WISE WORDS WITH THE WORDS OF WISDOM WINNER!
Meet Jana Misheva, our Words of Wisdom winner! After 570 fantastic design submissions, the words of Jana’s doodle-centric type design really spoke to us. What was Jana’s design saying? It was saying, “Print me. Print meeee. Just do it.” So, we did. Then, we got in touch with Jana to ask her a few questions about her design. Check out the interview below, and don’t forget to congratulate Jana on her second printed Threadless design!
How about a quick introduction?
Hi! I’m Jana Misheva from Skopje, Macedonia and I work as graphic designer in advertising agency during the day and illustrator at night.
Congratulations on winning! How did it feel to get the news?
Thank you Threadless! And thanks to everyone who supported this design and wanted to wear it one day. I was literary jumping from joy when I got the news, it’s still quite unbelievable.
Your design, Don’t Be Afraid of White Space, is simple at first glance, but quite complex when looked at closer. Could you walk us through your process? If you have any process photos, please share!
The process was like filling a space with the randomness of my thoughts, made out of many doodles, phrases that I tried to link with the words fear and white space, stuff that I thought would make the design fun to watch for a long period of time. Here is the process in fast forward:
Do you have a favorite phrase in your design?
It’s the apocalyptical question: Wanna watch the world end in 3D?
As a designer, is not being “afraid of white space” something that really influences your work?
I think all designers or any creative person has this fear or anticipation before starting a project.
Fear of the white paper or screen that stares at you at every beginning, that white space that is challenging you. It has also a lot to do with procrastination, or how the sketches or doodles that you make before starting the “final” piece can be a way of postponing the actual work and eventually becoming the final design.
How do you find time to balance all your projects?
It all has to do with how much I’m in love with certain project and the idea behind it and then I find time even if that means nights without much sleep.
GrindSpaces is all about just letting things happen - true serendipity if you will. Is that sort of the mindset you had when creating this design?
It really was! It was flow of ideas that filled the space exactly as they should and thinking again about it I wouldn’t change a thing
Do you work better independently or in groups/collaborations?
It depends on the project, sometimes I want to finish a project by myself because I can’t wait to see the idea I had as a finished project, but sometimes it’s fun to see how an idea is developing in group or collaboration and be part of the creative process.
How would you describe the art scene in Macedonia? Have you ever spotted a Threadless design over there?
The art scene is very small but active, where small group of creative people are trying to make a difference using the design trends at the moment and mixing them with the local mindset, trying to evolve in recognizable design community in the region. Threadless is starting to get popular in Skopje, I have spotted people wearing Threadless designs and there is definitely interest for the Threadless designs.
Being that this challenge revolved around motivational words, what is some advice you can offer to artists trying to break it into the design world?
My advice is to never stop trying, never stop working, even if there are failures along the way that shouldn’t discourage you but only make you better.
Are you working on any cool projects at the moment?
Yes I’m kind of playing with letters and graphics, mixing them and having fun in the process…It’s my ongoing personal typographical project. Here is an example:
Any last words or shout outs?
Much love to the Threadless stuff and community, you guys rock!
To all the designers out there don’t be afraid just make stuff and great things will come along the way.
#DO52 WEEK 7: #DEDICATEADOODLE
#DO52 is a weekly project to inspire you to create more art! We’ll announce a new theme each week. Post your submission in the blog comments. We’ll feature our favorites in this blog the following Friday.
#DO52week7: In celebration of Valentine’s Day, dedicate a doodle to someone you love!
- Make sure you tell us who you’re dedicating your doodle to and why!
Once you’ve completed this week’s #DO52, add this badge to your Threadless profile:
Check out our favorites from this round:
JIANSIA’s doodle dedicated to Emily:
Hegau J’s “thank you” doodle:
Mutsu’s doggy doodle for Daniela:
To check out our favorites from the previous week, visit last week’s post!
Have you checked out this week’s NEW TEES yet? Well, how about we hear a little bit about each design from the designers themselves! You can also click a designer’s name to go to their new design.
"These are actually life drawings of my late pet jackalope Harold, taken lovingly from childhood sketchbooks and diaries and re-rendered into a repeat pattern of beautiful memories. Thank you Threadless for allowing me to honor Harold in the form of clothing for all the world to see." Buy this tee now!
Nikoby: “’Forward’ all started with [fellow Threadless member] Chuck Pavoni posting an idea he had in the Threadless forums; the sketch really caught my attention and I thought it would be a great shirt design for last year’s Future contest. We struck up a collaboration and I began my work by doing a pencil rendering of the astronaut (the final rendering and colors were done in Photoshop). The design didn’t win the contest, although we got a really good response from the Threadless community. Turns out, it was a good idea and look at us, we got printed! I’m really excited that I could work with Chuck and help with his first print!”
Chuck: “This design was inspired by our forward march into the future. The world is constantly changing, including the way that we dress, talk, and the places we live. One thing that should stay constant is our human decency, and good values! I hope you like it. :)” Buy this tee now!
"While it would be infinitely more profound if I said the lonely and barren stretch between the living and the dead inspired this design, I mostly just wanted to send as many people as possible to the mausoleum of the late great Lou Albano. If you’re in the lower Hudson Valley, pop those coordinates into your GPS and prepare for a road trip!" Buy this tee now!
“With this design, I hoped to communicate that our perception is dependent on our personal experience. A sloth would think a tortoise is relatively fast since tortoises typically move about twice the speed of sloths. Why not be even more slothful, hitch a ride, and get where you are going twice as fast? Thank you to Threadless, all my forum comrades, and everyone else that has supported me thus far.” Buy this tee now!
"For those who only read what matters" Buy this tee now!
"Batman was a boy who lost his parents to violence and became a superhero to surpass this experience, and to become a better man. This bat wants to be a superhero to become a better bat, and to be a man." Buy this tee now!