Five Bucks Coffee

Design by igo2cairo

Five Bucks Coffee by igo2cairo on Threadless
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igo2cairo
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Where I used to work we nicknamed Starbucks "Fivebucks" because that's pretty much what it costs to buy anything there! I mainly went to Tim Horton's (a popular Canadian chain) for my daily fix because the coffee is so much cheaper and "Fivebucks" was like a rare treat that I could only occasionally indulge in.

So, I present to you the mythical Five Bucks Coffee Company, producers of the most amazing coffee on the planet. The iconic owl logo pictured above has become a symbol of enduring quality among discerning coffee connoisseurs. Select beans are harvested by specially-trained circus monkeys only during a full moon in a remote region of the Andes and then roasted slowly to perfection over a smouldering lava pit. Tasting notes: smoky, rich, intoxicating, with chocolate notes and a hint of nutmeg. Priced considerably higher than inferior brands but I can assure you it's worth every penny. :)

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belekas

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bengineer

awesomeness! $5

alexmdc
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hahah thats awesome

eponymon

Very clever! Would wear it.

teebologna

nice illustration!

dschwen

Awesome! Go Terry! $5

Santo76

hahah, cool!

sustici

hahaha great!5!

andyg

Nice!

B 7

5 bucks!

GRANDR

Funny and cool!!!

soloyo-collabs

Awesome $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

YaaH

5

jess4002

nice! 5$

hellojune

great concept + great design + 5$!!!

EMILY LEE

nice design :)

herky

love the owl character! $5

el maik

bien

EN AJUSTES

It amazes me how you turn a logo into a sweet illo, nice going

badbasilisk

sweet stuff as always! 5 bucks!

mitamasan

Not sure if this matters for Threadless, but a similar shirt was sold on shirt.woot . Regardless, love the execution with this design. :)

igo2cairo
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Thanks for the awesome comments people!

mitamasan - damn, that is so annoying! This is the second time I've been screwed by shirtwoot, similar thing happened with my gummie bear design. :( I had no idea about the design you linked to but am shocked it was even allowed to print because to me it's way too similar to the original logo and is clearly copyright infringement. Same colours, exact same logo etc. I'm sure Starbucks would have a problem with that if they were aware of it.

Anyway, I'm not totally surprised someone would come up with the same idea because it's not that much of a leap. Don't want to come off as overly-confident but I think my design is more original and the treatment sets it apart. Looks like the woot design just lifted the actual logo and modified a couple of things whereas my design is entirely hand-drawn and has original elements.

Jemae

so cool! simple & nice! 5$! :))

Jebs

igo2cairo, in fact your design is waaaaaaaaaay better than the other one, to be honest, it happenned for me a few times, it's always annoying, but not surprising, that people have the same idea one day or another, after all, especially on connections like that, so don't worry ;-)

i love the illo itself, and it rocks on tee

so 4$

hahakim

awesome design and makes a great tee!

jimmybreen

Great illustration!

AdderXYU

mitamasan - damn, that is so annoying! This is the second time I've been screwed by shirtwoot, similar thing happened with my gummie bear design. :( I had no idea about the design you linked to but am shocked it was even allowed to print because to me it's way too similar to the original logo and is clearly copyright infringement. Same colours, exact same logo etc. I'm sure Starbucks would have a problem with that if they were aware of it.

Believe me, at the time we were shocked it was allowed to print, too. Sadly, for as up-in-arms as people get about pop-culture and lazy reference here, it is about 8 times worse at woot on a good week.

It's a sticky area, because yours is clearly better... I'm a big fan of "first is best," but with a simple idea like this (and it really is a simple idea) it's hard to really force that, especially since the woot tee was printed so damn long ago and was so damn unattractive and uncreative. But on the other hand, even then I recall people complaining that the idea was done before.

I think the idea's just a victim of circumstance. Especially seeing as how starbucks is part sponsor of this little contest.

Kim Mak

Very nice work!

HAHA.sg
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LOL! thats amazing!:)

[+duracell-]

[+duracell-] on May 25 '10 another coffee owl?

Nacho G

Your design is infinitely more worthy than the woot one! Is just a little bit sad the unfortunate conceptual coincidence, that's all. I really like this!

WEAREYAWN

GREAT!!!!!!!

walmazan

love it! $5

Anything Goes

Yeah, love it, nice design and better, far better then the woot one

igo2cairo
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Thanks for the kind comments everyone! :)

rodrigobhz

That's awesome! 5 bucks!

myteemo

Five bucks! :)

FRICKINAWESOME
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Would never wear anything associated with Starfucks, but love the story behind this and the imagination infused into their logo. OMG, how did that other Fivebucks design even get printed for copyright and lack of imagination issues?

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51brano

Your design is looks prettier by miiles 5$

PBOt

cool!

igo2cairo
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Cheers everyone! :)

Boycey

Brilliant!

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