dmaz wrote:I guess when some shirt designers reach a certain level, the rules don't apply to them anymore. Very disappointed Boots. I'd expect this from others, but not from you. Put some design and effort into the shirt for crying out loud. If you take the text out of this there is nothing.
dmaz! I would never not follow the rules! I'm a stickler for rules (in an almost unhealthy anal way).
The rule this time is just "no text only designs." The text can still be the main part of the design, there just has to be some graphical elements, too (it doesn't have to be complex imagery or anything, just some extra designy stuff). It's different from the "incidental text only" rule, which means if you remove the text you'd still have a solid design.
I think this rule is just in place to keep people from slapping a typeface on a shirt and calling it a day (based on past rejections, it seems pretty clear). There's a lot of "design" that can go into a design that's text-based. Sometimes putting them together is harder than it looks (OdysseyRoc always does a great job with graphic text).
I'm not saying that I've never phoned in a design, but I really did put a lot of effort into this one. It was hard to get the joke to "read" in the best possible way, hard to make the design look graphic even though it's just text, hard to make it look slightly futuristic without looking too cheesy, and stuff... Could this design have been better? I'm sure all of my work could be better, this one included, but not for lack of effort (this time). Oh! I didn't put much effort into this one. It was a nice day, and I really wanted to finish it so I could go to the park. I will admit it. That's the only one I can think of off the top of my head, though.
I do appreciate you bringing your rule-following hammer down, though! It irks me to no end when I see someone trying to skirt the rules, so carry on (my wayward son?)!