Phil Jones, an alumnus of Murray State University and the art director at the advertising agency Carmichael Lynch, has had 23 of his designs printed by Threadless, an online community design company. Recently, his T-shirt design “I Hate Negative Statements” was chosen to be used in the first Gap + Threadless collection and is available at selected retail stores.

Jones graduated in May 2005 with a bachelor of science in advertising and a minor in graphic design. In the summer of 2011, Jones submitted his design “I Hate Negative Statements” on the Threadless website and was informed that his design had been selected for the Gap + Threadless collection.

Released on Feb. 27, the collection included 16 men’s and 10 women’s styles that are sold in limited Gap stores in the United States and Canada, and on Gap’s website. The collaboration between Gap and Threadless inspires artists to create exciting artwork the public can relate to and initiate opportunities for their designs to be printed in retail stores throughout the U.S.

“Threadless t-shirts are really all about the designs. All of Threadless’ designs are voted upon by the community, creating a deeper connection not only to the t-shirt designs but the Threadless brand,” Jones said.

“Since I try to have a positive attitude with every endeavor, I thought the irony of the phrase ‘I Hate Negative Statements’ would make other people laugh and inspire them to have an optimistic perspective about life,” Jones explained.

Jones has been engaged with Threadless since August 2007 and remains active by submitting designs. In 2010, he was awarded Designer of the Year and continues to impact the artist community by voting for other artists’ designs.

The voting process includes having a Facebook account or creating a free account on the Threadless website. Since Threadless is open to the community, everyone is eligible to submit their artwork and to vote on their favorite designs.

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