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John Maeda and RISD Staffers Team Up with Threadless Select

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Proof that taking over at the Rhode Island School of Design hasn’t changed his ways, John Maeda has stayed true to his cooler than cool roots and has just teamed up with Threadless, being the first guest-curator for their Select Series t-shirts. Maeda came up with a concept to base the designs off of, newness, and then chose the artists to put their pens to fabric to come up with something. The shirts were just unveiled last night at the RISD’s Chace Center building and we were fortunate to get an early sneek peek before they’re officially launched on Threadless’ site on Monday the 10th. Here’s a bit, with images of the shirts after the jump:

After an open call for submissions and a request for suggestions by RISD alumni and students via his blog, Maeda assembled four professors as creatives for the project. Nancy Skolos from Graphic Design, Soojung Ham from Industrial Design, and Trent Burleson and Randy Willier, both from Illustration — all incredible practitioners in their respective professional fields — agreed to join on as artists and designers in giving a unique meaning to Maeda’s chosen theme of newness.

“We’re part of this amazing community of learners, doers, and mentors that pursues the art and philosophy of human expression — and newness — with exhausting intensity,” said Maeda. “This project with Threadless has been a great opportunity to explore this timely theme together. We are amidst the election season here in the U.S., and a movement is arising driven by a palpable desire for change. Human nature and the creative spirit drive our desire for new tastes and new sensations, all of which can be synthesized into fresh perspectives and new experiences.”

Images after the jump:

Trent Burleson, Illustration professor
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Soojung Ham, Industrial Design professor
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Nancy Skolos, Graphic Design professor
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Randy Willier, Illustration professor
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