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:


  • 14
    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, 2009 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. Aug 28, 2009 at 7:35
  • 1
    Would be awesome if we can get the community's favorite badge. Or have a shirt for every badge.
    – Randell
    Aug 28, 2009 at 8:03
  • 3
    Are you trying to tell me I should read the whole thing before posting a comment...?
    – Treb
    Aug 28, 2009 at 8:06
  • 1
    I like how the model for the "back" template seems to be a weight lifter. Aug 28, 2009 at 9:35
  • @treb Tri-blend! Aug 28, 2009 at 11:03
  • Aw, man... I just realized I'm going to miss all the t-shirt cannon fun at SO Dev Days. Aug 28, 2009 at 12:04
  • How many colors is SO going to be permitting on these shirts?
    – Sampson
    Aug 28, 2009 at 12:14
  • There are some ideas here. meta.stackexchange.com/questions/1004/stackoverflow-shop Aug 28, 2009 at 13:19
  • 8
    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, 2009 at 17:51
  • 1
    Any chance of polo shirts with just a small logo in addition to the other shirts?
    – anonymous
    Jan 13, 2010 at 14:24
  • any possibility to order a stack overflow shirt now? :/
    – Exa
    Jan 31, 2011 at 18:25
  • Wait, where do we buy these? I totally want one...
    – user541686
    Apr 8, 2011 at 6:47
  • Want shirt. Want it now. Jun 21, 2011 at 14:26
  • 3
    I answered 200 questions on stackoverflow.com and all I got was this lousy t-shirt !
    – wim
    Feb 8, 2012 at 4:56

10 Answers 10


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, 2010 at 13:15
  • If only it could be.
    – C. Ross
    Jan 13, 2010 at 13:16
  • That is how it appears in both Chrome and Paint on my Win7 (en-uk) Jan 13, 2010 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, 2010 at 13:38
  • come on buddy... Jan 13, 2010 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, 2010 at 12:28
  • 1
    @dove - and did Yeats often use <center>? If so he was truly visionary. Jan 18, 2010 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, 2010 at 14:40
  • 1
    So where can I buy it?
    – Zoredache
    Mar 31, 2010 at 19:40
  • @Zoredache - you want to buy his grave ? Jun 29, 2010 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, 2010 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, 2011 at 10:50
  • 5
    I want it. Now. Please! Nov 9, 2011 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, 2012 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? Aug 28, 2009 at 7:44
  • 19
    Being clothed should indeed earn anyone a gold badge. Please let that be incentive enough! Aug 28, 2009 at 7:54
  • 1
    This IS the internet :-P Aug 28, 2009 at 7:57
  • 2
    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..... Jan 13, 2010 at 12:41
  • PLEASE make this shirt. I will buy 50
    – Brian
    Jan 13, 2010 at 16:07


White or black

  • 17
    Dislike shirts with logos on back. Very "trade show." Aug 28, 2009 at 7:19
  • 6
    I should downvote this, just for the lulz. Aug 28, 2009 at 7:53
  • This is the one. I'd buy this today.
    – John Rudy
    Aug 28, 2009 at 13:09
  • This should be [on hold] now ;)
    – Cole Tobin
    Oct 9, 2013 at 22:56


  • 4
    Idea: instead of having the bits tip over... have them stack all the way up OVER the shoulder so they run over the back Aug 28, 2009 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, 2009 at 7:50
  • 4
    I love the front of this design, but just putting text on the back needs to go.
    – Scott
    Aug 28, 2009 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, 2010 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, 2010 at 17:57
  • I really prefer this idea. Maybe in polo, with the logo on the pocket? Jan 14, 2010 at 18:15


status by design t-shirt

  • 18
    Probably too meta.
    – random
    Aug 28, 2009 at 7:20
  • 4
    also a bit small, would it even fit me? tiny! Aug 28, 2009 at 7:37
  • 5
    Think of the new child process you've recently spawned.
    – random
    Aug 28, 2009 at 7:51
  • 3
    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. Jan 15, 2010 at 10:05
  • @Charlie Muggles? What IS this place? Muggle Overflow? :)
    – abel
    Jan 13, 2011 at 10:53
  • I love this one. Nov 9, 2011 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.

  • 3
    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, 2009 at 17:39
  • +1 mostly for the "we all are Jon Skeet" bit. ;-) Jan 13, 2010 at 17:18
  • I'd move Autobiographer around (or replace it with something shorter). It looks unbalanced.
    – Macha
    Jan 13, 2010 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, 2010 at 21:02

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

  • 1
    Please remove the extra character between experts and exchange. Aug 29, 2011 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? ;) Aug 28, 2009 at 8:52
  • hm. I think it fits :). But obviously that just me :)
    – StampedeXV
    Aug 28, 2009 at 8:53
  • 17
    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 Aug 28, 2009 at 9:02
  • 1
    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, 2009 at 9:09
  • 3
    You could change it to: int main(void) { flow(); return 0;} void flow(void) { flow();} The idea stays the same ...
    – StampedeXV
    Aug 28, 2009 at 9:16
  • 6
    Or even shorter, int main(void) { return main(); }.
    – Stephan202
    Jan 13, 2010 at 13:06

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

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  • 2
    Why the include?
    – Mikhail
    Feb 24, 2013 at 1:53
  • Returning 0 from main is implicit...
    – Kerrek SB
    Oct 9, 2013 at 23:26

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