joelterrific wrote:I guess we were due for one of these misunderstood themes. The thought was to get people to riff on the color blue or the concepts surrounding blue, not to simply makes shirts that contain the color blue.
I hope the frustrated designers out there realize that every so often the themes will not be easy. We'll shoot to be consistent, but this will be subjective. If there appears to be a connection to 'blue' we'll allow it.
FWIW, I'm not a designer, but I understood what you were going for. Either a theme related to the word "blue(s)" as in the musical style, having the blues or some other meaning of the word, OR it should be "a study in blue" which, even as a non-artist, seems pretty clear to me. If the piece doesn't focus on the blueness, then it's not a study in blue, it's a design with some blue in it.
I understand why you rejected the items you did for the most part (and there will always be some judgement calls that people will disagree on) but what I'm puzzled by is why you haven't rejected more than you did. Particularly at the bottom of the pack, there are plenty of things that are not "a study in blue" and yet they remain. And then you have artists who are upset that their pieces are rejected while others are still standing.
For example (and not to pick on any particular artists) you had two dandelion-related designs, and rejected one of them. I don't see any reason why one of those two is good while the other is bad in terms of the theme.
On the other hand, there are two (or maybe three) entries that are basically cloud patterns. One is white clouds on a blue shirt, where the other clouds are white and blue. The white clouds on a blue shirt doesn't seem like a study in blue, but the ones with blue shading do fit the theme.
Even though those lower-ranking pieces have no chance of printing, in the name of fairness, I think Woot should look at every piece and reject the ones that don't fit the theme or are rejectable for any other reason.
It's a common complaint that rejections aren't fair, and I agree. Not that the ones that you make are wrong, but that you leave in a lot that should have been rejected. And then later, people are confused about what is rejectable, because they can point to dozens of designs that weren't rejected, but probably should have been, in previous derbies. And the artists that should have been rejected continue making the same mistakes over and over.
If the rejections were more consistent, I think there'd be fewer complaints about fairness, and I think the derby entries would improve as well.