klswoot wrote:Go Libras!! I agree with you almost entirely. When the really great designs win, it certainly forces the other artists to feel they need to raise the game in order to vie for one of the other fogged spots. This benefits everyone because it makes all the artists work harder and gives the woot buying crowd some fabulous designs for an affordable price.
But, I'm still trying to see the derby through the eyes of a new designer and whether they feel that they are competing on a level playing field. I know the raise to $1000.00 is incentive enough for the new designers to stay and test their success in the derby in the short run, but I don't know if it is enough to keep them here week after week if their art isn't getting the notice they feel they deserve. I guess we'll just have to wait and see.
But, I do agree with you about the concept based shirts. That's a definite morale-buster. My dad bought two sliced bread shirts remember! (That one beat my Taking Flight design!) He still says it the best shirt woot's ever done. Although your little portal shirt is still kicking butt and it was a relatively simple parody shirt that is amazingly popular! (So you can't hate them too much! )
I do love that Woot has been calling for text-free shirts a lot more in the derbies. That's nice to see! I also like the restrictions on colors. I'd like to see more variety in the shirt colors that win. (Your orange one is the only really bright shirt to win a derby, isn't it?)
Believe me, I don't hate all concept-based shirts, I even own a bunch I only hate the terrible ones, which for me usually means either truly horrendous execution, or a concept that the designer borrowed from another, better-looking shirt. I guess I might have stated that a bit funny, as I rarely proofread my posts llo.
Part of the fun, and the frustration, of the derby is that sometimes great art wins... and other times it's a hideous orange shirt with a joke about a video game ;) I find being beaten by great art a lot easier to take, which is probably why I rather prefer losing to the likes of Gentry, Cho and co.
In terms of winners, I look at the Derby similarly to how I look at sites like DBH, Threadless and Uneetee: all of those sites have individual artists who have won many, many times. And all of them have other artists who do good work but haven't won yet. This doesn't seem to hurt any of those sites in terms of new participants. Another thing that keeps me from being upset is knowing that Woot has in the past contacted promising derby artists about doing daily submissions.
But I definitely agree with you on the derbies with art restrictions- I think that's a great way for Woot to induce some variation into what wins the derby, so even if sometimes it's the same people, there's still some new, fresh takes on t-shirt art