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10 August 2007 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot: Superhero Contest and more

It’s Friday, so the new Shirt.Woot Derby theme has been announced: Superheroes! A bold choice, especially since many feel that last week’s derby was marred by copyright infringement (something a superhero theme will only invite more of). Still, it ought to be fun. I’m a huge geek, so I will probably be buying this week’s winner no matter what it looks like.

There’s also a very cool blog posting up at Shirt.Woot showing the whole process of creating shirts (The cost estimates they show for each piece of equipment are especially fun). Pretty awesome- I’m still shocked that they’re able to get shirts printed so quickly.

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07 August 2007 ~ 4 Comments

Product Review: Konami Code at ShirtADay

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By now I think most people are familiar with ShirtADay. They’re one of the websites using the business model of selling one shirt a day (others include Uneetee and Shirt.Woot). ShirtADay is different from the others because they focus primarily on slogans, because the price drops steadily as more decide to buy- and because there are so many different ways to buy a shirt.

Here’s the deal: ShirtADay’s daily design can be put on several types of clothing (including hooded sweatshirts), and not only that, customers can choose the color shirt they’d like it printed on. And if the day’s shirt doesn’t suit you, there are several other shirts available, ranging from the Shirt of the Week to Clearance products to the selections at their affiliate, Rerun Tees.

My shirt, Konami Code, was a Rerun tees offering. The print is pretty great- it has the right amount of ink, heavy enough to not show the black shirt through the white ink but not so heavy that it cracks with wear. It’s also centered well on the shirt, and the shirt itself is of good quality (Hanes Tagless, a nice heavy shirt).

Overall, I’d recommend the quality of ShirtADay. It’s especially recommended to anyone who likes to customize their shirt purchases or who enjoys shirts that make statements. And remember, if you have a great idea for a shirt, contact Shirt-a-Day. You’ll get a percentage of the shirt’s earnings if they use your design.

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03 August 2007 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #2: Heat

Another Friday, another Shirt.Woot Derby. This time the theme is Heat, and entries that rely on Woot logos and culture are banned. Another improvement to the format is that entries are now displayed according to how recently they were submitted (instead of according to popularity, which kept a lot of mediocre work scoring highly last week).

It might take some more time before the voters start to get a grasp of what works on a shirt (currently a lot of voters seem to be voting on thumbnail images without enlarging to see shirt placement) but I think this week’s winner is almost guaranteed to be more interesting than last week (grey shapes on a white shirt? sigh).

As always, the winner’s shirt will be printed next Friday, earning the designer $200 plus $2 for every shirt sold after the first day.

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01 August 2007 ~ 0 Comments

Uneetee’s July $1000 Winner

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You’re looking at July’s $1000 winner at Uneetee, a shirt called Time After Time. While it wasn’t my favorite in the contest (I feel that the angles and some of the line widths need to be worked out better) it’s definitely a neat concept. I believe this shirt will be running for most of (maybe even all of) this week, so if this shirt is for you then you’ll have plenty of time to pick up a copy,

The collection has also been updated to include a few more shirts, including one I almost bought recently- Dream of the Flying Geisha. I passed on it because the shipping fee scared me off (now that Shirt.Woot is doing $10 tees with free shipping, everything else seems like a rip-off) but I might reconsider if there’s a good daily shirt soon.

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27 July 2007 ~ 1 Comment

Shirt.Woot Derby: One

The inaugural Shirt.Woot Derby has begun, and is now accepting entries that fit the theme of One. If I were a betting person, I’d also say that the entry most likely to win this one will have some kind of Woot theme to it (based on comments on prior shirts in the forums).

It should be a fun contest- there’s certainly a lot of enthusiasm behind the concept, if not a lot of skill so far. And early entries definitely have the advantage, since the winner is determined by how many people click the I Want It button. The longer your shirt is voted on, the higher your score will be.

Submissions are accepted until Wednesday at noon, with voting open until Thursday at noon. The winning shirt will be printed on Friday, with the designer receiving $200 (and $2 per shirt for every shirt sold after the initial day of sales).

If this theme isn’t to your liking, remember to check back at the Derby next Friday at noon. The Derby is planned to be a weekly event, so there are sure to be a lot of winners and a lot of fun shirts.

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26 July 2007 ~ 6 Comments

Sore Thumbs: The Complete Controller List

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A number of people (greater than one, less than 85) have requested a list of all the controllers used in my Sore Thumbs shirt. Based on my notes, here’s the list:

Atari 2600, GCE Vectrex, NES, NES Max, Magnavox Odyssey, Colecovision, Atari 7800, NES Advantage, Mattel Intelivision, Atari 5200, Sega Master System, NEC Turbografx-16, Nintendo Super Family, Panasonic 3D0, Sony Playstation, Nintendo 64, Sega Genesis, Sega Genesis 6 Button, Nintendo Virtual Boy, Sony Playstation Dual Analog, Super NES, Atari Jaguar, Sega Saturn, Sega Saturn 3D, XBOX Controller S, Wavebird, Wii, Sega Dreamcast, XBOX “Duke,” XBOX 360, Wii Classic, and Gamecube.

I admittedly left at least one out- you’ll notice that there’s no Playstation 3 controller. I decided that it was so visually similar to the Dual Analog that it would be needlessly repetitive. Some other controllers (Powerglove, mouse, etc) were left out because they didn’t fit the theme (they would be unlikely to result in sore thumbs).

If there are other controllers I missed, let me know!

Also, if anyone missed this shirt while it was on Woot, copies are still available at this link. Shirt.Woot has the interesting strategy of putting shirts back up for sale through a secret link, though it only lasts for a limited amount of time. It’s been controversial with some Woot members, but I like this system- it was the only way my family could get copies since my shirt sold out quickly.

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24 July 2007 ~ 5 Comments

Shirt.Woot: Daily Tees With a Techie Twist

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If you’ve been on the internet for any amount of time, then you know Woot. They’ve gained fame as the cheapest place to get good technology products, but you have to be pretty quick on the draw- one product goes on sale each night at midnight, and if they sell out, you’re out of luck.

It’s been a very successful business strategy, and Woot has recently adapted it to a new medium- t-shirts. It’s true that others have pursued a similar business plan in this market (Uneetee and Shirt A Day), but Woot brings something to the table that the others have so far lacked: a huge, loyal audience. Last night, the site ran it’s first regularly scheduled shirt, Sore Thumbs, and it sold its full print run of 500 shirts in less than an hour, an amount that other sites take weeks and even months to sell. I expect that the site will only grow from there, especially since shirts are sold for the almost unbelievable price of $10 (and yes, that includes shipping).

Needless to say, an operation of this scope is in need of a constant influx of new shirts. Shirt.Woot is currently looking for experienced designers to purchase shirt designs from. They pay out a flat fee for the first night of sales, and for each shirt sale after that point you’ll receive money per shirt sold. Yes, you heard that right- shirts can be sold even after the initial run of 500 sells out (I’ll provide more information on this later in the week). They are also flexible with designers who would like to sell their shirt design on their own at a later date, which is a huge plus.

Non-professional designers aren’t left out in the cold, either- a Derby will be held each Friday, and each week one designer will have their work printed and sold on the site. I’ll have more information on that as it becomes available.

And, in the interest of full disclosure: Yep, I designed Sore Thumbs. If you have any questions or concerns about working with Shirt.Woot, I’d be happy to address them.

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