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22 October 2009 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #118


It’s derby time again at Shirt.Woot and this time they’re mining classic t-shirt territory: Visual Puns. Not sure what that means? Here’s how Woot describes it:

Can you create a play on words…without the words? Even the most groan-worthy pun can come to life thanks to the magic of “show, don’t tell”. Let’s be clear: a pun is not necessarily the same thing as a joke. A pun depends on the double-meaning of a word or phrase, or a superficial similarity between two words or phrases with different meanings. Or, in the words of Wikipedia, “deliberately exploits ambiguity between similar-sounding words for humorous or rhetorical effect.” Like this:

PUNS: A boulder and a cinnamon roll playing in a rock and roll band. A shoe with horns. A refrigerator running in a marathon. Mozart leading a wolf gang. (Not that these are necessarily funny puns. We didn’t want to use up all the good ideas here.)

NOT PUNS: A familiar image with a zombie in it for no particular reason. A cartoon character at home doing something mundane and un-cartoony. Some food horrified to discover that some of their fellow food has been roasted alive. An animal that thinks it’s people.

Examples of visual puns in previous Shirt.Woot designs include Six Degrees of Delicious (bacon vs. Kevin Bacon), Organ Rejection (conflating the medical and social connotations of rejection), The T Shirt (a t-shirt about the letter T), and Suburban Blitzkrieg (bomb pops used as actual bombs). Sorry to belabor the point, but we guarantee you a lot of people will submit t-shirt designs that aren’t puns, even after all this. We’re just trying to save some wear on our rejecting fingers.

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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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15 October 2009 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #117

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Shirt.Woot is getting into the holiday spirit with their latest derby– emphasis on spirit! It’s a Halloween theme, so it’s time for all the ghostly, monsterous, and otherwise creepy designs that you can come up with. Here’s what Woot had to say:

It’s that time again, when crazed demonic creatures crawl the sidewalks in search of bite-size Butterfingers and anything coated in that sour flavor powder. Ghosts, jack o’ lanterns, witches, vampires, werewolves, skulls, sexy dental hygienists: any- and everything Halloween-related is fair game for this Derby, as long as it complies with our other rules. Like these…

Resubmissions from past Halloween Derbies are strongly discouraged, and will be rejected if not substantially altered from the previous submission. We’ll be the judges of what “substantially” means, so as always, assume the worst or be disappointed.

Incidental text is permitted. That means your design can include text but not rely on it.

No video-game references.

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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08 October 2009 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #116: Erase Hunger, Create Hope

Shirt.Woot‘s newest derby is a departure from their usual themes, choosing to focus attention on the issue of world hunger with the theme Erase Hunger, Create Hope. Since this is the first issue-related derby, it should be interesting to see how it develops. Here’s what Woot had to say:

Wanna hear about a funny coincidence? Right now, for the first time ever, more than one billion people are hungry. And there are also more than one billion online users, with abilities to communicate and draw attention that are also unprecedented in human history. That’s the basis for the United Nations World Food Programme’s A Billion for a Billion project.

How can the online billion help the hungry billion? By spreading the word about hunger to their online friends. By contacting their elected representatives. And by creating works that raise the awareness of hunger’s devastating effect on people and societies – works like a Shirt.Woot Derby entry.

We’re not looking for shirts that specifically address A Billion for a Billion or the World Food Programme, or necessarily depict starving people being fed. This week, we’re looking for more symbolic, abstract approaches to the idea “Erase Hunger, Create Hope”, and the concept of hope for relieving hunger. We’ll be judging rejection more subjectively than usual this time – a shirt need not have specific political-cartoon-style symbols for hunger and hope, but even a shirt that’s on-topic could be rejected if we judge that it contradicts the spirit of this whole project. We like irreverence as much as the next jerk, but this is not the Derby for flouting the conventions of good taste. OK? If you think you’re skirting the line of what’s appropriate, you probably are.

The winning shirts will be sold beginning Friday, October 16, which is World Food Day. And just to be clear, A Billion for A Billion is about raising consciousness, not raising funds. These shirt sales will not benefit the WFP in any direct financial way.

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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 October 2009 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #155: National Parks

New week, new derby at Shirt.Woot– and this time they’re targeting National Parks. Here’s what they’re looking for:

For some reason we can’t put our finger on, we’ve really been thinking a lot about national parks. Maybe we just need some time in the open air. Maybe the healthcare debate has reminded us that sometimes government can play a positive role in our society. Or maybe public TV is showing a multi-part miniseries on the U.S. National Parks by a prominent documentarian. Whatever the reason, it’s time to put that obsession into t-shirt form. Show us a stunning, shirt-worthy image from a national park – and not necessarily one in the United States. Feel free to extend the idea to parks in other countries, on other planets, in other realities, and different eras.

Text is permitted in support of a visual design – no slogan shirts. If you want your shirt to say something like “I Went To Black Hole Galactic Park And All I Got Was Crushed Into Oblivion”, back it up with some pics or risk rejection.

But do not use the names of any actual National Parks, landmarks like Old Faithful, or the U.S. National Park Service.

No video-game references.

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 September 2009 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #114: Cooking

It’s time for a new derby at Shirt.Woot, and they’re mixing things up with a Cooking theme. Here’s their description:

Last week you brought the crop in; this week you cook it up. Whether you’re equipped with some restaurant-grade stainless-everything master kitchen or a microwave too small to pop popcorn in, chances are you’ve fried, baked, broiled, boiled, charred, grilled, roasted, toasted, or nuked something to eat at some point in your life. Or at least paid someone else to. Now take that knowledge out of the kitchen and into the wardrobe with a cooking-themed shirt delicious enough to wear.

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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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17 September 2009 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #113: Harvest

Just as that Autumn chill is setting in, Shirt.Woot has decided to capitalize on the changing of the seasons with a Harvest theme for this week’s derby. Here’s what they have to say about it:

Summer’s coming to an end, yielding to the chill winds of autumn. But first, let’s eat! Harvest season has been a traditional time of feasting, gorging, bingeing, and all-you-can-eating for pretty much every culture that’s ever known how to sprout a seed. And that went double in the pre-refrigeration era: you might as well eat it before it all goes bad, right? Don’t feel like you need to keep it rustic: there’s also Death harvesting souls, aliens harvesting our bodily energies, Russians harvesting our bodily fluids. Empty your creative cornucopia and show us what you got.

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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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10 September 2009 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #112: Japan

Shirt.Woot has a new derby theme up, and it’s one that probably got a good chuckle out of most regular entrants: Japan. Still, while the theme implies we’ll be in for even more rough attempts at anime, the restrictions this week are promising:

Land of the Rising Sun. Playground of the samurai and the ninja. Kabuki crucible of Pocky and Hello Kitty. The nerd’s Zion, and the world’s baseball champion. Once an isolated island kingdom, now a global economic and cultural powerhouse: few nations boast a character as defined, spectacular, and resonant as Japan’s. We’re sure you have a thousand ideas already, so read this week’s rules below and get to work.

Japanese text only – and our rules about offensive content still apply. That means you should explain what your Japanese characters say, or if you don’t know what they say, accept the risk that the design will be rejected. We’re also relying on users to tattle on Japanese text that’s obscene, racist, or otherwise in violation of our rules.

No video-game references. Get out of that box and earn your votes some other way. This rule applies to all Derbies until further notice.

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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