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

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

by Jake Nickell
 

Threadless.com is the phenomenally successful T-shirt company with more than 4 million tees sold since it began in 2000. It pioneered the online business model of crowd-sourced or community-driven design, in which people submit designs that are voted on by the site’s 1 million users and printed. Over the past 10 years, the company has amassed a vast archive

Overview

Threadless.com is the phenomenally successful T-shirt company with more than 4 million tees sold since it began in 2000. It pioneered the online business model of crowd-sourced or community-driven design, in which people submit designs that are voted on by the site’s 1 million users and printed. Over the past 10 years, the company has amassed a vast archive of very cool, very hip, and often very entertaining designs, and Threadless is a spectacular showcase of 400 of the very best T-shirts created by the community—a barometer of art and design over the past decade.

Much more than a book of extraordinary graphics, Threadless tells the extremely interesting story that inspired Inc. magazine to hail Threadless.com as “the most innovative small company in America.” There are also profiles of individual designers and “think pieces” from influential admirers, including design guru John Maeda, Jeff Howe of Wired, and bestselling business/marketing writer Seth Godin.

Praise for Threadless:

"If you page through this book, you'll see example after example of love, art, and joy." 
-Seth Godin, author of twelve international bestsellers

 "With its message of passion, creativity and fearlessness, the Threadless book is more than just a visually stimulating flip-through. Its 224 pages of design, artwork, and creativity make for an inspirational read for any entrepreneurial start-up." 
-Coolhunting.com 

"Page after page of awesome designs." 
-Wired.com 

"The Threadless book is a treat-more informative than an art book, less boring than a Harvard Business Review case-study, a sweet-spot between commercialism and passion, like the site itself."
 -Cory Doctorow, BoingBoing.net

Editorial Reviews

With its "Nude No More" credo, Threadless.com has filled America's streets with millions of moving art galleries. This community-center online apparel store invites designers to create t-shirts. Competition for the ten slots available each week is stiff: Often over 1,500 artists vie for the honors. Threadless the book displays a colorful selection of the best of the best, showing the verve and aesthetic range of these selections. Essays and interviews with individual designers complement the graphics.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780810996106
Publisher:
Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
Publication date:
10/10/2010
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
874,035
Product dimensions:
7.50(w) x 9.80(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Jake Nickell is cofounder of Threadless.com and lives in Boulder, Colorado.

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