If you can read this you are probably deaf

Design by The Jolly Brewer

If you can read this you are probably deaf by The Jolly Brewer on Threadless
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The Jolly Brewer
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Could work with pretty much any colour combo. Because I'm a dullard, I like the blue on sand, but it could be really bright.

I hope you like and no one is offended.

restlessthoughts

fijickivie2....I believe what is says is also the title name.

hmm it is hard to say if this is offensive or not....I think if you wear this and you are not deaf it doesn't really make a whole lot of sense....I don't know though

wildmustard

Well, I could read it, and I'm not Mexican :-) In fact, I don't speak Spanish (but I studied French and Italian) and I'm a really good guesser given the proper context.

I agree with HipHopaPotamus; someone who generally communicates using sign language would not say this phrase (if he or she did) in this way. But it's a nice looking design.

The Jolly Brewer
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Hmmm, seems like I may have ruffled a few feathers already. I used finger spelling over actual sign language because I felt it would communicate better to non-deaf people who speak in words, but write in letters.

Rambunkcious, thanks for your comments, this was a bit that I was worried about. I researched the alphabets and went for the angles I liked better. Maybe a mistake. Maybe I should have gone for all front facing hands and/or asked an expert. I did critique it and got a few helpful comments but no one commented that all signs should be forward facing.

madruga

madeleinealbright
finally someone who agree with me!
freaky eyes!

Bramish
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Nice one

Bramish
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Why on earth would they be offended?!

Bramish
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"Oh someone has made a jokey t-shirt that I can read because I know sign language. How very offensive."."

Bramish
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If it said "If you can read this, you're probably deaf... and a cunt" then it would be a tad offensive.

The Jolly Brewer
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With hindsight it would have been better to use the palm out hands, the one I submitted just seemed cleaner somehow.

Astier

Ogro dice: si puedes leer esto, probablemente eres mexicano!

O argentino !!!

Fawnzie

i think deaf people whould like this... its cute

Fawnzie

i think deaf people whould like this... its cute

JanVic

i love it! it's not offensive and it's pretty coool. i hope it gets printed because i'd buy it! $5

Omair

I dont' know how this is offensive, that's like saying "if you're overweight, you're probably fat" it's an observation, is all.

The Jolly Brewer
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Yes, the alternative version is based on a free typeface called Gallaudet regular.

Are you suggesting that the design has no merit because of that? Does it need to be 100% drawn from scratch to be a good design? The design is based on an idea, and in my opinion looks good executing that idea. It doesn't matter that I haven't drawn every element from scratch. Look at my other designs, every element of them is drawn from scratch and took hours and hours of work so you can see that I can do it. This took a lot less time to put together but it is a simple idea and the execution, as such was simpler. I don't think that that detracts from the design. This is a t-shirt design competition, not a drawing competition.

Design is about ideas and execution. I had the idea and researched it, late in on my process I came across this font while I was looking at alternative hand placements. As such I used it as a base for the alternative design, altering the base of each hand.

As a designer I make use of the tools placed in front of me. Yes I could have re-drawn every single hand signal needed, but why would I when I have what I need with a little tweaking.

The Jolly Brewer
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Sorry to come over all defensive there. People are totally free to make their own decision on what they feel it is 'ok' to use in a design. My conscience is clean on this one.

I hope you enjoy the design.

Drive through please.

HannahBanana3450

My only comment is that the "r"s look like middle fingers a bit, and the "n" is a little funky looking. Otherwise, great idea :)

wombatgal

I think it's absolutely awesome. The end.
$5

The Jolly Brewer
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HannahBanana3450, please follow the link above to check out the alternative version

abigillygal

the only problem is that without the explanation most people would not understand why it's funny, you know? That might have been what you were going for though. It's a great design! Good luck

littlem

yes, the "n" looks like "m"

i haven't read all the comments either.

The Jolly Brewer
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Interesting points MrDomino.

"First, as this is largely just a font, are you suggesting that typing a few lines of text is worth $2500? Doesn't that essentially make this a slogan?"

Well, that's not up to me, it's down to whether enough money could be made out of this design to warrant it being a winner. I don't really consider this a slogan. It's an idea that I put together. In the design world, an idea is worth whatever it is worth to the buyer no matter how simple.

"Did you verify that there's no licensing involved in a commercial application like this?"

I'm no legal expert but the only information I can find is "All Rights reserved" which from the research I've just conducted on the web seems to amount to very little.

Just as an aside. When I came up with this idea I was all set to draw everything. Finding a font just made the execution of the design easier.

jsitzer9

1: the phrase is awkwardly long
2: not all deaf people fingerspell
3: not all people who read fingerspelling are deaf
4: if that phrase were true why would I want a shirt that only deaf people could read?

The Jolly Brewer
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Me? no... I'd put on a smug face and feel superior!

The Jolly Brewer
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Thanks gtoast99. I couldn't have put it better myself!

This is my highest score to date. A little bit of controversy along the way, but thanks guys.

youloveicecream

wow... what a whole lot of commentary. Great shirt you deserve to win!

The Jolly Brewer
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MadIron, thanks very much.

J-Ray, you are a putz

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