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WooTees – Another woocontest

Written by Mark Forrester on March 23, 2009 Blog.

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Stop the press. We’ve decided we’ve had enough of wordpress themes and we are now going to be venturing into the t-shirt design business instead.

…… that’s a joke, don’t worry.

April is going to be a monumental month for us at WooThemes as it will be the first time all 5 of us of the WooTeam will be in the same room at the same time!

A few months ago we all decided we would get together for Future of Web Design 2009 in London, England. What better event to attend together to soak up some design goodness from the industry’s best designers.

We’ll hopefully be taking some t-shirts to the event to giveaway and that’s where we need your help – in designing them. We are looking for a kickass design that people want to wear, not your typical promotional tees that get thrown into a cupboard never to be worn. Your design can be trendy, humourous or professional, or even all three – we open to suggestions.


– The winner will receive $500, a 6 month developer license, and their name on the collar of the t-shirt gaining you huge street cred.

– The runner up will receive $250 and a 3 month developer license.

– 3rd place gets you a 6 month developer license.

STATUS UPDATE (16th April 2009):

The winners have been announced on the 99designs site:

Congratulations guys, we’ll be in contact with all of you asap if we haven’t already! For those of you who entered but didn’t win we really appreciate your hard work and commitment to WooThemes.

STATUS UPDATE (6th April 2009):

The contest has been extended for another 3 days and has been taken to for maximum exposure. We ask all our wonderful submissions to be entered into the pool there. Never fear though, we’ll still be tracking the Flickr Pool.

Terms and Conditions

  • The design submitted must be entirely your own work.
  • By entering this competition you consent to your design concept being used by WooThemes and possibly even avaliable for purchase at a later stage. First, second and third prize will, as already stated, be awarded a cash prize for their work.
  • The winners will be required to deliver their design in the required format before payment is made, determined by an inspection of the design source file.

61 Responses

  1. Tiago Noronha
    March 23, 2009 at 9:10 am #

    (…) will be the first time all 5 of us of the WooTeam

    Who are the other 2 guys :)? Btw, nice contest!


  2. Mark Forrester
    March 23, 2009 at 9:13 am #

    Fresh and Fox are the two new team members you might have read about here –

  3. Tiago Noronha
    March 23, 2009 at 9:28 am #

    Oh, yes! Forget about it :). I was thinking about the founders!

    Send some free tshirts to the Forum Ninjas ;). Ahah.

  4. Mark Forrester
    March 23, 2009 at 3:45 pm #

    For sure Tiago. We’ll make sure one gets your way.

  5. Jonathan Felty
    March 23, 2009 at 5:09 pm #

    Great idea. Can’t wait to see how it plays out. Just curious, but will current subscribers get a tee?

  6. David
    March 23, 2009 at 9:57 pm #

    Yes, at least to us loyal subscribers 🙂

  7. Adii Rockstar
    March 24, 2009 at 12:00 am #

    Hehe @Jonathan & @David… It depends on the demand for the tees, but we might make them available to order at cost price.

  8. Rafi
    March 24, 2009 at 12:08 am #

    hey adii, what will be topic or subject for the design? can u clarify a bit more on this so we shall get informed and get enough idea before we move our mouse in photoshop etc. thanks

  9. Adii Rockstar
    March 24, 2009 at 12:18 am #

    @Rafi – We’re not limiting you guys in any way. We’d just like for you to take our logo / brand / corporate identity and morph it into an awesome t-shirt design. So your design should reflect the way you see WooThemes! 🙂

  10. Vivekananthan
    March 24, 2009 at 1:08 am #

    @adii -> The Springleap design guidelines link is broken, can you please fix that so I might know what in store 🙂

  11. Adii Rockstar
    March 24, 2009 at 3:37 am #

    @Vivekananthan – We’ve fixed that! 🙂

  12. John
    March 24, 2009 at 7:42 am #

    “Entries must be submitted before midnight on 3rd April 2008.”

    So haw many designs did you get last year?! 😉

  13. Mark Forrester
    March 24, 2009 at 1:07 pm #

    @John: Hehe. Thanks for spotting that.

  14. Premium Theme Info
    March 24, 2009 at 10:08 pm #

    Great!This must be funny!

  15. Rohit
    March 26, 2009 at 6:58 am #

    Great content.. i will take part in it..

  16. Roseli A. Bakar
    March 28, 2009 at 6:57 am #

    I’m giving this a try 🙂

  17. JWAL
    March 28, 2009 at 8:07 pm #

    Hey Mark,

    Do you happen to have the WooThemes logo in Illustrator format?

    Also, can we modify your logo to make it 2 colors instead of keeping the gradient?

    I have a fun design that I look forward to sharing with you guys.


  18. vina
    March 30, 2009 at 8:27 am #

    helo, is it allowed to put “WordPress” and or WP’s logo ?
    this is my first time to join Woo contest 🙂 though i don’t see any submission in the Flickr ..

  19. Chris Brandrick
    March 31, 2009 at 5:33 pm #

    Nice idea guys, looking forward to seeing the results, and seeing you guys in London. I’ll be there!

  20. wpmad
    April 1, 2009 at 1:21 pm #

    anyone here to update if the contest ever exist please?…cant see any submissions on the flickr pool!!

  21. wpmad
    April 1, 2009 at 1:34 pm #

    is there any possibility to get the logo in AI file format please?…tracing the PNG doesnt do the thing.

  22. Nate Barnes
    April 1, 2009 at 8:24 pm #

    Hey guys! I submitted a design last night to the Flickr group. I don’t really use Flickr that much and it didn’t give much feedback. I hope it went through okay.

  23. wpmad
    April 1, 2009 at 9:08 pm #

    I think there is some problem with the Flickr Group, here my entry:

    Thats strange, i added an entry for this contest at the Flickr Group and tagged it with “WooTees”, but it says “You’re the only person who has used “WooTees” as a tag.). Another problem is that i cant see the entry at the group as it doesnt appear on there…can someone from the staff please check and fix this?

  24. Vina Melody
    April 2, 2009 at 12:05 am #

    wpmad: wow your shirt design is cool! i too submitted mine yesterday. it’s my first time so i’m not sure too.. but what i did was add my design pics into my photostream with tag wootees and then add it to the group, and wait for approval that’s it ..

  25. Nate Barnes
    April 2, 2009 at 12:24 am #

    Yeah, Good idea wpmad. I’m posting mine here too.

  26. Vina Melody
    April 2, 2009 at 1:51 am #

    wow, link exchanges ? here’s mine ..

  27. JWAL
    April 2, 2009 at 6:31 am #

    I’ll add to the list…

    Let me know what you think.

  28. wpmad
    April 2, 2009 at 9:42 am #

    @Mark, here is the blue version you asked for …i hope you like it 🙂

  29. Scott
    April 3, 2009 at 7:31 pm #

    I would wear the “Attire Chooser” for sure. Wish I had the time to make one, too.

  30. wpmad
    April 4, 2009 at 1:39 pm #

    I checked the Flickr Pool…5 contestants only?…this is sad. In that case to make all this more fair maybe give Place4 and Place5 a wooTheme of their choice…atleast for the time and efforts they spend.

  31. wpmad
    April 5, 2009 at 3:14 pm #

    In the desicription of the contest is not included when and where (here or on the Flickr Pool) the winners will be announced…is there a chance to make an update about this please?

  32. Mark Forrester
    April 6, 2009 at 5:08 am #


    The contest has been extended for another 3 days and has been taken to for maximum exposure. We ask all our wonderful submissions to be entered into the pool there. Never fear though, we’ll still be tracking the Flickr Pool.

  33. Nate Barnes
    April 6, 2009 at 5:21 am #

    Way to let the wind out of our sails over here. 🙁 This is disappointing. I realize that maybe you didn’t receive the number of entries you were hoping for (not enough promotion), but you still had 5 great entries by your own loyal subscribers. To then restart the contest after it was basically over is poor sportsmanship. It’s insulting to those that already entered to ask them to resubmit their entry on another site. I was extremely thrilled to enter this contest too. This is too bad.

  34. Mark Forrester
    April 6, 2009 at 6:45 am #

    @Nate: We understand your frustrations, but unfortunately need more options to choose from. We love your design and it’s a strong contender, but we need to extend the reach of this contest beyond our community (of mostly web designers) and therefore decided to place it on 99designs for only another 3 more days.

    We do not mean to insult anybody.

  35. Rafie
    April 6, 2009 at 7:00 am #

    I’m with Nate in this case. Period.

  36. v-render
    April 6, 2009 at 7:17 am #

    are you going to run this contest only on 99designs or every where it is possible ? please clarify ..

  37. Mark Forrester
    April 6, 2009 at 7:23 am #

    @v-render The 5 submissions we had on Flickr will all of course still be considered for the prize, the contest is now however solely located on 99designs.

  38. v-render
    April 6, 2009 at 7:28 am #

    so should i go further on 99 designs ?

  39. Mark Forrester
    April 6, 2009 at 7:54 am #

    @v-render: Yup that would be great 😉

  40. Nate Barnes
    April 6, 2009 at 2:17 pm #

    @Mark Alright then, I’ve resubmitted my entry at 99 contests. Thanks.

  41. wpmad
    April 6, 2009 at 8:39 pm #

    You guys move way to slow on this, you schould be prepared to advertise your contest better, whatever…now we must create an account at 99Designs, but you must know that i personaly dont support their business model as i am not the one who will provide “mockups” in order to be considered…this is sikness to look for a solution at your competitor. Maybe for next time when you plan to run contest, just get better organized please and then ask designers to invest their valuable time on your stuff, i hope this will make some sense.

  42. Nate Barnes
    April 6, 2009 at 9:00 pm #

    I also don’t support comp-work, and most design contests really fall into that category. Usually someone looking to choose from as many free mockups as possible. I would not normally enter a contest site like 99contests for that very reason. I entered this contest against my normal policy because it was hosted directly by WooThemes, in their forum of users, and I felt bad that the contest had no entries. I spent a lot of time developing my idea, even though it seems really simple. I refined the concept as much as possible, until it fit the spirit of the contest as I saw it.

    On the 99Contest site, I noticed 35 entries in the four hours from when I saw it go up until I woke up again. Much of them looked thrown together with clip art like work, not really designed.

    That being said, I still hope to be considered for this since I put time and effort into making this original and well thought out (as did all the entrants here). I’ve never seen a drop-down menu on a t-shirt and I think it would be an awesome way to catch someone’s eye and then find out what woothemes is.

    Thanks for hearing us WooThemes!

  43. wpmad
    April 6, 2009 at 9:05 pm #

    done, but dont say later i didnt warn you…99Designs is the worst place to run this contest, you will start to see now a variation of clones/reproduction of our submissions as the kids on there doesnt give a hot about “copyrights”…i know this from experiences on there from the last year and since then i stop to use this site.

  44. Rafie
    April 7, 2009 at 2:12 am #

    I told Adii that I have quit from the WooTees contest. But Mark said that:

    The 5 submissions we had on Flickr will all of course still be considered for the prize.

    Btw, it’s for WooThemes that I design for, that I care. If you were to include my design in the final decision, I would be glad.

    But if not, please accept it as a gift from a die-hard fan of WooThemes.

  45. Magnus Jepson
    April 7, 2009 at 6:58 am #

    Thanks guys for being patient with us. We realize it may have been a bit of a wrong move to shift it to 99designs, and understand your concerns with this. We hope to learn from this and not make the same mistakes in the future.

    It looks like it will be hard to match the quality designs we had before moving the comp anyways 😉

  46. Vina Melody
    April 7, 2009 at 7:38 am #

    Some part of me feel really bad for you guys: no sportsmanship. Just be straight that submitted designs were not giving you enough pride to wear.
    Another part of me also feel, well of course those designer in 99designs are good!
    So … may be one mistake is enough.

  47. JWAL
    April 7, 2009 at 8:16 am #

    Hey Guys,

    I’m leaving your my entry on Flickr. Hopefully you can pull from there if you need it.



  48. Magnus Jepson
    April 7, 2009 at 9:39 am #

    @Vina – I am being straight with you when I say that the few designs posted I would proudly wear 🙂

    We just felt that we needed a bit more than 5 entries.

  49. vina
    April 7, 2009 at 10:04 am #

    hehe my design might not so ..artistic but i’d love to hv a-woo-some blog 😛

  50. JWAL
    April 10, 2009 at 7:54 am #

    I saw that the winning design was selected over @ 99contests. Will there still be a 2nd and 3rd place?

  51. wpmad
    April 10, 2009 at 4:55 pm #

    I was wondering the same thing, no announcement on here of the other winners. I emailed a few times already and send the source files, but no reply from their end…it would be great if some of the staff get back to us regarding this matters.

  52. Magnus Jepson
    April 11, 2009 at 1:57 am #

    its easter now, so please be patient. We will update you all on tuesday.

  53. wpmad
    April 16, 2009 at 8:30 am #

    very excited to hear who are the winners of 2nd and 3rd place, want to congratulate the guys…also an update about how we get the developer licences would be great 🙂

  54. Mark Forrester
    April 16, 2009 at 11:25 am #

    Thanks for all the wonderful entries guys and gals. The winners have been announced in the post above!

  55. wpmad
    April 16, 2009 at 4:49 pm #

    @Nate and Noel – Congrats guys for the 2nd and 3rd place winning! 🙂

  56. Nate Barnes
    April 17, 2009 at 12:44 am #

    Thanks Mark! Congratulations wpmad! Also Noel. Great job. I’m so happy to have a developer membership for the next few months! I’ll see you guys on the forums. Peace!


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