Sticker Set Collaboration

We need a sticker set. Specifically 3 stickers. We have no idea what we want these to look like, but I’ll tell you what we do want.

• They should be fun.

• They should tell a story, provoke a response, or engage in some way. I think it would be fun if they had a specific purpose that they were created for. For instance they could be designed to go around a peep hole on a door or it could be designed to be customized, written, or colored on.

• They should embody the Clink aesthetic and what the Clink Room stands for. Collaboration, community, behind-the-scenes looks, design, creativity, cork, pencils, fitted hats, baseball, sketching, fun.

• We’ve given you a bunch of graphics to get you started. You can use as many or as few as you want. Of course we want you to use these as a jumping off point, these don’t represent a finished design. Go nuts if you want to with die-cuts, foils, fuzzy textures, scratch-and-sniff, do some research to find out what capabilities are out there. Or just stick (pun intended) to the traditional sticker.

Send your submissions to…

Clink Sticker Set Submission (TheClinkRoom@PlanBBranding.com)

• IMPORTANT: The subject of your email must read “CLINK STICKERS” in order for your submission to be entered.

• AND use the template in the PDF!

What do you win? $100 in cash, $100 to spend in the Clink online store, and of course a boat load of the stickers you’ve designed.

Lets wrap up this collaboration in 2 weeks. Wha da ya say?

Kurt’s Behind the Scenes

Yeah, hat around the World is a fun idea. Lets brainstorm some idea about how it might work. Would you guys be willing to pay postage? Isn’t there something called geo-caching? What is that? Can we get the one hat signed by everyone who gets it along with a photograph to keep track of where it’s at? What will the end of the journey be? We should give something to each person that signs and photographs it! More ideas in the comments!

I got these a while ago from Kurt and I should have posted them sooner. Sorry about that, Kurt! Since our second Taco Shop League will be dropping next week, I thought it would be relevant. We asked Kurt to write a little summary as a behind the scenes look into his thinking during the creation of the Chupacabras. Here’s what he wrote…

“Let’s face it; sports team nicknames are almost all dried up. For every Tiger, I’ll spot you an Eagle, Bear, Cowboy and Wildcat. In recent years, some great names have emerged that actually has some ties to its community: Walla Walla Sweets, East Texas PumpJacks and Clearwater Threshers to name a few. But when you combine sports teams with infamous taco shop stands, you’re pretty much granted full creative license. My goal was to combine the two.

“For years, I have dreamed up “market-specific” nicknames for some of the towns I have lived in: St. Louis Archers, Chicago Hot Dogs and Tampa Bay Waves (although I would agree that there aren’t many waves in Tampa Bay). Two city-nickname combos have always been on my to-do list: Boise Ligers (thank you, Napoleon Dynamite) and El Paso Chupacabras. Seeing as I don’t believe there are too many taco shop stands in Boise, I decided to call my entry for the Taco Shop League after the mysterious and extremely-likely-to-be fictional chupacabra that is rumored to kill all types of animals in and around the greater El Paso metropolitan area.

“Since no one has ever seen a chupacabra before, I was not bound to a pre-conceived set of images for the logo, unlike say, when you design a bear. Working on a blank canvas allowed me to do whatever I wanted, and what I wanted was an image that looked one way in the sunlight and far more threatening at night…similar to the fare at taco stands in the Southwest.

“The story I submitted along with the original artwork says it all, and I am glad and very grateful Casey and Jason and everyone who voted for it liked it to. I wore it to my local farmer’s market yesterday, and had two vendors ask, “Where did you get that hat, and where can I buy one.” That, my friends, is a great sign.

“I’d love to hear what you guys hear when you wear it out in your towns, because although chupacabras have yet to be seen, I have a sneaky suspicion we’ll be seeing this image in many more markets in the coming weeks and months.”

This is great Kurt! Love the amount of thought that went into everything.

PS. New contest starts tomorrow!

Catch Up

There are a few things that I’ve been wanting to post, but because of the Rejects League I haven’t had a chance. Kurt’s behind-the-scenes of his Chupacabras this week and the new contest! Promise.

I snapped these in Clearwater at the Threshers’ Wednesday happy hour. Can’t remember the guy’s name. Jeff can you help me out? Every year he gets his hat signed by the entire Threshers’ roster!

I love seeing the designs scuffed up and loved like this. Warms the heart. We should start a hat that goes around the World, you guys can all sign it, and we’ll keep it in Plan B.’s office as trophy of Clinkdom!

Bloomberg BusinessWeek-Plan B. Article

You know those two secret missions that we went on over the last month? It was for this article on us in Bloomberg BusinessWeek! There are some great features in the article like showcasing a few of our hat designs and a PDF with a step-by-step of our process with the Flying Squirrels. Even some Clink Room love in there.

Big thanks to Paul Wachter and all the guys at the magazine for the write up. We’re flattered to be apart of a great magazine like Bloomberg BusinessWeek.

For anyone new to the Clink Room, welcome. Have a look around. The Clink Room is a chance for us to connect with other designers, a look behind-the-scenes at our process, and we even have some hats and tees for sale that we or other Clinkers from around the World have designed.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Reject League – Production Order

Here’s the production order. I know it’s taking a long time to get everything made but trust that things will only get faster. We’re still tinkering with everything to get it just right. Then we’re off to races, trust. Again, congratulations everyone who won.

Mudbugs- This has to be first. I don’t think I need to explain why.

Base Stealers- Nai’s the commissioner and he told me he’d fine me if it wasn’t produced second.

Shams – Because what the World needs now is a kick-ass wolf is sheep’s clothing.

Reject League Winners – Round 2

Last Round of winners! Congrats to all of you that won.

If you didn’t win, I’ll say it again, we are SO impressed by your entries. This decision was really tough. You guys are inspiring. Please keep the fire burning. We love having you apart of these competitions. There has been a big improvement from a lot of these first entries to your second and third. I know that if you keep at it, you’ll get one of your designs chosen. Practice makes perfect, right?

We’re going to start off with the picks from the un-official commissioner of the Rejects League Nai of Strictly Fitteds. He has drafted 2 teams into the League and we agree wholeheartedly.

Tom’s Las Vegas Pros

Nai had this to say about Tom’s entry…

“Great tongue-in-cheek play on the world’s oldest profession. My heart was set on Aaron Bird’s version of this logo, but we decided to vote for the family friendly version. Whatever your hustle this represents that 25/8 grind in a clean sportsman-like fashion.”

Efra’s Base Stealers

And Nai says this about Efra’s great character…

“Part grime time, part anime pop. The sneak thief character works full body or alone as a floating head. Being from Crooklyn this has a special place in my heart.”

Chris’s St. Lucifer Seahorses

We love the simplicity of this design and concept. It’s going to look beautiful in embroidery. Chris, I still want the pitchfork tail larger. We’ll figure that out together.

Justin’s Roadkill

A classic Minor League Baseball design with an undoubtedly Reject League twist. Blood tire marks a must for the final version of this guy. Great work Justin.

Again, thanks to everyone who voted. And BIG thanks to all of you who put in the hard work a creative energy to submit a design. Production order will be unveiled tomorrow! But we want you guys to weigh in on which design you’d like to see made first? Second? Third? Forth…You get the idea.

We also will be able to tell you guys what we’ve been up to on a few of these secret missions that we’ve been going on over the last month or so.

New contest to be unveiled early next week!

Reject League Winners – Round 1

What a great turnout. We had almost 350 people download the ballot and submit their vote. This was a tough decision. Really tough. You guys are amazing designers. And even if your design wasn’t chosen, we are so impressed with all of your talent and effort.

Alright, this is how we’re going to unveil the winners. For the next two days we will unveil the 8 teams that we are going to draft as our first members of the Reject League. 4 today, then 4 more tomorrow. On Friday, we’ll unveil the production order.

THESE ARE NOT IN WINNING ORDER. The order of production will be revealed on Friday!

T.J.’s SHAMS

This was a stand out from the get-go. Beautifully rendered, captures the spirit of the Reject League, and a very cool design. Great job T.J.! The t-shirt will be fun to dream up for this one.

Tom’s SEWER GATORS

I think this nails the spirit of the Reject League. A great simple design and tells a great story. I have a few things that I’d like to tweak with design, giving it even more mystery, but it’s a fantastic entry. Great Tom!

Ben’s BUTCHERS

This is one of those entries that’s a hidden gem. While the shield is a solid design, we think it’s unnecessary for a hat logo. BUT, that basketball! That is gorgeous. Throw a cleaver in there and you have a classic on your hands. Ben, it’ll be fun tweaking this with you to get it perfect. Great work!

Jason’s FBP MUDBUGS

A stellar design from Jason on this and what a story. For this one we’re going to do something a little different. We are going to donate 100% of the profits from the sale of this guy to a charity that will help with the clean-up effort in the Gulf. It’ll be a fun way to help out. There are a few things we’d like to tweak on this logo as well. Starting with the expression. He needs to be as pissed-off as we are about what happened to his Gulf. I mean pissed. That’s why there will be an F added to the front of the BP name from this point forward. Great work Jason!

Last 4 tomorrow and then the production order on Friday.

Reject League Vote

The Reject League vote is finally here. Finally. Anyone can vote, so get to it! We want it to be known that the while the vote is important, the final decision will be made by Jason, Nai (of Strictly Fitteds, the unofficial commissioner of the Rejects League) and myself.

Here’s how it’s going to work…

• Download the PDF Ballot (About 23MB).

• When you’re ready to vote, send your email to Reject League Votes. (TheClinkRoom@PlanBBranding.com)

• IMPORTANT: The subject of your email must read “REJECT LEAGUE VOTE” in order for your vote to count.

• If you submitted a design, you get 5 votes. The order doesn’t matter. It should look something like this…

6
87
121
19
6

• If you didn’t submit a design you get 3 votes. Your email should look something like this…

22
46
83

• Voting ends on Tuesday night June 22nd.

• Winners will be announced by the end of next week.

Hot damn I’m excited. Jay and I will be traveling for the rest of the week. So we will let this post remain at the top of the blog until we get back. Good luck to everyone. Have a great rest of your week and weekend.

Reject League Voting Starts Tomorrow!

Voting starts tomorrow! In the next week or so we’ll have some updates on the future of these collaborative contests and a few new contests to boot. Hopefully we’ll also have a new development that will allow everyone to get their caps and tees made quicker. Really excited. Lots to look forward to.

In the meantime, here are some of my favorite photos of Clinkers around the World featuring Kurt’s Chupacabra cap. Jason and I geek out on these.