We give shirt.woot a hard time often here at Singularitee. I don't apologize for that, because they usually deserve it... I find it probable that most of you, loyal readers, know what I mean. Still, I am intrigued by the site's Second Anniversary extravaganza this week. The dailies have all been guest-curated by Adam "Apelad" Koford (shown approximated to the left). Adam has been featured at woot before, and will be including his own work in his week of curating, but he will also be bringing in some high profile names, at least in the internet world: Mark Frauenfelder is the co-founder of BoingBoing, which originally made me fear for internet ephemera, but also the editor-in-chief at MAKE Magazine, which means he could easily bring us something awesome and creative instead of webhumor 2.0. R. Stevens, who like Apelad has been printed at woot before, is the brains behind Diesel Sweeties, a webcomic. And then there's Mitch "Spacesick" Ansara, a cartoonist/designer who maintains a strong presence in the Threadless community and is the creator of the supremely awesome I-Can-Read Movies Series.
I'm most excited to see what Spacesick has for us... his work is often simple and cartoony, leaving plenty of room for his comedic prowess to shine through in concept, but his characters are also distinctive. It's not what I generally go for in a shirt, but I respect that he's making a solid joke in there (I won't lie, I laughed audibly at his WereBurger). On the other hand, I'm not at all excited for Stevens... I hear that Diesel Sweeties is "hugely popular", but all I see is hideous pixel-art and worse punchlines. Actually, I rarely see punchlines at all. That said, the strip HAS been around for nearly a decade, so if you're actually a fan, please feel free to comment with your favorite installment(s) and show me what I'm missing. For now, I'm simply expecting the worst.
Overall, though, this is one of the few new developments shirt.woot has rolled out that makes me at all excited. It's not perfect, but it shows a shred of interest in keeping woot diverse. I will stand up for woot's dailies any time... they are the saving grace of the site for people who want great tees, because unlike the derbies, great tees occasionally pop up as dailies... but lately even they have felt increasingly stale, and a good week of curating from a different viewpoint could help, especially if this sort of thing happens more often. I'd love to see actual wooter-curated weeks, with popular site-based designers selecting their favorites. My main gripe, though, is that it IS a week of dailies, and the dailies are technically ALWAYS curated. It's interesting, but what I'd really love to see is a guest-curated Derby. That's the part of woot that is in need of a good shake-up. Still, I am cautiously optimistic about this particular experiment. Here's to a good week, guys. Check it out, and feel free to leave your commentary on how it's going here.