested me since it requires applying a minimal design to a small area. Less is more, and indeed it is.”
What inspired the concept behind your design?
“I was always interested in space, and that mysterious world out there. So, when I saw the pocket, I found the chance to apply that concept in a funny way.”
How did the shape of the pocket affect the direction of your design?
“It helped me because I needed to position my character as sitting and relaxing in something; thus the top of the pocket.”
Why is a pocket the perfect spot for an astronaut to take a break?
“Haha, well. Astronauts definitely live in their own world. They always find ways to escape and be in places where nobody else can get. So, why not the pocket to take a rest and enjoy an origami plane?”
How does the astronaut keep himself lodged in that pocket once gravity tries to get the best of him?
“The astronaut is a dreamer, and the pocket provides relaxation and space for him to think of what to do next. He’s relaxed, satisfied and enjoying his time.”
Would you mind taking us through the process of creating your design? Feel free to share WIP’s, if possible!
When it’s time to take a break, where’s your fave spot to do so?
“It’s always healthy to take a break with the stress and fast life we live in. And yes, Thailand my country, offers many inspirational break spots to enjoy moments of silence and let your imagination go wild.”
What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever found in your pocket?
“Hahaha, well, I once found once that I wrote to myself reminding me to finish urgent work. I guess now it wasn’t urgent and I was really relaxed.”
Any other shout-outs?
“Let’s take a break.”