i’ve been thinking a lot about how to keep people interested in durtbagz enough to keep coming back, regardless of whether or not they are buying a bag. the funny traffic signs are the key and since the possibilities are endless for those, i feel that narrowing down the options for designs each month will help produce great signs that will keep people coming back.
i’m going to have a theme for each month for the signs. this way, there will be something specific to shoot for and some sort of direction. limiting the subject of the signs each month should keep the creativity level fairly high. if you know you’re competing with others for similar ideas, you’ll probably try a little harder.
when the site first launches, we’ll have 15 signs available for bags and some on shirts. after the first month, here is how the contest will work:
we will offer 20 signs at a time: 10 new signs each month as voted on by you and the top 10 signs from the previous month. so at most, a sign will be available for two months, the least, one month. we’ll also have a contest at the end of the year for all of the winners, but i’ve got awhile to work out the details of that one.
i’m also really hoping that we have enough people participating that we can increase the amount of signs we offer each month to 30 or 40. we’ll still only roll over 10 from the previous month and make the rest new signs. (this is why i am making it as easy as possible to participate). more winners= more free stuff=more happy participants.
this is also why i think the themes of the contest are so important. if you leave it wide open, there is just too much to consider and think about and it almost gets overwhelming. that sounds ridiculous (i’m overwhelmed by durtbagz!!) but seriously, think about how many traffic signs are out there and how easy they are to alter to make funny. lots and lots and lots. which is good, but it needs to be narrowed down so that you have a place to start, can come up with a sign fairly quickly, and can make it wicked good.
here are some of the ideas i’m thinking of for themes. i’d like your feedback on them in two areas: 1) depth of topic-are there enough options in this category to create a month’s worth of signs or are there a whopping four different signs total? and b) are they simple enough- keep in mind, every sign must get the point across in a 7.5″x7.5″ yellow square; there can’t be six different sub-plots going on.
young, rich, and out of control (stolen from cover of usweekly)
sharks or underwater…things
food brought to life (think mr. potato head)
these are a handful of the list of about 50 that i’ve come up with so far. let me know what you think and also, if you’ve got one you’d like to throw out there, let’s hear it.