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10 March 2011 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #190: Magic

Shirt.Woot‘s newest derby has a Magic theme. I have to admit I’m less than excited about this one, but hopefully some people will be able to look beyond the more obvious magic tropes and create something truly interesting. Here’s what Woot had to say:

Whether it’s an epic fantasy battle with wizards and mages, elegant showmen beguiling audiences with sleight of hand, or the arcane elemental forces some people worship magic is a pretty powerful thing. That’s why for this Derby we want to see your interpretations of magic: its power, its effects on people and nature, or maybe just your favorite magic trick. Conjure up some images that invoke power, showmanship, and mysticism.  Yeah, okay, a really pretty sunset might be magical, but we want stuff with wizards and sorcerers and magicians. Of course even wizards have rules to follow, and so do you:

No text.

No Star Wars.

No video games.

No penguins or squirrels.

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 March 2011 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #189: Woodland Animals

Designers got a break due to Shirt.Woot‘s Do-Over derby this past week, but now it’s time to get back to the drawing board. The new theme is Woodland Animals, and here’s what Woot has to say about it:

So Bambi‘s out on Blu-ray now, which really has us wondering what could possibly be enhanced on a film that’s as old as daylight saving time. We’re not saying we doubt it, we’re just saying that Blu-ray of The French Connection we rented definitely wouldn’t have been worth buying to replace the DVD. Anyway, this week we’re just diving headfirst into the tidal wave with a woodland animals derby. Ideally you would do something innovative, tackle a new style you’ve always wanted to try, or depict said critters in a completely new and original light. Realistically, we’re bracing ourselves for Squirrelpocalypse 2011. Now for the rules:

No video games.

No Star Wars.

No text.

No animals that aren’t found in woodlands.

No mythical animals.

Humans are not animals for the purposes of this Derby.

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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25 February 2011 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Double-Take Derby #12

Shirt.Woot‘s latest Double-Take Derby is now underway, bringing back staff favorite entries from the past few months. Even if you aren’t a regular Woot voters, double-takes are usually worth a look because the level of quality and variety is so much higher than in a typical week. Here’s a look at two that I’d love to see get more attention:

Concrete Maze by radiomode is one of the only decent designs to come out of the Maze derby awhile back. He merges a couple of different concepts- the cityscape and the hedge maze- into one image, giving a new twist to the civilization/nature conflict. I like the idea that weaving between city blocks could be a maze, with a park as the goal. Radiomode’s graffiti-inspired style is also a great fit for the idea.

Safety First by edgarrmcherly is a fun, simple design packed with personality- exactly the kind of thing I’d love to see more of in the derby. Instead of a helmet, this scootering dude is piling turtles (nature’s helmet!) on his cranium. It’s weird. It’s awesome. The colors are perfect an the style is both adorable and expressive. I’m especially fond of the textures draw in, which extend the limited palette without sacrificing simplicity. Amazing.

And of course, there’s more where that came from- check out the entries and vote some stuff up!

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17 February 2011 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #187: Retro Audio

Shirt.Woot must be feeling nostalgic, because this week’s derby theme is Retro Audio: Records, Tapes and CDs. Nice and wide open, so here’s hoping for some unique designs. Here is what Woot had to say:

Music is life, man. It’s there for every moment of your existence: the sad song after a break-up, the driving rhythm while you’re at the gym, and the jaunty show tune that won’t stop playing in your head every waking minute of every single day. But music doesn’t just spontaneously erupt, y’know. Someone’s got to make it, and then you’ve got to store it somehow.That physical media had beauty, though. That’s why in this derby we want to see your tribute to retro audio storage media. Maybe it’s a lovingly-rendered vinyl collection, an epic mix tape, or your favorite reel to reel. Utilize the simplicity of the form and honor thy vinyl or tape or Walkman.

No text.

No Mario, Star Wars, or any other pop culture reference.

No bunnies, kittens, or turtles.

No USB sticks. Yes, they hold music; but they got no SOUL, man.

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 February 2011 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #186: Oddball

This week’s derby at Shirt.Woot might cause a bit of deja vu. The theme is Oddball, which calls to mind past Woot designs like Cube One, Jimmy… Is That You?, and of course Imposter. While the artistry on those designs was debated, they were all considerable successes from a sales point of view. So no matter what wins this week, it’ll probably be more popular than most derby victors. Here’s what Woot had to say:

If high school taught us anything, it’s that life is easily defined by groups into which some things just do not fit. This week we want you to use your artistic talents to recreate that horrible day in gym class; show us examples of one person, animal, plant, or object that just doesn’t belong in the group. If you need further inspiration, the annals of Sesame Street history might prove useful. Of course even when showing which of these things is not like the other you need some rules:

No text.

No video games.

No Star Wars.

No bunnies. No penguins either. We’ve already had that shirt.

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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04 February 2011 ~ 1 Comment

Posts at Shirt.Woot and Design By Humans

I was lucky enough to get to contribute a Panelist’s Choice list to Shirt.Woot‘s T-List awards, which you can check out here: http://shirt.woot.com/Forums/ViewPost.aspx?PostID=4334725

It was tough narrowing down the list to just five, and a whole bunch of other awesome designs just barely missed being included. Designs like Portrait of the Walrus as a Young Man, Mammoth Trees, Mr Lincoln, Flying, and Fresh Cake were also highly deserving of recognition- too bad it wasn’t a top ten!

I was also interviewed at Design By Humans this week, with Wotto asking a lot of great questions (including some about this very blog). You can check that out here: http://www.designbyhumans.com/forums/show/1017079

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03 February 2011 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #185: Things That Start with the Letter T

A new derby is about to debut at Shirt.Woot, and this time the theme is Things That Start with the Letter T. That’s definitely wide open, so here’s hoping there’s a lot of variety in the designs this week. Here’s what Woot had to say:

Ah, T. The 20th letter of the alphabet. Symbol of American heroes like Mr. T, the other Mr. TMr. and Mrs. T, and probably some other people that aren’t quite so formal in person. So this week get your voiceless alveolar plosive on. Go your dictionary, find the T section, and go nuts with only design elements that start with the letter T. And no, slapping a “the” in front of it doesn’t count. And stay away from pop-cultural personas and properties (like the afore-mentioned Misters) and do something original.

No video game references.

No text. But if you want to use images to suggest the shape of the letter T, go for it.

Things that start with T in languages other than English are OK. But be prepared to prove it with something more reliable than Babel Fish.

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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