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Jenda
November 20th, 2006, 07:34 PM
And I'm back!

You might know that I'm the guy who printed out Ubuntu case badges for the community before, and later posters (http://ubuntuforums.org/index.php?page=poster).

Now I'm working on t-shirts, using Brian Burger's Roughcut design (http://doc.ubuntu.com/~marketing/DIY%20Material/Ubuntu_Posters_Roughcut/Ubuntu-roughcut.png) (AKA OBEY Ubuntu Posters).

They would have the entire poster across the back, and the front would look a bit like the attached image. The actual t-shirt on the image is the type I'd be getting. It's the second best the company in question offers.

Material: 5% 'elasten' in collar, otherwise 100% cotton. 200 g/m, reinforced shoulders, double seams, no seams on torso, 'Single Jersey' whatever that means.
All in all, it's the high quality t-shirt among the offer.
The production cost would be around $6 when making 100 pcs. Shipping would cost $3.50 worldwide, if the packages were less than 250g, $5.50 if it was more. If I charged $15 apiece, I'd need to sell at least 53 pcs to break even.

How many of you would buy a neat, B&W Ubuntu t-shirt?

Please see the thread linked above, from the poster page, if you're interested in how I manage finances of Ubuntu Marketing projects (independently of the Marketing Team itself).

.t.
November 20th, 2006, 07:39 PM
Cool! What fabric would they be made from?

matthew
November 20th, 2006, 07:42 PM
I like it...I'm pretty sure you can count me in.

mips
November 20th, 2006, 07:48 PM
I could do with a white golf shirt...

IYY
November 20th, 2006, 07:54 PM
I'll buy one! I love the design, especially in white on black.

Jenda
November 20th, 2006, 07:54 PM
Material: 5% 'elasten' in collar, otherwise 100% cotton. 200 g/m, reinforced shoulders, double seams, no seams on torso, 'Single Jersey' whatever that means.
All in all, it's the high quality t-shirt among the offer.

IYY
November 20th, 2006, 08:08 PM
I own a beige-brown Jimi Hendrix T-shirt that I get complimented on every day. Seriously, random people on the street who are not even Hendrix fans say it looks awesome.

http://img105.imageshack.us/img105/185/imagemagicphper1.th.jpg (http://img105.imageshack.us/my.php?image=imagemagicphper1.jpg)

Maybe you could offer an Ubuntu T-shirt with the same roughcut design, and these colours?

http://img233.imageshack.us/img233/1268/ubunturoughcutuf6.th.png (http://img233.imageshack.us/my.php?image=ubunturoughcutuf6.png)

or

http://img230.imageshack.us/img230/4051/ubunturoughcutlighthy8.th.png (http://img230.imageshack.us/my.php?image=ubunturoughcutlighthy8.png)

(in every case, the T-shirt itself is in the brighter colour)

I'd probably still buy the black and white one, because I don't own enough black T-shirts, but I do think this would look better, and more Ubuntu-like too.

dca
November 20th, 2006, 08:12 PM
I could do with a white golf shirt...


http://www.cafepress.com/buy/ubuntu/-/pv_design_prod/p_975603.14580513/pNo_14580513/id_7922970/fpt_eH____DB_________bSH_P___e/opt_/c_360/pg_

mikm
November 20th, 2006, 08:12 PM
Sweet design. I'll buy one.

Jenda
November 20th, 2006, 08:14 PM
IYY, that sounds like a great idea. I like the look. I love wearing those colors myself. Will check it out.

.t.
November 20th, 2006, 08:19 PM
Material: 5% 'elasten' in collar, otherwise 100% cotton. 200 g/m, reinforced shoulders, double seams, no seams on torso, 'Single Jersey' whatever that means.
All in all, it's the high quality t-shirt among the offer.
Sounds great!

matthew
November 20th, 2006, 08:19 PM
beige-brownOhh...now I need a black one and one of these!

Gargamella
November 20th, 2006, 08:31 PM
i would buy a brown shirt as suggested

mips
November 20th, 2006, 08:46 PM
http://www.cafepress.com/buy/ubuntu/-/pv_design_prod/p_975603.14580513/pNo_14580513/id_7922970/fpt_eH____DB_________bSH_P___e/opt_/c_360/pg_

Thanks! Will have to order one at some stage.

Madpilot
November 20th, 2006, 10:20 PM
Given that the originals of these images are in SVG, it's easy enough to swap colours around, so a brown design on a tan t-shirt is possible, if Jenda can arrange the t-shirt colour. (Doing just one colour of shirt would be easier & cheaper, I'm sure - I'm leaving that part of the process up to Jenda, though!)

Jenda, for the small Ubuntu logo on the front of the shirt, how about using the Roughcut version of the logo, with the rough edges & 'printing errors'? I'll produce an image with just the logo, if you like.

Jenda
November 20th, 2006, 10:34 PM
Yes, that was the plan, and yes, that would be great :)

Mind, it will be smaller, so maybe you can make the roughness more visible.

Great work on the design, btw, and thanks ツ

BWF89
November 20th, 2006, 10:36 PM
Besides the fact I use Freespire and just come here because I like the company if I was going to get a Linux shirt I'd rather just buy a generic Tux shirt rather than a specific distro shirt.

IYY
November 20th, 2006, 10:40 PM
Besides the fact I use Freespire and just come here because I like the company if I was going to get a Linux shirt I'd rather just buy a generic Tux shirt rather than a specific distro shirt.

s/"Besides the fact"/"Because"/g

Jenda
November 20th, 2006, 10:50 PM
I prefer Ubuntu's own branding. It's simpler, and speaks more for what it stands for. Tux just stands for an operating system. Or a kernel, even. Ubuntu is much more, IMO.

daynah
November 21st, 2006, 01:55 PM
I think the brown colors are much prettier. I think the dark brown with the light logo will do better on most people's skin tones, despite the fact that I just think the reverse looks cooler.

But don't count me in on your count of getting to 53 :( I'm assuming that this shirt is a cut in a guy's style, and I don't like to wear guy's shirts myself. But do start out with just guys, and add girl Ts later if they fly off the "shelves." I'm not so sexist I don't see the wisdom in that. ;) I think they'll look fantastic, though! :)

balance07
November 21st, 2006, 02:21 PM
I could do with a black golf shirt...

slimdog360
November 21st, 2006, 02:36 PM
Id buy one. But not black, it would have to be a lighter coloured shirt as it gets very very hot around here. Light brown or something.

macluvjay
November 21st, 2006, 03:12 PM
I would buy either (or both). Let me know if the brown becomes an option, but you can deffinately count me in for the B&W for the time being.

Jenda
November 21st, 2006, 04:17 PM
OK, I'll investigate the brown options. I kinda like it more too :)

Anyway, Daynah, I've asked them if you still get bulk discounts if you get yourself different numbers of the same print on different t-shirt types. So if they offer girl-cut tees, I'll be sure to get some too.

Jenda
November 23rd, 2006, 12:55 AM
Alrighty - beige are available, but we have to choose one of the two options, it would be too expensive otherwise.

Good news for the Ubuntu girls out there: they have female cuts too.
Bad news: only in black or white - so if brown gets chosen, I'll get a few brown-on-white prints for you.

IYY
November 23rd, 2006, 01:09 AM
I guess there should be a new poll asking which we prefer?

Jenda
November 23rd, 2006, 02:07 AM
All in due time, I guess :) I don't even have the cash to start just yet.

jmchugh
November 23rd, 2006, 02:20 AM
OK, I subscribed to the forum thread (johnjmchughatgmaildotcom), and I'll still commit to at least one t-shirt (black, white, brown, or beige). I'd be willing to pre-pay by paypal if neccessary.

Thanks for taking the initiative.

John

MattSMiddleton
November 23rd, 2006, 04:43 AM
I would definitely get either one, the mock up look very sharp. If you needed people to preorder I'd help out with that too, although as of right now it'd have to be by check.

chaosgeisterchen
November 23rd, 2006, 07:57 AM
I own a beige-brown Jimi Hendrix T-shirt that I get complimented on every day. Seriously, random people on the street who are not even Hendrix fans say it looks awesome.

http://img105.imageshack.us/img105/185/imagemagicphper1.th.jpg (http://img105.imageshack.us/my.php?image=imagemagicphper1.jpg)

Maybe you could offer an Ubuntu T-shirt with the same roughcut design, and these colours?

http://img233.imageshack.us/img233/1268/ubunturoughcutuf6.th.png (http://img233.imageshack.us/my.php?image=ubunturoughcutuf6.png)

or

http://img230.imageshack.us/img230/4051/ubunturoughcutlighthy8.th.png (http://img230.imageshack.us/my.php?image=ubunturoughcutlighthy8.png)

(in every case, the T-shirt itself is in the brighter colour)

I'd probably still buy the black and white one, because I don't own enough black T-shirts, but I do think this would look better, and more Ubuntu-like too.

I would love that, too! The colors are great.

Jenda
November 23rd, 2006, 03:28 PM
So, this is the closest to brown they get. What's the opinion?

Brynster
November 23rd, 2006, 04:33 PM
Sweet i would take one or two in just about any colour (Exchange rate to $us from the is excellent at this time so $15us is around 8. )

If you wanna setup a paypal account i would happily pre pay also

Jenda
November 23rd, 2006, 04:40 PM
I have a paypal account - The project isn't ready to accept cash yet, though :)
Thanks for the offer.

Circus-Killer
November 23rd, 2006, 04:43 PM
personally, i'de like to see an ubuntu shop much like gentoo's (http://www.cafepress.com/officialgentoo/). go check it out. they've got clocks and everything.

i would hang me an ubuntu wall clock at work, and at home. :D

Circus-Killer
November 23rd, 2006, 04:45 PM
So, this is the closest to brown they get. What's the opinion?

i think that pic of the "brown" shirt you attached is sooooo close to edgy default background, it would be perfect color for guys to where at expos.

Jenda
November 23rd, 2006, 09:50 PM
So any more opinions about the color?

BlaineM
November 23rd, 2006, 10:00 PM
I like darker brown myself, but would probably buy a shirt in that color if the ubuntu logo was dark enough. Printing a three color logo on it would be cool too. I know that screen print for three colors is more expensive though, but in my opinion better. I would still buy one.

BlaineM
November 23rd, 2006, 10:01 PM
hoodies would be even better... maybe some other day though.

RAV TUX
November 23rd, 2006, 10:09 PM
And I'm back!

You might know that I'm the guy who printed out Ubuntu case badges for the community before, and later posters (http://ubuntuforums.org/index.php?page=poster).

Now I'm working on t-shirts, using Brian Burger's Roughcut design (http://doc.ubuntu.com/%7Emarketing/DIY%20Material/Ubuntu_Posters_Roughcut/Ubuntu-roughcut.png) (AKA OBEY Ubuntu Posters).

They would have the entire poster across the back, and the front would look a bit like the attached image. The actual t-shirt on the image is the type I'd be getting. It's the second best the company in question offers.

The production cost would be around $6 when making 100 pcs. Shipping would cost $3.50 worldwide, if the packages were less than 250g, $5.50 if it was more. If I charged $15 apiece, I'd need to sell at least 53 pcs to break even.

How many of you would buy a neat, B&W Ubuntu t-shirt?

Please see the thread linked above, from the poster page, if you're interested in how I manage finances of Ubuntu Marketing projects (independently of the Marketing Team itself).

Jenda I think what you are doing is awesome!

but if anybody wants a custom shirt they can design it themselves here: Design Lab (http://www.customink.com/cink/create/retrieve.jsp?E=ci&F=t)
go to Other Choices>Design Lab

(http://www.customink.com/cink/r.jsp?C=53)

Jenda
November 23rd, 2006, 10:09 PM
I'm now inquiring if this is still active: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/t-shirt

Jenda
November 23rd, 2006, 10:14 PM
Please take a second to vote here, as well: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=305605

(woo, 800 posts)

Jenda
November 23rd, 2006, 10:14 PM
Rav Tux, could you make an estimate what a high-quality shirt would cost there with two-sided print?

RAV TUX
November 23rd, 2006, 10:27 PM
Rav Tux, could you make an estimate what a high-quality shirt would cost there with two-sided print?

depends on bulk, the more you order the less it will cost. (also depends on who you are ordering from)

The link I posted is NOT the most affordable option, it only offers to anyone for any reason to design, have made and order that one-of-a-kind shirt that they always wanted, that would be their unique design. (I am sure there most be hundreds of options for this?)

For those not so picky, I encourage them to buy directly from you:

1. Your designs are awesome!
2. You can buy at bulk and pass on the savings


with That said we can always research the most affordable options but I am sure you have put alot of time and effort into this already....thus another cost saving feature to buy directly from you.

Jenda if you need my specific help with anything please PM me.

Again the link was only given for those who don't mind paying $20(approx) more for their own one-of-a-kind outer wear.

Jenda
November 23rd, 2006, 10:32 PM
OK, cool. THat's what I wanted to hear :)
Thanks for the support.

xmastree
November 23rd, 2006, 10:34 PM
Now I'm working on t-shirts, using Brian Burger's Roughcut design (http://doc.ubuntu.com/~marketing/DIY%20Material/Ubuntu_Posters_Roughcut/Ubuntu-roughcut.png)Do they have a large 404 on them? :rolleyes:

hardyn
November 23rd, 2006, 10:38 PM
What about Cafe Press?

submit the art work, and just let people buy them at there leisure? yes they will be more expensive, but i does get away from having to handle money.

a past place of employment did that, for company merch. it worked well.

arlen.

Jenda
November 23rd, 2006, 10:51 PM
xmastree: working on it, sorry.

hardyn: Cafepress is the reason I'm doing this in the first place. I want affordable and decent quality merchandise for the users - and cafepress is neither.

RAV TUX
November 23rd, 2006, 10:59 PM
What about Cafe Press?

submit the art work, and just let people buy them at there leisure? yes they will be more expensive, but i does get away from having to handle money.

a past place of employment did that, for company merch. it worked well.

arlen.




hardyn: Cafepress is the reason I'm doing this in the first place. I want affordable and decent quality merchandise for the users - and cafepress is neither.

I think that Jenda focusing on affordability and quality for all users is key here...

again awesome work Jenda!

petersjm
November 23rd, 2006, 11:11 PM
Jenda, you rock :D

I think the brown/beige T is ace. Did you say it has the poster on the back? I'd imagine that just the Ubuntu logo on the front would have a cheaper setup cost and ergo be cheaper for us guys with no money ;)

Jenda
November 23rd, 2006, 11:23 PM
The price difference there would be minimal, really. The back print costs 16 CZK, which is abotu $0.75.

petersjm
November 23rd, 2006, 11:33 PM
Ah, that's all right then. That's about 0.30p (GBP). I'm in for a brown one.

Jenda
November 29th, 2006, 12:26 PM
Thanks for the votes in the poll. It seems this project is doable, once again. I'll start once I sell out of posters, at latest, unless someone picks it up (nudge, nudge):
The market probing is done: there is a market for at least 40 shirts at full price and 30 at $10 - which, deducting shipping, nets $580, and that, in turn, covers expenses in my calculations, for 100 shirts.
I'm not sure how to make it possible for people to buy at either $15 or $10. I think that $10 purchases will open up say 3 months later than $15 ones, and will get slower shipping. $10 purchases are for people who want to buy the shirt... $15 purchases are for those who wish to support the project.

I'm much inclined to print black, first, however.

robert@debian
November 29th, 2006, 01:22 PM
Wow this great, the shirts just look great =D>
I'd buy one. Color doesn't matter to me, both look awesome.
Fantastic work Jenda!

Jenda
November 29th, 2006, 01:38 PM
Thanks for the positive feedback :)
I'll start working on it as soon as I get rid of the posters. Only a bit over 100 left :)

GazzaK
November 30th, 2006, 09:13 AM
Jenda, your shirts look fab, but how about doing a special run of top quality polo shirts, like these ones which nikbutler made for the LinuxWorld2006-UK Ubuntu-UK guys?

http://ubuntuforums.org/gallery/data/549/medium/Ubuntu-UK_shirt.jpg

The material is top quality, and the logo and text is sewn in, making it very very hardwearing.

Jenda
November 30th, 2006, 09:21 AM
GazzaK, I don't know if I could sell enough of them to cover the costs. I think they would only be affordable in bulk.

GazzaK
November 30th, 2006, 09:32 AM
Or just sell them to posh people who have too much money?

as an example, I spent 14 on mine, thats 20

Jenda
December 1st, 2006, 09:14 AM
GazzaK, find me 40 such people, and I'll think about it ;)

ali16385
December 11th, 2006, 04:43 PM
Well let us know when they do go on sale! I think Brown would go best with the logo...

lyceum
December 11th, 2006, 04:51 PM
as long as the larger pic is on the front, I would get one. I am a jacket guy, so I don't get shirts with a small log in front (like you have pictured) and something else on the back.

Jenda
December 12th, 2006, 10:34 AM
I'll let you know :)
It'll be at least a month, though, probably more.

Jenda
December 20th, 2006, 01:19 PM
I truly and sincerely apologize to all anxious waiters, but I am cancelling or postponing the project.

The reason is severe competition... what do I mean, you ask?

Julius Bloch of ubuntu-de is offering t-shirts that as soon as I saw, I knew I couldn't compete with. They are roughly double the price of what i'd do, but I can personally promise you you won't be disappointed with the quality. You can read a bit more here: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?p=1885720
and hopefully there'll be a page about them on diy.devubuntu.com soon.

lyceum
December 20th, 2006, 03:18 PM
I truly and sincerely apologize to all anxious waiters, but I am cancelling or postponing the project.

The reason is severe competition... what do I mean, you ask?

Julius Bloch of ubuntu-de is offering t-shirts that as soon as I saw, I knew I couldn't compete with. They are roughly double the price of what i'd do, but I can personally promise you you won't be disappointed with the quality. You can read a bit more here: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?p=1885720
and hopefully there'll be a page about them on diy.devubuntu.com soon.

Thats too bad. No offence to the other shirts, but I will not be buying one. They are too preppy. I would rather get one of your shirts, they look cooler

:(

matthew
December 20th, 2006, 05:11 PM
Thats too bad. No offence to the other shirts, but I will not be buying one. They are too preppy. I would rather get one of your shirts, they look cooler
Ditto.

Jenda
December 20th, 2006, 06:31 PM
Hmm... I'll think about it.
If there is enough feedback of this sort, I might be doing them afterall.

sanderella
December 20th, 2006, 09:15 PM
I want a brown one:)

IgnacioMiller
December 20th, 2006, 09:42 PM
I like your's better. =)

Jenda
December 21st, 2006, 02:17 AM
OK, but it'll be delayed all the same ;)

Tomosaur
December 21st, 2006, 03:04 AM
I own a beige-brown Jimi Hendrix T-shirt that I get complimented on every day. Seriously, random people on the street who are not even Hendrix fans say it looks awesome.

http://img105.imageshack.us/img105/185/imagemagicphper1.th.jpg (http://img105.imageshack.us/my.php?image=imagemagicphper1.jpg)


Hey, nice t-shirt :D

Where'd you get it from?

spitfirenut
June 28th, 2007, 07:56 PM
I'd buy one or more. I like the poster on the back idea also. Beige is good. Wouldn't mind preordering either. Thanks for the effort. Also, I'll be ordering case badges soon.
Don

theonlyalterego
June 28th, 2007, 08:12 PM
I'd buy a brown one over the white on black, but both are good looking designs, I know a friend who'd pick one up for sure too.

lyceum
June 29th, 2007, 01:00 AM
The race is on for who can provide these shirts first. I am working on providing them, but the people I was in contact with for making them did not fall through. My company just got a new client, so I have been out of the Ubuntu loop for a while. Once I get a reliable source to make the shirts at a good price (that will not fade as soon as you wash them), I will post. The count is up to 30+ people that would order one. I plan to have something before 7.10. Sorry for the delays.

theonlyalterego
July 10th, 2007, 06:17 PM
Any updates on the t-shirt front?

Jenda
July 16th, 2007, 12:20 PM
Well, I won't be doing them. I don't have time for it any more.
I'm sorry.

theonlyalterego
July 17th, 2007, 07:22 PM
EDIT:

I created a new shirt on Spreadshirt. I think this will be a higher quality product, the T-shirt itself looks to be better, and there is no silliness about shipping like on cafepress. Please check it out and let me know what you think. I plan to put together some black polo's and brown and black long sleeve shirts as well.

Brown on Brown Unofficial Ubuntu T-Shirt
http://www.spreadshirt.com/us/US/buy-t-shirt/Products-64/marketplace/products/detail/article/2284589/
Average costs:
pre-shipping it's about $17
WITH shipping about $22




Well since nobody else picked up the ball here I put some together on CafePress for lack of a better medium.

Here's a brown on brown shirt, there are also white polo's, long sleeves, and other shirt designs. I opt'd not to "Select All" so there aren't mugs, hats, blah-de-blahs.... If you want any of that post on this thread and I'll gladly add whatever you desire. I limited the inventory to what people had mentioned on this thread AND what limits CafePress had.

The main storefront:
http://www.cafepress.com/ubuntutees

The Brown on Brown t-shirt:
http://www.cafepress.com/ubuntutees.151582392

After shipping these rise to the unfortunate price of around $25. I'll keep an eye out for a cheaper place to make them, but at least there are some on the market now.

Hopefully this will meet everyones needs, if you know of a better alternative please feel free to let me know. And any suggestions are welcomed.

~ego~

EDIT:

According to CafePress:
AVAILABILITY: Dark Apparel will ship in a minimum of 5 business days. Please Note - We cannot guarantee delivery time for [beta] dark shirts.
Product Number: 151582392

Please keep this in mind when placing orders.

Also, if these start selling like hot-cakes I'll gladly upgrade to pretty storefront =) Until then it's plain-ole-default CafePress ;-)