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Wednesday, July 30, 2008

TeeFury: Lorem

7 pennies earned

Those familiar with Rikki B. (or anyone willing to click that link) will know that this artist has an unrivaled love for swirly lines and circles, which makes her explanation of this Lorem Ipsum t-shirt too appropriate:

Lorem Ipsum is fake text which designers use when they don't have the real text yet. It's placeholder text.

I've used it in this design because i didn't really have anything to say, but I had a nice illustration style to do it in :)

7 pennies earned:

Adder_XYU said...

I know it's an opinion that likely would not make me very popular around the t-shirt community, but to me, this shirt is the epitome of why I simply don't like Rikki's work. It all feels just as placeholder as her text, with the same 5 or so design elements (the concentric circles, the lightning bolts, the rainbows and clouds, the big block letters that say "booyah" or whatever other ironically hip exclamation... yknow, the standard fare). While she limits herself to mainly swirlies here, it's hard for me to get past the fact that "Lorem Ipsum" has become an incredibly tired anti-joke for shirts. It says nothing either textually or artistically.

If there is anything I wish I could unsee ever since becoming a bit of a t-shirt addict, Lorem Ipsum would probably rival Helvetica as the top candidate.

RikkiB said...

Hey Adder, thanks for your comments, but could I offer a few arguments from my side?
This particular design was made as a prototype for another which you'll see at Threadless (that design says something) I still think that this is a nice tee in it's own right so have chosen to send it to Teefury for a one day only print.

If you have a look at a few of my other designs either on my site, Emptees or Tee Fury (bottom right of the main page) you'll see that I do work in other styles, but the swirly line-art designs are what most people show an interest in, and they sell the best by a long way.

Thanks for your comments, and I hope you can understand where I'm coming from :)

Mings said...

The one thing I'm a little worried about is tha tin some areas, the text is a little light, and given that it's blue on black I'm not sure whether it'll still show up. I suppose only time and smartpost will tell.

Ryan said...

I don't necessarily want to comment on the chronic use of swirls and lines, because it seems to work for RikkiB quite well -- but it does bother me how unoriginal the Lorem Ipsum thing has become.

Latin was dead already, don't bring it back -- especially not as a t-shirt.

Thomas said...

What does that actually mean?

StrangeDaze said...

Actually, according to :

"Contrary to popular belief, Lorem Ipsum is not simply random text. It has roots in a piece of classical Latin literature from 45 BC, making it over 2000 years old."

I have to agree that Lorem Ipsum is overused, and don't feel it works on a t-shirt.

cheezisyum21 said...

i feel like this would be another shirt that people just don't understand the meaning of. [and that there would be countless "what does that mean?" questions]

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