MGoShirt Alert - Day 13 Part 2

Submitted by Six Zero on August 26th, 2009 at 2:30 PM

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.


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? free polls
What do you think of MgoShirt #14?
Five Stars Four Stars Three Stars Two Stars One Star   

***** 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.



August 26th, 2009 at 2:42 PM ^

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.


August 26th, 2009 at 2:56 PM ^

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.


August 26th, 2009 at 3:13 PM ^

"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?

The FannMan

August 26th, 2009 at 3:28 PM ^

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 . . .


August 26th, 2009 at 3:32 PM ^

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.


August 26th, 2009 at 3:37 PM ^

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.


August 26th, 2009 at 4:25 PM ^

Great T-shirt!!

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.)


August 26th, 2009 at 4:26 PM ^

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.

Excellent work.

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.


August 26th, 2009 at 5:21 PM ^

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.