Are you Smitten with the Mitten?

There’s an old design of mine that I’ve been wanting to update with a flashy, typographic flair for a while now, and the other day I finally got around to it.  I’m relatively pleased with how it turned out.  This, of course, will do little to stop me from attempting to redesign it again in a few weeks.

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Below is the oooold version side by side with the sketch of the new version.

smitten with the mitten

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Hazard a vote, why don’t you?

Today I have two tees up for voting and goshdarnit, you better believe they could use some love.  In unrelated news, Alien Invader was “reckoned” right to the curb at shirt.woot today, thus signaling the renewed tradition of my Wootables to kick the can as fast as they know how… Like they’re in some special hurry for Tee Shirt Dinner or something.

The first one is especially eager for some attention, considering that if it wins it will not win the standard $2,000 offering from Threadless, but rather $10,000.  To reiterate… !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The second tee at Design by Humans does not stand to bag quite such an absurd bounty, but seriously, rent is rent.

Again, to reiterate… !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

That is all 🙂

Serendipitous Contact

So a couple winters ago my buddy in Madison gives me a ring and says I have to check out this band he found.  He says they’re called the Great Lakes Myth Society.  I figure with a name like that they certainly deserve a shot, so I look ’em up and discover that what they are, in essence, is everything I ever hoped Michigan/Great Lakes themed music could or should be;  A rich warm pub lodged like an ice-pick in the heart of boozey geographies and northern folk lore.

Anyway, over the summer I got a booth at the Shadow Art Fair in Ypsilanti with a bunch of shirts and posters for sale.  Later on in the show a vaguely familiar looking guy* comes up and begins to inquire about my freelance availability.  He says he needs some shirts for his band.  His band is called The Great Lakes Myth Society.

* Timothy Monger.  I had been to a couple shows, but it was dark and he hadn’t been wearing a hat.