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12 August 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #160

Things are getting downright apocalyptic this week at Shirt.Woot, where the derby theme will be The End of the World. I’d place heavy odds on a fog full of nukes, but let’s hope people take advantage of the opportunity and get creative. Here’s the full summary from Woot:

People love to see a good catastrophe. Every summer a movie like Independence Day or 2012 or Glitter hits the theaters affirming that fact. In fact just about every religion, cult, and tribal group as their own mythology as to how everything’s going to end. Put five or six people together for a couple of hours and they’re going to start wondering how they’re all going to die; at least that’s what usually goes on at the water cooler here. So for this week’s Derby theme, show us how it’s going to go down. Plague? Zombies? The heat death of the universe? Rampaging murderous jellyfish? Give us your best take on the end of it all, but try to be more original than just “here’s a nuclear explosion.”

Of course in any disaster your odds of survival increase if you can remain calm and keep a clear head, so try to remember these rules:

No video games.

No text.

No kittens, bunnies, or penguins. It’s the Apocalypse, okay?

No fate but what we make. 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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05 August 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #159: Road Trip

Shirt.Woot is paying tribute to a summer classic in their newest derby, Road Trip. Expect to see a lot of cute, commuting animals this week! Here’s the rules for this contest direct from Woot:

We’re still recovering from our own cross-country drive, and it’s an American tradition to take to the highways when the weather is hot. There are giant balls of yarn to see and Stuckey’s Pecan Logs to eat and games of license plate bingo to play! This week, show us how you hit the open road with your take on road trips: the cramped car, the greasy food, and the “natural” wonders just 14 miles from the next exit. It could be an “all aboard” kind of excitement, or it could illustrate the crushing ennui of sitting in a cramped station wagon (we didn’t have “crossover vehicles” when WE were kids, dagnabit) waiting four and a half hours for the next pit stop. Of course you’ve still got to observe the rules of the proverbial road:

No video games.

No Star Wars.

No bunnies.

Incidental text only. If somebody’s holding a map, fine. But no reports on the best road trip you and your family took to Elko.

No purple.
A totally random rule from a totally random Woot staffer totally randomly-named Aliki.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Some Woot staffers are moving, or preparing to move, over the next several days, so all submissions must include print-ready artwork. Don’t email it in later, or neglect to submit it entirely. We need print-ready artwork along with your submission.

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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02 August 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby: Best of year 3

It was recently brought to my attention that while I post weekly contest announcements for Shirt.Woot‘s Derbies, the actual winners of those derbies rarely get a mention (much less a review). One reason for this is Woot’s structure- shirts are only available for 24 hours and aren’t announced in advance, which limits the amount of time I have to write a review in time for anyone to see it while the shirt is still on the front page. Another factor is that I generally dislike reviewing shirts that aren’t to my taste- it’s a lot more fun to tell people why something is awesome and how it works than to break it down into pieces and explain the mistakes.

But, that did raise an interesting point- the best and brightest of the derby winners are great shirts, the kind of designs that often are of a high enough quality to have been printed at any number of sites. And those shirts deserve to have the spotlight shown on them.

So, without further ado, here are the tees I consider to be the Top 3 of Woot’s Derby winners during this year (as marked by Shirt.Woot’s birthday).

Fresh Cake by walmazan is my favorite derby winner of the year- even more impressive because it originated in the much feared Kawaii derby. But this is the perfect concept for the theme, as over-the-top cuteness and a vacant expression feel like just the right attributes for a cupcake. The concept is adorable, having the snack experience a rush of pure joy as it finally frees itself from its confining and bland paper cup. It’s an infectious kind of glee that gets people who see it to smile right along. There are no flaws in this piece- it’s pure win.

In addition to your radishes, I will take this by DeadFrog is my pick for the second best of the derby winners. While parodies of childhood references happen often, this one stands out as special because of the way it expertly lampoons its subject. Peter Rabbit was always something of a sociopath, blithely stealing whatever he wanted with little regard for the farmers who toiled to nurture it. As any parent will tell you, these things are a slippery slope- the kid who starts out stealing packs of gum at the cornerstore is bound to waste away in prison for something much worse in the future. This feels to me like a fun reflection of the parental hysteria that colored many kids’ childhoods just as much as the story itself. I’m also impressed with how well the design recreates the feeling of the original art, full of soft tones that make it seem almost heart warming despite the, er, heart removal we’re witnessing.

Devostation by cmdixon2 gets my nod as the third best of this year’s derby winners. It’s also another that came from an unexpected place, the Devo derby. While the derby was widely criticized due to the requirement that a logo be included, this piece proves that it was possible to meet that expectation in a classy and understated way that doesn’t detract from the art. The story it tells in the panels isn’t a new one (the rise of progress ended with a nuclear bomb), but it’s handled so quietly and powerfully I’m still drawn in. The art of the first three panels makes me want to climb in and explore, making the ultimate devastation even more distressing.

Three derby winners are chosen each week at Shirt.Woot, based on the votes of customers. Each winner earns $1000 for the first day of sales and a potential additional $2 per sale for any shirt sold afterward.

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29 July 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #158: Physics

It’s derby time again at Shirt.Woot, and science geeks will be pleased with the Physics theme. Here’s the full description from Woot:

The natural world’s a pretty incredible place. There are things like oceans, mountains, planets, stars, and black holes; and they’re all moving to an unseen rhythm: electromagnetism, gravity, fusion, and all kinds of other mind-boggling physical forces. When you think about it, it’s a miracle we’re able just to make into work without spontaneously combusting. So for this Derby pay homage to the forces that shape our universe. Of course even physics has laws, so we’ve got some rules for you to follow:

No Star Wars.

No text.

No video games.

No bunnies.

No hamsters. A totally random rule from a totally random Woot staffer totally randomly-named Stephanie.

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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22 July 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #157

Shirt.Woot‘s newest derby is about to begin, this time around the theme of Reinterpreting Famous Art Titles. This could be interesting, as previous title reinterpretation themes led to a lot of creative entries. Here’s the summary from Woot:

We were walking through the art museum the other day when it hit us: we could have done a lot better with a name like The Garden of Earthly Delights. A lot cruder, maybe, but better. To us, anyway. This week we’re asking you to create a design reinterpreting the title of a famous work of art. Don’t worry about recreating van Gogh’s The Starry Night; just riff on the idea of a starry night. Show us your take on the names of the greats; David, Red Spot II, The Joy of Life, the list goes on. Just start with the title and work from there.

You must title your submission with the name of the Famous Work you’re reinterpreting.

No video games.

No Star Wars.

No, it’s a cardigan, but thanks for noticing. A totally random rule from a totally random Woot staffer totally randomly-named Mark.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Some Woot staffers are moving, or preparing to move, over the next several days, so all submissions must include print-ready artwork. Don’t email it in later, or neglect to submit it entirely. We need print-ready artwork along with your submission.

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 July 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #156: Three

Shirt.Woot‘s third birthday is impending, so it’s not surprising that this week’s derby theme is Three. That’s fairly wide open, so here’s hoping people take advantage of the freedom and get creative. Here’s the summary straight from Woot:

We’re officially three, and much like an extremely early puberty our third year’s brought a lot of changes. To commemorate the occasion, and because we’re lazy and couldn’t think of anything on short notice this week, we’re just mooching off what we’ve done the last two years and throwing a number out there. Get all “lucky prime number” on us with your take on the largest number written with as many lines as the number represents. You could reference the Tripartite motto, touch on “three strikes and you’re out,” or use this as the platform for your Wiccan incantations.

No text except the number 3, the word “three” (or “tres,” “tre,” or any other real language).

No copyrighted characters, works, etc. Okay, that rule’s always there. But we’re relaxing some of the others so we figured we’d remind you to save you the heartache of rejection.

No Japanese culture. A totally random rule from a totally random Woot staffer totally randomly-named Scott.

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 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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