In the spirit of How would you design a Stack Overflow T-Shirt?, Michael came up with these three mockups (in answers).

Please vote and comment, or — if you're feeling extra frisky — propose alternative designs using these handy dandy image templates:

Post your own designs in the answers, and we'll let the votes decide.

edit (by Kyle): It seems that the SO shirts are right around the corner - any last-minute ideas or designs?

Some new action:


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    I know that the white shirts are in tune with the SO design, but I would prefer a light gray for practical reasons (coffee stains...) – Treb Aug 28 '09 at 7:18
  • the white is an artifact of the template; some will come in white or black as specified in the line under the header. – Jeff Atwood Aug 28 '09 at 7:35
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    Would be awesome if we can get the community's favorite badge. Or have a shirt for every badge. – Randell Aug 28 '09 at 8:03
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    Are you trying to tell me I should read the whole thing before posting a comment...? – Treb Aug 28 '09 at 8:06
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    I like how the model for the "back" template seems to be a weight lifter. – Christopher Swasey Aug 28 '09 at 9:35
  • @treb Tri-blend! – Christopher Swasey Aug 28 '09 at 11:03
  • Aw, man... I just realized I'm going to miss all the t-shirt cannon fun at SO Dev Days. – Bill the Lizard Aug 28 '09 at 12:04
  • How many colors is SO going to be permitting on these shirts? – Sampson Aug 28 '09 at 12:14
  • There are some ideas here. meta.stackexchange.com/questions/1004/stackoverflow-shop – Ólafur Waage Aug 28 '09 at 13:19
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    What these shirts need are a low power lcd segment display, a wifi interface, and a pic chip (or other embedded cpu) that grabs your flair json and shows relevant data on the segments. Like other shirts with displays, it'd be attached with velcro. – dlamblin Aug 28 '09 at 17:51
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    Any chance of polo shirts with just a small logo in addition to the other shirts? – rjzii Jan 13 '10 at 14:24
  • any possibility to order a stack overflow shirt now? :/ – Exa Jan 31 '11 at 18:25
  • Wait, where do we buy these? I totally want one... – Mehrdad Apr 8 '11 at 6:47
  • Want shirt. Want it now. – Peter DeWeese Jun 21 '11 at 14:26
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    I answered 200 questions on stackoverflow.com and all I got was this lousy t-shirt ! – wim Feb 8 '12 at 4:56

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A late entry... the geek pride is in getting the reference.

(besides - I'd love to deliver this to one of the "your text banner" t-shirt printers and watch them go crazy trying to figure it out ;-p)

He comes

  • ...which made me realise that the bottom-part of that post looks different on my computer. Or did you change it a bit? (Might be related to superuser.com/questions/52671/… which doesn't look like expected on my Mac either. Guess I need to view that post on a PC then!) – Arjan Jan 13 '10 at 13:15
  • If only it could be. – C. Ross Jan 13 '10 at 13:16
  • That is how it appears in both Chrome and Paint on my Win7 (en-uk) – Marc Gravell Jan 13 '10 at 13:28
  • Ah, bobince's original post looks the same (as my Mac) in Firefox on some recent Ubuntu Desktop installation, but much worse in IE7 on an old WinXP machine. In Chrome on that WinXP it's really missing many characters. Odd. I need to revise my view of the world as I know it... – Arjan Jan 13 '10 at 13:38
  • come on buddy... – Christopher Swasey Jan 13 '10 at 13:42
  • what's the geeky about getting reference to the Yeats poem? en.wikisource.org/wiki/The_Second_Coming Or is this used elsewhere as well? sounds like something from blade runner, but Yeats was there first ;) – dove Jan 18 '10 at 12:28
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    @dove - and did Yeats often use <center>? If so he was truly visionary. – Marc Gravell Jan 18 '10 at 12:34
  • @Marc Yeats was visionay but didn't use markup. He did write "the centre cannot hold" in quoted poem above. Coincendentally and orthogonally, I had lunch by his grave yesterday. – dove Mar 18 '10 at 14:40
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    So where can I buy it? – Zoredache Mar 31 '10 at 19:40
  • @Zoredache - you want to buy his grave ? – Marc Gravell Jun 29 '10 at 8:15
  • @Marc, a late request: any chance you can post a screen capture of your browser's rendering of stackoverflow.com/questions/1732348/… ? (Someone else posted In all its glory: imgur.com/gOPS2.png in that answer's comments, but that's still not as beautiful as your shirt!) – Arjan Oct 2 '10 at 9:52
  • @Marc, just in case you're in to it, see Displaying Unicode (Bobince's post) on Chrome vs Firefox. – Arjan Jan 13 '11 at 10:50
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    I want it. Now. Please! – Lightness Races in Orbit Nov 9 '11 at 22:32
  • @dove. I've climbed Ben Bulbin, but I never got to visit Drumcliff Churchyard. I must do, next time I'm in that part of the country. – TRiG Nov 24 '12 at 19:07

Not to rip off Mr. Atwood, but I suggest: (in American Apparel Tri-Blend) Clothed

  • The particulars of the spacing and sizing and radii and whatnot might be off. I'm a bit drunk. Also, I used helvetica because... HELLO? Arial? – Christopher Swasey Aug 28 '09 at 7:44
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    Being clothed should indeed earn anyone a gold badge. Please let that be incentive enough! – Konrad Rudolph Aug 28 '09 at 7:54
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    This IS the internet :-P – Christopher Swasey Aug 28 '09 at 7:57
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    Oh it is fortuitous that this thread has reactivated, and that I am drunk yet again. Oh frabjous day. Now, how to beat that bastard Konrad Rudolph with his recursive tshirt..... – Christopher Swasey Jan 13 '10 at 12:41
  • PLEASE make this shirt. I will buy 50 – Brian Jan 13 '10 at 16:07


White or black

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    Dislike shirts with logos on back. Very "trade show." – Nathan Bowers Aug 28 '09 at 7:19
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    I should downvote this, just for the lulz. – Konrad Rudolph Aug 28 '09 at 7:53
  • This is the one. I'd buy this today. – John Rudy Aug 28 '09 at 13:09
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    +1 for the [closed] – Shog9 Aug 28 '09 at 19:36
  • This should be [on hold] now ;) – Cole Johnson Oct 9 '13 at 22:56


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    Idea: instead of having the bits tip over... have them stack all the way up OVER the shoulder so they run over the back – Christopher Swasey Aug 28 '09 at 7:42
  • I second Christopher Swasey's idea. just text on the back looks ... boring, but accomodating the media t-shirt with it's own characteristics makes logo-shirts special. – squiddle Aug 28 '09 at 7:50
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    I love the front of this design, but just putting text on the back needs to go. – Scottie Aug 28 '09 at 11:15
  • Could one in fact rely on the printer to match the front and back, as to allow for running something from front to back? – Arjan Jan 13 '10 at 13:09
  • I like this design but I would take the SO logo / name on the back and make it WAY smaller and move it to the right shoulder line. Many companies are doing this now because it puts their logo more in line of sight and keeps the logos small. – Kelsey Jan 13 '10 at 17:57
  • I really prefer this idea. Maybe in polo, with the logo on the pocket? – Paul Nathan Jan 14 '10 at 18:15


status by design t-shirt

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    Probably too meta. – random Aug 28 '09 at 7:20
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    also a bit small, would it even fit me? tiny! – Jeff Atwood Aug 28 '09 at 7:37
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    Think of the new child process you've recently spawned. – random Aug 28 '09 at 7:51
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    I like this. It's not particularly geeky, so it would be fine for walking down the street. Muggles would just think status-bydesign was an obscure fashion label or something. – anonymous coward Jan 15 '10 at 10:05
  • @Charlie Muggles? What IS this place? Muggle Overflow? :) – abel Jan 13 '11 at 10:53
  • I love this one. – Lightness Races in Orbit Nov 9 '11 at 22:29

Something as minimalist as StackOverflow design but with emphasis on what makes the site so addictive:

Front. StackOverflow logo with a representative count golden, silver, and bronze badges.

alt text http://img38.imageshack.us/img38/5772/tshirttemplate.png

Back. Some representative badges. back http://img412.imageshack.us/img412/3650/tshirttemplateback.png

Mmmh I can't think were to put a "representative" reputation score.

Obviously these are the Jon Skeet numbers :P But since SO is you and Jon Skeet is SO then we all are Jon Skeet... somehow.

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    Somehow I manage to drop the colors .. mmhhh... I gues I'm just using the "Unix" side of OSX and not the "designer" side. – OscarRyz Aug 28 '09 at 17:39
  • +1 mostly for the "we all are Jon Skeet" bit. ;-) – Jürgen A. Erhard Jan 13 '10 at 17:18
  • I'd move Autobiographer around (or replace it with something shorter). It looks unbalanced. – Macha Jan 13 '10 at 18:31
  • I like the front although the badge numbers could either be the total amount of badges on the site or smaller icons of the other sites. Then you could have a set of other shirts which have the other sites as those logos and so on and so forth. – Esko Jan 13 '10 at 21:02

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Graphs shows SO verses experts-exchange traffic, taken from here.

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    Please remove the extra character between experts and exchange. – Mateen Ulhaq Aug 29 '11 at 23:52

No graphic program here, so maybe I just post it (text only):

char buf[5];

could do a .com behind those two lines :).

  • A little bit geeky, isn't it? ;) – Ladybug Killer Aug 28 '09 at 8:52
  • hm. I think it fits :). But obviously that just me :) – StampedeXV Aug 28 '09 at 8:53
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    If that’s supposed to be a stack overflow, you failed. Although it overflows onto stack space, it’s still a buffer overflow. To be precise, it’s a stack buffer overflow: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stack_buffer_overflow – Konrad Rudolph Aug 28 '09 at 9:02
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    you are right, but I think a stack buffer overflow is an error more dangerous and more common. Thus I choose that one. And just writing char buf[STACKSIZE+1]; is a bit lame :). – StampedeXV Aug 28 '09 at 9:09
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    You could change it to: int main(void) { flow(); return 0;} void flow(void) { flow();} The idea stays the same ... – StampedeXV Aug 28 '09 at 9:16
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    Or even shorter, int main(void) { return main(); }. – Stephan202 Jan 13 '10 at 13:06

Not the best one, but this could be funny :)

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    Why the include? – Mikhail Feb 24 '13 at 1:53
  • Returning 0 from main is implicit... – Kerrek SB Oct 9 '13 at 23:26

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