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08 July 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #155: Kawaii

Shirt.Woot‘s latest derby theme is sure to upset some purists, focusing on Kawaii instead of more accepted art styles. But, as with all style derbies, there’s a silver lining- subject matter is wide open. Here’s the summary from Woot:

We get lots of requests for Derby themes, but rarely does someone make a wish that moves us to grant it. However we recently got an email from a user who wanted to remain anonymous, so let’s just call him Mr. XYU. Anyway, his impassioned plea for “moar cuteness PWEEEEEEASE! v(^v^)v” made us realize we can’t deny the Shirt.Woot horde any longer. Just this week we’re unleashing a tidal wave of adorable all over the internet. If you’re not sure what the heck we mean by “Kawaii,” you can start your research here. Sadly it’s less about misspelling Hawaiian islands and more about the saccharine, pre-teen addling cuteness that sends most adults into insulin shock. So go nuts, Team Cutie. We’re back to more abstract themes next week. Now for the rules:

No video games.

No Star Wars.

No Crying in Baseball. A totally random rule from a totally random Woot staffer totally randomly-named Brian.

The derby opens to submissions at noon on Friday, with submissions continuing until Wednesday at noon. Voting is on-going from Friday at noon until Thursday at noon. Three winners will be printed the following weekend (as chosen by site members), with the printed designers earning $1000 for the first night of sales and a potential $2 per shirt sold on any sales after that date.

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01 July 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #154: Cities

Woot may have just been acquired by Amazon, but if this week’s derby is any indication then it’s still business as usual for Shirt.Woot. This week’s theme is Cities, and here’s how Woot describes the rules:

Man’s ability to build permanent settlements ushered in a brand new era in human evolution: crops could be cultivated, animals could be domesticated, and sports teams could be compared. This Derby we’re celebrating all things metropolitan; give us your best take on cities. Maybe it’s a reason to come visit the city of your choosing. Maybe it’s a map of the best places in town. Maybe it’s your dream city. Just show us your conceptualization of cities, life in them, and what makes them better/worse in your opinion. Of course, cities function on the concept of law and order, so we’ve got some rules:

No “I ? _____.” Those NY folks get lawyer-happy in a hurry.

No video games.

No Star Wars.

No bunnies.

No mas. A totally random rule from a totally random Woot CEO totally randomly-named Matt.

The derby opens to submissions at noon on Friday, with submissions continuing until Wednesday at noon. Voting is on-going from Friday at noon until Thursday at noon. Three winners will be printed the following weekend (as chosen by site members), with the printed designers earning $1000 for the first night of sales and a potential $2 per shirt sold on any sales after that date.

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24 June 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #153: Shakespeare

Shirt.Woot is giving a nod to the classics in their newest derby, using the theme of Shakespeare. There’s definitely a lot of material to draw from, so this could be promising. Here’s Woot’s description of what they’d like to see:

In honor of the best Shakespeare in Minona County, we’re asking you for your best Shakespearean-inspired designs this week. Maybe it’s an imagining of a great performance, a scene from Verona, or just some cunning wordplay (that guy LOVED wordplay). Get all late 1500s England on it. Of course there are still a few rules.

No text-only designs. Obviously we have to allow some text in a Derby inspired by a poet, but you must include a graphic element.

No video games.

No Star Wars.

No bunnies.

No penguins.

No woman, no cry. A totally random rule from a totally random Woot staffer totally randomly-named Nathan.

The derby opens to submissions at noon on Friday, with submissions continuing until Wednesday at noon. Voting is on-going from Friday at noon until Thursday at noon. Three winners will be printed the following weekend (as chosen by site members), with the printed designers earning $1000 for the first night of sales and a potential $2 per shirt sold on any sales after that date.

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16 June 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #152: De-evolution

Ok, I have it admit it- I am genuinely excited about Shirt.Woot‘s latest derby. The theme is De-evolution, and this is a rare sponsored contest. Devo is doing the sponsoring, which means designers have access to some official Devo imagery (at least one item per entry is required). That’s a bit of a bummer, but it’s over-shadowed by some seriously great news- Devo will be choosing the 1st place winner, votes will determine a second place winner, and Woot will be picking third place. It sounds like a recipe for an interesting set of shirts, and entering early suddenly becomes a lot less important (as only one winner is vote-driven) which may lead to more in-depth work. Here is the full description from Woot:

Here’s a pop quiz: what 20-years-overdue event finally occurred June 15? DEVO released their newest album, Something for Everyone! And to commemorate the occasion, Woot’s partnering with Kent State’s finest regressing Homo sapiens themselves, DEVO! We want you to create a design that best illustrates the idea of de-evolution: not the band, but the regression of mankind itself. Put pen to shirt and illustrate how, why, or when despite all our shiny gadgets we actually started undoing our evolutionary progress. By “we,” we mean humanity, not specifically us here at Shirt.Woot. Put on your best yellow jumpsuit and, yes, crack that whip. On yourself. You’ve only got a week!

And yes, you have access to actual DEVO assets, which you can download HERE. You can use ONLY the following DEVO-approved images and ideas, everything else in your design must be original:

– The original off-kilter DEVO logo
– Circle DEVO logo
– Current DEVO logo
– The Energy Dome shape, jumpsuits, and glasses
– Band member likenesses or silhouettes (ORIGINAL works only. No tracings!)

Additional rules, as always, apply:

You must use at least ONE of the DEVO-centric images.

No Star Wars, video games, or any other reference to a copyrighted work other than the pre-approved DEVO assets mentioned above.

Winners of this derby will receive Woot’s customary prize of $1000 (plus $2 per shirt sold after the first day of sales). In addition, first place will earn 2 VIP Tickets to see DEVO at Lollapalooza in Chicago, $1,000 spendin’ money (on top of the usual winning payout) courtesy of Shirt.Woot to help get you there and back, signed DEVO merch, a limited edition 7-inch record, the full DEVO discography on your choice of CD or vinyl, and five Jumpsuit, Energy Dome, and Glasses ensembles. Second place wins signed DEVO merchandise, a limited edition 12-inch record, the full DEVO discography on your choice of CD or vinyl, and one Jumpsuit, Energy Dome, and Glasses ensemble. Third place receives a limited edition 12-inch record, the full DEVO discography on your choice of CD or vinyl, and one Jumpsuit, Energy Dome, and Glasses ensemble.

In addition, all Honorable Mentions will receive an Energy Dome of their very own.

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10 June 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #151

If you thought last week’s derby theme was tough, you’re going to laugh when you see what Shirt.Woot has in store for this week. The new theme is Shirt You’d Wear to a Job Interview. Which is pretty ridiculous, and should be… interesting, to say the least! Here’s the full description from Woot:

First off: no, we’re not hiring. But we ARE curious as to what shirt you’d design to wear to an interview for the job of your dreams. Maybe you’re the kind of person who believes in manifesting through positive thought, so you’d portray a job interview going really well. Maybe you’re a “Dress for the job you want, not the job you have” kinda person so your shirt would be your potential uniform. Maybe you’ll take the easy way out and just slap your resume or cover letter or “I TOTALLY DON’T STEAL STUFF” on a shirt. Whichever way you go, make it the shirt you’d be proud to wear as you strolled into the HR office, palms sweating, fate riding on this one first impression, and prepared to lie like never before. Now the rules:

No video games.

No bunnies.

No penguins.

No Star Wars.

No Stairway! A totally random rule from a totally random Woot staffer totally randomly-named Josh.

The derby opens to submissions at noon on Friday, with submissions continuing until Wednesday at noon. Voting is on-going from Friday at noon until Thursday at noon. Three winners will be printed the following weekend (as chosen by site members), with the printed designers earning $1000 for the first night of sales and a potential $2 per shirt sold on any sales after that date.

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03 June 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #150: Intergalactic Cup

This week’s Shirt.Woot derby theme already has many scratching their heads. In honor of the World Cup hoopla, Woot has decided to take things a step further and ask designers to imagine an Intergalactic Cup. Here’s the full description from Woot:

Next week, the eyes of the world will be on South Africa for the first kick of the 2010 World Cup. But what about all the soccer, football, futbol, and calcio fans across the universe? We don’t have to wait for the dream of the Intergalactic Cup to become reality – we can start selling merch right now! Design us a shirt for the rabid supporters of the universal game: it can be a jersey for an alien team, a thrilling scene from a match between rival galaxies, or just a shirt promoting the event itself. We need to hurry up and get on this gravy train before FIFA’s lawyers find some way to take a cut.

No specific references to Star Wars, Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica, Firefly, Avatar, Halo, or any other previously established fictional universe. Generic eggheaded aliens, slavering tentacled monsters, etc. are acceptable.

Text is permitted but your design must include other graphic elements.

The derby opens to submissions at noon on Friday, with submissions continuing until Wednesday at noon. Voting is on-going from Friday at noon until Thursday at noon. Three winners will be printed the following weekend (as chosen by site members), with the printed designers earning $1000 for the first night of sales and a potential $2 per shirt sold on any sales after that date.

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27 May 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #149: Psychedelia

Could this be the theme that shakes the derby out of its rut? Psychedelia is the name of the game this week at Shirt.Woot, one of the rare style derbies that Woot holds from time to time. In these, the subject matter can be just about anything- but the look must fit their parameters. Here are the full details from Woot:

Turn on, tune in, and Woot out. We’re getting all “mind manifestation” this week with our Psychedelia Derby. Give us your take on the swirling patterns, kaleidoscopic colors, and fractal designs of psychedelic art. As scary as this could potentially be, we want to see your altered states of consciousness Obviously we don’t endorse altering your consciousness through any chemical alteration, but maybe you can read some Timothy Leary and listen to some West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band and work your magic. We don’t want to harsh your mellow, man, but we’ve got some ground rules:

Text only within the psychedelic style. That means no “text only” designs, and all text must be HAND-DRAWN (no fonts).

No video games.

No bunnies.

No penguins.

No Branford, Wynton, or Chicken Marsalis. A totally random rule from a totally random Woot staffer totally randomly-named Andrew.

The derby opens to submissions at noon on Friday, with submissions continuing until Wednesday at noon. Voting is on-going from Friday at noon until Thursday at noon. Three winners will be printed the following weekend (as chosen by site members), with the printed designers earning $1000 for the first night of sales and a potential $2 per shirt sold on any sales after that date.

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