iPoor for those too poor for an iPod

Now for a nice change of pace, occasionally I get a flash of something that inspires me to take of an everyday product and re-design it with a twist. I had intended for it to become one of my first few simple easy to make products to kick off my other career as a design entrepreneur.
Well I’ve been sitting on it for almost 8 months so I thought it would be nice to post it here for some feedback. I may continue this trend by posting some of my other non-work related designs if this effort turns out well.
What could a busy self-respecting designer do? Besides it would be a great experiment in Viral Marketing would it not?
Avid readers of my blog (of which there just a few) and my friends all know I have a love and hate relationship of the Apple iPod. In particular I dislike its planned obsolescence, as well as its obnoxiously high prices. This got me thinking there must be a group of people in the Cult of the Mac that love the iPod but can’t really afford it.
iPoor Black
ipoor product poseiPoor T-shirt optionsipoor graphic detail
Click on the thumbnails for more details.
Thus The iPoor parody T-shirt was born. For the people who want to tell the world they have iPod envy. Interested parties can contact me at: dt(at)designsojourn(dot)com or go to the iPoor store at: http://ipoor.designsojourn.com
Edit: Extra graphic and email added!
Edit 2: I have been spotted at:

and at Bubble Design

14 Comments
  • uzyn

    July 12, 2006 at 7:18 pm Reply

    Haha. Love it!
    That’s very creative of you!

  • Design Translator

    July 12, 2006 at 8:34 pm Reply

    Hey thanks for the compliment!

  • Nancy Friedman

    July 13, 2006 at 12:53 am Reply

    Do let me know if you go into production…I have a couple of pals at Apple who I know would get a kick out of these very clever products.

  • Nancy Friedman

    July 13, 2006 at 12:54 am Reply

    Do let me know if you go into production…I have a couple of pals at Apple who I know would get a kick out of these very clever products.
    (Posted twice because I left out part of my URL…apologies!)

  • nil sine labore

    July 13, 2006 at 10:30 am Reply

    brilliant… really amazed at the iPod’s influence, from people who adore it to those who can’t afford it.

  • Design Translator

    July 13, 2006 at 11:25 am Reply

    Hi Nancy,
    Thanks for the vote of confidence. I will put it in production as soon as i can. In the mean time please do let your friends at apple know of this and come visit!
    Hi nil sine labore,
    Thats exactly the point I wanted to communicate. Thanks for putting it in words.

  • niblettes

    July 14, 2006 at 2:44 am Reply

    Dude, I have to say the visual design is even more cleaver than the idea behind it. I really appreciate the way you didn’t just draw in ipod, but rather melted the plain surface of the ipod with the shirt color, only suggesting an ipod with its physical UI–it makes for a nice gestalt.

  • Design Translator

    July 14, 2006 at 10:51 am Reply

    Thanks niblettes!

  • Design|asides

    July 18, 2006 at 10:06 am Reply

    iPod parody tee…
    For those who can’t afford an iPod, DT brings you the next best thing. Peruse his musings on design and entrepreneurship at Design Sojourn.
    ……

  • Pluit Solutions

    July 19, 2006 at 12:41 am Reply

    Can’t afford iPod? Get iPod Poor…
    You might one to consider this if you can’t afford an iPod. Thanks to DesignSojourn.
    ……

  • Max

    July 30, 2006 at 6:50 pm Reply

    For those that are too poor …etc?
    Couldn’t come up with something more proper.
    And for these poor do you think they would spend USD30.00 for a Fashion T-shirt stating:”sorry i’m too poor to afford a real i-pod”
    Waiting for your comments.
    Hong Kong,
    Max Poor

  • Design Translator

    July 30, 2006 at 9:31 pm Reply

    Hi Max,
    You are absolutly correct! Nobody would pay USD$30 for a T-Shirt.
    However, I am not quite sure where you got your information from though? If you go to the iPoor section of this website, you would find that in keeping with tradition of iPoor the T-shirt actually goes for USD$15. Personally I find this price very affordable for a customed designed limited edition fashion T-Shirt.
    Actually I might add, it has always been at this price from the beginning. I was going to sell it for USD$20, but I managed to negotiate a better price with my manufacturer and thus passed the savings off to my customers.
    I hope this clears up your confusion.

  • DT

    December 15, 2006 at 9:21 am Reply

    Hello friends,
    We have sold out, and thanks to all of you who expressed their love and bought the shirt!

  • Hannah

    May 31, 2007 at 1:46 am Reply

    Please make more!

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