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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.)

26 August 2007 ~ 0 Comments

Shirt.Woot Derby Update: Runners Up to be Printed!

Shirt.Woot‘s Derbies have produced some pretty great shirts, but the best looking designs don’t always win. This was further exaggerated by the fact that Wooters often added and subtracted votes at the last minute (with the goal of causing a tie, leading to a 2 shirts for $10 sale), possibly leading to winners that didn’t reflect the true preference of most voters.

Both of these issues have been corrected by a rules change: as of this week, vote totals for the top four are hidden. And, even better, the top three will all be printed and sold (Friday, Saturday and Sunday at midnight).

And really, this couldn’t have happened at a better time- currently, three of the top four are well-drawn and well-suited to a shirt (which is much better than the competition’s average). As the new voting system attracts new artists, I expect the quality level to rise even higher in future weeks.

As always, derby winners (and those who submit work without entering the derby) will receive $200 for the first day of sales. Every sale after that point will earn the artist an additional $2 per shirt, which is typically a substantial windfall.

25 August 2007 ~ 4 Comments

Threadless by the Numbers

Fantastic Blognanza crunched the numbers to find answers to the biggest questions that users have about Threadless.

1. Can a design’s score be accurately predicted?

2. Do professionals get printed more than amatuers?

3. What kind of shirts don’t get printed?

Definitely some good information to be had there if you missed it when it was first posted a few weeks ago. It’s interesting to see the difference in number of comments between printed and unprinted work- I wonder if that might be due to the number of multiple printed artists (alumni tend to get a ton of comments regardless of quality, especially compared to new artists).

25 August 2007 ~ 0 Comments

Site Update

There might be a decrease in the number of posts here for the next week or so- There was some flooding at my house, and the modem was an early casualty. I’m going to try to keep posting via the library, but I’m not sure how successful that will be at this point. Thanks for your patience.