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Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Gmail Threadless Competition Apparently Sucks

Nicholas emails in his experience with the Gmail/ shirt competition (his design is shown above, and Nicholas was at first surprised that there were 0 competing entries listed the time he submitted it):

I like Gmail ... alot, and I really want an iPhone. So, I thought it would be fun to enter the Threadless contest. I have no disillusions about my odds of winning. I’m not a great artist, and I’m sure a lot of people will be entering. So, I took a look at the rules and saw where they wrote:

“The purpose of this competition is to create a stand-alone design inspired by the theme, not a brand tee. Your design is not required to have the theme text or brand logo on it... in fact, we prefer it does not.

Okay, they’d prefer it not have the Gmail logo, but I kinda wanted to incorporate it anyway because it flowed with my idea. No problem right? – WRONG! They denied my entry because “The reason your design was declined is: The design contains copyrighted material.” WTF! Maybe there’s something else in my design that they thought was “copyrighted material,” but I doubt it. (I attached the design so you could see for yourself.)

Hey, Threadless! Maybe instead of saying you’d prefer it doesn’t have the Gmail logo, you could say it will be REJECTED from the competition if it does.

This sucks, and reminds me of the official Cafepress Snakes on a Plane competition (where my shirt design was rejected because it contained Snakes on a Plane imagery).

[Thanks Nicholas!]


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