Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Fall shirt design contest

Yes, that is Comic Sans; no, you can't use it.
The unseasonably chilly and cloudy weather (I've lived in Boulder long enough that I can't function if I don't see the sun for an entire day) has got me thinking about our fall special edition shirts. Last fall we did the limited edition hoodies which were a bigger hit than I thought they would be. So we'll keep the tradition going.

You guys are probably pretty tired of my boring standard logo, so we're going to hold a design contest for this fall's shirt. I really want some long sleeve t-shirts this year, and we'll also order regular tees and some tanks for the gals (lobby for other styles if you want them) - you'll want your design to fit all of those media.

Useful information:

The corporate font for Barbell Strategy is Russo One stretched to the metrics of Eurostile (or Michroma if you don't have the non-free font). You don't have to use it, but I like it. I also love Futura, though doesn't feel like a very good gym font.

The corporate blue is 0x073763, (7,55,99) RGB, (0.929, 0.444, 0.000, 0.612) CMYK.

I like to order shirts from Custom Ink because I don't need to talk to a person, but if you have a local shop you like (and want to talk to them) we can go there.

I can handle probably any kind of entry you want give me, but avoid proprietary file formats because I don't have any expensive software. I prefer pngs or svgs (I really like vector formats). Or you could design the shirt in Custom Ink's editor and just share that with me. Whatever you want to use.

It's probably better to go for fewer colors of ink and single-side printing because the costs add up quickly. But if you have a super cool multi-color design, folks may pay more for it. I prefer to put the money into the nice shirts rather than fancy printing (hence my boring 1-color logo).

You can send me as many designs as you want. You'll retain the copyright, but I'll keep a non-exclusive license to use them again in future prints.

The winner will get a free shirt of every style we order plus a commission on all of the orders made. We'll determine the winner with anonymous voting.

Timeline: Get all of the designs to me by the end of this month (August 31). Then we'll have one week of voting, choose a design, and leave the order form open for about a week. You'll have your shirts by October.

Be creative.


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