"Cruel Summer" Through Design
Sorry to share the cruel truth but the sale is almost over! Don’t miss your chance to prepare yourself for summer. Shop Threadless tees, hoodies homegoods and more for 30-80% off. Here’s a little song to get in your head while you shop. Stay cool.
"Cruel Summer" by Bananarama
Hot summer streets
And the pavements are burning
I sit around
Trying to smile
But the air is so heavy and dry
Strange voices are saying
What did they say
Things I can’t understand
It’s too close for comfort
This heat has got right out of hand
It’s a cruel, cruel summer
Leaving me here on my own
It’s a cruel, cruel summer
Now you’re gone
"SUMMERTIME" THROUGH DESIGN
The sun is shining, the flowers are blooming, and everything at Threadless is on sale! To kick off the sale and this beautiful, beautiful weather, we compiled some summer-inspired designs and arranged them to the lyrics of “Summertime” by DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince. That’s right, we went there. So flip on that summer jam, scroll along to the designs below, then head on over and pick up some new summer threads to keep you lookin’ fly as the temperatures rise!
"Summertime" by DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince:
Summer, summer, summertime
Time to sit back and unwind
Here it is the groove slightly transformed
Just a bit of a break from the norm
Just a little somethin’ to break the monotony
Of all that hardcore dance that has gotten to be
A little bit out of control it’s cool to dance
But what about the groove that soothes that moves romance
Give me a soft subtle mix
And if ain’t broke then don’t try to fix it
And think of the summers of the past
Adjust the bass and let the alpine blast
Pop in my CD and let me run a rhyme
And put your car on cruise and lay back cause this is summertime
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!