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ProBlogger T-Shirt Design Competition

Ok – it’s time for a little fun.

Over the past few weeks I’ve had four people independently suggest that I put out a ProBlogger.net T-Shirt. Each said they’d buy one and each thought it’d help with adding a revenue stream to this blog as well as promoting the brand of ProBlogger.

I’ve put it off for a while because I wasn’t sure what to put on such a T-Shirt. This blog’s logo is good for a blog (thanks Rachel) but I’m not sure it’s really T-Shirt material (excuse the pun).

So I’ve decided to have a competition for all you budding designers. Design me a T-Shirt logo that I can offer to readers of this blog.

NB: darren at problogger dot net

I’m going to offer a prize for the design that I end up selecting (I’ll consult with three other secret judges – secret because I don’t want them taking bribes – and because I haven’t asked them yet). The prize will be products to the value of $100 at Amazon.com ($USD). (update – I’ve added to this prize – see below for details). You choose the products if you win and I’ll have them shipped to you.

Initially the T-Shirts will be sold via CafePress.com so you’ll need to follow their guidelines for design of images and submit (to me) a large jpg or png file.

Your brief is to produce something in keeping with the vibe here at ProBlogger and something that readers of this site would see as a ‘must have’. Readers here are usually bloggers aspiring to make a few dollars from their blogs.

Ideally it should incorporate the word ProBlogger in some form into the design – it need not incorporate ‘Helping bloggers earn money’ – as a slogan. Feel free to add your own if you like.

It can be serious, humorous, blatantly promotional, have a slogan, a picture – whatever you like. Let your creativity run wild. Please note that I’m not looking for just a slogan here – but a design. If you have a slogan you need to submit it as a picture file – a design.

By entering you’re giving me permission to use what you submit as I see fit (even if you don’t win the prize). I could use more than one design for T-Shirts, logos, etc but undertake to acknowledge you as the designer in a public way. I’ll feature a post with all of the designs and links to the designers blogs (if they have them) at the end of the competition and before the result is announced for readers comments.

T-Shirts with the winning design (and perhaps other merchandise) will be available for purchase at the end of the competition. Proceeds will go towards the growing running costs of this blog.

Submissions will be accepted up until the end of the day on 31 July 2005 and the winner will be announced in the week after.

If you have questions – let me know. To submit designs simply email the design and your contact details and blog’s URL to:

darren at problogger dot net

Update – I mentioned this to a friend earlier today and they just sent me one their 12 year old son did in photoshop for me! It’s below…

Update II – I’d decided to ramp up the prize a little. Here’s what you now get if you win:

1. You’ll still get your $100 (USD) worth of products from Amazon
2. You’ll get the very first T-Shirt free (worth around $20)
3. I’ll offer you 1 hour of blog consultation free for your site – you choose what you want me to work on (worth $60+)
4. I’ll link to your blog on my side bar for free for 1 month after the prize is announced (priceless – well not worthless)
5. I’ll highlight your blog in a ‘winners’ post (another not worthless give away)
6. I’ll add your blog to be the number one blog on my RSS feed which will mean I’ll check it multiple times per day and become your blog’s number 1 fan! (ok it’s not worth much – but you’ll get yourself a new dedicated reader)

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Comments

  1. Nicole Simon says:

    “Click me baby one more time” ;))

  2. This is a great message you’re sending out, Darren : How can I be a Problogger? Sell T-shirts! :-)

    I’ll have a think about the design.

  3. Allen Heat says:

    I’ll give it a try Darren ;)

    Heat

  4. Chrispian says:

    Some obvious slogans that could be used:

    “I’m a problogger and all I got was this lousy T-Shirt”

    “Will blog for food”

  5. Darren Rowse says:

    Thanks for these – just to reiterate what I’ve written above –

    ‘Please note that I’m not looking for just a slogan here – but a design. If you have a slogan you need to submit it as a picture file – a design.’

    thanks!

  6. Gino says:

    Hey, great idea D. I’d love to get one of those t-shirts. Good Luck… it’s sure to be a success.

  7. I demand a “I guest-blogger for ProBlogger. Ask me how” T-Shirt.

  8. Tony says:

    You could just use this one…everyone likes self depricating humor.

    http://www.t-shirthumor.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=blog&Category_Code=tops

  9. Jim Turner says:

    I did the same thing for my personal website. I had some great submissions! Cant wait to see others!

  10. Andy says:

    Here’s a thought – would you change your site logo based on the design for your t-shirt, or vice-versa? Obviously the ‘competition’ loses some of its creativity if you are goinna keep the logo at the top of this page.

    I guess you could go for two different logos ,but isn’t that a branding no-no?

  11. Andy says:

    PS I’d buy one :)

  12. Darren Rowse says:

    Probably won’t change the site’s logo – although if someone designs a top one I’d consider it as part of a redesign.

  13. Lyndsey says:

    What a cool idea. Getting a shirt designed by your loyal supporters is sure to sell millions. Any responses yet ?

  14. David says:

    Where are submissions supposed to be sent? I guess I am blind…

  15. David says:

    Yup, blind

    “If you have questions – let me know. To submit designs simply email the design and your contact details and blog’s URL to:

    darren at problogger dot net”

    David

  16. torbjon says:

    best

  17. Shifa says:

    ok.. so i have designed th elogo.. now where do i upload it or send it???

    thanks :)

  18. nortypig says:

    Mmm yes Darren… um where do you upload ???

  19. retz says:

    will all the entries be posted?

  20. Darren Rowse says:

    at the end of the competition I’ll post the rest retz.

    Got yours just now as I woke up – thanks!

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