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

Jake Nickell
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10 Oct 2010
Threadless.com is the phenomenally successful T-shirt company with millions and millions of 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 300 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.

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams, Inc. (10 Oct 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810996103
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810996106
  • Product Dimensions: 19.1 x 2 x 22.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 29,510 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Threadless co-founder Jake Nickell'sThreadless: Ten Years of T-shirts from the World's Most Inspiring Online Design Community is just what you'd want in a history of one of the Internet's most consistently interesting and creative commercial endeavors. 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. 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 --Cory Doctorow

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Threadless is a T-shirt company like no other. Founded almost a decade ago, it has become one of the internet's most vibrant and creative on-line communities with more than 1 million registered members. Since 2000, users have submitted more than 225,000 designs, and more than 4 million T-shirts have been printed and sold.
Threadless has helped the once humble T-shirt become one of the most expressive and democratic mediums of contemporary art and design.

As well as the very best of Threadless designs, Nude No More features contributions from leading commentators and image-makers, and recounts the story of how Threadless has been at the forefront of a cultural and business revolution.

* Features ofer 400 very cool, inventive and entertaining designs.
* Think pieces from leading writers and designers, including editors of Wired, bestselling business author Seth Godin and John Maeda.
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow 9 Oct 2010
Format:Paperback
The book is absolutely packed with great designs and stories of the designs the artists, Threadless' history and everything you could possibly want to see. They've obviously spent a huge amount of time collecting the information and writing the book, compared to many other tee books this is actually readable and will take a fair few hours compared to the half hour of some others. The book is listed chronologically documenting the history of Threadless but this is broken up with a huge collection of images of their tees each with a small amount of information and some with more. Also many of the more popular designers have their own section in the book about their Threadless and other designs and also companies such as Glennz that have almost come out of Threadless. For me this book hits exactly what you want out of a tee book rather than just a collection of images of nice shirts the emphasis is on the story telling aspect be that of the company the designer or the story told by the design itself.

Overall I am extremely impressed and would say if you are going to own one book about t-shirts this should certainly be it (if two it should be this and the Maki book!)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring story of Threadless 16 Mar 2011
By Parka HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Length: 1:01 Mins
This book is on the inspiring success story of Threadless, told chronologically through its founders and the designers who submitted T-shirt art on the site.

It's really interesting to read about the stuff that happens behind the scenes, the highs and lows of starting a company, the reaction of the community, and basically just building something big from small through trial and error. You also get to see how T-shirt printing from Threadless has evolved over the years with new technology in printing. If you're interested in entrepreneurial stories, this book is for you.

On Threadless, the community votes on the T-shirt designs they like. In this book, the selection features not just the highly rated ones, but also the badly rates ones as well, some of which are included because they are highly controversial.

Most of the designs are pretty cool, and you get to see a wide spectrum of work and quality. Through the ratings, you can see that the highly rated ones have great concept and makes use of the T-shirt medium really well. I saw one titled Three Keyboard Cat Moon created as a spoof to the Three Wolf Moon T-shirt on Amazon. Some inclusion left me scratching my head though.

The story of Threadless is inspiring. Highly recommended for designers and the entrepreneurial types.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 13 Jan 2011
By T.Dog
Format:Paperback
As a graphic design student i find this book extremely inspiring. the stuff in it is amazing and the artwork is fabulous. eye candy cover to cover, a must buy!! its a great book to flick through simply for all the brilliant images, glad i bought it
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It's ok... but I've expected other thing 3 Jan 2011
By Juanan
Format:Paperback
This book is more like an inspiration book for designers than something that explains Threadless history; and that's what I bought it so I'm a little dissapointed. But it's great for designers :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect gift 15 Jun 2013
By Ivy
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Got this as a Christmas gift for a t-shirt designing relative. Went down really well - full of high quality pictures and lots of interesting copy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting 27 Mar 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Book was purchased for my daughter who has just started printing t-shirts, bags etc.
She finds the book very helpful.
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