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Okay, so in the wake of our push to get some Inkscape swag going for the project, I've been pushed from multiple angles to start doing some of this myself.

My reasons for considering this part-time, then move to full time if it's successful are as follows:

1. Ongoing Work - Since I'm considering new options for work, I want to do something where my day to day work can benefit FOSS projects, and I have all the necessary skills to do this - I'm basically a one-stop shop for graphics and media of any kind, so why not actually BE a shop for FOSS swag?

2. More Benefit to Projects - Many of the options available for free online shops fall short in that they present too high a cost for single orders with not enough percentage going towards the project. Becoming the supply chain allows me to save cost on bulk orders and maximise profits to get the most project benefits out of the sales.

3. Quality Control - I can ensure the quality of the products produced, because I can select which companies I buy from, vetting for quality. It's shocking how many companies produce total crap (even popular ones, like spreadshirt). Quality and customer satisfaction matter a lot to me. Especially when representing various FOSS projects, the quality of the materials will speak to quality of what's being represented, and all too often I see stickers printed off of home printers using graphics that were more or less tossed together from online clipart. The reason for this is usually that nothing else was available. I want to be a solution to this problem.

4. Supporting a FOSS-driven Industry - I really, really don't want to have to go back to using closed source graphics applications. :) And that's probably what will happen if I don't start something myself. I want to continue to be able to use Inkscape, and GIMP, and Krita, etc. in my production work so I can continue to help with bug reports, and UX suggestions. It's a big part of my job satisfaction to be able to help in this way.

5. Supporting FOSS designers - I eventually want to be able to employ other designers who use FOSS to build up the industry use of FOSS. We've got a long way to go to catch up, and the more designers using FOSS, the greater our say in what becomes standard for the industry. It's my experience that FOSS benefits both artists and companies that hire design work, as the overhead cost for creating and using FOSS graphic assets is zero, and thus can be used perpetually at no cost to either party.

6. Brain Tickles - It tickles something in my mind to think of people using and handing out stickers for FOSS projects. I've designed lots of products over the last 10 years, and I've seen people all around London using them. It's a great feeling, but lacks the satisfaction of seeing people enjoying FOSS and spreading the joy to others, and I find just showing someone tricks in Inkscape gives me a much more lasting thrill. So why not have both? Yes, I want to have my cake and eat it too, and share it as well!

So these are my goals, but I do want to hear your opinions on it too.

Thanks for listening, and for all the support and encouragement I've received from people inside and outside the project. :)

-C


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Re: My personal FOSS swag manifesto

Jabier Arraiza
Great!! best lucky!
Ping me if you want help! A good birthday present!


On Sat, 2018-08-04 at 13:46 +0100, C R wrote:

> Okay, so in the wake of our push to get some Inkscape swag going for
> the project, I've been pushed from multiple angles to start doing
> some of this myself.
>
> My reasons for considering this part-time, then move to full time if
> it's successful are as follows:
>
> 1. Ongoing Work - Since I'm considering new options for work, I want
> to do something where my day to day work can benefit FOSS projects,
> and I have all the necessary skills to do this - I'm basically a one-
> stop shop for graphics and media of any kind, so why not actually BE
> a shop for FOSS swag?
>
> 2. More Benefit to Projects - Many of the options available for free
> online shops fall short in that they present too high a cost for
> single orders with not enough percentage going towards the project.
> Becoming the supply chain allows me to save cost on bulk orders and
> maximise profits to get the most project benefits out of the sales.
>
> 3. Quality Control - I can ensure the quality of the products
> produced, because I can select which companies I buy from, vetting
> for quality. It's shocking how many companies produce total crap
> (even popular ones, like spreadshirt). Quality and customer
> satisfaction matter a lot to me. Especially when representing various
> FOSS projects, the quality of the materials will speak to quality of
> what's being represented, and all too often I see stickers printed
> off of home printers using graphics that were more or less tossed
> together from online clipart. The reason for this is usually that
> nothing else was available. I want to be a solution to this problem.
>
> 4. Supporting a FOSS-driven Industry - I really, really don't want to
> have to go back to using closed source graphics applications. :) And
> that's probably what will happen if I don't start something myself. I
> want to continue to be able to use Inkscape, and GIMP, and Krita,
> etc. in my production work so I can continue to help with bug
> reports, and UX suggestions. It's a big part of my job satisfaction
> to be able to help in this way.
>
> 5. Supporting FOSS designers - I eventually want to be able to employ
> other designers who use FOSS to build up the industry use of FOSS.
> We've got a long way to go to catch up, and the more designers using
> FOSS, the greater our say in what becomes standard for the industry.
> It's my experience that FOSS benefits both artists and companies that
> hire design work, as the overhead cost for creating and using FOSS
> graphic assets is zero, and thus can be used perpetually at no cost
> to either party.
>
> 6. Brain Tickles - It tickles something in my mind to think of people
> using and handing out stickers for FOSS projects. I've designed lots
> of products over the last 10 years, and I've seen people all around
> London using them. It's a great feeling, but lacks the satisfaction
> of seeing people enjoying FOSS and spreading the joy to others, and I
> find just showing someone tricks in Inkscape gives me a much more
> lasting thrill. So why not have both? Yes, I want to have my cake and
> eat it too, and share it as well!
>
> So these are my goals, but I do want to hear your opinions on it too.
>
> Thanks for listening, and for all the support and encouragement I've
> received from people inside and outside the project. :)
>
> -C
>
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Thanks Jabier! :)

-C

On Sat, Aug 4, 2018 at 1:57 PM, Jabier Arraiza <[hidden email]> wrote:
Great!! best lucky!
Ping me if you want help! A good birthday present!


On Sat, 2018-08-04 at 13:46 +0100, C R wrote:
> Okay, so in the wake of our push to get some Inkscape swag going for
> the project, I've been pushed from multiple angles to start doing
> some of this myself.
>
> My reasons for considering this part-time, then move to full time if
> it's successful are as follows:
>
> 1. Ongoing Work - Since I'm considering new options for work, I want
> to do something where my day to day work can benefit FOSS projects,
> and I have all the necessary skills to do this - I'm basically a one-
> stop shop for graphics and media of any kind, so why not actually BE
> a shop for FOSS swag?
>
> 2. More Benefit to Projects - Many of the options available for free
> online shops fall short in that they present too high a cost for
> single orders with not enough percentage going towards the project.
> Becoming the supply chain allows me to save cost on bulk orders and
> maximise profits to get the most project benefits out of the sales.
>
> 3. Quality Control - I can ensure the quality of the products
> produced, because I can select which companies I buy from, vetting
> for quality. It's shocking how many companies produce total crap
> (even popular ones, like spreadshirt). Quality and customer
> satisfaction matter a lot to me. Especially when representing various
> FOSS projects, the quality of the materials will speak to quality of
> what's being represented, and all too often I see stickers printed
> off of home printers using graphics that were more or less tossed
> together from online clipart. The reason for this is usually that
> nothing else was available. I want to be a solution to this problem.
>
> 4. Supporting a FOSS-driven Industry - I really, really don't want to
> have to go back to using closed source graphics applications. :) And
> that's probably what will happen if I don't start something myself. I
> want to continue to be able to use Inkscape, and GIMP, and Krita,
> etc. in my production work so I can continue to help with bug
> reports, and UX suggestions. It's a big part of my job satisfaction
> to be able to help in this way.
>
> 5. Supporting FOSS designers - I eventually want to be able to employ
> other designers who use FOSS to build up the industry use of FOSS.
> We've got a long way to go to catch up, and the more designers using
> FOSS, the greater our say in what becomes standard for the industry.
> It's my experience that FOSS benefits both artists and companies that
> hire design work, as the overhead cost for creating and using FOSS
> graphic assets is zero, and thus can be used perpetually at no cost
> to either party.
>
> 6. Brain Tickles - It tickles something in my mind to think of people
> using and handing out stickers for FOSS projects. I've designed lots
> of products over the last 10 years, and I've seen people all around
> London using them. It's a great feeling, but lacks the satisfaction
> of seeing people enjoying FOSS and spreading the joy to others, and I
> find just showing someone tricks in Inkscape gives me a much more
> lasting thrill. So why not have both? Yes, I want to have my cake and
> eat it too, and share it as well!
>
> So these are my goals, but I do want to hear your opinions on it too.
>
> Thanks for listening, and for all the support and encouragement I've
> received from people inside and outside the project. :)
>
> -C
>
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> engaging tech sites, Slashdot.org! http://sdm.link/slashdot
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Re: My personal FOSS swag manifesto

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Hi CR,

This is a good idea and I think you have the skills needed to run a
really professional outfit.

 a. Would you keep your production in-house or would you create
partnerships with others like hellotux for certain classes of product?

 b. Do you intend to keep stock and host a warehouse or a mixture?

 c. Do you need a website 😉 or are you going with a service package?

 d. Do you intend to post packages to the entire world, or would you
focus on Europe or EU/US?

Best Regards, Martin Owens

On Sat, 2018-08-04 at 13:46 +0100, C R wrote:

> Okay, so in the wake of our push to get some Inkscape swag going for
> the project, I've been pushed from multiple angles to start doing
> some of this myself.
>
> My reasons for considering this part-time, then move to full time if
> it's successful are as follows:
>
> 1. Ongoing Work - Since I'm considering new options for work, I want
> to do something where my day to day work can benefit FOSS projects,
> and I have all the necessary skills to do this - I'm basically a one-
> stop shop for graphics and media of any kind, so why not actually BE
> a shop for FOSS swag?
>
> 2. More Benefit to Projects - Many of the options available for free
> online shops fall short in that they present too high a cost for
> single orders with not enough percentage going towards the project.
> Becoming the supply chain allows me to save cost on bulk orders and
> maximise profits to get the most project benefits out of the sales.
>
> 3. Quality Control - I can ensure the quality of the products
> produced, because I can select which companies I buy from, vetting
> for quality. It's shocking how many companies produce total crap
> (even popular ones, like spreadshirt). Quality and customer
> satisfaction matter a lot to me. Especially when representing various
> FOSS projects, the quality of the materials will speak to quality of
> what's being represented, and all too often I see stickers printed
> off of home printers using graphics that were more or less tossed
> together from online clipart. The reason for this is usually that
> nothing else was available. I want to be a solution to this problem.
>
> 4. Supporting a FOSS-driven Industry - I really, really don't want to
> have to go back to using closed source graphics applications. :) And
> that's probably what will happen if I don't start something myself. I
> want to continue to be able to use Inkscape, and GIMP, and Krita,
> etc. in my production work so I can continue to help with bug
> reports, and UX suggestions. It's a big part of my job satisfaction
> to be able to help in this way.
>
> 5. Supporting FOSS designers - I eventually want to be able to employ
> other designers who use FOSS to build up the industry use of FOSS.
> We've got a long way to go to catch up, and the more designers using
> FOSS, the greater our say in what becomes standard for the industry.
> It's my experience that FOSS benefits both artists and companies that
> hire design work, as the overhead cost for creating and using FOSS
> graphic assets is zero, and thus can be used perpetually at no cost
> to either party.
>
> 6. Brain Tickles - It tickles something in my mind to think of people
> using and handing out stickers for FOSS projects. I've designed lots
> of products over the last 10 years, and I've seen people all around
> London using them. It's a great feeling, but lacks the satisfaction
> of seeing people enjoying FOSS and spreading the joy to others, and I
> find just showing someone tricks in Inkscape gives me a much more
> lasting thrill. So why not have both? Yes, I want to have my cake and
> eat it too, and share it as well!
>
> So these are my goals, but I do want to hear your opinions on it too.
>
> Thanks for listening, and for all the support and encouragement I've
> received from people inside and outside the project. :)
>
> -C
>
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> engaging tech sites, Slashdot.org! http://sdm.link/slashdot
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Re: My personal FOSS swag manifesto

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Looking into all of it. I'm going to concentrate on stickers to start with I think, because the overhead cost is quite low, and storage space isn't a problem.
HelloTux looks promising for Inkscape embroidered shirts, and I'm not going to hold back on any other usable ideas while I'm setting up my shop. Nothing need wait for me, and my #1 priority is getting Inkscape's swag train rolling. Second priority is seeing what I can do personally to append coaches to it. :)

"And did we tell you the name of the game, boy?" -Pink Floyd




On Sat, Aug 4, 2018 at 5:26 PM, <[hidden email]> wrote:
Hi CR,

This is a good idea and I think you have the skills needed to run a
really professional outfit.

 a. Would you keep your production in-house or would you create
partnerships with others like hellotux for certain classes of product?

 b. Do you intend to keep stock and host a warehouse or a mixture?

 c. Do you need a website 😉 or are you going with a service package?

 d. Do you intend to post packages to the entire world, or would you
focus on Europe or EU/US?

Best Regards, Martin Owens

On Sat, 2018-08-04 at 13:46 +0100, C R wrote:
> Okay, so in the wake of our push to get some Inkscape swag going for
> the project, I've been pushed from multiple angles to start doing
> some of this myself.
>
> My reasons for considering this part-time, then move to full time if
> it's successful are as follows:
>
> 1. Ongoing Work - Since I'm considering new options for work, I want
> to do something where my day to day work can benefit FOSS projects,
> and I have all the necessary skills to do this - I'm basically a one-
> stop shop for graphics and media of any kind, so why not actually BE
> a shop for FOSS swag?
>
> 2. More Benefit to Projects - Many of the options available for free
> online shops fall short in that they present too high a cost for
> single orders with not enough percentage going towards the project.
> Becoming the supply chain allows me to save cost on bulk orders and
> maximise profits to get the most project benefits out of the sales.
>
> 3. Quality Control - I can ensure the quality of the products
> produced, because I can select which companies I buy from, vetting
> for quality. It's shocking how many companies produce total crap
> (even popular ones, like spreadshirt). Quality and customer
> satisfaction matter a lot to me. Especially when representing various
> FOSS projects, the quality of the materials will speak to quality of
> what's being represented, and all too often I see stickers printed
> off of home printers using graphics that were more or less tossed
> together from online clipart. The reason for this is usually that
> nothing else was available. I want to be a solution to this problem.
>
> 4. Supporting a FOSS-driven Industry - I really, really don't want to
> have to go back to using closed source graphics applications. :) And
> that's probably what will happen if I don't start something myself. I
> want to continue to be able to use Inkscape, and GIMP, and Krita,
> etc. in my production work so I can continue to help with bug
> reports, and UX suggestions. It's a big part of my job satisfaction
> to be able to help in this way.
>
> 5. Supporting FOSS designers - I eventually want to be able to employ
> other designers who use FOSS to build up the industry use of FOSS.
> We've got a long way to go to catch up, and the more designers using
> FOSS, the greater our say in what becomes standard for the industry.
> It's my experience that FOSS benefits both artists and companies that
> hire design work, as the overhead cost for creating and using FOSS
> graphic assets is zero, and thus can be used perpetually at no cost
> to either party.
>
> 6. Brain Tickles - It tickles something in my mind to think of people
> using and handing out stickers for FOSS projects. I've designed lots
> of products over the last 10 years, and I've seen people all around
> London using them. It's a great feeling, but lacks the satisfaction
> of seeing people enjoying FOSS and spreading the joy to others, and I
> find just showing someone tricks in Inkscape gives me a much more
> lasting thrill. So why not have both? Yes, I want to have my cake and
> eat it too, and share it as well!
>
> So these are my goals, but I do want to hear your opinions on it too.
>
> Thanks for listening, and for all the support and encouragement I've
> received from people inside and outside the project. :)
>
> -C
>
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> engaging tech sites, Slashdot.org! http://sdm.link/slashdot
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Re: My personal FOSS swag manifesto

Susan Spencer-2
Hi CR,

If you're interested,  the Fashion Freedom Initiative projects could assist your FOSS roject swag designers to convert Inkscape and Krita designs into embroidery, and produce tshirts in sizes that fit. We'd like to assist you in creating a 100% vertical FOSS toolchain.

Best,
Susan

On Sat, Aug 4, 2018, 13:51 C R <[hidden email]> wrote:
Looking into all of it. I'm going to concentrate on stickers to start with I think, because the overhead cost is quite low, and storage space isn't a problem.
HelloTux looks promising for Inkscape embroidered shirts, and I'm not going to hold back on any other usable ideas while I'm setting up my shop. Nothing need wait for me, and my #1 priority is getting Inkscape's swag train rolling. Second priority is seeing what I can do personally to append coaches to it. :)

"And did we tell you the name of the game, boy?" -Pink Floyd




On Sat, Aug 4, 2018 at 5:26 PM, <[hidden email]> wrote:
Hi CR,

This is a good idea and I think you have the skills needed to run a
really professional outfit.

 a. Would you keep your production in-house or would you create
partnerships with others like hellotux for certain classes of product?

 b. Do you intend to keep stock and host a warehouse or a mixture?

 c. Do you need a website 😉 or are you going with a service package?

 d. Do you intend to post packages to the entire world, or would you
focus on Europe or EU/US?

Best Regards, Martin Owens

On Sat, 2018-08-04 at 13:46 +0100, C R wrote:
> Okay, so in the wake of our push to get some Inkscape swag going for
> the project, I've been pushed from multiple angles to start doing
> some of this myself.
>
> My reasons for considering this part-time, then move to full time if
> it's successful are as follows:
>
> 1. Ongoing Work - Since I'm considering new options for work, I want
> to do something where my day to day work can benefit FOSS projects,
> and I have all the necessary skills to do this - I'm basically a one-
> stop shop for graphics and media of any kind, so why not actually BE
> a shop for FOSS swag?
>
> 2. More Benefit to Projects - Many of the options available for free
> online shops fall short in that they present too high a cost for
> single orders with not enough percentage going towards the project.
> Becoming the supply chain allows me to save cost on bulk orders and
> maximise profits to get the most project benefits out of the sales.
>
> 3. Quality Control - I can ensure the quality of the products
> produced, because I can select which companies I buy from, vetting
> for quality. It's shocking how many companies produce total crap
> (even popular ones, like spreadshirt). Quality and customer
> satisfaction matter a lot to me. Especially when representing various
> FOSS projects, the quality of the materials will speak to quality of
> what's being represented, and all too often I see stickers printed
> off of home printers using graphics that were more or less tossed
> together from online clipart. The reason for this is usually that
> nothing else was available. I want to be a solution to this problem.
>
> 4. Supporting a FOSS-driven Industry - I really, really don't want to
> have to go back to using closed source graphics applications. :) And
> that's probably what will happen if I don't start something myself. I
> want to continue to be able to use Inkscape, and GIMP, and Krita,
> etc. in my production work so I can continue to help with bug
> reports, and UX suggestions. It's a big part of my job satisfaction
> to be able to help in this way.
>
> 5. Supporting FOSS designers - I eventually want to be able to employ
> other designers who use FOSS to build up the industry use of FOSS.
> We've got a long way to go to catch up, and the more designers using
> FOSS, the greater our say in what becomes standard for the industry.
> It's my experience that FOSS benefits both artists and companies that
> hire design work, as the overhead cost for creating and using FOSS
> graphic assets is zero, and thus can be used perpetually at no cost
> to either party.
>
> 6. Brain Tickles - It tickles something in my mind to think of people
> using and handing out stickers for FOSS projects. I've designed lots
> of products over the last 10 years, and I've seen people all around
> London using them. It's a great feeling, but lacks the satisfaction
> of seeing people enjoying FOSS and spreading the joy to others, and I
> find just showing someone tricks in Inkscape gives me a much more
> lasting thrill. So why not have both? Yes, I want to have my cake and
> eat it too, and share it as well!
>
> So these are my goals, but I do want to hear your opinions on it too.
>
> Thanks for listening, and for all the support and encouragement I've
> received from people inside and outside the project. :)
>
> -C
>
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> engaging tech sites, Slashdot.org! http://sdm.link/slashdot
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Re: My personal FOSS swag manifesto

Bryce Harrington-3
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Great to hear CR, having seen your work, you definitely have the skills
to pull off something amazing!

On Sat, Aug 04, 2018 at 01:46:59PM +0100, C R wrote:

> Okay, so in the wake of our push to get some Inkscape swag going for the
> project, I've been pushed from multiple angles to start doing some of this
> myself.
>
> My reasons for considering this part-time, then move to full time if it's
> successful are as follows:
>
> 1. *Ongoing Work* - Since I'm considering new options for work, I want to
> do something where my day to day work can benefit FOSS projects, and I have
> all the necessary skills to do this - I'm basically a one-stop shop for
> graphics and media of any kind, so why not actually BE a shop for FOSS swag?
>
> 2. *More Benefit to Projects* - Many of the options available for free
> online shops fall short in that they present too high a cost for single
> orders with not enough percentage going towards the project. Becoming the
> supply chain allows me to save cost on bulk orders and maximise profits to
> get the most project benefits out of the sales.
>
> 3. *Quality Control -* I can ensure the quality of the products produced,
> because I can select which companies I buy from, vetting for quality. It's
> shocking how many companies produce total crap (even popular ones, like
> spreadshirt). Quality and customer satisfaction matter a lot to me.
> Especially when representing various FOSS projects, the quality of the
> materials will speak to quality of what's being represented, and all too
> often I see stickers printed off of home printers using graphics that were
> more or less tossed together from online clipart. The reason for this is
> usually that nothing else was available. I want to be a solution to this
> problem.
>
> 4. *Supporting a FOSS-driven Industry* - I really, really don't want to
> have to go back to using closed source graphics applications. :) And that's
> probably what will happen if I don't start something myself. I want to
> continue to be able to use Inkscape, and GIMP, and Krita, etc. in my
> production work so I can continue to help with bug reports, and UX
> suggestions. It's a big part of my job satisfaction to be able to help in
> this way.
>
> 5. *Supporting FOSS designers* - I eventually want to be able to employ
> other designers who use FOSS to build up the industry use of FOSS. We've
> got a long way to go to catch up, and the more designers using FOSS, the
> greater our say in what becomes standard for the industry. It's my
> experience that FOSS benefits both artists and companies that hire design
> work, as the overhead cost for creating and using FOSS graphic assets is
> zero, and thus can be used perpetually at no cost to either party.
>
> 6. *Brain Tickles -* It tickles something in my mind to think of people
> using and handing out stickers for FOSS projects. I've designed lots of
> products over the last 10 years, and I've seen people all around London
> using them. It's a great feeling, but lacks the satisfaction of seeing
> people enjoying FOSS and spreading the joy to others, and I find just
> showing someone tricks in Inkscape gives me a much more lasting thrill. So
> why not have both? Yes, I want to have my cake and eat it too, and share it
> as well!
>
> So these are my goals, but I do want to hear your opinions on it too.
>
> Thanks for listening, and for all the support and encouragement I've
> received from people inside and outside the project. :)
>
> -C

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Re: My personal FOSS swag manifesto

Brynn
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> We'd like to assist you in creating a 100% vertical FOSS toolchain.

WoooHooo!!

-----Original Message-----
From: Susan Spencer
Sent: Saturday, August 04, 2018 6:39 PM
To: [hidden email]
Subject: Re: [Inkscape-devel] My personal FOSS swag manifesto


Hi CR,


If you're interested,  the Fashion Freedom Initiative projects could assist your
FOSS roject swag designers to convert Inkscape and Krita designs into
embroidery, and produce tshirts in sizes that fit. We'd like to assist you in
creating a 100% vertical FOSS toolchain.

Best,
Susan


On Sat, Aug 4, 2018, 13:51 C R <[hidden email]> wrote:

Looking into all of it. I'm going to concentrate on stickers to start with I
think, because the overhead cost is quite low, and storage space isn't a
problem.
HelloTux looks promising for Inkscape embroidered shirts, and I'm not going to
hold back on any other usable ideas while I'm setting up my shop. Nothing need
wait for me, and my #1 priority is getting Inkscape's swag train rolling. Second
priority is seeing what I can do personally to append coaches to it. :)

"And did we tell you the name of the game, boy?" -Pink Floyd





On Sat, Aug 4, 2018 at 5:26 PM, <[hidden email]> wrote:
Hi CR,

This is a good idea and I think you have the skills needed to run a
really professional outfit.

a. Would you keep your production in-house or would you create
partnerships with others like hellotux for certain classes of product?

b. Do you intend to keep stock and host a warehouse or a mixture?

c. Do you need a website 😉 or are you going with a service package?

d. Do you intend to post packages to the entire world, or would you
focus on Europe or EU/US?

Best Regards, Martin Owens

On Sat, 2018-08-04 at 13:46 +0100, C R wrote:

> Okay, so in the wake of our push to get some Inkscape swag going for
> the project, I've been pushed from multiple angles to start doing
> some of this myself.
>
> My reasons for considering this part-time, then move to full time if
> it's successful are as follows:
>
> 1. Ongoing Work - Since I'm considering new options for work, I want
> to do something where my day to day work can benefit FOSS projects,
> and I have all the necessary skills to do this - I'm basically a one-
> stop shop for graphics and media of any kind, so why not actually BE
> a shop for FOSS swag?
>
> 2. More Benefit to Projects - Many of the options available for free
> online shops fall short in that they present too high a cost for
> single orders with not enough percentage going towards the project.
> Becoming the supply chain allows me to save cost on bulk orders and
> maximise profits to get the most project benefits out of the sales.
>
> 3. Quality Control - I can ensure the quality of the products
> produced, because I can select which companies I buy from, vetting
> for quality. It's shocking how many companies produce total crap
> (even popular ones, like spreadshirt). Quality and customer
> satisfaction matter a lot to me. Especially when representing various
> FOSS projects, the quality of the materials will speak to quality of
> what's being represented, and all too often I see stickers printed
> off of home printers using graphics that were more or less tossed
> together from online clipart. The reason for this is usually that
> nothing else was available. I want to be a solution to this problem.
>
> 4. Supporting a FOSS-driven Industry - I really, really don't want to
> have to go back to using closed source graphics applications. :) And
> that's probably what will happen if I don't start something myself. I
> want to continue to be able to use Inkscape, and GIMP, and Krita,
> etc. in my production work so I can continue to help with bug
> reports, and UX suggestions. It's a big part of my job satisfaction
> to be able to help in this way.
>
> 5. Supporting FOSS designers - I eventually want to be able to employ
> other designers who use FOSS to build up the industry use of FOSS.
> We've got a long way to go to catch up, and the more designers using
> FOSS, the greater our say in what becomes standard for the industry.
> It's my experience that FOSS benefits both artists and companies that
> hire design work, as the overhead cost for creating and using FOSS
> graphic assets is zero, and thus can be used perpetually at no cost
> to either party.
>
> 6. Brain Tickles - It tickles something in my mind to think of people
> using and handing out stickers for FOSS projects. I've designed lots
> of products over the last 10 years, and I've seen people all around
> London using them. It's a great feeling, but lacks the satisfaction
> of seeing people enjoying FOSS and spreading the joy to others, and I
> find just showing someone tricks in Inkscape gives me a much more
> lasting thrill. So why not have both? Yes, I want to have my cake and
> eat it too, and share it as well!
>
> So these are my goals, but I do want to hear your opinions on it too.
>
> Thanks for listening, and for all the support and encouragement I've
> received from people inside and outside the project. :)
>
> -C
>
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Re: My personal FOSS swag manifesto

Brynn
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I've been thinking of taking on the management of an Inkscape store or shop,
after the whole forum situation is finally settled.  Of course I have minimal
graphics skills, but on the management end, of taking orders, managing stock,
possibly managing an online store, I could handle those jobs.

Although I've been thinking of only Inkscape, rather that the whole FOSS
community, I still would consider helping, if there's anything I could do.

My own personal project is to get a coloring book published - a coloring book
made with Inkscape.  Ultimately a series of them.  Well I won't bore you with
those details right now.  But of course the profits to come back to Inkscape.

But anyway, I'd be happy to offer my time, energy, and skills (at least I know
the basics of running a website) in whatever way they can best be used to
promote and sell Inkscape "gear" or "swag".

Let me know if you'd like to chat. I'm totally flexible - for me, the only
requirement is that the effort benefits Inkscape.  Whatever the community needs
that I could do.

All best,
brynn

-----Original Message-----
From: C R
Sent: Saturday, August 04, 2018 6:46 AM
To: inkscape-devel
Subject: [Inkscape-devel] My personal FOSS swag manifesto


Okay, so in the wake of our push to get some Inkscape swag going for the
project, I've been pushed from multiple angles to start doing some of this
myself.

My reasons for considering this part-time, then move to full time if it's
successful are as follows:

1. Ongoing Work - Since I'm considering new options for work, I want to do
something where my day to day work can benefit FOSS projects, and I have all the
necessary skills to do this - I'm basically a one-stop shop for graphics and
media of any kind, so why not actually BE a shop for FOSS swag?

2. More Benefit to Projects - Many of the options available for free online
shops fall short in that they present too high a cost for single orders with not
enough percentage going towards the project. Becoming the supply chain allows me
to save cost on bulk orders and maximise profits to get the most project
benefits out of the sales.

3. Quality Control - I can ensure the quality of the products produced, because
I can select which companies I buy from, vetting for quality. It's shocking how
many companies produce total crap (even popular ones, like spreadshirt). Quality
and customer satisfaction matter a lot to me. Especially when representing
various FOSS projects, the quality of the materials will speak to quality of
what's being represented, and all too often I see stickers printed off of home
printers using graphics that were more or less tossed together from online
clipart. The reason for this is usually that nothing else was available. I want
to be a solution to this problem.

4. Supporting a FOSS-driven Industry - I really, really don't want to have to go
back to using closed source graphics applications. :) And that's probably what
will happen if I don't start something myself. I want to continue to be able to
use Inkscape, and GIMP, and Krita, etc. in my production work so I can continue
to help with bug reports, and UX suggestions. It's a big part of my job
satisfaction to be able to help in this way.

5. Supporting FOSS designers - I eventually want to be able to employ other
designers who use FOSS to build up the industry use of FOSS. We've got a long
way to go to catch up, and the more designers using FOSS, the greater our say in
what becomes standard for the industry. It's my experience that FOSS benefits
both artists and companies that hire design work, as the overhead cost for
creating and using FOSS graphic assets is zero, and thus can be used perpetually
at no cost to either party.

6. Brain Tickles - It tickles something in my mind to think of people using and
handing out stickers for FOSS projects. I've designed lots of products over the
last 10 years, and I've seen people all around London using them. It's a great
feeling, but lacks the satisfaction of seeing people enjoying FOSS and spreading
the joy to others, and I find just showing someone tricks in Inkscape gives me a
much more lasting thrill. So why not have both? Yes, I want to have my cake and
eat it too, and share it as well!

So these are my goals, but I do want to hear your opinions on it too.

Thanks for listening, and for all the support and encouragement I've received
from people inside and outside the project. :)

-C






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