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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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28 December 2007 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #23: The Big Do-Over

This week’s derby at Shirt.Woot is a little different than the rest- instead of soliciting new designs, they’ve collected the best also-rans from all the other derbies this year. Voters have the chance to pick the best of the unprinted, and there are a lot of gems to choose from.

My favorites, A Healthy Robot Diet and Good Friends, Bad Influences, are pictured above. Vote for your favorites, the top three will be printed next weekend.

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21 December 2007 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #22: Other Words of the Year

Shirt.Woot‘s newest Derby is currently in session, soliciting entries based on the words that were candidates for Merriam-Webster’s 2007 Word of the Year. Woot and facebook entries will be rejected, but the rest of the list is fair game. The twist? Your shirt can’t have any text on it. Sounds like a nice challenge!

As always, voting is on-going so submit your entry as early as you can. The top three entries, as determined by voters, will be printed next weekend. Winners get up to $500 for the first day of sales and $2 per shirt sold on each day afterwards.

If you’ve submitted work to older Derbies, you might have regained the rights to sell your work outside of Woot (if it has been over 60 days since your submission). If you do this (maybe through CafePress, Bountee, or Spreadshirt) make sure you get your store listed on the Woot fan site Best Losers: in addition to making it easier for customers to find your shirt, you could win an Olive Garden gift certificate if you are the 100th uploader!

Also take a look at ShirtDerbyStats for comments on individual entries and vote estimates for fogged entries. Half the fun of the Derby is interacting with the Woot community!

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13 December 2007 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #20: Winter

Shirt.Woot‘s newest Derby theme is Winter. It’s a nice, general theme, but with a few restrictions- no winter holidays allowed. Also, no text of any kind.

As usual, the Derby fun starts on Friday at noon when Woot opens up the Derby to new submissions. Voting begins at the same time, continuing until Thursday at noon. The top three vote-getting entries will be printed next weekend, earning their designers up to $500 for the first day of sales and $2 per sale for each shirt sold after that.

For a fuller Derby experience, point your browser towards Best Losers (which includes awards for the best unsung Derby designs) and ShirtDerbyStats (for comments on individual shirt designs and vote total estimates for the Fog).

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06 December 2007 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #20: Create Your Own Holiday

Shirt.Woot has just announced the theme of their 20th Derby: “Create Your Own Holiday.” Here’s the full description:

“We think the various multicultural wintertime celebrations are just swell, but the question is: do they go far enough? If each culture can have its own significant December occasion, why not each individual? This week, create a t-shirt memento of your own personal holiday. It’s like Festivus, but do not make a Festivus shirt. We can’t stress that enough: NO FESTIVUS.”

I think its safe to say that all holidays from pop culture or reality would also be risking rejection. To stay safe, stick with your own ideas.

You can start submitting at noon on Friday. Voting is continuous until next Thursday at noon, so get your entry in early for your best shot at a win. The three shirts with the highest vote totals will be printed next weekend, and each designer will receive up to $500 for the first day and $2 per shirt sold afterward. Experienced designers can also submit shirt designs of any theme directly to Woot, for the same compensation as Derby winners.

Part of the fun of the Derby is the community interaction. After you check the Derby forum, read an interview with Arrgyle designer Rob Glenn (winner of Derby #18) at Best Losers and compare vote totals and comments with other entrants at ShirtDerbyStats.

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