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A Derby design is worth a thousand words (or, like, 1,125 words in the case of text-as-art design Nevermore). The tablet stylus is mightier than the Vorpal Sword. We could go on and on with these tired old tropes and adages, but the point is: text-as-art is super fantastic and we want to see your best. So warm up your kerning machine and show us what you've got. (Did you notice that this paragraph is in the shape of a box-like item??)

  • No super-duper-tiny font sizes 
  • No copyrighted text 

ALSO! DON'T STOP READING! We're running a Bag Derby this week to pick the next batch of our shipping bags. It's another chance to score a cool grand and place yourself in the hallowed halls of Shirt.Woot fame. Check it out! 



sjaynedesign


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Cool idea! I'm definitely in.


orabbit


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Anything goes? Would something like my Drink Coffee shirt be acceptable, or does the text have to form a picture?

benjaminleebates


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orabbit wrote:Anything goes? Would something like my Drink Coffee shirt be acceptable, or does the text have to form a picture?



Go check out the link in the description to see what was done in the past...
Text as art is referring to text creating a piece of art, not text for the sake of text.
Your drink coffee, would be closer to logo, signage or communicative art, not text art, where the text is secondary to the image that it is incorporated within.
Staff, please correct me if I am off base...

lyonscc


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I subbed this as a daily, four days before Vorpal Sword was printed (GMTA). Glad I held onto it and have been too busy to shop it around elsewhere!

I still need to settle on a color/palette, though, as I like several:



Thoughts?

(Also, I've spell-checked it three times, and made sure the nonsense words (like "Wabe") are 'correctly' spelled.)

sonofafish


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lyonscc wrote:I subbed this as a daily, four days before Vorpal Sword was printed (GMTA). Glad I held onto it and have been too busy to shop it around elsewhere!

I still need to settle on a color/palette, though, as I like several:

Thoughts?

(Also, I've spell-checked it three times, and made sure the nonsense words (like "Wabe") are 'correctly' spelled.)



I mean, they just did that vorpal sword using the same text.

lyonscc


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sonofafish wrote:I mean, they just did that vorpal sword using the same text.



I realize this (it's the poem "Jabberwocky"), but the powers that be hinted I might want to hang on to the design for a near-future derby. I assume this is the one they were thinking of.

blk909


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[quote postid="5554393" user="lyonscc"]I subbed this as a daily, four days before Vorpal Sword was printed (GMTA). Glad I held onto it and have been too busy to shop it around elsewhere!

I still need to settle on a color/palette, though, as I like several:



Thoughts?

I like the design colors on the brown shirt, but how does that palette look on the cranberry shirt? I'd rather wear cranberry, blue (even navy) or silver than the brown, slate/asphalt or black colors.
p.s. LOVE the dragon!

sonofafish


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lyonscc wrote:I realize this (it's the poem "Jabberwocky"), but the powers that be hinted I might want to hang on to the design for a near-future derby. I assume this is the one they were thinking of.



Yes, I'm familiar with the poem. My point was that the recency of this printing may hurt your ability to get votes. If I had bought the Vorpal Sword shirt, I don't think I'd want another shirt with the same poem, unless I was a huge Lewis Carroll fan.

The design itself is good, but I think some of it is extremely difficult to read. It does look good, though.

omarfeliciano


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Here's a cool idea... a Tar (wait for it) dis... no parody, no concept, just a Tardis

ChuckleNorris


quality posts: 4 Private Messages ChuckleNorris

Oh, you're doing that too? I guess I'll have to just do a crow.

sonofafish


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With pop culture being fair game, I wanna start a Tardis betting pool. Here are the rules:

1) You can't do a Tardis yourself.
2) Guess how many tardises will be subbed, to be counted on Monday at noon CST.
3) whoever is closest to the correct number gets a vote on their sub(s) from all other betting participants.
4) It's kind of on the honor system, and also kind of a joke, so you know, everyone be cool, this is for fun.

I'm guessing there will be 4, count 'em 4 tardises by monday.

mapinto


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sonofafish wrote:With pop culture being fair game, I wanna start a Tardis betting pool. Here are the rules:

1) You can't do a Tardis yourself.
2) Guess how many tardises will be subbed, to be counted on Monday at noon CST.
3) whoever is closest to the correct number gets a vote on their sub(s) from all other betting participants.
4) It's kind of on the honor system, and also kind of a joke, so you know, everyone be cool, this is for fun.

I'm guessing there will be 4, count 'em 4 tardises by monday.



My guess is 3!

benjaminleebates


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mapinto wrote:My guess is 3!



My guess is six, three will be mine, jk!

orabbit


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Ok, I say 2. I think we'll have some duplicate guesses though...

tessderpervilles


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mapinto wrote:My guess is 3!

*sigh*



wendy98765


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Can the next shirt derby be about time? Clocks, watches, etc...


EDIT: Sigh, no Tardises (Tardii?) though.

sonofafish


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orabbit wrote:Ok, I say 2. I think we'll have some duplicate guesses though...



ok then,

5) if multiple people guess the correct number or the closest number, all of them get votes from all other betting participants, including each other.

6) If someone guesses 0 and is correct, I'll do a happy dance.

EwingKlipspringer


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lyonscc wrote:I subbed this as a daily, four days before Vorpal Sword was printed (GMTA). Glad I held onto it and have been too busy to shop it around elsewhere!

I still need to settle on a color/palette, though, as I like several:


Thoughts?

(Also, I've spell-checked it three times, and made sure the nonsense words (like "Wabe") are 'correctly' spelled.)




I really don't think it matters a bit whether the source poem has been printed recently. When I vote for a design, I don't check the catalogue for recent prints. Neither do most voters.

As far as the colors are concerned, I like the right hand three--especially the greens on slate and the fall colors on black.

...just my two cents.


jessisima


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Question: Does it have to be a font, or can we do hand drawn type?

EwingKlipspringer


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jessisima wrote:Question: Does it have to be a font, or can we do hand drawn type?



It can be hand drawn--absolutely!


EwingKlipspringer


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So my big question is how much of the text has to be art?


Spiritgreen


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Ewing', I believe all the art has to be made from text.

wakho


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sonofafish wrote:ok then,

5) if multiple people guess the correct number or the closest number, all of them get votes from all other betting participants, including each other.

6) If someone guesses 0 and is correct, I'll do a happy dance.



I'll take 0 and would like my payment in youtube form ;)

millymarchese


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wakho wrote:I'll take 0 and would like my payment in youtube form ;)



Lol, I second that!

oakenspirit


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EwingKlipspringer wrote:So my big question is how much of the text has to be art?

I am planning on submitting this, but I'm hoping that it doesn't get rejected for having too much text that is not artwork.

Thoughts, anyone, on this issue--or the design?



The Noose Bomb is my new nightmare death...


oakenspirit


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lyonscc wrote:I subbed this as a daily, four days before Vorpal Sword was printed (GMTA). Glad I held onto it and have been too busy to shop it around elsewhere!

I still need to settle on a color/palette, though, as I like several:



Thoughts?

(Also, I've spell-checked it three times, and made sure the nonsense words (like "Wabe") are 'correctly' spelled.)



This is pretty cool and looks sharp but I can never get behind the Jabberwock simply being a dragon- I feel your pain on the timing thing though- has happened to me more than once...


oakenspirit


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Re:Tardis

2


artulo


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Oh, these derbies are always fun.

tjschaeffer


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I haven't participated in a few weeks. This and the bonus derby might get me back in, though.

lyonscc


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blk909 wrote:

I like the design colors on the brown shirt, but how does that palette look on the cranberry shirt? I'd rather wear cranberry, blue (even navy) or silver than the brown, slate/asphalt or black colors.
p.s. LOVE the dragon!



Thanks!

Here it is on Cranberry - this palette I like, but it tends to only look good on brown, cranberry, or (sometimes) black.



My favorite is probably the gradients one on black, though I also like the asphalt and this one that you suggested...

jayne5


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Wow - Love the cranberry, er, cranbury. Whatever, love it. You have it ready, don't be late submitting it! Thanks.

lyonscc wrote:Thanks!

Here it is on Cranberry - this palette I like, but it tends to only look good on brown, cranberry, or (sometimes) black.



My favorite is probably the gradients one on black, though I also like the asphalt and this one that you suggested...



jessisima


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I came across this quote by Nikola Tesla and thought it would make a very awkward shirt:

“I have been feeding pigeons, thousands of them for years. But there was one, a beautiful bird, pure white with light grey tips on its wings; that one was different. It was a female. I had only to wish and call her and she would come flying to me.
I loved that pigeon as a man loves a women, and she loved me. As long as I had her, there was a purpose to my life.”
-Nikola Tesla

I decided to go with hand written text, and even though it is all very weird I hope someone might like it. Comments welcome.

orabbit


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jessisima wrote:

I came across this quote by Nikola Tesla and thought it would make a very awkward shirt:

“I have been feeding pigeons, thousands of them for years. But there was one, a beautiful bird, pure white with light grey tips on its wings; that one was different. It was a female. I had only to wish and call her and she would come flying to me.
I loved that pigeon as a man loves a women, and she loved me. As long as I had her, there was a purpose to my life.”
-Nikola Tesla

I decided to go with hand written text, and even though it is all very weird I hope someone might like it. Comments welcome.



*stands up awkwardly*
I too loved a pigeon.
*runs away crying*

mega16bits


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Small clarification question, please: "text" constitutes real words and onomatopoeia, correct?

"We're controlling the monsters from here!"
"REMOTE CONTROL?"

Current derby entry:

orabbit


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I've got Sherlock on the brain. Which one should I go with? I probably shouldn't show how crummy my rough sketches are, but who cares?



Text on the magnifying glass is "When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth."

rasabi


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@orabbit: I'd definitely go with the magnifying lens. I think I've seen that quote used in a similar fashion, but I don't think it was on a lens...

@Jessisima: I was amused in a tragic sort of way. The only thing I would tweak is the apostrophe... seems a little cramped maybe?

lonelypond


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re: Jabberwocky bought Vorpal Sword version, would still vote for/buy different version...like the brown + cranberry

re: Tardis 8


may have to look into doing something with "The Hunting Of The Snark" since mood: Carroll doesn't seem a bad thing.


Merry Christmas shirtwoot!

jessisima


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rasabi wrote:@orabbit: I'd definitely go with the magnifying lens. I think I've seen that quote used in a similar fashion, but I don't think it was on a lens...

@Jessisima: I was amused in a tragic sort of way. The only thing I would tweak is the apostrophe... seems a little cramped maybe?



Awesome, thanks for the suggestion. There are a few changes I think I'm going to make after looking at it longer, and I appreciate your input. I think "amused in a tragic sort of way" is a perfect description of how I feel about it as well.

TobiasAmaranth


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If Fox in Socks http://ai.eecs.umich.edu/people/dreeves/Fox-In-Socks.txt is not copyrighted (I did just succeed in googling it so... no?) then I would like to put out a bounty on that. (If you make a design and it wins, contact me, throw me a bone. :3)

I'm throwing this good idea into the wilds because Fable's gonna be busy this weekend, plus it's too soon for another fox shirt from her.

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