Mike Lantry, 1972
And behold, I saw another rider on a blue horse, and his name was
Brian, and he unleashed unverified voracity upon a third of the earth."
This is the fourteenth entry of the 2009 MGoShirt Alert, a design project that will enable MgoBlog readers to vote for upcoming designs in the new MGoBlogStore.
I've been working on a general MGoBlog shirt since the very beginning, and have had varying degrees of success. This single design pretty much sums up my experience with this project altogether-- it's just really really hard to please a large group of people. Everyone has different expectations, and it's inevitable that nothing can make everyone happy. Even more so, trying to consciously please a specific portion of the crowd means that another portion of the group feels ignored or rejected.
MGoBlog itself means a lot of different things to a lot of different people, and trying to put together an identity for it is a delicate and near-impossible act of trying to please as many people while alienating as few as possible. I tried several different approaches. I branched one off of the logo I created for this contest itself, and some people rejected it, which is their right (I have no right to tell someone not to react to my art a certain way). I listened to many people asking for a logo based on the MGoPoints arrows, which several people then disagreed with. I even played around with the menu bar icon as a logo, but nothing really seemed right.
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So in the end, I went back to the source, and created this shirt from Brian's own avatar. And no, that doesn't mean Brian's creating his own 3-D IMAX CGI sci-fi space opera about ten-foot tall blue aliens-- Although BOY would I love to see THAT opus of sarcasm. No, this design is his own profile image, tweaked a bit for single color reproduction. There might be some licensing issues but it's really not a true block M, so I'm hoping this isn't a big deal, but if need be we can jump this hurdle when the time comes.
I'd like to think of this shirt as a celebration of the mythical half-man, half-hair creature that makes this place possible. Here's to Brian! HUZZAH!!
Time to vote. What do you guys think?
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***** Five Stars: Avatar will be the greatest cinematic moment since Strange Brew.
**** Four Stars: Avatar will be a kick ass sci-fi movie, but will re-invent nothing.
*** Three Stars: Pretty cool-- but there's no zombies, or Megan Fox. Fail.
** Two Stars: The plot seems slow, tedious. I'll stay home and read instead.
* One Star: Avatar will suck. Movies are for losers who can't afford an XBox.
As I discussed earlier today, Brian and I decided to switch things up a bit-- we're showcasing two designs today so that the initial 15 shirts can be wrapped up tomorrow. THEN, on Friday, you can look forward to the final MGOSHIRT ALERT DEATHMATCH ELIMINATION ROUND, where the top 4 shirts as voted by the MGoCommunity will be voted on again to decide which design will make its way into the MGoBlogStore. Voting begins Friday, with the final tally being taken on Sunday night.
Tomorrow will then mark the fifteenth and last entry in this shirt design project... It's time for this designer to stop being so damn productive so I can properly engage myself in the upcoming season. So look tomorrow for the final preliminary edition of-- MGoShirt Alert!
PS - NO, I will not unveil the OSU shirt, at least not for now. Perhaps I'll keep it until a very bitter loss has us all in the dumps, and not even Brian's damn kittens can make anyone smile. Perhaps then, my offensive apparel will... That is all.
Straight to the point. Favorite one so far.
finally. oh how simplicity can be so easy on the eyes.
be--u--tee-full. I want it!
Yesssssssssssssss. Will buy. That's all.
Make it now!
This is an excellent shirt and I would buy it.
People who aren't interested in wearing an MGoBlog shirt won't wear it, but it doesn't confuse the issue by including any other elements that they'd like to wear. I really like it. Nicely done.
Best one yet. 5 stars. Pure Awesomeness
Good shirt, I know a lot of people will like it.
I don't want to wear the shirt of a blog, but that's just my personal preference. Still a good design though.
I will buy this shirt if it wins. My only hope is that some of the other top designs make it into production so I can buy those too. I don't know about anyone else but I am willing to get this one and at least one or two of the other designs if they were to be made available.
I will be buying this shirt when it is available.
I'll take two.
So we are goofy enough to love a shirt that has a blog on it, would it be weird if we threw our handles on the top back? (sarcasm)
at least this and something else to go in mgostore. please.
Call or write your local blog proprietor today!
"PS - NO, I will not unveil the OSU shirt, at least not for now. Perhaps I'll keep it until a very bitter loss has us all in the dumps, and not even Brian's damn kittens can make anyone smile. Perhaps then, my offensive apparel will..."
Is that because it doesn't actually exist?
Hope he doesn't mind me quoting him, but he responded:
"Oh... wow. That might get a C&D before we even put it up. Alas."
Great, then post it and quit being a douche about it. You can't literally get a C&D for putting up a mock t-shirt design for fun on a blog.
So long as Dollar Bill Martin and the other Powers That Be get past the (obscured-enough?) Block M...
This is the only one I voted for, good or bad. I love that it is blue and has that old-school, pre-maize out feel to it. It has the perfect blend of Michigan, blog-dorkiness and inside joke coolness. Winner as far as I am concerned.
Please can we see the banned OSU shirt - we wont tell anyone, honest . . .
Regarding your PS
So I guess we won't be able to see your OSU shirt this season. Because we are not going to have any bitter losses!
Optimism my friends! OPTIMISM!
So may I suggest selling it a few weeks to a month before the OSU game in the event of a season with no bitter losses. That way we can buy said shirts and get them for game day.
The best design yet.
one of the best so far. However, am I the only one that thinks the cursive o's look a lot like a's? Sorry just kind of bothered me.
Now I can't unsee it!
Ga Blag indeed
I still like the design
Shit, you're right.
I do love the shirt overall, but tweak those O's please.
This one, Desmond's, and Charles' should be in the store.
WIN. Stop the e-presses and start the t-presses. Get this started now so I can get mine by game day.
i would definitely buy this one.
That is a Winner. When you print them I want two, size XL Tall.
Pure victory. Print it now. I want it for the season.
make a white one, when you print them. i have way to many blue michigan shirts. thanks. i'll take two.
Might be a problem with the Block M. I did a sign and had to slightly change the block M before the printer would do it. (I put a slight downturn on the bottom of each leg.)
I don't even think you should bother putting something out tomorrow. Game over, we have a winner.
Well, it looks like you pleased just about everyone this time (including me) despite what your what you said at the top of the diary.
Now, the question becomes, how many shirts are we actually going to get in the MGoStore? If it's only 1 or 2, that could be a problem simply because that would require cutting at least one shirt that I really would like to buy. I think 3 or more shirts in the store would be good.
when would this be available in the MgoStore?
The trend in votes is exponential!
Does this mean we can pretend Day 13 Part 1 never happened?
I do love this shirt and a few others so far, but I was just wondering if anyone knows if new MGoStore will offer ladies' sizes at some point. I work hard to stay in jello-wrestling/mudbowl shape and I would like my MGoShirts to reflect this, rather than a vaguely boxy man shape... Just sayin.
I'll buy one as soon as it goes in the store.
OT- There's another Steve Levy who is the Suffolk County (Long Island) executive. He spoke at my high school graduation, and yes, he sucks too.
are $19.95. I'm sure Brian already gets a portion of the sales, but up the price of this shirt to $25 and give the extra $5.05 to Brian towards the site. Put it in Blue and Maize and I'll take 2. $10.10 has got to help towards my beveled guilt doesn't it?
Simply put this is the best shirt that has been made, it's a definite five.