MEET OUR PATTERNS CHALLENGE WINNER!
Let’s all take a second to congratulate Fernando Degrossi. Hailing from São Paulo, Brazil, Fernando is the winning designer from our Patterns design challenge! Though there were so many great submissions in this challenge, Fernando’s cityscape pattern, “Top View”, rose to tower above the rest. Below, check out our interview with Fernando to learn a little more about this incredible artist!
Congrats on your winning design! Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
Thanks! My name is Fernando Degrossi, I am a graphic designer and I live in São Paulo, Brazil. I have a design agency specializing in branding, and I use my free time to draw.
How did the concept of patterns lead you to create a design based on a cityscape?
I live in São Paulo, the largest city in Latin America. When we climb on top of tall buildings, it is possible to see the immensity of the buildings that exist in the city. The inability to identify where the city begins and where the it ends reminds me of a giant pattern. I couldn’t create an abstract pattern or beautiful art. I like to create things that have a concept, something recognizable in the real world.
Is this design based off any city in particular?
Yes, I was inspired by São Paulo, Brazil, the largest city in Latin America. But the pattern is a tribute to all the great cities of the world.
Your design seems to capture the intricacy and precision represented in and necessary for city development. How did you work to recreate this?
I believe the pattern is more interesting when there are no spaces between the drawings. For the final result to look good, the entire drawing needed to be connected.
You refer to the city depicted in this design as a “gray stone jungle.” What real life “gray stone jungle” do you find most intriguing, and why?
Sometimes I ask myself if I would live somewhere else, and my answer is no. Living in a “gray stone jungle” is often dangerous and chaotic, but it has charm. When I visit places like quiet towns, farms, or beaches, I like those a lot too, but I cannot spend much time. I’m used to the kind of life of living in a big city.
What kinds of steps did you go through to arrive at the finished product? (If you have any WIP images to include to illustrate the process, that would be great!)
Here is my WIP:
Do you have any background on textile design, or an avid interest in pattern development that helped inspire this design?
Yes, look at the top view of my city!
What type of advice would you give to other artists when designing with a repeat?
The designers should make lines or drawings that connect with each other so that the final result appears to have no end.
In your opinion, what should every great city include?
Big cities need to have everything; it’s the great advantage of living in one. However, cities cannot only have buildings, they also need to have open spaces such as parks, rivers, and many tree-lined streets.
Any final shout-outs?
That’s it! And, I hope I have the opportunity to work more often with patterns.
It’s Friday, and the weekend is closing in! Can you feel it? Feels like FUN! Even though we love the weekend as much as the next guy, we’re already looking ahead at next week’s new tees. Oh boy, there are some great designs coming on Monday! Before you sign off to go enjoy your weekend fun, take a peek at what next week has in store at Threadless. This time around, we asked the artists what their favorite thing about their designs are. Enjoy!
“I like that by the end of days, it all comes down to this: two mythical gladiators, one good, one evil, embroiled in fierce hand-to-hand combat over the fate of all the human souls left on this ravaged planet’s surface. What better forum for this apocalyptic bout than an 8-bit style t-shirt?!” Buy this tee now!
“‘Top View’ is the challenge of creating something infinite. The connections of the drawings allow you to apply it in a small space or a huge space. The more the pattern repeats, the more we feel that we are flying high.” Buy this tee now!
“I think my favourite thing about this design is it’s quietness. It doesn’t scream for attention, but (I hope) the concept still comes through loud and clear.” Buy this tee now!
“My favorite thing about the design was working on the process of this idea, which started with my interest in inland tribes. It’s about three elements, and I blend all three into one: the leaves represent nature, the girl’s face represents beauty, and the skulls describe death.” Buy this tee now!
"This is a classic album cover and I love how iconic and simple it is. It would be funny to see The Beatles in a zombie scene." Buy this tee now!
“Abstract ideas are very important and the soul of my design. That’s my favorite part!” Buy this tee now!
TRIPLE YOUR COMFORT IN A NEW TRI-BLEND TEE!
We present to you the holy trinity that is the world’s comfiest tee: the brand new Threadless tri-blend! Today, we are proud and excited to unveil the perfect balance of poly, cotton, and rayon gently blended together in the form of the softest, lightest, and coolest looking tri-blend tees you’ve ever worn! Our newest collection of twelve tri-blend tees even feature some never-before-printed-on colors such as heather onyx and heather brown, creating even more color options for your vintage look.
To kick off this comfy, new collection, we scoured the Threadless vault for some classics such as “Hi 5!”, “Piano Skyline”, and “Steampunk 1852”, then breathed new life into those designs by experimenting with different ink colors to give them a totally new look and feel on our retro tri-blend tees! We may have started with some old favorites, but keep an eye out because it won’t be long before you see new designs and other reprints popping up on these tri-rrific tees!
MEET OUR NEWEST MADE ARTIST M.T. SHYERT!
M.T. Shyert, otherwise known as blanks4life, works as a freelance librarian, bricklayer, cellist, and beekeeper. An avid baseball enthusiast, M.T. often comes up with her best work while doing pilates in her local field’s dugout. In her free time, she enjoys making gingerbread houses, collecting dominoes, and walking Bart, her pet miniature schnauzer, who she trained to fetch her clean paintbrushes and Go-gurt.
SOAK IN THE RAYS OF OUR SUMMER CHALLENGE WINNER!
Summer may not be here yet, but our Summer design challenge winner is here to hold us over until the warm weather arrives. After 444 submissions and over 94,800 votes, Martín Osimani’s “Summer Trip" design is our challenge winner! We got the opportunity to sit down with Martín and ask him a few questions about his design, summer, and his artistic process. Enjoy!
Congrats on the winning design! Why don’t you tell us a little bit about yourself?
Thank you! My name is Martín Osimani, and I live in a very small country called Uruguay, which is known to be filled with beautiful beaches. I’m 19 years old and am currently studying software engineering and graphic design at university.
How does it feel to win the Summer design challenge?
It feels amazing; I honestly wasn’t expecting to win at all.
What about the Summer design challenge inspired you to participate?
It was the middle of summer when the challenge started. The beach is probably the place that I enjoy the most, so the whole situation inspired me to make something for it.
How did you come up with your winning design?
I had the idea of using a car for a design before I entered the challenge. When I began looking for ideas for this challenge, I came up with the thought of combining the amazing beauty of how everything looks in a sunset with that main idea of the car. That’s when all started.
Can you please explain the process you took to create your design?
I created the whole design in Photoshop with a pen tablet. I spent a lot of time thinking about the right combination of colors to transmit that feel of summer.
Why do you think this design encompasses the epitome of summer?
I’ve gone to the beach every day of January and have done so since the day I was born. The awesome view of the sunset, which I always appreciate one my way back home, is forever recorded into my mind. I find it one of the most beautiful moments of the whole year and the essence of summer itself.
Why do you think summer is the best season of the year?
Because it’s hot, and enjoying the beach with friends without any responsibility of work or study is an amazing feeling, which I only have during the summer. What else could make it better?
Are you a surfer? If so, what beach is your favorite and why?
I’m really not a surfer, but I practice wakeboarding every summer in a river near the coast.
When you’re in a creative rut, where do you look for inspiration?
Mostly at Threadless. I also find interesting works at Society6 and Dribbble as well.
What type of advice would you give to aspiring artists?
Never give up, even if your work has yet to be printed. Always be creative and try to see the simple things of life in a different way. Threadless is an amazing tool for artists; if you take advantage of it, you can improve your skills in an amazing way!