Last week we made a low key announcement here that we'd opened a store for HOS logo merchandise at CafePress.com/heartsofspace. It was a stealth opening because we only had four products — two mugs and two different sizes of the same poster — so we were just exercising the electronic doors while we got the rest of it together.
Last week we got samples of the posters and they look absolutely awesome!...especially the big 23"x35" image. Thanks NASA, the Hubble Space telescope totally rocks!
We also got samples of the mugs. The mugs themselves are good quality, but the printing on them was too dark. So we replaced it with a new image that will print a lot better.
We've also been busy working on imagery for clothing, and we added black t-shirts (both short and long sleeve) a black sweatshirt, and a black cap. We've developed new HOS logos just for these products. Here's the one for the shirts:
and here's the logo for our first Hearts of Space cap:
We'll be sending out an email to our mailing list after Thanksgiving announcing the new stuff at the start of the Holiday gift season. In the meantime, to see everything online, just drop by the HOS store at www.cafepress.com/heartsofspace. Please let us know what you think by leaving a comment here or emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
UPDATE 1: We've also added WHITE t-shirts, sweatshirts, and both white and black aprons. View the design.
UPDATE 2: After receiving a second sample of the black caps, we've pulled them from the HOS store. From what we can tell, no one had actually ordered one, and it's a good thing — the results were very disappointing. The designs are not embroidered as we originally thought from the description on the site, but printed onto white patches using a "dye sublimation" printing process. Whatever they call it, it sucks. We've started looking for an alternative and will post here when we have it.