Check Out My First T-shirt Design

I've just concluded my first contest on 99Designs and I wanted to get some feedback on the designs. For a long time now I've been wanting to get my blog's logo on t-shirts and stuff, but I never got around to it. So last week I talked myself into starting a design contest on 99Designs just to see what would happen.

The contest was for a t-shirt, and the one at right is the winner. But now that I've bought it I'm not so sure I would want to wear it (buyer's remorse, I guess). I'm now thinking that this design would be better as a patch over the pocket of the t-shirt.

In any case, the other designs submitted to the contest are available for public viewing. I want to hear what you think of the designs that I passed on. Some were okay, but a lot were dreadful.

I even have a couple alternate designs that I'm thinking of buying. The word cloud design might be better than the winning design.

What do you think? Should I have gone with an alternate design?

About Nate Hoffelder (11471 Articles)
Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader: "I've been into reading ebooks since forever, but I only got my first ereader in July 2007. Everything quickly spiraled out of control from there. Before I started this blog in January 2010 I covered ebooks, ebook readers, and digital publishing for about 2 years as a part of MobileRead Forums. It's a great community, and being a member is a joy. But I thought I could make something out of how I covered the news for MobileRead, so I started this blog."

9 Comments on Check Out My First T-shirt Design

  1. I like your choice best! It pops, so to speak.

  2. Karen, I think you are on target, Nate’s first selection does “jump out at you”…
    and is my choice!

  3. Word cloud for the win. It speaks to “blog”. All though your original choice pops more, it speaks to “tablet/phone” rather than “e-reader” if you know what I mean.

  4. I liked #44.

  5. #38 would be the obvious choice for me, ’cause it has a really simple yet effective concept and the colorscheme that stands out. #28 too. The one you picked was OK too, but too cartoony in my opinion (why are those buttons so weird?).
    Regarding the word cloud one, while it certainly says “it’s a blog, come check it out” it is just too blocky, seems like a 10 minute effort. Might have been better with a different typeface.

  6. I love #25, that is what happens to my eyes when trying to read on my Kindle Keyboard 3. I have read one complete book on it. I have well over 400 kindle ebooks. Oh well to each his own, at least we Americans are reading.

  7. I don’t read digital. I read books.


  8. 41 is best but 40, 42 and 43 are excellent too.

    Anyway: they must carry the URL as 99% of the worlds population don’t know what The Digital Reader is.

  9. I like number 39. But the winner would have been my second choice.

    Hatemachine, huh?

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