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22 April 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #144

It’s derby time again at Shirt.Woot, and this time the theme is How Do They Work? Sounds like there’s some serious potential this week! Here’s what Woot had to say:

You know, those murderous rapping clowns and their NSFW-due-to-naughty-language music video got us thinking, too. How DO magnets work? Or for that matter, what about nuclear power plants? Anyone going to go over toaster ovens with us? For this derby we want you to show us how things work OR, in the event of your not knowing exactly, how you THINK they work. We’d certainly appreciate a graphic detailing the processes involved in launching the space shuttle, but a shirt explaining that our garbage disposal is just a pit full of hungry badgers would work just fine, too. If you need inspiration or information as to how some things actually work, David Macaulay is a good place to start. Now, for the rules:

No video games.

No Star Wars.

Use minimal text. We don’t want to deny the comedy potential in labeling your diagrams, but we don’t want a shirt with your senior thesis on microwave radiation, either.

No earthworms. A totally random rule from a totally random Woot staffer totally randomly-named Melinda.

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 April 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #143

Shirt.Woot is getting into the green spirit for the upcoming Earth Day holiday, and that means the derby theme is Earth Day too! It’s a team-up with the Sierra Club, so winners of this contest will be getting some Sierra Club swag in addition to the typical prize. Here’s the full brief from Woot:

This Derby we’re trying something a little different. April 22 is Earth Day, and regardless of the politics we can all agree that ours is a pretty nifty planet to inhabit. That’s why Shirt.Woot is partnering with The Sierra Club to present a special Earth Day shirt design printed on certified organic cotton shirts; look for it on Earth Day next Thursday, April 22! We’re getting started early with this week’s Earth Day Derby. This Derby’s a little unique: winning artists will receive a stash of Sierra Club merch in addition to the usual Woot payout. A really nifty design might even become Sierra Club merch, but that’s one of those “possible, not plausible” kind of things we definitely wouldn’t guarantee. Artists don’t get all the fun; check out our blog for details on how you can win a trip for two to Hawaii courtesy of the Sierra Club.

Whew. Anyway, for this Derby, show us what’s important to you on Earth Day. What’s your favorite part of living here? How do you make this place better? What’s the one natural wonder you’ve got to see before you die? It’s a pretty broad topic, but show us how you, in the words of the Sierra Club motto, “Explore, Enjoy, and Protect the Planet.”  Now for the usual rules:

No copyrighted images. We’re partners, but the Sierra Club would probably still get uppity if we stole their logo.

No commemorations. We don’t want “EARTH DAY 2010!” shirts that are out of date before they even show up in the mail. Show us your appreciation of Earth, not April 22.

No video games.

No bunnies.

No text.

No vampire bats. A totally random rule from a totally random Woot staffer totally randomly-named Shawn.

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 April 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #142

Shirt.Woot is at it again with another derby, and this theme is one sure to inspire some interesting combinations: Classic Literature Mashup. Here’s the description of what exactly they’d like to see:

Sophocles. Thoreau. Verne. In honor of National Library Week, we’re calling for scenes, themes, and characters from classical (and public domain) literature to get all cozy. Mash up your favorite works and show us what it’d be like if Sherlock Holmes was captured by Polyphemus. Hopefully you’ve got something better than that. If you’re not sure what constitutes public domain (and is therefore something we can print), start your research here. Obviously the usual no copyrighted material rules apply, but also bear in mind the following helpful tips:

We need to know what you’re mashing up. Title your work as “ClassicWork/ClassicWork.” If you’ve got a title too long to fit, post the works immediately in the thread so we have some reference and can verify.

No video games. Maybe in 70 years the Halo novellas will be classics, but right now they’re not.

No Star Wars.

No bunnies.

Incidental Text only. A street sign welcoming us to Brobdingnag is okay. Dialogue or titles are not.

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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01 April 2010 ~ 2 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #141

Shirt.Woot is shaking things up at the derby with a style theme, asking entrants to design in Classic Comic Style. This should be interesting! Here’s the full description from Woot:

Ah, the Golden and Silver Ages of comics, from the birth of the form up through the 1960s, when comics were still fledgling and new. Heroes battled monsters from space instead of their own inner demons, “sorcery” had yet to be replaced by “genetic mutation,” and Jean Grey had only died, like, five times. Take us back to the good ol’ days with a design in the style of comics, comic books, or even cartoons back then: think fat half-tones, huge bold outlines, and flat colors. Don’t worry about telling a cohesive story or coming up with panels; just give us a scene in that grand old scheme. Think more “Action Comics #1” and less “Family Circus.” Of course, this should be a loving homage, not a recreation, so keep in mind that no copyrighted imagery is allowed. Some other rules still apply:

No text, other than onomatopoeia. “BIFF!” or “POW!” or “THWUCK!” are totally cool. “Stand aside, citizen, while I use my telepathic powers to subdue the interloper!” is not.

No video game references.

No bunnies. Seriously. Maybe forever.

No anime/chibi/kawaii/graphic novel/computer-generated/painted-looking images. It’s gotta look legitimately classic enough to make Stan Lee want to take credit for it.

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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18 March 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #138

Shirt.Woot is getting a little crazy with their newest derby theme, asking designers to create art based on Madness. Here’s the full description from Woot:

Insanity gets sort of romanticized as the ultimate creative force in movies and television today, but there’s more than a slight difference between the savant with poor manners and the guy talking to his deity of choice via his Alphabits. So for this derby show us madness: the voices in someone’s head, the swirl of hallucinated hecklers following your every move, or…something else. Yeah, you could draw a lonely-looking guy in a straight-jacket, but we’d rather see you conceptualize actual madness. That’s high-brow, right? Finally, no one will have any reason to complain in the comments! Of course, even the criminally insane have their limits, and that means:

No Video Game references.
No bunnies.

No text.

And in case you’re inspired by the March variety, keep in mind our omnipresent rule about no copyrighted images.

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 March 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #138

Shirt.Woot is setting things up for a derby full of delightfully odd tees (at least I hope!). The theme is Band Names Reinterpreted, and hopefully we’ll be seeing some weird choices. Here’s the summary from Woot:

Trendy mall stores have made it impossible to tell the difference between someone who is actually a fan of a band and someone who just spent $30 on a Ramones shirt because that one guy on that one show wore one. Since we need new, avant-garde ways of showing our disdain for those slightly behind the zeitgeist bell curve, use this week’s theme to craft shirt designs based on, inspired by, and reinterpreting the names of famous bands. You can go for the obvious take (guy with a radio where his head should be?) or the slightly more obscure (a single-engine high altitude reconnaissance plane?), but the shirt should focus on the name entirely. And while we’re not going to judge your taste in music (Mayor named John?), we are going to question the validity of any band that can only be found via some obscure myspace page with 10 friends. Keep it real, yo. That means:

No copyrighted imagery. If the band already did it, we don’t want to see it again.

No videogame references.

No bunnies.

No text.

-Edits, for clarification:-

No celebrity likeness, either. You’re reinvisioning the band NAME, not showing us the band.

Band names, not performer names.

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 March 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #137

Shirt.Woot‘s newest derby has a Luck theme- which might prove interesting if designers address bad luck as well as good (otherwise, I’m not sure how many rabbit shirts I can take!). At any rate, here’s what Woot has to say about the theme:

Sure, you can get by in life on hard work and determination, but there’s something even more rewarding about skating by as the universe inexplicably and arbitrarily rewards you for simply existing. After all, anyone can just try hard. You’ve got the fates on your side, and that makes you way more special. This week, work your shirt magic and show us luck: lucky totems, lucky people, lucky happenstance, or just conceptualize the idea of luck itself. And yeah, we’re coming up on St. Patty’s Day and all, but anybody can slap a clover or a leprechaun on a green shirt. We know you’re better than that.

Incidental text is permitted: It’s okay if someone’s holding a legible horse racing form. It’s not okay if your shirt just says “GET LUCKY!” in huge balloon letters.

No Mario.

No Star Wars.

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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