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Ideas for Blog Website Merchandise

Updated on September 11, 2010
all images copyright Richieb799 2009
all images copyright Richieb799 2009

 I was enjoying writing on hubpages so much that I was in work and I was wondering to myself whether Hubpages had any merchandise that I could own to show how much I loved them. Obviously I have surfed through the whole Hubpages site and not found a section which displays anything like this so I decided I would sketch a few of my own ideas and dedicate a hub to it. Before I get any comments with people waving their arms about me having permission to do this, I would like to state that I raised questions in the forum and 'PaulDeeds' administrater said it would be fine as long as I was using my ideas just to illustrate a hub and not actually selling anything.

the majority of my sketches were T-shirt designs, but I also thought of other things the Hubpages team could produce, these included: a hubpages car-freshener magic tree(logo- shaped), keyring, pens, coffee mug, and coaster. These are just the cost effective Ideas I thought of. There could be other forms of promotion such as a screensaver or bumper stickers.

The first t-shirt idea I sketched(Above) is relatively simple and I thought was quite post-modernist, with the logo incorporated just under the arm and becomes part of a stylish design rather than just free advertising. The website address could be written across the back of the t-shirt for that purpose.

All images copyright Richieb799 2009
All images copyright Richieb799 2009

Cap Designs

I chose the cap, maybe being a little biased because it is more suited to younger people in a fashion context. The overall design i believe is stylish, having an abstract section of the original logo ascending from the base of the cap, maybe this could be embroided on for the quality aspect. I think it has an urban feel to it and would appeal to the many young people using the site, in turn I believe this would attract more members to the site because it would be seen at nightclubs etc.

All images copyright Richieb799 2009
All images copyright Richieb799 2009

Urban Styled

Maybe this design was a bit eccentric, it was a simple sketch for a urban styled 'graffiti' design in order to promote the opportunity of expressing your thoughts on Hubpages to young people. If I had more time I would add colour to my designs and produce them using Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop, however I am in between changing computers and haven't installed my programs as of yet. I would also produce alot more variety of designs including photographs to further illustrate how my designs would appear on models or in everyday life.

All images copyright Richieb799 2009
All images copyright Richieb799 2009

Finally, I thought a good design for all us computer nerds out there would be to include the iconic 80's style gaming imagery of a keyboard to give some indication of what hubpages is about. I was inspired to design this one based on the branding for the TV show 'the I.T crowd' aired on the british TV channel 'Channel 4'.

Having explained my reasons for hand sketches, I know the quality of the last sketch could be slightly better, but I am pleased with the overall designs and layout of this hub because I think it makes for entertaining and original writing on the site. This is going to be an on going study of mine and Paul Deeds has mentioned in the forum that James at the hubpages team is working on a new I.D for the site himself.


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    • DonnaCSmith profile image

      Donna Campbell Smith 7 years ago from Central North Carolina

      I LOVE your ideas! don't forget the coffee mug and water bottle. I would surely buy a mug.

    • Richieb799 profile image

      Richieb799 7 years ago from Cardiff, Wales UK

      haha, thats a cool idea H.C, and sexy also, hubba hubba ;)

    • Misha profile image

      Misha 7 years ago from DC Area

      Would you model them, HC? ;)

    • H.C Porter profile image

      Holly 7 years ago from Lone Star State

      I use to actually do this..Design merchandise for companies-gym bags-tee shirts-etc... I think you should have some PJ Pants-with HUBER or HUBS across the butt, like the cheerleaders wear with their sports teams mascot??? Just an idea??? :D

      hc porter

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      K Partin 7 years ago from Garden City, Michigan

      Good hub Richie, I support it too. Thanks Kerry.

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      jamestedmondson 7 years ago from San Francisco

      Hey Richie, I'm James the HubPages graphic designer.

      Thanks so much for taking the time to sketch your ideas and make a hub about them! I love to see this stuff.

      It's true, sometime in the near future HubPages' identity is getting an update.

      I think some HubPages merchandise is a possibility.

      Great Hub!

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      William Benner 7 years ago from Savannah GA.

      Very Creative! It is something HubPages should get behind! I like the caps a lot!

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      myownworld 7 years ago from uk

      Great ideas! I'm sure the team will love them...! Loved that 'hubpage expression' T shirt. Best of luck with this!