- Maximum size: 12 inches high, 10 inches wide
- Format: vector PDF or EPS (see more about this acronym nonsense below)
- Color: Your entire design must be printed in a single color. You may suggest an ink and shirt color with your submission.
- Deadline: 12/30/2011
So what are we looking for in a shirt? Just show us what One Village means to you. Good coffee. Local connections. Global community. Whatever you love about us. Beyond that, we tend to like submissions that somehow incorporate something that traces back to our company (our name, our website, a sketch of Woody’s face), but don’t worry too much about it. If we really love your design, but we just want to add something to it about our company, we’ll be in touch with you about that.
Apart from fame beyond belief and superhuman strength, the winner will receive every single one of the following:
- Your winning design printed upon a wonderfully soft T shirt! We’ll send you one.
- Your shirt will also be available for sale at our online store.
- A 3 month supply of our coffee. That’s 4 12oz. bags of your choice of coffee every single month. And a brand new One Village Coffee mug to drink it in. Yeah. Over $200 worth of liquid awesomeness. Boom goes the dynamite.
Ready to submit? Let’s do this.
- Email your submission as an attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org by the end of the day on December 30, 2011.
- In your email, include your name and a color suggestion for both the ink and the shirt fabric.
- You’re welcome to include a phone number or different email address if you’d prefer that we contact you that way.
Got a ton of great ideas? No problem, multiple submissions are totally allowed. Please just submit them each in a separate email. If you have any questions at all about the contest, the rules, your design, or life in general, please send those over to email@example.com and we’d love to answer them or let you know if anything’s up with your design before you submit it.
Oh, and about that EPS/PDF stuff. If you have no idea what we’re talking about, it means your design must be a certain format called a vector graphic, rather than a regular image. Basically, a vector is made out of shapes, lines, and colors so that it can be resized to any size, while a regular bitmap image has a specific size. In general, if you’re using a program like Photoshop, GIMP, or Microsoft Paint you’re probably not creating a vector image and we won’t be able to print it and it will be very sad. There are a few programs that are great for creating vector images. Some good ones are Inkscape (totally free) and Adobe Illustrator (totally not free). But we’d be happy to answer any questions you may have about any of that or double check anything you’re working on. Just shoot your question and/or attached work in progress to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll get back to you ASAP to let you know what’s up.
Note: It’s not just a caffeine high. That date did actually change from what it used to be. We pushed back the deadline due to some site issues that prevented many people from reading this here blog post. So you should now have plenty of time to start over after that horrible coffee spill incident involving your winning design sketch.
Those of you who didn’t think the idea of pairing coffee and cheese together was a particularly good one obviously missed the highly anticipated event with our good friends (Rebecca, Lisa and Kirk) at Wedge and Fig in Old City last week.
Woody and Rob prepared 3 unique and special coffees (our micro-lot Costa Rica, natural-processed Bali and Nordico Espresso) in 3 different brewing methods (Chemex, French press, and espresso) and paired them with 3 very flavorful and nuanced cheeses and desserts.
The results were dramatic. Not, “Oh God what if Shelley wears the same dress as me to the semi-formal? I’ll just die!” dramatic. But “I had no idea these two things I love so much could complement each other so well!” dramatic. Which, happily, is the type of drama we prefer at OVC; the kind we take part in all the time.
In fact, it was such a hit that there’s already talk of a repeat performance on the horizon. We’ll expect to see you at the next one. Just don’t be mad if we’re wearing the same outfit as you. Shelley told us you wouldn’t mind.
In late October the One Village crew (It consists mostly of humans, as well as two dogs. And Rob.) took some time out to celebrate nature, each other and the beauty of Autumn leaves. We hiked The Pinnacle on the Appalachian Trail near Hamburg, PA. At some point the 8.5 mile loop turned into a 12 mile triangle. But that’s OK. Our advice is to consult the map in the parking lot before you head off, and, checking for ticks at the end will enhance the team bonding experience.
This Summer we were fortunate to partner with Victory Brewing Company to create a very special product. Victory’s Founder & Brewmaster Bill Covaleski collaborated with our Roastmaster Woody Decasere to develop a coffee beer focused around the craft of brewing and roasting. Wanting to do something original, Bill and Woody both wanted to abandon the traditional route of dark coffee stouts on the beer market. The result is a unique brown-ale beer infused with our Smart Blend – Victory Village Beer! After getting a sneak preview earlier this month, the flavor profile had fruit and berry notes balanced with earthy flavors and herbal highlights. A truly original and impressive coffee beer created locally by two companies passionate about their craft!
Below are local places releasing Victory Village the week of August 23. But check back for more places in the coming weeks!
- Victory Brewpub, Downingtown, PA – 8/23
- Theresa’s Next Door, Wayne, PA – 8/23
- Christopher’s Restaurant, Wayne, PA – 8/24
- Whole Foods Market, Plymouth Meeting, PA – 8/27
- Hawthorne’s Beer Boutique & Gourmet Eatery, Philadelphia, PA – 8/28