As we’ve discussed on this blog before, this year’s theme for the Red Hat Summit was “The Power of Participation.” We had several aspects of the event that feature elements of participation and collaboration to make it extra fun and interactive. One of those items (arguably the most popular among attendees) was a live t-shirt press.
Attendees chose from 4 custom designs to have screen-printed on a t-shirt and watched the printing process live right in front of them. Not only was the activity itself very hands-on and participatory, but how we got to those final 4 design options was all done the open source way.
First, we sent a call for submissions out to our internal design mailing list, subscribed to by all Red Hat designers and design enthusiasts. We ended up with 19 submissions from designers all across the company!
To narrow down this excellent list to the top 4 options that would be turned into screens and printed on-site, all 19 designs were voted on through a public poll sent out from Red Hat’s corporate Twitter handle (@RedHatNews) and Red Hat Summit’s Twitter handle (@RedHatSummit).
After 287 votes, we had our results:
And the winners were:
To me, the success of this project was not the final design outputs but that so many designers from so many parts of the company – even China! – volunteered their time and skills to the project. I think this excitement and passion showed through in the designs and fed the excitement of attendees experiencing the t-shirt press and taking their custom souvenirs home with them.
Thank you to all who participated! I have a feeling this won’t be the last we’ll see of live t-shirt presses at Red Hat events.