LEARN ABOUT OUR BRAND NEW FEATURE: FUNDING!
Hey, Threadfriends! By now you’ve probably heard that we’ve launched our biggest design challenge yet (you can’t submit until tomorrow, but feel free to start designing), where we’re asking you to design the single, most awesome thing you’ve ever imagined for a chance at $20,000! That’s a pretty sweet chunk of change, if we do say so ourselves. As if that isn’t enough excitement, to coincide with the challenge, we also launched our brand new feature, Funding! Funding is something we’ve been working really hard to build over here at Threadless for some time, and we’re super pumped to get it out into the world. What is it, you ask? Get comfy and start reading!
What is Funding?
Funding is essentially a whole new way to get designs printed! The addition of Funding on Threadless gives our artists even more opportunity to get paid, and our artists and community alike even more power over what we print.
How does it work?
It’s as easy as 1-2-3!
Step 1: Submit it! To start, submit your design to our $20k challenge like you would to any challenge. When it enters the scoring feed, your submission will appear with our fancy new “Fund” button. If someone spots your design and simply has to have it, they click the “Fund” button, which basically acknowledges that they love the design so much that they’re willing to buy it immediately. Once they click it, they are prompted to enter their payment information through a secure checkout just like any ecommerce purchase.
Step 2: Share it! In order for us to print the design, it must be fully funded by at least 50 people. The more you share the design and encourage your friends to fund it, the better the chance it will be printed and you’ll reap the rewards. After you submit your design, you’ll receive a special promo code that’s super important for sharing. Make sure you include this promo code when you share the design - if your friends use the promo code to fund your design, they’ll receive $5 off, and you’ll double your earnings! While sharing, don’t forget to encourage your pals to score your design too; that helps the design rise to the top of the submissions, giving it a better visibility to be seen and funded.
Step 3: We print it! As soon as 50 people fund a design, we screen print it on a 100% cotton t-shirt, stick it in the mail, and send it to all the amazing people who helped fund it into fruition. You receive earnings on every purchase, so you’ll be sitting pretty!
How is funding different from scoring?
Funding is essentially a more direct avenue of getting your designs printed. If you can corral 50 people to fund your design, it gets printed - that’s all there is to it! Funding puts the printing power in the hands of the artist; you guys have total control by means of sharing your design and spreading the word. This doesn’t mean that scoring isn’t still super important: high scores help designs rise to the top of the scoring feed, increasing their visibility to be seen and funded. Plus, you can still rely on high scores to get your designs printed; if your design doesn’t get funded, it may still be printed through great scores. So, what we’re trying to say is, encourage your pals to fund AND score your designs!
What again about this fancy promo code?
You definitely want to know about the promo code! As an artist, you’ll receive a promo code after you submit a design. Make sure you save this code! Include it wherever and whenever you share the design; if someone uses the promo code when they fund your design, they’ll get $5 off, and you’ll receive double the earnings on that purchase. Everybody wins!
What does the winning design of a $20,000 challenge look like?
It actually looks like lots of designs we already have on Threadless! If we had been on our current payment structure since the beginning, many of our most popular designs, like Funkalicious or Communist Party, would have earned the artist close to 20k or more. Today, Threadless designs have unlimited earning potential, with funding only increasing artists’ opportunities for big bucks. So, if you’re looking for inspiration, simply check out some of the top designs in the Threadless catalog!
So, wait, am I hearing this correctly - in addition to the the winning design, ALL funded designs will also be printed for this challenge?
Yep, you got it! Pending any legal or printability issues, all funded designs will be printed in addition to the winning design for our 20k challenge.
Is funding available only for submissions to this challenge?
Currently, yes: only designs submitted for the challenge will be eligible for Funding. However, we will be launching Funding sitewide after the challenge, making it available for all submissions!
Will my funded design go into the catalog?
While we can’t guarantee that EVERY funded design will go into the catalogue, we can faithfully say that MOST will. This means that hundreds more of your funded designs may get printed and sold on Threadless.com for all of our customers, enhancing your opportunity as an artist to earn a whole bunch more money over time. Cha-ching!
A leg lamp? A peanut butter omelet? People get pretty creative with what they have at their disposal. Luckily, the Threadless artists have art tools by their side and have made some awesome stuff with them! We wanted to know what the pinnacle of their artistic careers are, so we asked our artists what the coolest thing they’ve ever made is. Keep reading to learn what next week’s printed artists consider their Mona Lisas, and remember to check back on Monday to grab their new tees!
Q: What’s the coolest thing you’ve ever made?
"When I get inspiration from small things, or maybe something that nobody else has imagined, it could become something big. This might become the coolest thing I’ve ever made… whatever it is! :)" Buy this tee now!
“A large mural at an indie store in my town. It’s really cool because I was allowed to make murals with my own intention and concept.” Buy this tee now!
“The coolest thing I have ever made is a parachute jump from an Antonov AN-2. :)” Buy this tee now!
“The coolest thing I’ve ever made? That’s the kind of question that I find impossible to answer, in all honesty. Then again, I like to think that I haven’t made the coolest thing yet, so you should wait ‘til I’m dead to get a definitive answer. Well, not from me personally, on account of being dead and all, unless we come up with the technology to make people answer questions from beyond the grave. What was the question again?” Buy this tee now!
“I once made a wooden sculpture out of 64 1x1” blocks, sanded the whole thing down and glued it, then painted it so it looked like a Mario block breaking apart. The thing still sits on one my shelves next to a bunch of toys. I also once made a pickle plushie for Jess, Threadless’ Brand Producer - that’s a close second.” Buy this tee now!
HEY! WHATCHA DOIN’ AFTER SCHOOL?
The Threadless Back to School Sale is winding down (today’s the last day to save 40-80% on everything at Threadless), and we’re about to tear up the halls after the last bell rings! Class is cool and all, but it’s those extracurriculars that we really live for. Tossing the pigskin around at football practice, memorizing lines with pals in theater, spinning like a top on the dance team - these after school activities are the basis for so many of our favorite school memories. Below, we’ve highlighted some of the perfect Threadless tees to sport at your extracurricular of choice, so check ‘em out and we’ll see you after class!
How many times will Kevin almost fall off the catwalk before it stops being funny?
The games were fun and practice was cool, but those shower pranks were my favorite part…
If it wasn’t for German Club, I’d never be able to curse my parents out in a language they don’t understand!
Well, that vote to suspend class on Fridays never went through (nor did anything else we proposed), but at least this will look good on my college application!
Someone needs to tell Samantha that her twerk solo is not gonna get us to the state finals.
Remember when Mr. Jones ditched us at the nature preserve and came back smelling like a skunk? Poor guy…
Seeing 30 people in nearly Adonis-like shape every morning and night for 4 years really set me up for a life’s worth of disappointment. But hey, it was fun while it lasted!
That time we secretly loaded up all of the freshmen’s trumpets with flour during their first concert.
Kathy stole Jeff right out from under me. Remember that horrible photo of her from prom? Turn to page four…
MEET OUR PULLOVER HOODIE DESIGN CHALLENGE WINNER!
As we enter August, summer seems to be slowly winding down. Before you know it, you’re gonna have to get your layers out of the attic! So, we got a head start on the cold weather clothes with the Pullover Hoody design challenge. The winning design comes from Portuguese artist Daniel Teixeira, who stacked some box televisions to put a colorful spin on white noise. Read on to learn more about Teixeira and to grab his new design, “Interference”, on a pullover hoody, tee, or iPhone case!
Congrats on your winning design, “Interference”, for our Pullover Hoodies design challenge! Why don’t you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I’m a graphic designer and illustrator based in Porto, Portugal. I have a full time job in a graphic design studio, and with my free time I try to work on my personal illustrations. I have also a big passion for cooking.
The concept for this challenge was pretty vague. How did you come up with the idea for “Interference”?
This idea wandered through my head for some time, and as the subject was very vague, I decided to invest in this illustration. I was inspired by the televisions that are for sale in large stores. They all together run different images and colors, creating patterns and interesting color games.
What inspired your decision to create a stack of interference-suffering TV’s versus just one?
I wanted to concentrate the attention of the viewer on the chaos of many different TV’s.
How would you describe your signature design aesthetic, and how does “Interference” reflect it?
In this project I tried a different style. I think it’s important to experiment different approaches in each project.
Tell us a bit about the process behind your design. Feel free to share any WIP’s if available!
In general, the ideas come to my head naturally and in different situations. Then I do some sketches to visualize the concept that I want to illustrate, and to get an interesting composition. Then I finish the last details digitally.
Are you a big hoody wearer? If so, what types of designs do you like on a good hoody?
For me, hoodies are like t-shirts to wear in the winter. I like to see good concepts illustrated or nice typographic compositions.
Why is “Interference” a great design for a hoody?
I think the composition fits well in the hoody. And the colors give some energy to it.
For “Pullover Hoodies”, we challenged artists to “make a design so awesome, anyone that wears your hoody will want to give themselves a hug.” How does it feel to create a design that is as awesome as it is huggable?
It makes me feel really happy and motivated to do more work for Threadless. I really like when an illustration starts conversations and sometimes relationships.
Do you have a new affection for TV’s with interference now that your design made you a winner?
I prefer to see really good interference than some TV shows.
Any other shout-outs?
Thank you very much and have a nice day.