2010: The Year in T-shirts

If you read this blog on a regular basis (as you should!) you’ve probably seen us use the term “Cultural Barometer” here and there. You see, there’s a really interesting phenomenon that happens in the CafePress Marketplace – when something happens in the news, pop culture or politics it undoubtedly shows up as amazingly expressive t-shirt designs – often thousands of them.

This public response of interest, through unique t-shirts and gift designs, is what we mean when we say “CafePress is a Cultural Barometer of current trends.” These newsworthy user created designs, and the sheer quantity of them, offer an accurate gauge of interest – we can often tell what people think of an issue based on the t-shirt designs they create. I may be biased, but I think this is extremely cool!

As the year winds down into its final days we thought it would be fun to create a time line to commemorate the news that made the t-shirt headlines in 2010. I could go ON and ON and ON about all that happened this year, but I think you’ll find it much more interesting to have a look at our interactive time line.

Of course we didn’t include everything that happened in 2010, that would take us months, what do you think we should add to the list? Let us know and we’ll see what we can do to make sure it’s represented!

And don’t forget to check out the 2010 time line t-shirt – the entire year captured in one awesome shirt!

Happy New Year from CafePress!

  1. I love the term cultural barometer. It’s amazing how a t-shirt can be worth 1,000 words or more. In many ways, the CafePress marketplace represents a virtual time capsule of trends at any given moment. Amazing. I can’t wait to see what the new year brings. Happy Holidays everyone!

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