Perhaps we could arrange a Wikimedia "Loves Threadless" competition to
generate some more T-shirt designs worth buying. There seems to be an
extremely active community of artists who participate in these design
competitions, especially for organizations that have large fan-bases.
For example, the recent "Gmail Loves Threadless" competition generated
over 400 designs, many of them quite good:
I'm not sure how the sponsors for these competitions are selected and
whether/how much the sponsors are paying for the privilege, but it
might be worth looking into.
On 8/27/07, George Herbert <george.herbert(a)gmail.com> wrote:
On 8/26/07, David Gerard <dgerard(a)gmail.com>
On 26/08/07, Brian
I've been wearing my Wikipedia golf shirt,
purchased I believe at Cafe
Press, for three years. It is as white as ever and has not suffered in
The main problem with the CafePress process (and that used by most
one-off printers) is that it's basically laser-printing to a shirt,
i.e. toner particles melted into the fibres. This can work very well
indeed, but is not going to be as good as silk-screen printing, which
becomes cost-effective at a few tens of shirts or so.
For most of the fabrics, it's actually inkjet to a transfer "paper",
which is then ironed on to the clothing item. Attempting to
direct-print to fabric is problematic at this time.
My wife has had stuff on CafePress for many years and has been active
talking with them about technology on and off. She also does her own
stuff, for items where CafePress doesn't produce that type of item,
using a decent home inkjet printer and commercial iron-on transfer
Of course, the other thing you're buying from
CafePress is having
someone do all the ordering, packing and posting backend - not just
making sure you don't have a stock of maybe-saleable shirts.
Right. This is the big reason to use Cafe Press or its ilk; they
don't just produce the items, they have the "Store", and you don't
have to be in the "Store" business. Just send them the design, and
collect whatever royalties the sales earn.
There are plenty of screen print T-shirt companies, some of which can
do all sorts of other stuff, and plenty of other companies that can do
logos/artwork to mugs and so forth. But very few of them will do the
online store thing.
-george william herbert
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