Derby #290: New Secret Societies
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Cosa Nostra Grammatica

Cosa Nostra Grammatica
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lyonscc


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Thanks to all who helped in the pre-derby thread!

In the end, I went with red, because of the symbolism (and family arm-twisting), though I liked the blue slightly better...

This design is a parody of the Raised Fist motif used in a lot of socialist and labor-related propaganda-style designs (See the Wikipedia Article on the use of this symbolism.). (So, yes, before some Einstein points out that the fist bears a similarity to the Raised Fist icon, the similarity is intentional, but not a direct copy - similar to, but not as blatant as, PP's design a couple of weeks ago.

In the end, I much liked the alliteration of the last letters, and the better flow of the Italian.

edgrrrzzmom


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Love it! Love it! Love it! At last some artistes who have acknowledged my fave complaint about the internet: we've raised a bunch of illiterate Miltons. (Are they more or less dangerous than the literate Miltons?)

kcjenk42


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I love the final design! The flow of Cosa Nostra Grammatica works well and having it on red, since many corrections are made in that color, makes sense. As an English major I HAVE to have this!!

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darianwiccan


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lyonscc wrote:Thanks to all who helped in the pre-derby thread!

In the end, I went with red, because of the symbolism (and family arm-twisting), though I liked the blue slightly better...

This design is a parody of the Raised Fist motif used in a lot of socialist and labor-related propaganda-style designs (See the Wikipedia Article on the use of this symbolism.). (So, yes, before some Einstein points out that the fist bears a similarity to the Raised Fist icon, the similarity is intentional, but not a direct copy - similar to, but not as blatant as, PP's design a couple of weeks ago.

In the end, I much liked the alliteration of the last letters, and the better flow of the Italian.


Great design... though I am saddened that it's no longer a "Grammar N*zi" shirt. The wife and I were hoping to pick up two if it were.

x 15

lyonscc


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edgrrrzzmom wrote:Love it! Love it! Love it! At last some artistes who have acknowledged my fave complaint about the internet: we've raised a bunch of illiterate Miltons. (Are they more or less dangerous than the literate Miltons?)


Thanks! I always hate it when I get emails that are full of texting short-hand and misspellings.

kcjenk42 wrote:I love the final design! The flow of Cosa Nostra Grammatica works well and having it on red, since many corrections are made in that color, makes sense. As an English major I HAVE to have this!!

Thanks!


darianwiccan wrote:Great design... though I am saddened that it's no longer a "Grammar N*zi" shirt. The wife and I were hoping to pick up two if it were.


Thanks - I was a little sad too, to change it, but I do like the flow of the new title better, and I realized that N*zi is still very offensive to some groups, even though it has crept into pop culture (like "the soup n*zi" on Seinfeld) in acceptable ways.

lotsofgoats


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This shirt works better than anything else I've seen you do, mainly because the text is so sharp. Moving your effects to the other elements of the design was a good choice. Your lettering tends to get too muddied up when you're setting it on fire, etc.

lyonscc


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lotsofgoats wrote:This shirt works better than anything else I've seen you do, mainly because the text is so sharp. Moving your effects to the other elements of the design was a good choice. Your lettering tends to get too muddied up when you're setting it on fire, etc.


Thank you.

For the past year and a half, or so, I've been trying to self-learn a lot more about graphic design (my wife finished her degree in interior design, and had all the software, books, materials, etc., lying around the house, and it was something I used to play around with a lot (in terms of 3D modeling)). I also used to supervise a group of draftsmen, so I knew a lot of the lingo and many of the basic concepts.

I realize that one of my problems is that whatever technique/tool I'm working with right now is the "hammer" I most want to pick up for the next derby - and that the whole world looks like a nail for that hammer. I haven't done any "fire" designs from scratch for a few months, IRL, but I had a number of completed (or nearly completed) "flame" designs sitting in my TBD file - of which the Pi Rho Delta was the last. I debated whether or not to even submit it this week, and (if the voting totals, even sans the comments, are any indication) I should have just moved it to my Archive folder.

Thank you again for your helpful criticism!

marbenais


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I do appreciate the lack of 'n*zi' in the image, so, thank you!

LadyLuck84


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As I was an English major in college and I am now employed as a copy editor... this shirt is probably one of the best things I've ever seen (and I own a lot of Woot shirts). Very well done! GMV!

LadyLuck84


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My internet is being wonky. Just posted the same thing twice. *sigh*

lyonscc


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Thanks to all who voted for this design!

thePenrod


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lyonscc wrote:Thanks to all who voted for this design!


I can't believe the winner has such few votes. Where did everybody go?

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