I started the day listening to the SXSW 2006 Podcasts, in particular he Keynote Conversation with Jason Kottke (Kottke.org) and Heather Armstrong (Dooce.com). They spent around an hour talking about their blogging experiences: what they've learned about themselves, their audience, methods and limitations of funding approaches and more. Interesting podcast.
One remark in particular caught my ear, as Jason mention how Jon Gruber (DaringFireball.net) suggested he develop t-shirts for his blog as a way to help bring in some funding. Daring Fireball t-shirts are very cool, and that's where my question about t-shirts comes in.
T-Shirt Selling History
I have a history with this t-shirt, having setup a Cafe Press shop years ago for The Palm Tipsheet, offering t-shirts, mugs and more. In fact, that store is still open for business. However, in the 4 years since opening the Cafe Press store, I've sold 3 shirts, one of which was to myself, at cost. :-)
I've never felt anyone would want to a Rohdesign Weblog-branded t-shirt, let alone pay money for one. It's not that what I'd design wouldn't make for a stylin' t-shirt, — it's more the idea of someone wearing a t-shirt advertising my weblog.
However, I could imagine people buying well-designed topical t-shirts, featuring funky coffee, cycling, PDA or other interesting, colorful graphics on them. So the question is, would you, as a reader, consider buying a Mike Rohde designed t-shirt?
I've already been playing around with a few preliminary coffee-related shirt ideas at the Rohdesign Cafe Press Store (see the image top right) but I feel as though I'd need to expand the designs for coffee or other topics quite significantly, and feature more colorful designs as well. I thought I'd ask you, my readers.
What Would You Buy and How Much?
It all comes down to the question, what would you, as a reader, consider buying? It might be worth my time to design some cool t-shirts, if there are folks out there interested in buying them. Here are my questions:
1. What would you like to have designed? Would you like funky coffee-related designs, or maybe cycling, PDAs or even pen or pencil sketches? What about other topics or ideas? I'm open to your thoughts.
2. What kind of t-shirt do you like best? White, black, color?
3. What's a reasonable price range? I'm mostly interested in knowing if the average price of around $15 for white, $18 for organic cotton and $20 for black at Cafe Press is reasonable?
4. Extra Credit: Would a limited edition (short run), traditionally screen-printed t-shirt, offered on a nice color fabric interest you? If so, what do you consider a reasonable price for such a t-shirt?
Feel free to leave a comment or email me with your thoughts.