Hey everybody,

I know the rep for my brand is pretty low right now but I've decided to take everybody's advice and keep going with my brand. I've been wanting to release some new designs and expand so I'm throwing a clearance sale to clear out my inventory.

All shirts are only $5! A steal if you ask me.

Please pick something up and help me get ready for my next release. I promise it will be a lot better than the first!
  • Kyle Crawford

    next release?
    god I fucking hate you.
  • uglybetsy

    bahahaa
  • WOLVE

    Kyle Crawford said:next release?
    god I fucking hate you.
  • Frozen Junk

    Kyle Crawford said:next release?
    god I fucking hate you.

    Yeah I started off on the wrong foot but I decided instead of scrapping it I'm going to take what I have and improve it.
  • Craig Robson

    its dangerous to go alone, take this:
  • mattgondek

    dude... you gotta just stop
  • Ella Mobbs

    I thought you had to stop because you couldn't afford it anymore?

    Have you thought about perhaps using a platform like Society 6 to test out designs and products? You mentioned you were studying - something like Society 6 might provide an affordable platform for you to do design work for products, without forking out for the costs of running a brand (which you might benefit from taking a break to reflect upon).

    Either way, you really ought to change your website design before a re-release!
  • cmeyers

    i wish i could say i was surprised at the negativity. take it with a grain of salt. don't expect to be the next johnny cupcakes overnight or after 1 release or ever even. just keep doing it if you enjoy it. you'll learn more each time and hopefully get better and better. don't listen to anyone telling you to stop even if this is the worst release they've ever seen. if you enjoy it, do it, and try to get better.

    if i posted some of the designs i did when i first started, i would be annihilated by the people here and they would all tell me i should quite because i have no potential. now i'm a full-time designer for element and do tees for some huge artists. not trying to boast, just saying, if i would have listened to the "this stuff sucks you shouldn't be a designer" people, i never would have gotten here. take "this stuff sucks you should quit" as "this stuff isn't up to par, but keep trying til you get it right".

    good luck man
  • fuggart

    cmeyers said:i wish i could say i was surprised at the negativity. take it with a grain of salt. don't expect to be the next johnny cupcakes overnight or after 1 release or ever even. just keep doing it if you enjoy it. you'll learn more each time and hopefully get better and better. don't listen to anyone telling you to stop even if this is the worst release they've ever seen. if you enjoy it, do it, and try to get better.

    if i posted some of the designs i did when i first started, i would be annihilated by the people here and they would all tell me i should quite because i have no potential. now i'm a full-time designer for element and do tees for some huge artists. not trying to boast, just saying, if i would have listened to the "this stuff sucks you shouldn't be a designer" people, i never would have gotten here. take "this stuff sucks you should quit" as "this stuff isn't up to par, but keep trying til you get it right".

    good luck man

    remember Corey... the mintees community have shit that doesn't stink and all just woke up one day fluent at design and with loads of knowledge.

    So his release wasn't very original... at least he used solid designers and invested properly... big deal... he'll learn from it and try harder next time
  • jumpy

    I think the problem (and hate?) has come from the lack of confidence in yourself. You've only existed as a brand for 2-3 months and youve changed your mind already a few times, just stick with it, make a few tweaks so you dont look like a JC clone, make a business plan and carry on with your vision mate.

    I dont mind the designs and although its slightly JC inspired and the food theme may have been flogged to death (still there is a big customer base for it) the site is clean and simple to navigate and thats better than many.
  • cmeyers

    jumpy said:I think the problem (and hate?) has come from the lack of confidence in yourself. You've only existed as a brand for 2-3 months and youve changed your mind already a few times, just stick with it, make a few tweaks so you dont look like a JC clone, make a business plan and carry on with your vision mate.

    I dont mind the designs and although its slightly JC inspired and the food theme may have been flogged to death (still there is a big customer base for it) the site is clean and simple to navigate and thats better than many.

    yeah don't get me wrong... all the advice given has been good advice. but telling someone they should quit because they didn't knock it out of the park the first time is just poor advice.
  • Matt Borchert

    cmeyers said:
    jumpy said:I think the problem (and hate?) has come from the lack of confidence in yourself. You've only existed as a brand for 2-3 months and youve changed your mind already a few times, just stick with it, make a few tweaks so you dont look like a JC clone, make a business plan and carry on with your vision mate.

    I dont mind the designs and although its slightly JC inspired and the food theme may have been flogged to death (still there is a big customer base for it) the site is clean and simple to navigate and thats better than many.

    yeah don't get me wrong... all the advice given has been good advice. but telling someone they should quit because they didn't knock it out of the park the first time is just poor advice.

    Definitely agree with that.

    Just look over what did and did not work for you, and make sure you do it right the second time.

    Don't rush anything just to get it out - carefully put everything together and don't release your next line until you are really confident that everything is set up for success.

    Look for critiques from other designers / entrepreneurs and don't rely on advice or comments from friends or family (unless you know some brutally honest people who know something about e-commerce).
  • Aham_Sandwich

    Damn, some of you guys are a little harsh, no? I thought we were supposed to help each other improve, not put each other down...
  • Cameron Latham

    Aham_Sandwich said:Damn, some of you guys are a little harsh, no? I thought we were supposed to help each other improve, not put each other down...

    Design is a competition and everyone is a potential threat to your well-being as a designer.

    Nah, but this thread is a prime example of why the site's numbers are dwindling. There's been worse first releases on here. No one on here's brand started out perfectly. Corey, Matt and Jumpy's advice is on point. As long as you learn how to differentiate constructive criticism and hate for the sake of hate, you'll progress.
  • cmeyers

    Cameron Latham said:
    Aham_Sandwich said:Damn, some of you guys are a little harsh, no? I thought we were supposed to help each other improve, not put each other down...

    Design is a competition and everyone is a potential threat to your well-being as a designer.

    Nah, but this thread is a prime example of why the site's numbers are dwindling. There's been worse first releases on here. No one on here's brand started out perfectly. Corey, Matt and Jumpy's advice is on point. As long as you learn how to differentiate constructive criticism and hate for the sake of hate, you'll progress.

    add "hate with good reason but without class" to that mix. like i said, all of the criticism is warranted, but telling someone to quit because of it is just so lame.

    keep it up man. put out as many releases as you want. put releases out every day if you want. or once a year. or quarterly. do whatever you want. put out a ton of stuff if you want. most of it probably won't be good. as long as you learn from it, no harm done.
  • Suff

    Like what JC would have said. " Do more of what makes you happy "

    I've seen brands that started like shit but they continued and proved everyone wrong taking all the comments & advice to improve. Believe in your self so that someday people will also believe in you. :)
  • Suff

    PS. Johnny Cupcakes and The Hundreds also started out being laugh at a t-shirt forum site way back then. But look at them now. Its not an overnight success, it is always a process.
  • lonelykidsclub

    jumpy said:I think the problem (and hate?) has come from the lack of confidence in yourself. You've only existed as a brand for 2-3 months and youve changed your mind already a few times, just stick with it, make a few tweaks so you dont look like a JC clone, make a business plan and carry on with your vision mate.

    I dont mind the designs and although its slightly JC inspired and the food theme may have been flogged to death (still there is a big customer base for it) the site is clean and simple to navigate and thats better than many.

    preach
  • jumpy

    lonelykidsclub said:
    jumpy said:I think the problem (and hate?) has come from the lack of confidence in yourself. You've only existed as a brand for 2-3 months and youve changed your mind already a few times, just stick with it, make a few tweaks so you dont look like a JC clone, make a business plan and carry on with your vision mate.

    I dont mind the designs and although its slightly JC inspired and the food theme may have been flogged to death (still there is a big customer base for it) the site is clean and simple to navigate and thats better than many.

    preach

    bless you my son

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