fivedoorsvt wrote:Well, even though i've never seen that other shirt before, pleading ignorance is a poor excuse. But I stand by my illustration. I think the concept of a knuckle tattoo is a valid entry in this particular derby. I think my illustration is significantly different from the one a few posts up. The graphic style is different, the line weight is different, the fingers are different.
It will be up to the Wootinental Congress to make the final call. I won't have any hard feelings about it, it's their contest.
On the other hand...my design has been on a steady rise, from no votes to the top 20 in less than 24 hours. I don't think it means I'm going to pull out a victory here, but to reject a design that seems to have good community support based on a passing resembelance to a design from days gone by seems kind of silly.
I'm at their mercy. Oh merciful Woot lords, pray you have pity on this poor designer!
I've seen a great many designs that go from 0 to top 20 after a late submission (some of my own included). Community support means little if woot decides it is too close to a design they have already printed. Ignorance or no, they have repeatedly rejected designs for being too close to others they've printed. It doesn't matter if you are new to the forums/derby or if you've been here since its inception, the rules apply to all.
Now, does that mean that it will automatically be removed? no. Woot has done far more ludicrous things, such as print designs that have Star Wars references in them (which, if you are not aware, designs at a wide variety of shirt competition sites have removed those prints due to a George Lucas letter that went out - if I am not mistaken. But this did happen at Threadless with a couple particularly popular designs.), rejected designs for there being too many flying penguins, turn around and refuse to reject entries that barely are on theme, and other such craziness.
Quite frankly, I feel your design is lacking in overall presence. I think that's what annoys me most about your piece. As it currently stands, it seems like adding certain details was considered too difficult or you felt that you did an awesome job and left it as is. You went with a small area to work with. You could have very easily taken this to a whole other level:
Show a geek at a desk typing. Showing it from the perspective of if you were taking a photo at the level of the keyboard, up to the geek. His fingers could have been large and shown N3RDLIF3 on them (which, btw, I would have continued the 3 for the 2nd 'E'). You could have had him wearing glasses with heavy monitor reflections in them and a bit of WoW drool escaping his bottom, slack jawed lip. You wouldn't have had to go beyond the site-line of the keyboard and the design would have been rather substantial on the shirt.
I guess, for me, it's the difference between an 'okay' design that doesn't grab my interest (believe me, the fact it looked like Milk and Cookies and the debate in the thread grabbed my interest more.) and a 'I may not wear it, but I like the unconventional take on the theme'.