paigeg wrote:Woot wants to sell shirts. Check out the "What is Shirt.Woot" if you don't recall that.
Before reading any of the postings my initial reaction was "wow that's little death's nightmare, when he realizes that his life will never be normal because he doesn't get to go to playgrounds to play, he goes to take lives." Maybe this is or isn't what Ramy intended to depict, but every design is always going to be up to the interpretation of the masses. I noticed the skull once I looked at the details, but was surprised that only 2-3 people mentioned that at all. I believe that it helps tie it to the topic. Yes sure if you showed someone the shirt and asked whats the topic? they wouldn't come close. But would they on the other shirts? I haven't read all the threads on them, but I get the feeling they aren't as extensive, as many are implying this is Ramy's MO. Maybe that's true, maybe he is tangential a lot of the time, I don't know.
But it all links with what paigeg said. This is ALL about woot selling product. And they aren't going to take down submissions that are getting tons of votes, because they are hoping that everyone that votes buys the shirt. Yea it would be great to get such a broad variety through the derbys and for other talented people to get a chance to sell their shirts as well. But its not in woot's best interest to sell something that the masses aren't saying they want. Frankly, I think all the designers here should just be happy with the opportunity to submit our artwork and get it out there. Woot doesnt have to have derbys at all. This is a great place for constructive criticism and learning new things. And if the same people win over and over again, regardless of if you like their design aesthetic or you think their off topic, then obviously there are those out there that do like their work. If it bothers you so much to see something win that you feel is off topic and unfair, welcome to the real world where stuff isn't always fair. Don't participate if you cant stand it.