littleclyde wrote:Though the style is totally different, the composition is eerily similar to this
When I came up with the idea, I did a very extensive search to see if there were any similar shirts out there and found none. Finding shirts that were submitted but never printed, and three years ago no less, at another site is unfortunately very difficult to track down. That design came long before my time either on woot or threadless, so it's just an unfortunate case of two designers coming up with similar ideas. I work in a lab and use a setup extremely similar to this one, and mice are the animal I study, so this was a very natural design for me to come up with. In general though, woot's stance has been that they reject if similar shirts exist, not similar ideas. If this is going to get into an argument about how any idea that has been thought of by anyone else before should be off limits, I hope that people are planning to research every archive on every site to ensure that all the shirts they are voting for are entirely one of a kind. I hate to be so cynical about the topic, but after weeks of having my face bashed in for doing designs that other people have come up with in some form in the past, I've done quite a bit of searching and can assure you that I can find about 90% of the derby winners on woot in some form done by some other artist. I remember when the ceiling chthulu was in the derby, a extremely similar image was found somewhere else, but the arguments went entirely the other way, with people freaking out that since it wasn't printed on a shirt, it shouldn't matter. It isn't a matter of coincidence, it's a matter of the sheer volume of artwork that has been done and posted in the 10+ years that people have been keeping online portfolios. Woot is looking for designs that haven't been printed somewhere else first, and I'd like to think I provided that with this entry, whether someone came up with the idea at some other point or not. In other cases, where a design has been printed elsewhere and I hadn't seen it before, I will gladly concede that woot should go for a rejection, but that isn't the case here.