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BarCampMilwaukee3 T-Shirts are Done!

Last night I picked up 4 boxes of beautiful, charcoal gray t-shirts for BarCampMilwaukee3! Here are shots of the actual shirt, hot off the presses:

BarCampMilwaukee3 T-Shirt: Front w/ Writing

BarCampMilwaukee3 T-Shirt: Front w/ Writing Detail

BarCampMilwaukee3 T-Shirt: Front Detail

Note that I've had my friend Brian Artka add his name, Twitter handle and tags to his shirt, so I could demonstrate how the shirt will work at BarCampMilwaukee3.

The idea is to create space in the design for each attendee to add a name, Twitter or handle and 5 tags to represent what they're interested in with a permanent marker. Each shirt becomes unique and personal, while also embedding key information to encourage strangers to say hello and start discussions.

I'll be picking up a bunch of colorful permanent Sharpie markers next week, which I'l spread out on a table for BarCampMilwaukee3 attendees to customize. I can't wait to see how the concept works at the event!

My favorite neighborhood screen print and embroidery shop, MJM Ventures, did a stellar job with my design once again. Thanks guys!

Get a free shirt while they last!

How? Sign up and attend BarCampMilwaukee3, October 4-5, 2008 at Bucketworks, 1340 North 6th Street, just north of Downtown Milwaukee (map).

Go Sign up today!


Jason Fried's Discovery World Sketchnotes

This evening I had the opportunity to hear and sketchnote Jason Fried of 37signals while speaking at the Discovery World Museum on Milwaukee's lakefront. Jason's 1.5 hour talk was sponsored by my alma mater, Milwaukee Area Technical College.

I captured 22 pages of sketchnotes from the talk:

Jason Fried Discovery World Sketchnotes: Pages 01-02

View the archived live video from the September 24th, 2008 event here:

Afterwards I had a chance to say hello to Jason, and show him the sketchnotes. He seemed very pleased and a little surprised (in a good way) about how I managed to capture that many pages in an hour and a half.

Jason, thanks for coming up to Milwaukee to talk with students, MATC alumni and the business community. We all really appreciate your time and insight.

Come up again anytime! :-)


BarCampMilwaukee3 Final T-Shirt Design

After receiving not a single entry in the BarCampMilwaukee3 T-Shirt design contest, I decided late last week that I ought to come up with a design for the shirt, and quick.

Below is the final BarCampMilwaukee3 T-Shirt design for 2008:

BCMKE3 T-Shirt Design v1.2 (Final)

How did I Get Here?

The deadline for ordering shirts and submitting some art was looming, and there were no submissions to the contest to speak of. It was last week Thursday when I opened my sketchbook and started to doodle. What came out in rough form was a design vaguely similar to the design above.

I wanted something a bit organic, fun and round. I remembered that Pete Prodoehl had "tagging" space on name tags at the first BarCampMilwaukee in 2006. I took his idea a step further by embedding the tagging spaces right in the shirt design.

At the Web414 meeting that evening, I saw Jordan Arentsen wearing a charcoal gray t-shirt from a recent Adobe AIR event, and loved how the shirt looked. I checked his tag (with his permission) and found it was a Gildan Ultra Cotton, the same shirt I've been using with all of my projects for the last few years. Excellent!

Design Iteration v1.0

When I got home, I was wired from the Web414 meeting, so I began working with the sketch I had, and generated a v1 design iteration. bcmke3-dkblue1.0.jpgI quite liked the feel of this first iteration — the rounded shapes and tags, white backing color and the use of the BarCampMilwaukee icon on the back.

As I look back, James Carlson gave me some inspiration with a Wiki character he's sprayed on a large sheet of paper and showed at the Web414 meeting. It had eyes on stalks, which influenced my decision to add similar circles/eyes on stalks to the t-shirt design.

However, I wasn't sure of the dark blue color, and decided to sleep on the design until Friday.

Design Iteration v1.1

In the morning, I had the idea to try another color. bcmke3-brblue1.1.jpgSince the BarCampMilwaukee logo takes inspiration from the Milwaukee Brewers Blue & Gold colors, why not try a retro 1980s Brewers medium blue?

That's what I did, and I really loved the feel against the white and the charcoal gray shirt material.

I also wanted to describe the idea visually to the BarCamp core team, so on the v1.1 iteration, I added some sample texts in the balloons for my name, Twitter handle and 5 tags that represented my interests.

Design Iteration v1.2: Final

Feedback from Web414 and BarCampMilwaukee people was very positive this weekend, so tonight I've finalized the EPS art for t-shirt printer, complete with the sponsor list for BarCampMilwaukee3.

Thanks to everyone who helped with this project, especially Pete! I will follow-up when the shirt goes to print with photos of the shirts hot off the presses.


BarCampMilwaukee3 T-Shirt Design Contest

BarCampMKE2 Shirt Design v1.4Calling all designers! we've just kicked off a contest to design this year's BarCampMilwaukee3 t-shirt! Submit your design and get recognition and 2 free shirts shipped directly to you.

BarCampMilwaukee3 T-Shirt Design Contest page

Design Requirements:
• Must have the BarCampMilwaukee3 logo on the front and back, and the logo should be readable (i.e. No ultra-tiny logos to simply meet the specs). Here is the logo for your reference:

In color:
BarCampMilwaukee3 Logo Design

In Black & White:
BarCampMilwaukee3 Logo Design B&W

In Black & White Reversed:
BarCampMilwaukee3 Logo Design B&W Reversed

Download the EPS outlined logos in color and B&W, zipped (389k) compatible with Adobe Illustrator:

• The t-shirt will be dark gray or black.

• Two colors max, with one color being white. The second color will print on top of the white on a dark shirt. Using only white in the design is OK.

• Design space is 12" x 12" max (no wraparounds, etc.) front and back.

• The design should capture the idea of sharing, learning, community, equality, technology — along those lines.

• The back must include sponsor names as listed on the site at A list will probably work the best, but hey, if you have a crazy cool idea, just make sure all sponsors are listed and are treated equally on the back design (i.e. Don't make some sponsor names huge and others tiny — all sponsors are equal partners).

Here's a sample of the BarcampMilwaukee2 sponsor area on the back of the shirt from last year:

BarCamp MKE 2 Shirt Back (Final)

• Do not use copyrighted images in your design.

• T-Shirt designs must be your own work and not copied from someone else.

• Samples of last year's shirt designs for a starting point:

• Deadline for submitted design ideas is Friday, September 12, 2008 at Midnight Central Daylight Time, submitted to Mike Rohde

• The contest is open to any designer who wishes to submit a design, whether local to the Milwaukee area or anywhere in the world.

• The winning shirt design will be announced on the BarCampMilwaukee site on September 15th, 2008.

• All submissions will be posted on the site with the option for comments by the public, for input.

• The final decision on the winning shirt design will be based on comments by those who view and vote on the designs, and selected by the organizing committee of BarCampMilwaukee.

• We reserve the right to make technical adjustments needed to print the winning design on a t-shirt.

• Winner receives 2 final printed T-Shirts in whatever size they wish, shipped to them directly.

Questions? Leave a comment below.



Woohoo! We're just 2 months away from BarCampMilwaukee3, on October 4th and 5th at Bucketworks, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

BarCampMilwaukee3 Logo Design

This morning I've updated the BarCampMilwaukee3 logo and icon designs, and am starting to ponder ideas for the t-shirt design for this year's event.

What's a BarCamp?

In a nutshell, a BarCamp is an event where technology people come together and share what they know, in a low-key environment. There are no keynotes or special speakers — anyone who attends has an opportunity to present their ideas and knowledge. There is a heavy emphasis on sharing with others at BarCamp events. It has earned the name "unconference" because it turns the conference idea on its head.

How much is it?

BarCampMilwaukee3 Icon DesignIt's a free event, paid for by sponsors, which makes it easy for anyone who wants to come to be there. It's also a great way for sponsors to give back to the local tech community, and already we have a number of sponsors signed up. If you're interested in sponsorship, a donation of $200 to $500 gets your name on the website, t-shirt, and a sign and mention at the event. Not bad!

What will I eat & drink, where can I stay?

Food and beverages are provided for free. Sponsors provide many of the meals and snacks and several of the attendees bring along food and beverages to share if they like. If you want to save cash on a hotel room, you can crash for the night at the event, all you need is a sleeping bag and a pillow.

Where and when is it?

It's taking place at Bucketworks, the "World's First Health Club for the Brain" at 1340 N. 6th Street in Downtown Milwaukee. It's taking place October 4th and 5th, 2008, with a kick-off party happening on October 3rd (my birthday!).

BarCampMilwaukee2 Video

Here's a video by my friend David, from BarCampMilwaukee2:

Come to BarCampMilwaukee3!

You are invited you do come to Milwaukee and experience BarCampMilwaukee3. It's a great opportunity to learn, share and connect with others who love technology, the web, hardware and social media as much as you do.

Questions? See the Getting Started section of the BarCampMKE3 site, or Join the BarCampMilwaukee Yahoo mailing list. You can also leave a comment here and I'll do my best to answer your question.