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Threadless,, and Stephen Tobolowsky Challenge Designers to Incorporate True Stories Into Works of Art

Community-centric tee shirt company is asking designers to turn the true stories of their lives into works of art in its latest “Loves” campaign. To help lead the way, Threadless has partnered up with original, personal storytelling site, self-publishing site, and the film Stephen Tobolowsky’s Birthday Party, written by and starring famous character actor Tobolowsky (Groundhog Day, Deadwood, Heroes) as he tells fascinating stories from his life on-screen and off.

Threadless, Fray, and Stephen Tobolowsky are giving submitters the chance to prove that extraordinary things happen to ordinary people, and run wild with this challenge; tell their stories through design. The chosen design could become the cover of Fray’s third volume of tales titled “Sex and Death,” so the design must incorporate these two topics into its art.

“Threadless Loves” challenges give designers an opportunity to flex their skills and design to a particular challenge. Challenges are sponsored and supported by companies relevant to the idea. Previous “Loves” partners include Hot Chip, Moby, MTV’s Human Giant, and the Lomographic Society International.

The designer of the chosen true story will also receive goodies from each partner including a personal subscription to Fray quarterly and two additional subscriptions for friends, $150 to go towards a personal Blurb book, an outgoing voicemail message recorded by Stephen Tobolowsky himself, and an autographed copy of Stephen Tobolowsky’s Birthday Party DVD and poster. In addition, the designer chosen gets $2k in cash, and of course, his or her design on an awesome Threadless tee.

Deadline for entries is July 23, 2008. For more info on the design challenge and all its partners, hit the links below:



About Threadless

Threadless is an online design community with an ongoing, open call for tee shirt design submissions.  Anyone can sign up, download a tee template and submit ideas, which are then evaluated by the Threadless community for seven days.   Tee shirt designs are selected by Threadless from the pool of the most popular designs as scored by the community.  If a design is selected for print by Threadless, the designer currently receives a payment $2000 in cash and a $500 Threadless gift certificate.

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