Recently we started the process of designing and ordering swag for our SE communities top users (high rep users on the first 2 pages of all time).

You can see some examples of the items and designs at GIS.se, Gaming.se or Programmers.se.

So far we've only done T-shirts and Stickers for customized designs. Before I get started on the swag design for our Math.se community, do you prefer t-shirt and stickers, or are there other type of items you'd like to have instead? coffee mugs? or potentially another item?


As for the design, I typically use site's logo and url, to keep it simple. If you have any suggestions, please let me know.

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    $\begingroup$ From the link you gave, my preference would be (with most likely to use first): nalgene bottle, mug, sharpies, pens, stickers. $\endgroup$
    – Isaac
    Jun 17, 2011 at 22:43
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    $\begingroup$ Oh, and as to the design, I think the normal header (the icon and "MATHEMATICS") big, with the URL smaller below might look better than the icon followed by the URL in all caps. $\endgroup$
    – Isaac
    Jun 17, 2011 at 22:45
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    $\begingroup$ @Issac I agree. the full url in that size is too big. $\endgroup$
    – Jin
    Jun 17, 2011 at 22:52
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    $\begingroup$ Out of curiosity, what t-shirt colors are being considered? I would be partial to light grey, but I'd probably get whatever ends up being offered. $\endgroup$ Jun 18, 2011 at 7:00
  • $\begingroup$ @Zev given the site is on a white background, I think a white t-shirt compliments the graphic color the most(red/dark blue on white). $\endgroup$
    – Jin
    Jun 18, 2011 at 15:34
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    $\begingroup$ @Jin: That's perfect. I go for T-Shirts and Pens. $\endgroup$
    – user9413
    Jun 19, 2011 at 4:29
  • $\begingroup$ @Jin: I would rather have a coffee mug, pen or writing pad. Is that for top users only? $\endgroup$ Jun 19, 2011 at 15:02
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    $\begingroup$ @Américo it's for the top users of the first 2 pages(sorted by All). But eventually we plan to put all the items available on our company store so people can purchase them if they like. $\endgroup$
    – Jin
    Jun 19, 2011 at 15:27
  • $\begingroup$ @Jin: Thanks! So if I stay within those 1st 2 pages I will get one. But I live in Portugal. $\endgroup$ Jun 19, 2011 at 16:14
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    $\begingroup$ @Américo we will ship it globally. $\endgroup$
    – Jin
    Jun 19, 2011 at 16:22
  • $\begingroup$ @Jin: I see. Thanks! $\endgroup$ Jun 19, 2011 at 16:30
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    $\begingroup$ @Jin: When will the shirt design be put up? $\endgroup$
    – user9413
    Jun 29, 2011 at 16:26
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    $\begingroup$ This is a very nice idea! Is this still going to happen? Has a design been decided yet? $\endgroup$
    – lhf
    Aug 19, 2011 at 15:57
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    $\begingroup$ Thanks for all the feedback! We're putting together the final set of items, expect an announcement and sign-up sheet to be posted here on meta shortly. $\endgroup$
    – Shog9
    Mar 23, 2012 at 18:10
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    $\begingroup$ Is the cute panda still for sale? $\endgroup$ Oct 8, 2017 at 1:36

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Swag is pretty nice, I think that useful swag is better.

For the mathematician case, I can suggest the coffee mug (as Erdos' said "a mathematician is a machine turning coffee into theorems") and even better a writing pad... I could sure use a new one, and as Isaac suggests in the comments pens and such. Preferably black, but blue works out just as well.

As for a shirt, I am not sure if I would wear one.

Edit: Since Willie is surprised I suggested some sort of a tool for drugs (well, caffeine... but still a psychoactive drug!), I will suggest things that will be useful to me in the same spirit: low-ball glasses and coasters.

On the same spirit, but not as useful to me (as I am not smoking), ashtrays and cigarette boxes, as well lighters and matches.

(All the addition is meant to be tongue in cheek, but I will gladly sit and drink scotch from a math.SE low ball, on a math.SE coaster!)

Edit II: Reviewing the current swag, I think that it is more than just what sort of swag, but also what should be printed on it.

I would enjoy a coffee mug with the quote by Erdos, or some theorem about the consistency of happiness and the contents of the mug (e.g. if it has hard liquor)

For a lowball and other tumblers, this should be more sophisticated.

As per shirts, writing pads and cardboard blocks to write on, there we can put proofs, cheatsheets for math and so on.

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    $\begingroup$ @Asaf: I'm surprised you suggested the coffee mug (as opposed to the tumbler). :-) $\endgroup$ Jun 18, 2011 at 12:22
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    $\begingroup$ In any case, I would agree that coffee mug is the best (though shipping-wise it could be a pain maybe?). Walking around the department with a math.SE mug in hand is bound to also be good advertisement for the site! $\endgroup$ Jun 18, 2011 at 12:25
  • $\begingroup$ @Willie: I'm not clear about why you are surprised, it's not like I have a use for a beer mug :). Also, a writing pad is the best. $\endgroup$
    – Asaf Karagila Mod
    Jun 18, 2011 at 12:45
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    $\begingroup$ @Asaf: beer mug? When I said tumbler, I meant tumbler. (Which perfectly agrees with your clarification; save I didn't know you like it on the rocks.) I disagree with writing pads: a mug is forever (or at least until you break it a few years down); a writing pad is for, what, about 4 weeks? $\endgroup$ Jun 18, 2011 at 13:15
  • $\begingroup$ 2x +1 @Willie I thought the same, but I resisted the temptation... $\endgroup$
    – t.b.
    Jun 18, 2011 at 13:26
  • $\begingroup$ @Willie: Tumblers are not my style, low balls allow better access to the scotch. Also, it scorching hot during the summer, and scotch on the rocks is perfect to cool down! $\endgroup$
    – Asaf Karagila Mod
    Jun 18, 2011 at 14:28
  • $\begingroup$ @Willie and Asaf: hilarious! I laughed out loud reading Asaf's post, and burst out laughing at the comments, too. C8 $\endgroup$
    – amWhy
    Jun 19, 2011 at 17:52

I agree with Isaac. The full url in that size is too big.

Here are some of the stuff which came to my mind

  • T-shirts
  • Backpack
  • Coffee mug
  • Stickers
  • Pen and Writing pad

And thanks to everyone @ SE


As somebody who will never make it to those illustrious two pages, I am perhaps not qualified to comment. But a nice mug might lean on Alfréd Rényi's quote "A mathematician is a device for turning coffee into theorems"

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    $\begingroup$ Illustrious or not, you're five years too late. $\endgroup$ Apr 9, 2017 at 11:04
  • $\begingroup$ Ouch.....5 years too late..... $\endgroup$ Jun 4, 2017 at 21:11

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