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31 August 2007 ~ 0 Comments

VaFireNews.com T-Shirt Design Contest

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Firebugs, Virginians and designers take note: VAFireNews.com, the internet’s source for news about the Virginia Fire and EMS community, is hosting a t-shirt design contest to help promote the site.

They’re looking for a two-color design that incorporates the site’s logo. Enter before September 31st, 2007 for your chance at the $100 cash prize.

30 August 2007 ~ 0 Comments

Dandy Warhols T-Shirt Contest

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Yep, the Dandy Warhols are having a t-shirt design contest. Here’s the information, direct from their website:

“Hey, we just started a contest on our webstore. We want you to design a Dandys tee. Yeah. Like whatever you want. If we pick your design, your shirt will go into production as a limited edition. Oh, and you win prizes. Prizes are like God’s thank you notes.”

The vague promise of prizes! Fantastic. The complete lack of a posted deadline! Even better. They’re a cool band, though, so I’ll let it slide. To see their current selection of tees, check out their web store.

But seriously, what is up with all these ridiculously vague contests? Is it really so difficult to have a few rules, a prize and a deadline set down in advance? People baffle me.

30 August 2007 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby #6: Fake Me Out To The Ballgame

The theme has been announced for the next Shirt.Woot Derby: Fake Me Out To The Ballgame. The description is a little odd, so I’m just going to quote the whole thing in the interest of clarity:

“With the NFL, NHL, and college football seasons starting and the baseball pennant races tightening up, September is a helluva time to be a sports fan. But what if your team stinks? What if you don’t like any actual sports? Make up your own. And then show us what you picked up at the imaginary team store. Remember: don’t use somebody else’s logo, don’t submit a two-sided design, and do NOT design a shirt for a Woot-themed team. Otherwise, game on.”

So I guess the theme is pretend and sports? I would guess that imaginary team logos, depictions of non-existent sports and things of that nature would work. I’m tempted to try a logo out…

Submissions for this contest are due between Friday at noon and Wednesday at noon. The top three will be printed and sold over the weekend, earning their creators $200 and an additional $2 per shirt sold after the first day.

The last derby had a number of really nice designs, so I expect this week to be even better.

29 August 2007 ~ 2 Comments

Rich Robots Is Accepting Submissions

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When you consider that vintage-style shirts make up a huge percentage of the online t-shirt market, I’m really not posting enough about them. So here are some guys who are doing the vintage thing right: Rich Robots.

Designed in California and printed in Michigan, you can see elements of both locations in the site’s wares. Some shirts refer specifically to Michigan (some name-check Michigan’s cities, while others promote local football players), while You’re A Bad Actor! clearly draws from a more Californian influence. Regardless of geographic preference, they’re vintage-styled and yet still totally fresh.

Why am I mentioning Rich Robots in this blog? Well, it turns out that they’re looking for submissions. Send in an idea (with or without images to flesh out the concept) and if they use it you’ll receive a free shirt and an unspecified (oooh, mysterious!) amount of money.

28 August 2007 ~ 0 Comments

Is This Chicken?

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The first thing you’ll notice about Is This Chicken is that they have a surprisingly high-quality selection of shirts for a relatively new company. Above are pictures of two of my favorites, Forgot to Feed the Fish and Who Pulled the Plug.

The second thing you’ll notice is that so far, there’s no prize for being printed (prizes are planned in the future, but no date has been set at this time and things are still being negotiated). How can it be that they still have such great designs without designer incentives? My guess is that some designers are motivated by national pride- to the best of my knowledge, Is This Chicken is the only t-shirt design competition site located in the Netherlands. There’s also an active community of voters, who seem to be very positive in their comments (a huge reversal from how a lot of these sites tend to work).

Whatever the reason may be, Is This Chicken is printing some really great shirts. Also, if anyone is thinking about submitting your work, be aware of the fact that Is This Chicken is happy to release the rights to designs that they don’t print (the terms are unclear on this, but I got confirmation from an employee).

What’s the consensus among designers on contests like this? Is the lack of prizes a deterrent, or do you sometimes enter work for the experience? What, beyond monetary gain, would influence you to try a new t-shirt contest?

27 August 2007 ~ 0 Comments

Design by Humans $5000 Winner Announced

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Design by Humans has just announced their $5000 winner: Robot Attack by Legion of Doom

The shirt, which was designed by a team of over 20 artists working in a variety of styles, features a soft hand screen print with metallic ink accents. Oh, and it is ridiculously good-looking.

27 August 2007 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless: $10 Back to School Sale

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Yep, there’s a ten dollar sale on at Threadless! And I’m going to go on record as saying this is the best sale ever. Why? Because today there are 14 new shirts and 4 new reprints. Even more impressive (to me), this marks the first time in history that I have scored two of the printed designs with $5 scores. Those two shirts were http://www.threadless.com/product/968/Everybody_Loves_A_Yeti?streetteam=mj00″>Everybody Loves a Yeti.

The sale will continue until September 3rd, but act quickly as the most popular shirts will sell out before then.

(Typically, I’d post reviews of all the new shirts. Due to the high number of shirts and my lack of internet at home right now, that won’t be happening today. I may include that information later in the week, so stay tuned.)