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honeyflip said:
I'm not sure if it's a question of which specific work I admire, but who has the skill? Some of the really hotshot designers out there (non t-shirt) are doing stuff that I might not necessarily like, but they are so good and so well educated that they can dazzle in any particular style if so directed by a client. The downside is that they are hideously expensive.

I bet a few of those types show up on Threadless every once in a while for kicks, but the majority of Threadless designers are probably pretty limited in their capabilities.

If I had an unlimited budget plus the necessary contacts, I'd go for some of the guys who've done concept design on the Pixar films, some of the Disney animated features, the senior designers at places like Razorfish, the same at big ad agencies like Leo Burnett, the same at the big game developers like EA, Blizzard, etc., maybe some of the Marvel designers...and Phil Foglio.

But I'm dreaming.

I don't agree with what you say on the Threadless designers. They are 'limited in their capabilities' because Threadless has some strict rules about the designs that they accept. For example you can not use more than 4 unique colors in your design and for some of us that's hard to accept.

In my opinion you can find unique designs on Threadless... that's why they make a lot of money.
 

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Solmu said:
The point is that the truly great designers of this world, the names who will be remembered decades from now, can work within that to create something brilliant. Give them a design brief, and they'll give you brilliance. The four colour limit is hard to work with, but on the other hand you don't actually need anything more.
I'm a designer and I have some work posted on Threadless. I don't think that I will be rememer decades from now but it's nice to think that I will :D

What I meant to say is that one can express himself better if he's allowed to do a design the way he wants not the way someone imposes him.

In the art history you will see that allways the best work of an artist is the creation of his mind not an 'order'.

Anyway I don't contest that someone can work and create wonderfull designs after another persons idea or by some rules and limitations. I've done it sometimes.
 

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When I said that Threadless has some limitations I didn't meant that you can't create excellent designs in only 4 colors. But if I'll show you a design created by me in only 4 colors and the same one as I wanted to make it (let's say 8 or 10 colors) you'll see that the secont one will allways be the best.

In my opinion art has no limitations, only the one people or rules impose.
 
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