Threadless: Ten Years of T-shirts from the World's Most Inspiring Online Design Community -- the book!

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5 Responses to “Threadless: Ten Years of T-shirts from the World's Most Inspiring Online Design Community -- the book!”

  1. jonathan_v says:

    i remember when they first started making t-shirts for people on dreamless. still can’t believe they turned it into such a huge company.

  2. hershmire says:

    Hah, I worked for Threadless for a summer picking and packing t-shirts. You gotta remember they’re just a company that makes a lot of money off selling t-shirts. The open design process is neat and they employees were mostly nice, but they’re sole stated goal (to us, the warehouse workers) was to increase the amount of t-shirts sent out the door every day. And I guess now to sell books.

    • 13strong says:

      I don’t think anyone at any point suggested otherwise. They make and sell t-shirts. The point is that they do so using an innovative on-line design process that fosters a large, active and creative community of designers and customers. But nobody is doubting that as a business their principal aim is to make money.

      Personally, though I like many of the designs, I don’t think the physical quality of the shirts is as good as it used to be, and I question the eco-friendliness of manufacturing tees (apparently ethically) in Pakistan, shipping/flying the blank tees to Chicago, printing the designs on them, and then shipping them out to countries around the world. Surely you could skip a step there and just manufacture and print them in one place.

      But that aside, they’re an interesting phenomenon worthy of attention, and they do make some awesome t-shirts.

      • benher says:

        “Surely you could skip a step there and just manufacture and print them in one place.”

        Are you suggesting that we manufacture something in the US?… Intriguing…

        • Antinous / Moderator says:

          What if, instead of manufacturing them, we borrow someone else’s money and use it to bet on whether or not anyone else will be willing to borrow someone else’s money to invest in arranging to have them manufactured? That’s how we do things here in the US of A.

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