akumachan wrote:The fact that it has not been rejected for being off topic when there are other shirts that were rejected and were way closer to being deco than this shirt. Does not sit right with me at all. Did those other rejected shirts have a chance of being in the fog? Probably not. But it's the principle of the thing. Woot is showing a clear double standard for popular artists. That's not right. I know it's just a t-shirt site, but it's discouraging for the artists who are trying to get noticed and who are playing by the rules.
Honestly, I think it's much less a double-standard, and much more the fact that I defended the relevance to the theme of my entry and others did not.
The main issue is that everyone has their own expectations when coming to look at a derby. Some people pay no attention to the theme at all, and just vote for designs that they like. Others look at the name of the theme, and then make decisions about whether or not entries are on topic just based on that. For me, when doing an entry, I pay less attention to the name of the theme and more attention to woot's writeup. While this may not always make sense, and it may not always be the case, sometimes woot's writeup leaves what I consider to be enough of an opening to take the theme in a different direction from what I expect others to do with it.
A good example is the Cabin Fever theme. Although the name of the theme was cabin fever, the writeup said "Use this week's Derby as an outlet for your claustrophobe tendencies." I took this to mean that any entry that bore relevance to claustrophobia would be considered on-theme. Some people criticized that the entry I did had nothing to do with cabin fever, but I believe it was still entirely on theme, even though it was not specifically cabin-fever related.
In the case of this derby, I wanted to take this theme as a design challenge and do something different from what I normally do. When woot confines the derby to a particular style, it becomes much more difficult for artists to show their personal flair, so different people take different approaches to this. Tgentry's entry for example, while on-theme and clearly related to art deco, contains elements that are clearly not art deco at all, making it unique relative to the rest of the derby. What I decided to do for my entry was take the part of the writeup that says "splash some stylized geometrical cool onto a t-shirt" as far as I could take it, extending and exaggerating the futuristic part. While this may have taken the entry a bit further from art deco than most people would have liked, I still included elements that I believe to be art deco inspired (such as the gears in the background), and the way I approached the coloring was in a way that can be seen in a lot of art deco pieces, with overlapping elements being affected in coloration by the ones below them. The combination of the elements with art deco inspiration, as well as the relevance to various parts of the woot writeup, make this entry on theme in my opinion. I entered it knowing that some people would not think it was on theme, but I preferred to do an entry like this rather than do one that I felt would be more similar to the others in the derby. The potential for rejection was obviously there, but I think that there is enough tying this entry to woot's writeup that it should be allowed to stay in the derby.
I fully respect anyone's decision not to vote because they believe that this theme should have been solely about art deco, and that I should not have taken this approach, but I also want you to recognize that, while I may not have done what you wanted to see with the theme, I most certainly did not default on anything that I'm used to and still took this theme seriously and tried to produce something of merit. As things look now, it is extremely unlikely that this will print anyway, and more than likely its downfall was due to the fact that too many people considered it to be off topic judging by the number of people who commented that they enjoyed the design but cannot vote in good conscience, but I stand by my entry and I don't think that it is worthy of rejection based on being off topic. It is not too late, though, and woot may still decide to reject it, but either way, I can't imagine this making it to print so I don't think that woot's decision will at all be related to the fact that this entry is in the fog.
Oh and as a sidenote, a few people suggested that woot is keeping this around because my other designs have made money for them, but I really doubt that's the case, especially since this is so different from my previous designs. There's really no reason for them to expect this to do any better than other pictures that would potentially win this derby.