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blog This year, is really getting stuck into the important things. We refer you to a 1,120 word blog post by the organisation on the details of how they’re ordering t-shirts for attendees. The organisers write:

“… the only way the design could be applied to a t-shirt is using a process called sublimated printing. In contrast to simpler, more traditional methods, sublimated printing uses a heat transfer process to achieve near photographic quality on various types of material. The downside, as we eventually discovered, is that the limitations in the material that can be used mean that going beyond the ‘pre-cut’ sizes and styles available from the manufacturer was a problem.”

Who knew getting t-shirts organised was so complex??

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  1. these are linux people remember they like working from the command line instead of using a GUI to get the job done with a few clicks. :)

    • No kidding.

      Pity you can’t do this:

      Cat t-shirt-model.jpg > t-shirt_material | manufacturer > storage_warehouse

      Would make it easier :)

  2. As someone who’s actually had to order custom prints on tshirts for dozens of people, it’s a complete pain in the arse. Srsly. You never get what you pay for, the sizings are always random, its just a complete nightmare. Frankly next time I’m just going to hand out a stencil and a can of body paint.

  3. I used to buy cheap plain t-shirts and use white-out pens on them if I wanted the photo-realistic hand crafted charm to them ^>^

  4. On behalf of the LCA2012 organising team, you also need to be aware that this blog post was in part a response to criticisms raised about the t-shirts from parts of the community we serve – viz.

    Had we not responded to those criticisms, I suspect that our management capability would *also* have been called into question.

    Feedback is warmly welcomed – it helps us improve our conference delivery – and as a result we’ll have better t-shirts.

    Kind regards,
    Kathy Reid – Part of the core organising team for LCA2012

  5. Thanks for the clarification Renai :-) We also didn’t expect to spend so much time or energy on t-shirts – but they’re important for our attendees, so that means they’re important for us.

    • Hi Lachlan, we live we learn :-) What I’d be inclined to do is have something ready in case you receive negative feedback about one of the WordCamp t-shirt colours only being available in a ‘man’ size – and note it for continuous improvement.

      Best of luck for WordCamp GC too!


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