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15 June 2007 ~ 0 Comments

Are Your T-Shirt Submissions Costing You Money?

If you’ve checked out more than one of the on-going t-shirt design competition web sites, then you’ve probably noticed that there are a lot of designers out there entering the same design in multiple competitions… often even at the same time.

Here’s the thing: in financial terms, this is a horrible decision to make. Each site has a different prize for being printed, with some sites offering much more than others (we’re talking about hundreds of dollars, if not more in some cases). Since not all sites are created equal, some sites are more potentially rewarding than others. A smart designer submits their work to the highest paying sites first, and only tries lower paying contests after being passed over. In this way, the designer maximizes their earning potential.

It’s also really important to read the rules, because most sites prohibit designers from posting their designs to simultaneous competitions. If the rules are in a language that you are uncomfortable with, or if you feel a site’s policy is unclear, it is a good idea to e-mail the website and ask employees directly. I’ve had really good luck with this method when investigating non-english competitions.

Because so many people submit designs without knowing the submission rules, I’m going to give a break down of the rules in terms of simultaneous competitions.

Threadless: The big kahuna of the industry, Threadless rules forbid designers from posting their work at other sites until 90 days after voting has ended. Smart designers abide by this, because until the 90 days are up, you have no way of knowing whether Threadless will print your design (score is not always a big factor in these decisions, so caution is advised).

La Fraise: Straight from a La Fraise employee, “Currently we don’t have a policy or rules on that issue, which basicly means that for the time being designers can update their design to other competitions at the same time with laFraise. This is something we will discuss again in the near future – it’s possible that we will come up with some rules about this…” So, no rule at the moment, but double check with the site’s rules before you post your work just to make sure.

StyleTax: According to site rules, designs submitted must be exclusive to the StyleTax competition. This would seem to prohibit designs that are rejected from other sites from being entered here.

Without Pockets: By submitting your design, you agree not to enter it in any competitions for 6 months.

Split the Atom: No current rule exists, as always you should double-check the site’s rules to make sure no change has occured.

Camiseteria: Camiseteria has no rule about a design being on multiple sites. They do intend to adhere to the rules of other sites, though- so you may have to wait a designated period before signing contracts if your design is also competing on other sites.

Teetonic: Designs can not have previously been submitted to any other competition. (I know of one design that broke this rule and was printed anyway, but it’s best to play it safe.)

Hopefully that will help clear things up a bit. You’ll note that it is possible to legally enter your design in competitions at La Fraise, Split the Atom and Camiseteria at the same time. While you can certainly do that legally, it is still a bad decision because of the financial differences in the prizes awarded. Your best bet as a designer is to submit to one high-paying site at a time and then work your way down (when rules allow this).

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08 June 2007 ~ 0 Comments

Tee Submission of the Decade

It’s rare to find a t-shirt that perfectly captures the feeling of competing in a t-shirt design contest.

But there’s at least one shirt that just gets it:
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Currently scoring at La Fraise Europe. And how do La Fraise feel about this shirt that gently tweaks the competition? La Fraise employee Jouni says it best: “7 of these for me so I can wear one every day.” I concur.

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06 June 2007 ~ 2 Comments

Uneetee’s $1000 Design Contest

Uneetee has reopened its $1000 Design Contest. The winner will receive $600 and a guaranteed $400 in commissions.

It’s worth noting that Uneetee prints a lot of designs by Threadless designers (both designs that Threadless chose not to print and designs that were submitted directly to Uneetee). All designers whose work is printed will earn $2 per shirt sold, so it’s a pretty good deal.

The submission guidelines for this contest seem to imply that the contest will end at the end of the month (I expect that this will be clarified soon- the guidelines make it seem like this could be a monthly contest!).

So far my favorite submission is Bamboo Shoot, but I expect that to change as more work is submitted.

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30 May 2007 ~ 0 Comments

Art Tips from Threadless Artists

Have you ever wanted to know how some of the artists at Threadless create their designs? Look no further. These tips and tricks can help improve your style regardless of which site you are creating work for. This is especially helpful for anyone trying to master the use of halftones.

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28 May 2007 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless Sale!

As everyone and their mom knows, the Threadless sale starts this Monday. You’ll have to move quickly if you want to snag your favorites.

I’ve got my eye on this little beauty…
Holding Pattern - Threadless, Best T-shirts Ever

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25 May 2007 ~ 0 Comments

Cross-posting

Here’s the thing: it’s basic logic that you can’t enter the same design in two different design competitions at the same time. Submitting a design requires the artist to agree to making the design exclusive to the contest, usually for at least three months (but sometimes for longer, read the agreements!).

I can see the benefits to taking a design that performed decently in one contest and reworking it to be resubmitted.

But, that is not what tends to happen. In the last week I have randomly discovered three designs that are entered in multiple competitions at the same time. And I wasn’t even looking for it!

Here are the three, with no further ado…

Geek - Threadless, Best T-shirts Ever
Also appearing at Split the Atom.

Charlie - Threadless, Best T-shirts Ever
Also appearing at La Fraise.

clown fish - Threadless, Best T-shirts Ever
Also appearing at La Fraise.

It’s possible that this was done in ignorance of the rules (Seriously, read them! You could be signing a lot more away than you realize…). This whole business seems pretty dishonest to me. One race at a time, people.

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