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29 August 2008 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #58: Work

Shirt.Woot‘s newest Derby centers around a theme that is, unfortunately, very much a part of most people’s lives: Work. Here’s what they have to say about it:

Hey, where are you right now? If you’re at work, you’re surrounded by inspiration for this week’s theme. It’s work, Morrissey’s least favorite four-letter word, every bit as inevitable as death and taxes and sometimes even more humiliating. From the thrill of payday to the agony of mandatory meetings, from clock-in to clock out, from the deepest sewer to the highest skyscraper, work has a billion stories to tell. Find a good one and make a shirt out of it.

Text is allowed this week, but only if accompanied by graphics. In other words, no slogan-only shirts. But text can be a major element of your design.

The derby begins accepting submissions Friday at noon, 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 August 2008 ~ 1 Comment

Shirt.Woot Derby #57: Dessert

Woot‘s newest derby centers on the beloved institution of Dessert. Here’s the description of what they’re looking for:

Why, yes, we will be having dessert today. And every day. Be it cake or cookie, pudding or pie, dessert puts an exclamation mark at the end of any meal. When we ponder the question of dessert, an army of confections beckons, the sweet aromas grabbing us by the nose like in an old cartoon, enticing us away from any thoughts of weight-watching and into a world of sugary indulgence. Show us a shirt so delicious we’ll eat it.

No text this week. Not some text, not incidental text, not cleverly-disguised text: no text.

The derby begins accepting submissions Friday at noon, 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 August 2008 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #56: Your Favorite Element

Shirt.Woot‘s newest Derby theme is up, and the topic is Your Favorite Element. Here’s everything you need to know, directly from Woot:

Where would we be without the elements, those 117 different atoms that form the building blocks of all matter? Nowhere, that’s where. So pick one of your faves and celebrate it in a t-shirt design. You can depict the atom, show us something made from it, riff on the name, whatever – as long as the focal point of your design is one element and only one element. (So, for instance, “water” or “nitrous oxide” would be off-limits as themes because two elements get more or less equal billing.)

Make the element the first word in the title of your entry, followed by a colon and the rest of your title (e.g., “Helium: the Silent Killer”).

For this Derby, incidental text is allowed.

The derby begins accepting submissions Friday at noon, 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 August 2008 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #55A: Derbylympics Event 1, Black and White

This week’s Derby at Shirt.Woot is completely different than any other- it’s a Derbylympics, featuring three shorter contests with a winner apiece. Definitely an intriguing concept, I’m excited to see how it pans out.

Here’s the first event information, as stated by Woot:

1st Event – Black and White
What can you do with the most basic color palette possible? Your design is limited to black ink on a white shirt, or white ink on a black shirt. No other ink colors or shirt colors are permitted. Aside from our usual Derby rules, any subject matter is allowed…but no text. This is the only Derbylympics event where you’ll get a head start on your design, so make the most of it.

This event opens for submissions and voting Friday at noon, and closes on Sunday at noon, when the second Derbylympics event will open. Only the one shirt with the most votes will be printed.

The first place winner will be printed next weekend, 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 July 2008 ~ 1 Comment

Shirt.Woot Derby #53: Double-Take #2

This week marks Shirt.Woot‘s second Double-Take derby. As with their other double-take derby, no new entries will be selected- the only entries that will be in voting are those that Woot themselves have selected from previous derbies (including Honorable Mentions). There’s still a lot of fun to be had for voters, though, as the quality level is much higher than in a typical derby.

The good news is, Woot has released the theme of their derby for next week, giving artists extra time to make their entries perfect. Derby #64 will begin at noon on August 1st, with the theme Old West.

Voting in the double-take derby 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. (Because this is a double-take derby, Woot is also likely to choose four Editor’s Choice picks- if they occur, it will likely happen in the days following the derby winners and those picks will receive the same prize as winners.)

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17 July 2008 ~ 2 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #52: Emergency

Shirt.Woot‘s newest theme is like a breath of fresh air after the pixel constraints of last week. This week the derby is looking for designs about Emergency. Here’s what Woot had to say about it:

Some emergencies are obvious: a burning building, a flash flood, a mad scientist in Times Square with a ray that turns people into insects. Others are a matter of perspective: a little kid would be more worried about his skinned knee than about the global oil crisis. Let your, um, urgency emerge and see what you can do with it in t-shirt form. Hurry, hurry! It’s an emergency!

The Stop Sign Rule is in effect this week: incidental text is allowed as part of an illustration, but no slogan shirts.

The derby begins accepting submissions Friday at noon, 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 July 2008 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #51: Pixel Grid

Shirt.Woot‘s newest derby has a Pixel Grid theme. Here are the details, direct from Woot:

Imagine our 16″ by 20″ print area is broken up into a grid of 1/4″ squares. Your job this week is to create an image by filling some of these squares with blocks of solid color. You can place your design anywhere you want within the grid, and fill (or not fill) as many of the squares (or pixels) as you like. All of your pixels must align to the same 64 x 80 grid of 1/4″ squares. You can’t use any other design elements: no lines, no shading, no partial or multicolored pixels. And, of course, you’re restricted to our usual six ink colors. This the same challenge faced by many of the early pioneers of computer graphics. Let’s see what you can do with it.

No video-game or computer-graphics references whatsoever will be permitted.

And no text.

The derby begins accepting submissions Friday at noon, 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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