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16 February 2008 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #30: Leap Year

I’ll be honest, I don’t understand this Derby theme at all. So here it is, direct from the source:

“Once every four years, our calendar needs to get right with the cosmos, to toss an extra 24 hours in to realign itself with reality. 2008 happens to be one of those years. So we figured it was time for a t-shirt celebration. Maybe your shirt design shows us what you’d do if you had an extra day out of the calendar. Maybe you riff on the “every four years” idea, or the concept of “leaping”. Maybe you dazzle us with a startling treatment of the words “February 29”.Maybe you sloganeer: “People born on leap day do it one-quarter as often.” Maybe you do something else entirely. Don’t miss this rare opportunity for Leap Year design action, especially if you’re a mouse or a blue jay – you probably won’t live to see the next one.”

So, um, enjoy making a shirt that can be worn once every four years, I guess…

If you win, you get the fabulous prize of up to $500, plus an additional $2 per shirt sold after the first day. The top three designs, as voted on by site members, will be printed. If you want a shot at that, enter before Wednesday at noon. If you just want to control the outcome, make sure you vote before Thursday at noon.

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08 February 2008 ~ 2 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #29: Tromp L’Oeil

Shirt.Woot‘s newest derby may turn out to be their most challenging yet: Tromp L’Oeil. They’re looking for a shirt that “should fool us into believing something about itself or its wearer that isn’t true.” And of course, there are restrictions: Woot doesn’t want any shirts that have been done before, and are specifically outlawing tuxedo shirts, neckties, fake sweaters and bare breasts.

The derby begins on Friday at noon, and next weekend the three top vote-getters will be printed next weekend. Winners get up to $500 for the first night of sales, and an additional $2 per shirt for any sales made after the first day.

Be sure to check out sites for derby fans like ShirtDerbyStats and Best Losers– they’re your best non-Woot sources for information on Derby favorites.

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02 February 2008 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #28: Quitter

There’s another derby underway at Shirt.Woot, and this one’s for all the slackers. They’re looking for shirts that fit the theme Quitter. So if you can bring yourself to finish your entry, give it a shot.

Enter before Wednesday at noon for your chance at the fabulous prize: the top three shirts get printed next weekend, with the designers earning up to $500 and a $2 commission per shirt sold after the first day.

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26 January 2008 ~ 0 Comments

The Derby Grows Up: Alice Painting Caterpillar

Alice Painting Caterpillar went on sale at Shirt.Woot last night after winning second place in the Graffiti derby.

Why is this news? Well, if you’ve been following the derby over the last few months, then you know that typically well-drawn art is at a bit of a disadvantage. Funny concepts and text usually rule the top spots, which makes this victory of pure drawing skill a fairly unique event (even the artist’s past work often relied on humor).

To be printed, this shirt also overcame a late entry (voting begins Friday at noon, this piece wasn’t entered until Sunday) and an unpopular shirt color (white shirts are often vilified by voters). The customers must have loved it too, because it sold out of 1500 shirts around 9:30 this morning (though starting tonight at midnight, it will again be available here).

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25 January 2008 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #27: Dreams

Shirt.Woot‘s newest derby theme is Dreams. As they put it, “Dreams. The visions and emotions we experience while asleep. The aspirations we hold for a better world. The things Billy Ocean commands us to get out of. Much has been said about the enigma of dreams, from Sigmund Freud to Martin Luther King, Jr. to Van Halen. Now it’s your turn. Show us a shirt that explores, explains, embodies, or embiggens the concept of dreams.”

That definitely sounds awesome. And, to stay true to the dream theme, all text has been outlawed this week.

The floodgate for submissions opens Friday at noon, with voting opening at the same time. Submissions must be made before Wednesday at noon, and voting closes on Thursday at noon. The three highest-ranking shirts (as determined by voters) will be sold next weekend, with their designers earning up to $500 for the first night’s sales and $2 per shirt sold after that point.

While you’re waiting for the voters to recognize your obvious shirt design genius, waste some time at the Derby supporting sites that have sprung up. ShirtDerbyStats is your one-stop-shop for vote total estimates and user comments on individual entries. Meanwhile, Best Losers is your best source of information on all the shirts that didn’t win, complete with awards and tips on where to send your design next.

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10 January 2008 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #25: Citizenship

This week’s Shirt.Woot Derby theme is a doozy: Citizenship. And as if that weren’t already a tough enough challenge, the powers that be have further decreed that all shirts must be text-free. They’ll also be rejecting anything that has an anti-immigration message.

Submissions can be entered starting at noon on Friday, continuing through Wednesday at noon. Voting is on-going until Thursday at noon. The three top vote-getters will be sold next weekend, earning their creators up to $500 for the first day of sales and an additional $2 per shirt sold after that point.

Derby fanatics already know about Best Losers (your source for information on losing designs) and ShirtDerbyStats (vote estimates for fogged shirts), but they’re also good reading for more casual derbiers as well.

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04 January 2008 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #24: Invention

Another week, another Derby at Shirt.Woot. And unlike last week (when Woot selected their favorites from old derbies), this week everyone can submit their entries. The topic is Inventions, Inventors and Inventing, which is pretty broad and has a lot of opportunities for cool shirt designs.

As usual, submissions end on Wednesday at noon and voting ends Thursday at noon. The three highest scoring entries, as voted on by Woot members, will be printed next weekend. Printed designers earn up to $500 for the first day of sales and $2 per shirt for sale afterwards.

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