Fundraising ideas/Cafe Press
Ideas for Cafe Press slogans and artwork
- Wikipedia: Making the Internet not suck
- Wikimedia: Free knowledge for everyone
- Wikinews: Citizen Journalist
- Some here: Wikinews:User:Amgine/Wikinews ads
Can we get mens polo or golf shirts using existing designs?
- Good idea. Added golf shirts. Polo shirts not an option, but look the same to me. --Daniel Mayer 01:02, 30 January 2006 (UTC)
New Ideas 
I've come up with some new designs and set up a shop on Spreadshirt that uses plot-printable designs -- http://wikipedia.spreadshirt.com . (Don't buy anything from it yet; wikimedia won't get any money.) I've also thrown together a couple bumper sticker images for cafepress.
New Logo for clothing 
The current wikipedia logo is great for screen use, and instantly recognizable, but much too detailed for plot printing. I put together a new vector-based logo that I think looks good on clothes (I tried to give it an international flavor).
Using Article Content 
I like the idea of putting text on things -- text defines wikipedia: it can be freely edited, molded by many people into something cool, etc.
I made a couple of eponymous bumper stickers (that is, bumper stickers with most of the bumper sticker article on them -- we could also put the Car article on them, or anything else, really. I could see articles on universities being popular among sports fans and students, and articles about politicians being popular as an antidote (at least a symbolic one) to sloganeering.).
(Updated: these files are the right dimensions for cafepress now. The black one is designed for full bleed. Tlogmer 01:32, 19 February 2006 (UTC))
"Auto" bumper stickers. These have a lot more text, but it's all readable (theoretically, if you have a magnifying glass).
A few of the spreadshirt clothes also have a few lines of text (there's an eponymous T-shirt, for example. Other products could be eponymous, too: calendars, etc.).
- Comment: The texts don't follow the Manual of Style. A/An shouldn't be bold, the words shouldn't be capitalized. Besides that, a nice concept! Jon Harald Søby 20:06, 4 April 2006 (UTC)
Spreadshirt vs. Cafepress vs. ... 
Cafepress has a bad reputation for print quality, and a lot of the new designs wouldn't be possible at all in their store (for example, they can't print on dark colors properly, and I'm pretty sure they can't position designs everwhere on the item of clothing). Spreadshirt has great quality, but their base prices are higher (it's worth noting that they charge (for plot printing) based on the complexity of the design -- you'll notice that the Ringer T base prices on the currently-set-up store range from about 15 to 20 dollars). Plus, they let'd let us integrate the store more completely with wikipedia. I'm not associated with either company, for the record.
The best thing to do might be to put designs on both, and have someone buy clothes from each, wash them a few times, and post closeup photos, but I'm broke so it would have to be someone else (until such time as I'm not broke -- say, a month).
Spreadshirt also allows limited edition clothes, which could be useful during fundraisers.
Tlogmer 07:17, 17 February 2006 (UTC)
- Purely practical, spreadshirts has a possibilitie of opening a shop in europe or one in the US. Opening a shop in Europe would lower the handling costs for Europeans. ( A t-shirt at cafepress is 9ish $ in postage to Belgium, 2.2 euro at a European spreadshirt shop). Secondly, spreadshirt allows you to pay with bank transfer rather then with a credit card, wich is an advantage imho :). Henna 07:52, 3 April 2006 (UTC)
Print-On-Demand or not? 
For wikimania logos, see user:Tlogmer#Wikimania
There's also the possibility of using OneOffClothing -- they do proper silkscreening, and their prices are really really cheap for bulk: less than a dollar per shirt, potentially. They're pre-order, not on-demand, so they don't provide an online storefront for customers (though someone here could concievably build one -- are there any open-source ones available?)
The obvious downside of non-print-on-demand is that we'd have to ship them out ourselves (or get stores to sell them). Not likely to happen; I just thought I'd mention the idea. (But they're soooo cheap. Sigh.)
Tlogmer 07:44, 17 February 2006 ( UTC )
- Using them would be great for big events, such as Wikimania. Once we get more office staff, then more possibilities open up. We could also give people a commission by doing this from home. Plenty of underemployed Wikipedians to fill orders. --Daniel Mayer 04:33, 28 February 2006 (UTC)
- Hm. I think your W-swoosh design would make for a perfect logo for Wikimania. --Daniel Mayer 05:12, 28 February 2006 (UTC)
- Thanks! I also made an alternate version (which I hadn't uploaded to spreadshirt because they limit the number of vector designs you can use before you sell 10 shirts (I'm therefore not positive it can be plot printed, though I'm pretty sure). Wikimedia does have the rights to it, though; it was included in the IP document). Here are the two logos side by side. Tlogmer 13:08, 1 March 2006 (UTC)
- I think that if one logo sees wide use (regular use on merchandise, for example) the other should be saved for special events (merch. sold only during fundraisers; wikimania; etc.) Tlogmer 13:09, 1 March 2006 (UTC)