The book reproduces hundreds of the site's best t-shirt designs from over the years, with notes from each of designers, as well as photographs of the amiable chaos that seems to have characterized the company and the site's lifecycle.
Threadless has an astonishing story to tell -- a story about business and community co-existing and even thriving, a story about naive entrepreneurs who were able to iterate quickly using the power of the Internet to get it right, a story about art and fun and creativity. My favorite quote came from Sonmi (a rare female voice in the book, which has a regrettable whiff of sausagefest about it), one of the site's successful designers: "I love nice people who make cool things" (itself a quote from Will Bryant). From what I can tell, that about sums up the Threadless ethos.
The Threadless book is a treat -- more informative than an artbook, less boring than a Harvard Business Review case-study, a sweet-spot between commercialism and passion, like the site itself.
- Snow White/Magritte Threadless tee design - Boing Boing
- Peanuts as Peanuts t-shirt proposal on Threadless Boing Boing
- Threadless tees in cake form - Boing Boing
- Boing Boing: Threadless spoiler tee
- Boing Boing: Todd Goldman loves Threadless T-shirt designs
- Tattoos inspired by Threadless t-shirt designs - Boing Boing
- Todd Goldman loves Threadless T-shirt designs - Boing Boing
- Zombie at Tiffany's Threadcake - Boing Boing
Published 7:36 am Thu, Nov 25, 2010
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