Going Threadless

posted on November 13th, 2006 by Anthony

You all know Threadless right? The very cool online-community-cum-T-Shirt printers.

Well after picking up two very nice tees in their latest $10 fire sale I’ve finally succumbed to the temptations of throwing my hat into their design ring.

I’m sure it will be a totally demoralising experience, as the masses rip into my design (‘crap’ is one particularly constructive comment I’ve had so far) but the putting together of the design has been interesting, especially working within the constraints of a four colour palette.

The Pitfalls of the Modern World

So here’s my first effort that is up there now being picked apart by the Threadless masses:

My Threadless design: The Pitfalls of Modern Life

I’ve taken the idea from the instruction book from the classic Atari 2600 game Pitfall. I was originally just going to have Harry swinging across the Crocs in a pool at the bottom, but in the end I decided to move away form the original.


I came up with having the pit filled with a sort of anti-globalisation message, warning of the evils of oil, pollution and international politics…

Well Ok I just wanted to use images of massive Inter-Continental Ballistic Missiles.

I designed the pit to be off centre at the bottom of the shirt to balance the fact that Harry is swinging off to the right, maybe suggesting he’s about to let go of the rope… but overall I think I should have just had the pit reaching right across.

I’ve also had criticism for my choice of t-shirt colour. I settled on using the ‘natural’ cotton colour, mainly because I’ve just bought a nice Bench tee in the same shade, and I know it to be rather lovely.

Alternative colours for the Pitfall design

However I did work on several different colour alternatives, but in the end I decided against displaying them in my submission. I thought I should keep it simple for my first ever attempt… in hindsight maybe I should have included them.

My Threadless.com Submission

Anyway If you fancy scoring my design head over to my page and remember to give it a 5 and an ‘I’d buy it!’.


I’ve enjoyed the whole process immensely so far, so I’ll be trying some more designs in the coming weeks. I’ve already got one idea well on the way to completion, and with a bit of inspiration I’m sure there will be many more.

Unless this one is voted into the ground by a horde of angry Threadless users.

Stay tuned!