At LGM we threw some ideas around for Gimp-Merchandizing.
I am a little bit involved in this, since the company I work for -
kernel concepts - has a lot of experience with doing these things for
various free software projects. I am usually the person, preparing
artwork provided by the projects into something suitable for the product
While I am convinced that we do a good work there and I'd very much
welcome doing stuff for the GIMP please understand that I want to leave
the selection of a partner for merchandizing stuff to you, by no means
should my involvement with the GIMP imply in any way that GIMP should do
the stuff with us.
Having said that, here are some ideas what we have done already and what
could be explored. Also have a look at our shop, where some of the stuff
we have is presented:
- T-Shirts and hoodies. We prefer silk-screen printing for T-Shirts,
which gives a great durability of the shirt. It might be possible to
create special effects like e.g. night-glow paint or colors with
glittering stuff in them. (we did this for some LinuxTag-T-Shirts, but
this may have to be re-evaluated, since our printing-provider recently
changed his color-source)
- Mugs. We prefer silk-screen printing for the mugs. The openstreetmap
mugs we did some time ago are done in some sort of transfer-print, and
it turned out that the quality is not as good as we expected. We also
have done some frosted-glass mugs, which can be printed on in "clear".
- Pins. In fact we did a Gimp-Pin as the very first pin and grossly
overestimated the "sellability" of a gimp pin. As a result we're now
sitting on 100's of Gimp pins, which don't sell. So there might be an
option for a special deal :)
They're silk-screen printed in 5 colors and beautiful. These are
something I hand out frequently on community events, unfortunately I
did forget them at this LGM.
- Stickers. We have a contact, who creates stickers with an epoxy cover,
pretty much as you know them from PC case stickers. They are not cheap
but can be manufactured in small quantities and can be arbitrarily
"Regular" stickers for distributing are something we still need to
evaluate a bit. We once created a set of custom shaped linux penguins:
However, creating a custom shape for "mass-printing" stickers is
expensive. It might be possible to ask for a "standard" layout of a
page full of stickers. We did not do this yet, but it should be fairly
easy to figure this out.
- Keyrings and other small stuff: the guy creating the epoxy-stickers
also offers products, which provide a place for the epoxy stickers.
Some of you know the key rings with a shopping-basket-chip I handed
out to some people. This kind of stuff. This could be an interesting
option, since there is no setup cost and manufacturing can happen in
fairly small quantities.
- Pens. For the FSFE we did a pen with "analog printer" printed on it.
I wonder if it would make sense to have "real world" brushes and/or
pencils with some reference to GIMP on it.
- Ties. Michael keeps asking for them. We once did a Tie with the
BSD-Daemon on it. They're not cheap, minimum order is about 40, and
I am not *that* happy with the quality, they feel a little bit weird.
- We also evaluated pins with blinking LEDs on them. Unfortunately we
tend to care about regulations in Germany and when confronted with the
requirements for the "Elektro- und Elektronikgerätegesetz" our
supplier promptly retracted his initial offer, remarking "oh, you're
the first one to ask for this"...
Please feel free to continue the brainstorm. We're not scared of new
Tomorrow LinuxTag is starting again in Berlin and kernel concepts again
manages the merchandizing booth there. Feel free to drop by (I'll be
there on Friday and Saturday) and evaluate stuff.
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