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18 November 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #174: Crosshatch

This week Shirt.Woot is having another of their popular style derbies, with the theme Crosshatch. If nothing else, it should result in some very different looking winners!  Here is the full description from Woot:

Back in the g-, well, not really GOOD old days…back in the old days artists didn’t have your fancy Photoshops and Illustrators and four-color printing methods. They didn’t have much at all, really, which is why they invented hatching, also known as cross-hatching (we’re calling this Derby cross-hatching so 50 people didn’t immediately start sketching cracked eggs before reading this far). Using lines of varying length, angle, thickness, closeness, etc. artists could create the appearance of depth, volume, brightness, and color. Now we want you to do it. Using only hatched lines (no, cribbing from our line art Derby won’t help), create t-shirt magic. For inspiration and more info, look up masters like Martin Schongauer and Albrecht Dürer or our favorite, Edward Gorey. Now for the rules:

Designs must be one color only. Whatever shade that first line is, so shall all your lines be.

Line width must be a minimum 2 point. Otherwise we might have to reject it due to “un-printability.”

No video games.

No Star Wars.

No text.

No depictions of things hatching. A totally random rule from a totally random Woot staffer totally-randomly named Randy.

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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11 November 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #173: Build Your Own Robot

Shirt.Woot‘s newest derby has a lot of room for creativity, they’re asking that entrants Build Your Own Robot. Pretty neat! Whether or not you personally enjoy robots, a theme like that gets the imagination going. Here’s the full description from Woot:

From the clanky mechanical men of the Industrial Age to the squishy sexy-droids of tomorrow, robots have lurched their way into our collective heart. There’s just something about a thinking, feeling, humanoid machine that seizes our imagination in its brute metallic grip. Robots, cyborgs, androids, whatever: this week, your design should fuse man and machine into a t-shirt design fit for a ‘bot.

No pop-culture robots. Original designs only. Don’t even bother asking if this ban includes that one robot from that one movie or comic book or video game. It does.

Incidental text only. Your design can incorporate text but if it’s reliant on text to make its point, it will get the axe.

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 November 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #172: Home for the Holidays

Although it seems like just last week that Shirt.Woot was celebrating fall (it was actually two weeks ago), this week’s derby is ringing in a new season with Home for the Holidays. This week’s rules include an updated policy on halftones, so if you use them be sure to read carefully:

The leaves and the temperature are dropping, which means soon it’ll be time to head back from school or wherever you were lucky enough to relocate yourself out of your hometown to, well, your hometown. Or wherever the highest concentration of people who love/are related to you is. So this week draw for us how it feels to head back home. Show us what you’re super excited about, or maybe super not excited about, or even what you’ll be missing since you can’t go home. Maybe your design will just depict the hassle of flying home, although we’re not sure how a layover shirt would fly. Or maybe it’s going to be button-eyed animals celebrating a holiday in a tree hollow.

No Video Games.

No Star Wars.

No text.

The password is “packing peanuts.” A totally random rule from a totally random Woot staffer totally randomly-named Matthew.

But wait! There’s more!

Lately a lot of artists are really pushing the limit with their fancy-schmancy halftones. That’s great, really, but we also have to make sure the final art is actually printable or else it’s kind of all for naught. We’ll be running these rules for awhile in the Derbies so everyone sees them but these are the new de facto print requirements from here on out:

If you’re using Photoshop, make certain that your halftones are at least 30 LPI for a full-size design at 300 DPI.

If you’re using Illustrator, please submit your final art with gradients. We’ll create the halftones on our end.

Each dot that makes up your halftone must be one solid color.

That’s it. Good luck in the Derby, commit the new rules to memory, and start submitting shirts!

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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28 October 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #171: Meat

Shirt.Woot has announced a new derby, using the theme Meat. That’s a pretty strange topic, so it’ll be interesting to see how people interpret it! Here’s the full contest description from Woot:

That’s right, meat. Giver of protein. Marvel of grilling science. Reservoir of saturated fat. We’ve let the vegetarian shirts have more than enough fun lately, so this week we’re taking back the plate. Give us your best meat-inspired design, be it a delicious dish, an exotic animal you’d like to see carved up and served, or more likely a hamburger with button eyes dancing on a grill saying something like “Feelin’ Hot! Hot! Hot!”

No video games. We’re keeping that Legend of Zelda “Sausage Link” design for ourselves.

No Star Wars.

No text only designs. You’ve got to have a graphic element to make your point.

No cannibalism, but zombies are okay. A totally random rule from a totally random Woot Staffer totally randomly-named Barbara.

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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21 October 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #170: Fall Colors

Derby veterans have been expecting a seasonal derby, but the specifics of the Fall Colors contest at Shirt.Woot might throw some people for a loop. Here are the rules Woot laid out this time:

How do you throw an autumn-themed t-shirt competition when you’ve done it three times before? Impose arbitrary limitations! So, while this particular Derby yet again calls for designs that evoke the crisp breezes and decaying vegetation of fall, only the following shirt colors are permitted: red, yellow, orange, brown, or cranberry. If Mother Nature herself can create masterpiece with that limited palette, so can you.

No pop-culture references.

No text.

No resubmissions.

No coded messages to the criminally insane. A totally random rule from a totally random Woot staffer totally randomly named Matthew.

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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14 October 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #169: Phobias

Shirt.Woot‘s latest derby is built on the theme Phobias. It’s pretty ripe for interesting design, so here’s hoping folks stretch themselves a bit! Shirt.Woot gave this summary:

Let’s hear it for irrational, intense, persistent, debilitating fear! Imagine how much less colorful the psychological literature would be without those poor oddballs who are terrified of flowers, or swallowing, or the number 4. This week, show us a depiction of your favorite phobia or phobias, whether “real” or imaginary. Don’t be afraid to draw on your own life. Are you a taphophobe? A scopophobe? A gymnophobe? Stop worrying so much about being buried alive, or being stared at, or being naked, and turn that terror into t-shirt fame and fortune.

We know “fear” and “Halloween” are two concepts that overlap quite a bit. But our Halloween Derby was last week. We’re not looking for Halloween shirts this week.

No video games.

No Star Wars.

Incidental text only.

No hippopotami. A totally random rule from a totally random Woot staffer totally randomly named Jason.

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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07 October 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #168: HalloWoot 2010

Shirt.Woot‘s latest derby is a yearly event, HalloWoot 2010. Here’s their full description:

It’s that time of year again, when the leaves are just starting to change, coffee shops are selling various “pumpkin-spiced” things, and Christmas decorations have been in stores for three months. So in preparation for Halloween we’re asking you to design the greatest Halloween shirt ever. Maybe it’s a shirt you can wear as your costume, maybe it’s a macabre depiction of horror, or maybe it’s your usual cute shiny thing stuffed into a witch’s hat. Please don’t let it be that last one. Get into the spooky spirit with your designs, but like a trick-or-treater must wear reflective clothing, you’ve got some rules to follow:

No video games.

No Star Wars.

Incidental Text only. If a tombstone in your design has an inscription on it, fine, but no dialogue and no text-centric jokes.

Alter all resubmissions. Any design from a previous Halloween derby must have substantial substantive changes.

No second acts in American lives. A totally random rule from a totally random Woot staffer 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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