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02 October 2008 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #63: Art as Text

Shirt.Woot‘s newest derby is based on the theme Art as Text. Here’s how Woot describes their intentions:

Way back in Derby #36: Text as Art, we asked you to take words and make pictures out of them. This week, we’re asking you to do the opposite: take pictures and make words out of them. Confused about the distinction? This week, think about the classic “animal alphabet”-type children’s books, where an alligator’s open mouth makes an “A”, a slithering snake makes an “S”, and a yak’s horn’s make a “Y”. Think about what every kid in America does when they hear the song “YMCA”. Think about those aerial photos where a crowd of people stand positioned in clusters to spell words. Illustrations that form text, get it?

No fonts. There are many fonts out there that do this kind of thing. None of them are allowed. You can’t just type out some text and call it a Derby entry. Where’s the skill in that? Please tattle if you notice someone else doing this, too.

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 September 2008 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #60: Autumn

Shirt.Woot‘s newest derby has an Autumn theme. Here’s the description, direct from Woot:

Trying to dig out your fall-themed Woot shirt from last year? Let us save you the trouble. It’s time again to commemorate that most brisk of seasons, autumn. Sure, it’s about leaves changing color and falling off – but it’s also about the chill in the air, the brave but melancholy sunlight, harvests of apples and squash and corn. Looking beyond the trees might just lift your design above the leafy masses.

No resubmitted designs allowed, including those that have been altered enough to be acceptable in a typical Derby. We’re looking for new designs. If so much as a single leaf is the same from your design last year, it will be rejected. We’ll need your help on this one, tattlers. Here’s the link to last year’s fall Derby again.

No designs dealing with Halloween, Thanksgiving, Election Day, or other specific occasions.

And finally, no text.

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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06 September 2008 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #59: At the Luau

Shirt.Woot‘s Derby is back with a new theme, At the Luau:

Nothing conjures up the feeling of gentle ocean breezes and lush tropical mountains like the distinctive visual iconography of the Pacific islands. Tiki idols and thatched huts, grass skirts and hibiscus, wild pig roasting over an open fire, long wooden canoes carved into intricate works of art, moonlight on the waves: just thinking about it is almost enough to carry you out of your cubicle and whisk you away to the South Seas. There’s a reason this exotic, bold, seductive visual style got so big in post-WWII America and remains a retro favorite today. We’re not necessarily looking for anthropological accuracy – just designs that use this visual vocabulary. Aloha – and good luck!

No text this week.

The derby has already begun, 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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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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