A few years ago I scoffed at the idea of embedding LED lights into a T-shirt. Tacky was the word that came to mind. But then Tony Stark made it look cool, so now you can buy T-Shirts that mimic the appearance of an Arc Reactor beneath the surface of the shirt.
I believe that approach can be applied to a few other designs. Seen above are a few examples:
1. The Incredibles. I thought it would be fun to include the “homing beacon” light seen in the film. Ideally it would only go off once per hour, which would be great for battery life. If it were also feasible I’d have it link up with your phone via Bluetooth, so the light would blink when you got a call or text.
2. Razer Electronics. Okay I’m a bit of a Razer fanboy. I dig their use of ambient LEDs throughout their PC peripherals and laptops. Their logo was the first thing that came to mind when I saw the Arc Reactor t-shirt.
3. The Tardis. The single light on top of the Tardis would make this an ideal candidate for an LED tee. Sound effects are a possibility.
That’s it for pictured designs. A few other designs that could apply (on the basis of using a single LED light): The Autobot Matrix of Leadership, NHL ’94 goal light, R2D2, T-800 (single red eye), and Cyclops from the X-Men. Anything else you’d like to see?
Update: this T-shirt is now available.
I made this NES-inspired 8-bit Voltron T-shirt design for the good folks at WEP. I’ll update this post when a listing at the Voltron.com store materializes. I hope the Voltron fans out there dig it.
Also check out that hockey jersey I designed for them sometime.
UPDATE: Bonus NES Cartridge mockup!
These Donkey Kong jeans would feature stitching that looks just like the steel girders and ladders from the game, as well as barrel-looking fasteners and buttons. Perhaps the odd embroidered character too.
For me I would limit this style to the jean pockets, though I imagine the girls could sport a pair of jeans that were fully encompassed in this kind of stitching. This design would work best on darker-colored denims.
Maybe DKNY could make these?
There has been much hoopla these past 24 hours regarding the announcement of Nike’s Air Mag shoe, which is an official Back to the Future licensed shoe. They are based on those futurustic ‘power-lace’ shoes Marty McFly wore in BTTF II. Read more about them here.
Sadly, the shoes do not feature power-laces, probably due to cost of motors needed to execute the lacing gimmick. This has soured some people on the product.
I’d like to propose an automatic lacing system that does not require any motors. How it works:
Gravity does the heavy lifting. Place your foot in the shoe, which presses down on a spring-loaded platform (the spring doubles as foot support!). The platform locks into a clip located by the back heel, allowing the shoe’s wearer to walk or run around without issue. The platform is connected to a bunch of drawstrings – the type you’d find in a hoodie or sweatpants – which fasten the ‘ankle belt’ snugly. The shoe basically fastens as you insert your foot.
Here is the best part: that clip is accessible from the back, so to get your foot out of the shoe you step on the clip with your other foot to release the platform. It is exactly like how you take your shoes off now, only this clip triggers the removal instead of the back of the heel.
The drawstrings would be embedded into the shoe lining, so it wouldn’t feel like stepping into a net.
Note: All hockey jersey offers are now at www.davesgeekyhockey.com.
Lately I’ve been held hostage by all things Game of Thrones. I took a moment to step back and realize all these different Kingdoms could be represented by sports teams. They each fly a banner bearing a sigil, usually depicting a fierce animal – much like a typical sports franchise would.
The above example shown is the Direwolf, which is emblematic of the House Stark. The Starks reign in the north, and their (foreboding) motto is “Winter is Coming”. To me it all screams hockey.
You could probably design several hockey leagues based on the huge number of banners in the Game of Thrones books, though only a few are prominent. The aforementioned Starks are the main protagonists. The evil Lannisters (I may be editorializing a bit) have the sigil of the Lion. The Targareyans fly the banner of the Dragon. Like Milwaukee, the Baratheons are represented by the Buck.
I know I frequently design hockey jerseys here, and you might think it’s because I’m Canadian and thus have a one-track mind. The real truth is hockey jerseys are a brilliant canvas on which to showcase a team’s identity. That logo on the chest is like a Superhero insignia. No other sport has a jersey or uniform where the team logo can be so prominent. EDIT: A friend tells me these would look better on a “football kit”. Well I say good day to you sir. GOOD DAY.
EDIT: Got an email from Mark, who says the Stark sigil is a full-bodied silver Direwolf on a white background (white = ice/snow), and that the Baratheon sigil is the Stag, not a Buck. My bad. I won’t make a full-bodied Direwolf, but I’ll fix up the logo a bit:
Bonus art! Using the Tampa Bay Lightning royal blue alternate jersey:
I will design jerseys for the other Game of Thrones Houses eventually, stay tuned!
So I have been thinking for months about how to use Pepé Le Pew, a favorite character of mine. I figured he’d make a cool aftershave or cologne bottle, and was about to make something along those lines when I remembered Penelope Pussycat, the hapless cat Pepé would pursue in all of his cartoons. She screams fashion, fragrance, and cosmetics.
I think if used in a manner similar to the logo above, she’d make for one powerhouse brand label for just about any women’s product (the aforementioned fashion, fragrance, and cosmetic types especially). She exudes empowerment. She says I am now in control and I can fend off aggressive French guys if need be.
Obviously this brand isn’t for the high-class Lady Gaga fashion guru. This is for the geeky or funny girl who finds the chore of getting dolled-up a bit funny, and can truly appreciate the perils of applying too much paint (resulting in unwanted attention). Plus a girl needs to have seen a Pepé Le Pew cartoon to fully appreciate the joke.
This brand telegraphs confidence, and can be interpreted as very effective for the product it is placed upon. Put on this perfume or blouse or what-have-you and watch the men come a runnin’. Sure there is no guarantee of product X working – this brand is merely a visual reminder that confidence is something you give yourself.
The brand can have whatever name, like Le Méw or Evadé or Appliqué. As long as a smug-looking Penelope is depicted in the act of painting herself (clearly up to no good) as the logo, you’re making a huge impression. I don’t think I’ve seen a women’s brand showing this kind of behavior (but then I don’t really scour for them – honest).
You just have to ask Warner Bros. to use her likeness! Or does Time Warner have a line in fashion/cosmetics/fragrances? Ah well.
UPDATE: Made alternative logo, changed the name to ‘Le Mew’ for fun:
In the film The Iron Giant, the titular character idolizes Superman. In one scene, the Giant even takes to cosplay (before cosplay was even cool) and wears a giant ‘S’ to emulate his hero. He likes Superman so much, that he even decides to use his laser vision on Hogarth.
Fortunately the boy survives. The scene however establishes the fact that Director Brad Bird likes to try and murderize kids in his films, a trait that has earned him much acclaim.
Going back to that ‘S’ shield the Giant is wearing – I think it would make for a number of decent accessories for the discriminating geek. A chain, tie clip, or a set of cufflinks. It’s a very simple and versatile design.
The best thing about these is that they would appeal to both Iron Giant and Superman fans alike. Though it may inspire people to try and talk like Vin DIesel: ” I LIVE for this STUFF!” (sorry had to censor – this is a PG-13 website).
The chain or tie clip would feature the ‘S’ on the wearer’s chest, which is appropriate to the film. I personally see the chain being the most popular item, as few geeks resort to wearing sports jackets or nooses – er, ties. I meant ties.
In related news, Vin Diesel has announced a new film called The Machine where he plays a Terminator-esque robot/cyborg, who has to chaperone a bunch of kids. It is the Iron Giant meets The Pacifier. Well, at least we have a new Riddick to look forward to!