I shirt you not. November 1, 2010 9:46 AM   Subscribe

We need more shirts!

Everything but* tl;dr (Women's small) is SOLD OUT, even the badass "Ride more than you Drive" shirt that I wanted to get for some of my bicyclist friends.

I know MeFi is not a t-shirt company, but what are the chances of resurrecting these shirts, or shirts like them at some point in the future? Perhaps there's someone trustworthy in the community who could be t-shirt tsar (appointed, like mods, by Matt Himself) so our fearless leader doesn't have to do the grunt work? Or is there an online vendor we could trust? Because I'd love to be able to give the gift of MeFi-love year 'round. I know there are other people selling unofficial MeFi shirts, but it would be cool to have an at least semi-official storefront where I knew the money was going to MeFi or Mefi-supported causes.

* and I suspect the remaining shirts will be gone soon after I hit post.
posted by Eideteker to MetaFilter-Related at 9:46 AM (169 comments total) 6 users marked this as a favorite

Wait holy crap I never saw the shift to $5 clearance price and I am tempted to see if I can fit into a women's small (spoiler: I can't).
posted by shakespeherian at 9:50 AM on November 1, 2010 [2 favorites]


I'd buy another.
posted by Stewriffic at 9:51 AM on November 1, 2010


This isn't about t-shirts, IT'S ABOUT CLASS!
posted by breezeway at 9:51 AM on November 1, 2010 [1 favorite]




They're so helpful for meetups, for one. On Saturday I was wearing my old school blue one, and I got "METAFILTER!" shouted at me, which was how I found my first mefites of the day. Yes, I love the idea of finding a way to get shirts. I hope it's feasible!!
posted by Stewriffic at 9:54 AM on November 1, 2010 [2 favorites]


Maybe some Coudal shirts are still available?
posted by box at 9:56 AM on November 1, 2010


I would like each of the following in men's size S, in AskMe Green:

- "FIAMO"

- "Pick a reason to flag:" (followed by a list of all the flag reasons)

- "What's the deal with your nickname?"

- "THERE IS NO CABAL"
posted by hermitosis at 10:06 AM on November 1, 2010 [4 favorites]


They're so helpful for meetups, for one.

Indeed they are. I would definitely buy one for this very purpose, having been to a misfired meetup once or twice myself (not for MeFi, but for another online group). At one MetaFilter meetup, I saw a guy in a homemade mefi shirt that was clever but so subtle I did not even notice it: it not in the familiar blue I would think to look for, but it did have a design on the front which incorporated the characters [+] [!].

Although... I suddenly have a terrible vision of 25 mefites sitting around in identical blue shirts. We would look like a company softball team going out for a beer after the game against Harry's HVAC.
posted by ricochet biscuit at 10:11 AM on November 1, 2010


I need a sweater. Can we get sweatshirts? Or knitting patterns with special snowflakes?

mind you i'm wondering if I should just get that tl;dr on general principle
posted by The Lady is a designer at 10:13 AM on November 1, 2010 [1 favorite]


I will add my whine for more shirts. Have been sad ever since I joined MetaFilter that there were no more to be had. (It would also be awesome to add a new shirt choice -- a MetaChat shirt with a bee-oo-ti-ful bunny on it.)
posted by bearwife at 10:15 AM on November 1, 2010


We would look like a company softball team going out for a beer after the game against Harry's HVAC.

You say that like it is a bad thing. We'd totally kick Harry's HVAC's ass.
posted by marxchivist at 10:17 AM on November 1, 2010 [6 favorites]


I love my tl;dr MeTa shirt and my MeFi blue. Now I need a green one. DTMFA maybe? IANAL? How about "First, be smart from the very beginning"?
posted by specialagentwebb at 10:24 AM on November 1, 2010 [1 favorite]


I would not wear a t-shirt which simply reads "IANAL".
posted by gman at 10:25 AM on November 1, 2010 [16 favorites]


iANAL?
posted by The Lady is a designer at 10:27 AM on November 1, 2010 [2 favorites]


gman: "I would not wear a t-shirt which simply reads "IANAL"."

HAHAHA. Oh man, Mondays. Some day I will learn to read my comments before I post. How about IANAD instead?
posted by specialagentwebb at 10:27 AM on November 1, 2010


The real question, though, aside from design and/or clever slogan, is how we can pick a tee-shirt manufacturer without creating the enormous sort of kerfuffle that occurred last time.
posted by shakespeherian at 10:29 AM on November 1, 2010


I want another one too!
posted by Lutoslawski at 10:31 AM on November 1, 2010


I think there should be a What Would jonmc do? shirt.
posted by jonmc at 10:38 AM on November 1, 2010 [2 favorites]


Yeah, I want another tl;dr shirt, since mine (ironically enough!) shrank dramatically on its first washing to become ts;cr.
posted by mygothlaundry at 10:40 AM on November 1, 2010 [5 favorites]


How about a small embroidered MeFi badge? Favicon series? Make your own MeFi fashions.

Come to think of it, I may just embroider one myself if others don't like this idea.
posted by zennie at 10:40 AM on November 1, 2010


I think there should be a What Would jonmc do? shirt.

Everyone knows the answer to THAT.

Add my voice to the chorus, I was out of work the last time they came around and couldn't justify the expense to myself. Now I am once again of the enjobbed, and would like a couple.
posted by nevercalm at 10:42 AM on November 1, 2010


I still want a [+] shirt.
posted by shakespeherian at 10:43 AM on November 1, 2010 [10 favorites]


Speaking as someone who packed up and shipped a good number of those shirts, I say we all have enough t-shirts! I'm not sure what the plans are for more shirts but I think Matt likes having space in his garage for bike stuff instead of t-shirts. So my guess is that there aren't any plans on the immediate horizon.
posted by pb (staff) at 10:47 AM on November 1, 2010


So my guess is that there aren't any plans on the immediate horizon.

*sobs heartbreakingly in the kitchen*
posted by The Lady is a designer at 10:49 AM on November 1, 2010 [1 favorite]


May we please have larger sizes, cause you know, some of us are larger than average and I like my t-shirts loose. Thx, kisses.
posted by govtdrone at 10:50 AM on November 1, 2010 [1 favorite]


What about Spreadshirt esque solutions that involve printing one shirt at a time?
posted by l33tpolicywonk at 10:50 AM on November 1, 2010


What about Spreadshirt esque solutions that involve printing one shirt at a time?

I've asked about this in the past, and was shot down for reasons which were enigmatic, at best.

It does seem that on-demand shirt printing would be the way to go with this, if a good source can be found.
posted by hippybear at 10:54 AM on November 1, 2010


The reason we haven't gone for something like spreadshirt in the past is that the quality isn't as high as screen printing. So we'd rather have good MeFi shirts every couple years than horrible MeFi shirts all the time.
posted by pb (staff) at 10:57 AM on November 1, 2010 [3 favorites]


But there hasn't been any large size shirts available in a *really* long time. I mean, I might be able to shrink-fit myself into a Small, but it's not going to be pretty and the girls won't be very happy. Just sayin'.
posted by ApathyGirl at 11:04 AM on November 1, 2010


"What's the deal with your nickname?"

I would love this.
posted by iconomy at 11:10 AM on November 1, 2010 [2 favorites]


POD is kinda spendy though. Given the variety of folks and life situations on Metafilter I'd have to think there's someone with the space and time/inclination to handle the shipping and storage.

I'd much rather see a Jobs posting for someone willing to undertake this at a payment rate of, say, $1 a shirt. Better a Mefite get the cash than a POD vendor.

For that matter, crowdsourcing the initial purchase funding could work too if Matt/MetaFilter Network inc doesn't want to fund the initial purchase. I'm sufficiently confident in the long-term viability of MeFi t-shirts that I'd invest $100 on the promise of a small return.

Hell, make my interest payment a shirt :)

Hmm, crowdsource shirts for communities could be an interesting project. Submission & voting a la Threadless or perhaps like Kickstart. Funding a la Kiva. Somebody with more time go make that happen, wouldja?
posted by phearlez at 11:14 AM on November 1, 2010 [7 favorites]


As yet no one has agreed with me but I always thought a [more inside] shirt would in yellow print on blue with white brackets would be the in-joke coolest.
posted by nanojath at 11:23 AM on November 1, 2010 [10 favorites]


Please, can we get one that says, "Is it safe to eat?" Because, um, you know, we all think that at least once a day, and apparently, it's become a weekly tradition to post that question on AskMe.

I so very want a t-shirt, and also am on my knees begging for XL women size shirts.
posted by HeyAllie at 11:28 AM on November 1, 2010 [1 favorite]


I blame Stewriffic for flaunting her t-shirt in front of Eideteker. Look what you did.

How about a non-ginormous business solution? An advertised, preorder-only, no-refund sale with a deadling could consolidate all the work into a couple of days, instead of months of random label printing, packing, and shipping. There would be considerable lag time for buyers, but people would know that up front. Feasible?


pb: Matt likes having space in his garage

But what about patches or something like that? They're small and yet everyone fits!

No more comments from me on that.

posted by zennie at 11:30 AM on November 1, 2010


That was supposed to read "with a deadline".
posted by zennie at 11:31 AM on November 1, 2010


I don't know what a deadling is, per se, but I'm fairly certain Bruce Campbell can kill it.
posted by shakespeherian at 11:35 AM on November 1, 2010 [4 favorites]


With his chin.
posted by zennie at 11:36 AM on November 1, 2010


I would not wear a t-shirt which simply reads "IANAL".

But you should, because it'll be worth a lot of money someday, bearing the name of the inevitable product that will bring about the end of Steve Jobs' career.
posted by jbickers at 11:40 AM on November 1, 2010 [3 favorites]


I think shipping would be way easier and totally do-able if we changed the way the shirt ordering process went. In the past, we took a survey and based on that, we ordered up a few thousand dollars worth of shirts, then sold them as needed. It was a giant pain in the ass because you never knew if you needed to ship 1 shirt or 10 or you'd relax for a week or two then suddenly have to go back into shirt shipping mode. My garage was inundated with boxes as well.

Instead, we could do a pre-order-only shirt sale, where we have a design and we setup an order form. We wait 2 weeks for orders to complete, then we print the exact number of shirts that were ordered. Then we ship everything in a day or two (not a fun day, but easy enough to streamline).

The problem here is two-fold. One, you only get one chance to order a shirt, and if you miss that, you're toast because there are no extras printed up and stored. Then, even if you do notice the shirt sale, you plop your $20 down and you'll have to wait anywhere from 2-3 weeks to get a shirt.

TV Without Pity does their shirts this way and it drives me bonkers because it always seems like I missed the earlier pre-orders for the shirts I really wanted, but when I did actually order a shirt, it seemed like it took forever to show up in my mailbox, on the order of a couple months after I plopped down money (and almost always long forgot I even ordered the shirt).

So anyway, there is an outside chance we could do this again, but the carrying of inventory is the pits and we'd probably have to do a pre-order thing instead.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 11:42 AM on November 1, 2010 [8 favorites]


I think there should be a What Would jonmc do? shirt.

I don't think there is a shirt black enough for this.
posted by Devils Rancher at 11:44 AM on November 1, 2010 [3 favorites]


I can't tell you how many great bar conversations have been spurred by someone staring at my shirt and then saying quizzically "Please hope me?"
posted by Skot at 11:53 AM on November 1, 2010 [5 favorites]


mathowie: "The problem here is two-fold. One, you only get one chance to order a shirt, and if you miss that, you're toast because there are no extras printed up and stored. Then, even if you do notice the shirt sale, you plop your $20 down and you'll have to wait anywhere from 2-3 weeks to get a shirt. "

These seem like they're less likely to be problems here because

a) most of us who want a shirt are on Metatalk at least once a week anyway; and
b) Waiting three weeks for a shirt is better than no shirt at all
posted by l33tpolicywonk at 11:58 AM on November 1, 2010 [4 favorites]


"I think there should be a What Would jonmc do? shirt."

Except no one would buy it because, meh, why bother? Buying it just shows that you're trying too hard, which is a waste since statistically speaking, you're destined to fail to impress anyone with your "wwjmcd?" shirt anyway.
posted by Eideteker at 12:00 PM on November 1, 2010 [1 favorite]


Yes, Matt + pb, I'm interested in a solution that involves something other than you guys storing and shipping the t-shirts. You're not in the t-shirt biz, I dig that. I just wanted to put out feelers to see if there were other solutions possible. Thanks for entertaining our ideas.
posted by Eideteker at 12:01 PM on November 1, 2010 [1 favorite]


you only get one chance to order a shirt

I know TWoP does it this way -- they call it "Now or Never," or at least they used to, I don't really go there anymore -- but that doesn't mean you'd have to do it the same way. Of course, I'm sure it would be cheaper if everybody thought it was a one-time thing and therefore you'd get more orders, but even if you only took orders once a year, that'd be some shirts as opposed to no shirts.
posted by Gator at 12:03 PM on November 1, 2010


the carrying of inventory is the pits

I haven't had to do any of the heavy lifting on mailing [for the MeFi CD or for the shirts] so I would definitely volunteer to help on one of these rounds. I like the pins/badges idea too which I bet we could do in the same way. Also: stickers!

I like the pre-order idea. We could even do like ten designs, vote on the best ones, and then do pre-orders for like three or something. Or have an annual shirt maybe?
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 12:03 PM on November 1, 2010 [2 favorites]


I can't tell you how many great bar conversations have been spurred by someone staring at my shirt and then saying quizzically "Please hope me?"

This is why I only wear "Everyone needs a hug" under a jacket or at home.
posted by The Lady is a designer at 12:14 PM on November 1, 2010


The Lady is a designer: I need a sweater. Can we get sweatshirts? Or knitting patterns with special snowflakes?

Get a holiday (knit) sweater from a thrift shop with a snowflake or two. Make a punk MeFi patch. Adhere patch to sweater. Done.

After all, mass-produced sweaters with snowflakes aren't that special, now are they? (The shirt is cute, though.)
posted by filthy light thief at 12:14 PM on November 1, 2010 [1 favorite]


I love the idea of an annual shirt!!
posted by Stewriffic at 12:14 PM on November 1, 2010 [1 favorite]


Can has taters shirt?
posted by schmod at 12:23 PM on November 1, 2010


So anyway, there is an outside chance we could do this again

*claps hands. jumps up and down. *

*waits hopefully for pre-order opportunity*
posted by bearwife at 12:26 PM on November 1, 2010


filthylightthief: brilliant idea, but I'm going to look for a blue sweater not a snowflake one. We don't do snowflake themes up here in the Arctic circle for some reason.
posted by The Lady is a designer at 12:26 PM on November 1, 2010



So anyway, there is an outside chance we could do this again


*stops heartrending sobs in kitchen, scrabbles for the roll of Bounty*
posted by The Lady is a designer at 12:27 PM on November 1, 2010 [1 favorite]


We sell logo products through a vendor who pays us a flat 10% of sales. He takes orders by phone and on line, ships, keeps popular items/sizes in stock, staffs trade shows and refreshes the line a couple of times a year, phasing out older, less popular stuff and replacing with new items.

If you don't require a trade show presence, you might get a better-than-10% royalty deal.

Our vendor loves what he does and has been doing a great job for us for years. He is also happy to bid on custom work/projects. It might be worth talking to him about your needs. I'll be glad to give you his contact info.
posted by Short Attention Sp at 12:27 PM on November 1, 2010 [1 favorite]


Don't we have screenprinters on here? Couldn't we license MetaFilter stuff, have fairly tight control (members are subject to callouts!) and have them handle the inventory, shipping and printing?
posted by klangklangston at 12:34 PM on November 1, 2010 [1 favorite]


Oh wow, I would definitely get a tl;dr shirt.
posted by torisaur at 12:53 PM on November 1, 2010


I have tl;dr and hope me but would totally buy a [more inside] if ya'll made it.
posted by NoraReed at 1:05 PM on November 1, 2010


Would it be worth using Amazon's Fulfillment system? The $40 a month vendor membership isn't a nothing expense so that might make it not worth it, but it has the upside of fairly competitive shipping pricing. You only have to do the pre-sale packaging hassle once in order to poly bag & label each shirt - after that amazon stores and deals with em.

How many packaged shirts fit into a cubic foot - $0.45 to 0.60 storage per month, depending on time of year - I wonder?
posted by phearlez at 1:13 PM on November 1, 2010


it seemed like it took forever to show up in my mailbox, on the order of a couple months after I plopped down money (and almost always long forgot I even ordered the shirt).

And getting surprise packages is a bad thing...?
posted by 47triple2 at 1:17 PM on November 1, 2010


Matt likes having space in his garage

It sounds like you're working for your car. Simplify and ride more than you drive, maaann.
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 1:18 PM on November 1, 2010 [3 favorites]


Or have an annual shirt maybe?

An annual shirt at an annual shirt time (note: not shit time!) would be awesome. Newbies would know when they could get a new shirt (during the Annual Shirt sale) and everyone else would commiserate (in one thread) about waiting for their t-shirts from the annual sale.

Of course, somebody'd still be stuck with a garage full of shirts (unless you went custom and off-loaded that to a business or whatever) but if they were pre-ordered, you'd know that there was an end goal in sight.
posted by librarylis at 1:21 PM on November 1, 2010


They're so helpful for meetups, for one. On Saturday I was wearing my old school blue one, and I got "METAFILTER!" shouted at me, which was how I found my first mefites of the day.

That was me! I must say that I appreciated seeing the distinctive blue t-shirt almost right away, after spending just a few moments standing outside a massively crowded bar wondering how the hell I was going to find a bunch of people I'd never met. (And sorry for the shouting, maybe a polite tap on the shoulder would have been more sane and reasonable.)
posted by ocha-no-mizu at 1:24 PM on November 1, 2010 [2 favorites]


*claps hands. jumps up and down. *

Pshaw. I only clap hands for Tom Waits.
posted by shakespeherian at 1:26 PM on November 1, 2010 [1 favorite]


I want a ts;dr shirt.
posted by Decani at 1:27 PM on November 1, 2010


I want a teleportation doorway for jetlag free global travel.
posted by The Lady is a designer at 1:29 PM on November 1, 2010


Don't we have screenprinters on here? Couldn't we license MetaFilter stuff, have fairly tight control (members are subject to callouts!) and have them handle the inventory, shipping and printing?

I've tossed an idea out there to Matt & pb along these lines. It is indeed what we do, including the folding/bagging/shipping part. We've recently (since the last batch of 10th ann. shirts) been working on how to streamline the process for one-off print->bag->ship events that don't include all the rigamarole of entering SKUs, receiving to pick locations, etc. like we do for our clients with 100 items in their store.
posted by Devils Rancher at 1:54 PM on November 1, 2010


Oh hey, I did some t-shirt concepts

There where some plans for a grar Monster shirt, but nothing came of it. Hmmm, I have friends who are screenprinters...hmmmm
posted by The Whelk at 2:01 PM on November 1, 2010 [3 favorites]


I think there should be three t shirts:

A blue one with "Argue"

A green one with "Ask"

A grey one with ""Snark"
posted by MuffinMan at 2:03 PM on November 1, 2010




I still want a [+] shirt.
posted by shakespeherian


I made one of these! with the [+] right where a pocket would be.

It has sadly been lost in the mists of time.
posted by The Whelk at 2:04 PM on November 1, 2010


Shut up you and get back to pastiches of popular webcomics.
posted by shakespeherian at 2:07 PM on November 1, 2010


IMAGINARY INTERNET FRIEND would be great for meetups
posted by The Whelk at 2:09 PM on November 1, 2010 [14 favorites]


ocha-no-mizu, you probably would have scared me if you'd tapped on the shoulder! The "Metafilter!" call was much better, believe me.

Another thing that happened at the rally is that random guy from the internet thought I was affiliated with MetaFilter, Network, Inc. It flashed through my head to impersonate Jessamyn, but that sort of thing isn't much in my nature.
posted by Stewriffic at 2:09 PM on November 1, 2010


The Whelk, I kind of love the "I [+] MetaFilter" design.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 2:10 PM on November 1, 2010 [13 favorites]


it's totally yours if you want it.
posted by The Whelk at 2:11 PM on November 1, 2010


My shirt came in handy at the mini-wOOtstock here in Boulder. Adam Savage is a friend of Matt Haughey!
posted by cosmac at 2:12 PM on November 1, 2010


"I [+] MetaFilter" rocks. So often designs end up being snarky/negative. I love love!
posted by Stewriffic at 2:13 PM on November 1, 2010


I've gotten a number of shirts from Zazzle and absolutely loved them. The shirts are high-quality, the printing is excellent, you can upload graphics and do all the design on their site, and then they print on demand.

Also, you should get permission to use this teal deer graphic for the relevant shirt.
posted by Wolfdog at 2:21 PM on November 1, 2010


The Whelk, I kind of love the "MetaFilter" design.
posted by mathowie 8 minutes ago [+]
it's totally yours if you want it.
posted by The Whelk 7 minutes ago



irresistible edit
posted by The Lady is a designer at 2:21 PM on November 1, 2010


I cast an enthusiastic vote for "Imaginary Internet Friend." (Not just for meetups...)
posted by Kat Allison at 2:23 PM on November 1, 2010


The Whelk, all your ideas are great but . . . I'd buy "I [+] Metafilter" in a New York minute.
posted by bearwife at 2:28 PM on November 1, 2010


Here's that idea done up in American Typewriter, like the iconic I heart NY shirts:


posted by mathowie (staff) at 2:48 PM on November 1, 2010 [22 favorites]


I'll keep playing with it. I might just do it in the standard logo type Trade Gothic because it doesn't come across as a straight up NY shirt parody.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 2:49 PM on November 1, 2010 [1 favorite]


Wasn't a MetaFilter bumper sticker spotted once, in the wild?
posted by Rumple at 2:51 PM on November 1, 2010


I think if you're going to do that, you're going to have to change 'MetaFilter' to 'MF.' Also this is a much less interesting font than American Typewriter.
posted by shakespeherian at 2:51 PM on November 1, 2010 [4 favorites]


I think if you're going to do that, you're going to have to change 'MetaFilter' to 'MF.'

Yes, please.

IN A GODDAMN 3X
posted by mr_crash_davis mark II: Jazz Odyssey at 2:52 PM on November 1, 2010


"I'm from the internet, and I'm here to help."
posted by kaibutsu at 2:53 PM on November 1, 2010 [7 favorites]


I [+] image tag
posted by Rumple at 2:53 PM on November 1, 2010 [1 favorite]


(although I have lost weight and now fit in a 2x or even a 1xlt but it's the principle of the thing, y'know?)
posted by mr_crash_davis mark II: Jazz Odyssey at 2:53 PM on November 1, 2010


Yeah, the hardest thing in selling an I <3 N Y thing is the compactness of the classic and the square layout.

Maybe if you really want to go for that, something like
 I [+]
 Me Fi
with the favorites widget in red like the classic heart?
posted by cortex (staff) at 2:54 PM on November 1, 2010 [3 favorites]


I think we may be torn between loyalty to two different homages, here: the style of the NY tee and the style of the Metafilter homepage. Between color scheme, layout, typeface, etc., it feels like you'll have to embrace all of one or the other to keep it coherent.
posted by shakespeherian at 2:59 PM on November 1, 2010 [1 favorite]


Just commenting here to say that as OP, I claim credit for any great ideas which emerge from this thread.
posted by Eideteker at 3:09 PM on November 1, 2010 [2 favorites]


Here's another that's more in line with the NY shirt, by mattdidthat:


posted by mathowie (staff) at 3:09 PM on November 1, 2010 [10 favorites]


The reference to "I <3 NY" totally went over my head.
posted by zennie at 3:10 PM on November 1, 2010


Here's one in a more MetaFiltery font. I don't like the way the upper case large "I" looks so bare. It almost looks like a shape or something instead of a letter:


posted by mathowie (staff) at 3:16 PM on November 1, 2010 [2 favorites]


Some of us, of course, would feel obliged to grab a fabric marker and add "hella" between the "I" and the "[+]".
posted by Lexica at 3:19 PM on November 1, 2010


So anyway, there is an outside chance we could do this again

OK! Can we order one now?





How about now?





Maybe....now?





How about now?
posted by marxchivist at 3:21 PM on November 1, 2010


Yeah, I kinda think the "I" needs serifs. What about the site's default font, Verdana, for that part?
posted by Gator at 3:23 PM on November 1, 2010


Here it is with Verdana in the upper line:


posted by mathowie (staff) at 3:32 PM on November 1, 2010 [7 favorites]


How about a small embroidered MeFi badge?

Oh my God, does this come with a sash in MeFi blue? Or AskMe green? This could be the most awesome series of achievement badges since, uh, Girl Scouts.
posted by MonkeyToes at 3:48 PM on November 1, 2010 [1 favorite]


Hey, with the img tag!
posted by Devils Rancher at 3:50 PM on November 1, 2010 [1 favorite]


Oh, oh, now put the flag [!] icon at the end!
posted by Gator at 3:52 PM on November 1, 2010


I [+] the "I [+] MetaFilter" idea as well, but I think it works better as a single line rather than the "I <3 NY" style lockup.
posted by Rock Steady at 4:02 PM on November 1, 2010 [4 favorites]


I agree with Rock Steady on this. I think it's more important to preserve the kerning, font and line thickness of the MetaFilter logo than to try to allude to some played out tourist shirt meme.* The recreated MeFi logo is just jarring.

*Although, I live in York now and do badly want one of their "I ♥ Y" shirts...in the old NY style, but without the N. Of course.
posted by iamkimiam at 4:12 PM on November 1, 2010


Yeah, let me do a single line one tonight in the proper fonts.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 4:19 PM on November 1, 2010


I would buy that last t-shirt right now.
posted by josher71 at 4:24 PM on November 1, 2010


Oh hey. it's awesome when I go down to the bar and then start dinner and then magical awesomeness happens.

I really like the current 6:32 PM design a lot, I just would like it better unitalicized. It looks good on the site but I don't think so much on a tee.

I could be totally wrong.

Still *whoooo* This is downright exciting.
posted by The Whelk at 4:29 PM on November 1, 2010


And I' m more partial to a single line, but that is me.
posted by The Whelk at 4:30 PM on November 1, 2010


also OMG IMG TAG
posted by The Whelk at 4:30 PM on November 1, 2010


want. either as a patch or an enameled pin. please.
posted by theora55 at 4:55 PM on November 1, 2010


Nthing patches, pins, buttons.

Obvious Button and sticker ideas

the flag and favorite icons.

an MF

I like the idea above of a green button ASK and a blue button ARGUE ...Grey would be ANNOY but that is snarky.
posted by The Whelk at 5:01 PM on November 1, 2010


oh and Grar Monster, if I'm asking for favors.
posted by The Whelk at 5:02 PM on November 1, 2010


If The Whelk ever used his powers for evil instead of goodness, we'd all be in big trouble. He has singlehandedly turned "Nah, no more shirts," into, "I kinda love this idea."

I would SO buy an I [+] Metafilter Shirt.
posted by misha at 5:06 PM on November 1, 2010


Oh, and I'd like something along the lines of, "I survived No Favorites Month." Though I imagine the mods would like to forget that time.

Other shirts I would buy:

Spouse Muse Crush Sweetheart

Never Log Out

I already have an Everybody Needs a Hug shirt, but I'd love another.
posted by misha at 5:09 PM on November 1, 2010


It should be Sign Out, not Log Out. That was my mistake.
posted by The Whelk at 5:12 PM on November 1, 2010


How small can you print on shirts? Would it be possible to print, oh, I dunno, the entire Treaty of Westphalia? In little teeny letters?
posted by Rory Marinich at 5:13 PM on November 1, 2010 [1 favorite]


Thirding or fourthing (Spouse Muse Crush Sweetheart). I prefer inside jokes to brand names on shirts, even if the brand is as awesome as MetaFilter or The Big Lebowski.
posted by Rory Marinich at 5:14 PM on November 1, 2010 [1 favorite]


I would love a 'grar monster' shirt, actually.
posted by mintcake! at 5:26 PM on November 1, 2010


also perhaps a "YOU GOT WHELKED" shirt.
posted by mintcake! at 5:26 PM on November 1, 2010


I am not a ctach phrase, I am a free man.

wait I have a catch phrase
posted by The Whelk at 5:31 PM on November 1, 2010




I have a garage but no car and far too much time on my hands at the moment (lousy economy grumble grumble), so I could help with the storage/shipping logistics if you want. I'm in San Francisco, if that makes any difference.
posted by Quietgal at 5:55 PM on November 1, 2010


I tried to press [+] next to those images posted by mathowie a bunch of times, but it only did something the first time. Maybe I will ask for a pony.
posted by ersatzkat at 7:13 PM on November 1, 2010 [2 favorites]


(and posting @ 10:13 just gave me a funny little x-files twinge....ooooEEEEEEooooo...)
posted by ersatzkat at 7:16 PM on November 1, 2010


"If Wearer of this Shirt is No Longer Alive, Please Contact ColdChef, Online Undertaker to the Stars"
posted by ColdChef at 8:24 PM on November 1, 2010 [10 favorites]


COLDCHEF WILL
BURY YOU
posted by The Whelk at 8:31 PM on November 1, 2010 [2 favorites]


Here's a wide version that could go across the front. Reminds me of the old Plan B skateboard shirts from the mid-90s, back when an ironic "I heart cops" shirt on a skateboarder was funny:


posted by mathowie (staff) at 8:48 PM on November 1, 2010 [27 favorites]


I [+] this design.
posted by The Whelk at 8:57 PM on November 1, 2010


I still want a shirt that says "Increased GRAR levels harsh my general life buzz." With a -Jessamyn on the end of it would be even better.

And also, yes to the larger sizes. I don't have a Mefi shirt yet!
posted by IndigoRain at 8:59 PM on November 1, 2010 [3 favorites]


I like them all and would buy at least one.
posted by rtha at 9:31 PM on November 1, 2010


Make it a bumper sticker!

Also, I wore the classic blue MeFi shirt to the Colbert Report tonight! If they spliced in any footage of my part of the audience, I'll post a screen cap!
posted by mccarty.tim at 10:10 PM on November 1, 2010 [1 favorite]


Any chance of the [+] being slightly smaller than the I and the MetaFilter? Something about having all of the x-heights match up like that seems ungainly to me. Perhaps line it up with the lowercase letters in MetaFilter instead of the uppercase.

It lines up with the capital letters of the grey lines on the side, after all, and those are slightly smaller than the regular comment font size.

Also, the I being the only Verdana bit just kind of seems weird. What if that was done in American Typewriter, but none of the other letters? Or something? Because right now that I really feels dangly and it's making me feel graphic-design-geek anxiety. As if millions of geeks cried out in terror and all that jazz.
posted by Rory Marinich at 10:18 PM on November 1, 2010


Grey would be ANNOY but that is snarky.

Clearly grey would be PONY.
posted by shelleycat at 10:22 PM on November 1, 2010 [3 favorites]


Matt, as a Colbert audience member, I have one demand for you: Make a green shirt that says "Should I eat it?"
posted by mccarty.tim at 10:24 PM on November 1, 2010 [1 favorite]


I like watching you all design by committee. It's so cute.
posted by davejay at 10:45 PM on November 1, 2010


having said that, I still want a "please hope me" bumper sticker
posted by davejay at 10:45 PM on November 1, 2010


I endorse the idea of an annual pre-order window for shirts, and a long wait time from order to shirt-receipt is fine by me, and I like the general design you're working on now. And I like chocolate ice cream.
posted by LobsterMitten at 10:46 PM on November 1, 2010


How about a small embroidered MeFi badge?

Yes yes yes. Badges and patches would make me so very happy. (I could totally see small round or square patches that say MeFi, [+], [!], and maybe something acronym-y?)

Oh my God, does this come with a sash in MeFi blue? Or AskMe green? This could be the most awesome series of achievement badges since, uh, Girl Scouts.

I figured maybe I'd add it to my Science Scouts sash...
posted by ubersturm at 11:24 PM on November 1, 2010


I [+] MF

That way it looks like I add motherfuckers, as some of regular activity.

Actually, someone (I think mattdidthat) suggested just a shirt with:
[+][!]
And that definitely appeals to the more minimalist/in-jokey ones amongst us.
posted by spiderskull at 11:24 PM on November 1, 2010 [8 favorites]


*blown away*

Where's the signup sheet for pre-ordering?
posted by The Lady is a designer at 12:00 AM on November 2, 2010


How is it that we, a bunch of fairly mobile computer users, have not yet managed a slew of vinyl stickers with which to adorn our said mobile computers?

Cause, like, I would totally throw a "I [+] MeFi" sticker on my Macbook Pro.
posted by FlamingBore at 12:36 AM on November 2, 2010 [4 favorites]


Even better [More Inside]
posted by The Lady is a designer at 12:39 AM on November 2, 2010


I suggested adding the flag [!] icon to the end, and I still think that would be great, especially if it's all going to be on one line. The uninitiated would just assume it was an enthusiastic "!" but those of us in the know would, er, know!
posted by Gator at 5:52 AM on November 2, 2010


Me next to the real (vinyl decal in the studio of) Stephen Colbert! Modeling the classic blue next to my girlfriend (who is wearing a Lady Gaga tee under the coat)!

And here are the blue pixels in one of the few audience shots in the show. Notice how I stand out? If you want product placement like this, Matt, bring back the blue one.
posted by mccarty.tim at 6:13 AM on November 2, 2010


I'm worried I'll be wearing a tl;dr shirt and something bad will happen to me (probably a gravity-related head injury) and the paramedics will arrive and they'll say oh look, the shirt, it says: "too late; don't resuscitate."
posted by fuq at 7:18 AM on November 2, 2010 [3 favorites]


I like the square format one better - and I endorse Gator's idea of the [!] at the end - but any and/or either is good by me. Want.
posted by mygothlaundry at 7:32 AM on November 2, 2010


I love the once-a-year t shirt idea, and a group preorder is an awesome way to go about it.
posted by annsunny at 8:20 AM on November 2, 2010


mygothlaundry: "Yeah, I want another tl;dr shirt, since mine (ironically enough!) shrank dramatically on its first washing to become ts;cr."

I never do this, but this is eponysterical.
posted by workerant at 8:34 AM on November 2, 2010


I would also like a shirt that says 'I [+]'.
posted by shakespeherian at 8:35 AM on November 2, 2010


Rumple, I believe this is what you're remembering.
posted by zoinks at 9:08 AM on November 2, 2010


The Lady is a designer: I need a sweater. Can we get sweatshirts? Or knitting patterns with special snowflakes?

I'll design and draft the pattern if someone else knits the sample. I can't -- too many other deadlines right now. It would be hilarious to have it knit, though...
posted by bitter-girl.com at 12:41 PM on November 2, 2010


I'll design and draft the pattern if someone else knits the sample.

I'll see what I can do (visions of descending down to the textile design floor with ..uh... homework)

What design shall we try for knitting?
posted by The Lady is a designer at 12:50 PM on November 2, 2010


zoinks: "Rumple: I believe this is what you're remembering."

yes! that's it.

Well, can we have nice bumperstickers? You can wear a bumpersticker every day for a month, you can only wear a shirt every day for a week.
posted by Rumple at 2:22 PM on November 2, 2010


I'd knit that!
posted by iamkimiam at 2:32 PM on November 2, 2010 [1 favorite]


(And I mean it.)
posted by iamkimiam at 2:32 PM on November 2, 2010


*looks admiringly and gratefully at iamkimiam*

You pick/figure out the sample pattern? I'm a slow cautious knitter but a better cook ha ha meaning I can't experiment.
posted by The Lady is a designer at 2:39 PM on November 2, 2010


spiderskull: " Actually, someone (I think mattdidthat) suggested just a shirt with:
[+][!]
And that definitely appeals to the more minimalist/in-jokey ones amongst us.
"

My suggestion, thank you very much. And then somehow I guilted mattdidthat into sending me one for free.

This led to a weird discussion where some people got mad at mattdidthat and said he was profiteering off the site. Mathowie stepped in and said that he had no intention of selling a [+][!] shirt, seemingly giving mattdidthat his blessing.

And now you know the rest of the story. Good day!
posted by roll truck roll at 2:44 PM on November 2, 2010


I'd love a little " [+] [!] " sticker that could be applied to random signs, subway ads, etc...
posted by maryr at 3:46 PM on November 2, 2010 [2 favorites]


I'd want the [+][!] on, say, a pocket, like, uh, the izod logo?
posted by Karmakaze at 5:13 PM on November 2, 2010


I'm scared to wear a "What Would jonmc Do" shirt, because I know the answer would be "fill a Big Gulp cup with alcoholic energy drink and take the subway home."

Which is problematic, because A) it could be 9AM when you look down at the shirt and then where are you, B) I cannot afford that many alcoholic energy drinks, C) I work from home, and D) I'm several thousand miles away from the nearest subway.
posted by ErikaB at 5:21 PM on November 2, 2010


A) it could be 9AM when you look down at the shirt and then where are you, B) I cannot afford that many alcoholic energy drinks, C) I work from home, and D) I'm several thousand miles away from the nearest subway.

You can still make it work if you try.
posted by fuq at 5:25 PM on November 2, 2010


Shannon, um, bitter-girl.com, I'd test knit a baby sweater or a human size S for you. Memail me!

I was thinking a cowl or hat might be the way to go. Many Mefites knit, but a sweater is a pretty big commitment.
posted by ErikaB at 5:25 PM on November 2, 2010


I'd love a little " [+] [!] " sticker that could be applied to random signs, subway ads, etc...

This may not be an incentive to sell stickers.
posted by zennie at 7:24 AM on November 3, 2010


At the NYC 10th anniversary, someone made [+] stickers and they were tons of fun to scrape off the floor.
posted by smackfu at 1:44 PM on November 3, 2010


I anxiously await my "I think I'll just close this up" boxer shorts.
posted by mintcake! at 5:50 PM on November 3, 2010 [2 favorites]


Well, I was kind of thinking of it along the lines of the xkcd "Acutal Size!" stickers. And I'd trust most people here not to put them anywhere truly inappropriate/damaging/disruptive.
posted by maryr at 6:41 PM on November 3, 2010


A [+] on the front of a pair of gonch would actually be pretty great. though I would not want to be seen in said apparel
posted by Rumple at 8:00 PM on November 3, 2010


basically metafilter will expand until it reaches my underpants is that what you're saying?
posted by The Whelk at 8:43 PM on November 3, 2010


Just as the hard shell of A Whelk conceals the Soft Whelk Within.

I think you know of what I speak, The Whelk. The gonch are merely the means to the end.
posted by Rumple at 11:05 AM on November 4, 2010


my tl;dr shirt shrank in the wash, too. it still fits but not as well. i blame myself for putting it into the dryer. oh well. yay new shirt!
posted by janepanic at 7:03 AM on November 10, 2010


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