Patchitect wrote:Maybe we sould have a "directors commentary" of the shirt derby on DVD for those of you who need your hands held a little more to know if you like a design or not, or to know if the process of its design lives up to your standards. after all, i wouldnt want anyone to sully thier good name and reputation by voting for something, much less actually buying and wearing something that might be less then 100% "worthy"of your personality.
Honestly, its one thing if you want to know the process of the design to understand its creation, whether to improve your own skills, or to appreciate the artists work, but its quite another to make it mandatory for someone to disclose thier process for the purposes of eliminating thier design.
I have to agree here. I once listened to a very smart person who was moderating a group with issues about each other, and he said something along the lines of "When you start focusing on each other's faults and start what I call 'pimple-picking' on each other, you're
a. Too close to see each other's beauty, so you're seeing only the flaws, and
b. Opening yourself to the same kind of merciless scrutiny."
What matters is whether people like the design, and whether the artist did an original composition with (hopefully) elements they either generated themselves or purchased for the purpose of integrating them into an original design.
If we put too fine a point on things, this derby will degenerate into all the artists being (virtually) individually chased through the village streets with the villagers pursuing with torches held aloft.
It's not a pretty picture, I'm sure you'll agree.
Basically, I agree with some of the people here that some derby participants seem to be copying and using designs from other sites, but let's not turn the quest for truth into a destructive process with widespread negative effects. Let's not let the steamroller of the inquisition hurt innocent feelings, okay?
LET COMMON SENSE BE THE RULE, PLEASE.