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03 May 2021 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Mental Health Matters design contest

Clear your head for Threadless’s latest design competition, Mental Health Matters. Here’s what they’re looking for…

According to the CDC, more than 50% of people in the United States get diagnosed with a mental illness or disorder at some point in their lifetime. Despite how common mental illness is, many people avoid seeking help for their conditions due to the stigma still associated with mental health. Mental health should NOT be ignored.

For your next Design Challenge, make a new design emphasizing the importance of mental health. It’s not only okay, it’s necessary for everyone to nurture their own mental well-being. You can approach your design from a variety of different angles. You could express solidarity with those suffering from anxiety or depression by crafting a unique motivational message. Or, you could offer up ways people can take care of themselves, such as taking a mental health day, meditating, or talking to a therapist. You could even portray the day-to-day struggles of living with a mental illness or disorder, if it hits close to home.

After submitting your design and adding it to your Artist Shop, go one step further and help make an impact on the lives of those experiencing mental illness. From your Artist Dashboard, you have the power to donate a portion of your earnings from the sale of your new design to a variety of Mental Health Awareness charities. Some of the Threadless Causes organizations include StrongMinds, Trans Lifeline, Mental Health America, and the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation.

This contest ends on May 28th. One First Place winner will earn $1250 cash and a $250 Threadless gift code. One Second Place winner will receive $500 cash and a $250 Threadless gift code. One Third Place winner will get $250 cash and a $250 Threadless gift code. All designers printed will earn up to $7 per item sold (learn more about Threadless artist payments).

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29 March 2021 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Protect the Environment design contest

Get involved with nature in Threadless‘s new Protect the Environment design competition. Here’s what they’re looking for…

None of us would exist without the environment. It provides humans and all other species on this planet with the natural resources we need for survival, good health, and quality of life. It’s our collective duty to protect the environment so it may continue providing for future generations to come. As Earth Day approaches, let’s spread a message of environmentalism with the next Design Challenge.

What are some of the actions you believe are essential to protecting the environment? Minimizing pollution? Shrinking our carbon footprint? Defending wildlife habitats? Consider focusing your new design on an environmental issue that is important to you. Or, you can make a new design inspired by the things you love about nature, whether it’s hiking through the mountains or spotting creatures out in the wilderness. Nature also produces so many hues and tones you can choose to incorporate into your color palette.

This contest opens to entries on April 2nd, 2021 and ends on April 30th. One First Place winner will earn $1250 cash and a $250 Threadless gift code. One Second Place winner will receive $500 cash and a $250 Threadless gift code. One Third Place winner will get $250 cash and a $250 Threadless gift code. All designers printed will earn up to $7 per item sold (learn more about Threadless artist payments).

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09 March 2021 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Smash the Patriarchy design contest

Start putting together your most empowering art for Threadless‘s new Smash the Patriarchy design competition. Here’s what they’re looking for…

Art is powerful. It influences our culture and speaks to us in profound ways. Most importantly, it challenges the status quo. For too long, the patriarchy has upheld a social and political system that largely favors men and perpetuates oppressive gender roles and stereotypes. With your art, you can shed light on these societal issues and help foster a world that’s more equitable for everyone, including women, trans folks, and nonbinary people.

For this Design Challenge, we want to see what smashing the patriarchy looks like to you. To get started, really hone in on the message you want to convey. Then start creating! You could focus on subverting stereotypical gender roles seen throughout history. Or, you can create a new design that empowers women while taking on issues such as beauty expectations, consent, and calling out sexist behavior. If you don’t want to leave anything up to interpretation, you can also deliver a blunt message in bold typography, like “DEMAND EQUAL PAY.” Be as bold as you want to be!

This contest opens to entries on March 5th, 2021 and ends on March 26th. One First Place winner will earn $1250 cash and a $250 Threadless gift code. One Second Place winner will receive $500 cash and a $250 Threadless gift code. One Third Place winner will get $250 cash and a $250 Threadless gift code. All designers printed will earn up to $7 per item sold (learn more about Threadless artist payments).

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01 February 2021 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Black History Month design contest

Threadless celebrates black culture with their new Black History Month design competition. Here’s what they’re looking for…

The origins of Black History Month are forever linked to historian and University of Chicago alumnus Carter G. Woodson, one of the first scholars to study the history of the African diaspora. He founded the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) in 1915, and pioneered the celebration of “Negro History Week” in 1926—a precursor to Black History Month. He made it his life mission to preserve the history of African-Americans in a world in which their contributions are routinely overlooked by the writers of textbooks and society at large.

In recognition of Black History Month, we challenge you to create a new design in the spirit of preserving and celebrating Black history and culture. Make something the Threadless community can showcase year-round as a reminder that Black history is inseparable from American history. There are so many routes you can take! Find inspiration from historical figures such as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., or tap into current events and deliver a strong message like “Black Lives Matter.” You can also choose to focus on the arts—music, dance, and film are all great sources of inspiration as you illustrate a vibrant and active scene that will grab attention.

After submitting your design and adding it to your Artist Shop, there’s an extra step you can take if you want to make an impact with your art. From your Artist Dashboard, you can choose to donate a portion of your earnings from your new design to a specific Cause, particularly Racial Injustice. There are several organizations you can support today that are actively fighting racial inequality and discrimination, including Black Visions Collective, The Bail Project, and Chicago Freedom School.

This contest opens to entries on February 5th, 2021 and ends on February 26th. One First Place winner will earn $1250 cash and a $250 Threadless gift code. One Second Place winner will receive $500 cash and a $250 Threadless gift code. One Third Place winner will get $250 cash and a $250 Threadless gift code. All designers printed will earn up to $7 per item sold (learn more about Threadless artist payments).

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30 December 2020 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Illuminating / Ultimate Gray design contest

Threadless wants to remind you of brighter, sunnier days with their new Illuminating/Ultimate Gray design competition. Here’s what they’re looking for…

Take a deep breath and say it with us, “We made it through 2020.” Despite everything the year threw at us, the world has largely proven to be resilient and compassionate in the face of adversity. That gives us a ray of hope for the future, which brings us to the inaugural Design Challenge of 2021! For creative inspiration, we look to Pantone’s Colors of the Year for 2021— PANTONE 17-5104 Ultimate Gray and PANTONE 13-0647 Illuminating.

As Pantone Executive Director Leatrice Eiseman puts it, “The union of an enduring Ultimate Gray with the vibrant yellow Illuminating expresses a message of positivity supported by fortitude.” Think of ways you can employ both colors to uplift the human spirit and inspire optimism that there are sunny days ahead. Maybe illustrate a sunflower emerging out of cracked concrete, or sun rays slicing through storm clouds like a hot knife through butter.

Or, emphasize the theme of resilience with turbulent waves crashing against weathered rocks, or a dinosaur evading meteors like they’re dodgeballs. You can also hone in on human perseverance as the glistening hope of the vaccine extinguishes the gloom of the global pandemic. Also consider incorporating motivational text, such as “Light Up the Darkness” or “Radiate Positivity.” Whichever approach you choose, make sure PANTONE 17-5104 Ultimate Gray and PANTONE 13-0647 Illuminating are in your color palette.

This contest opens to entries on January 1st, 2021 and ends on January 29th. One First Place winner will earn $1250 cash and a $250 Threadless gift code. One Second Place winner will receive $500 cash and a $250 Threadless gift code. One Third Place winner will get $250 cash and a $250 Threadless gift code. All designers printed will earn up to $7 per item sold (learn more about Threadless artist payments).

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23 November 2020 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s 20th Anniversary design contest


Threadless is celebrating 20 years of t-shirt excellence with a massive new contest- the Threadless 20th Anniversary design competition. Here’s what you need to know…

The last 20 years have been a wild ride. Throughout our history, our Design Challenges have helped Threadless become a playground for imagination. Since we introduced the feature, artists have submitted almost half a million original designs with eclectic themes ranging from dad jokes to ugly Christmas sweaters. More than 9,500 of those designs have been printed!

We’re excited to announce that our next Design Challenge coincides with significant improvements to the submission process, not to mention some HUGE cash prizes for the top five best designs! Like up to $10,000 huge, y’all!

We’ve replaced the old submission form with a new format allowing Artist Shop owners to submit to Design Challenges directly from the product creation tool in their Artist Dashboard. This means in order to participate, you need to have an Artist Shop, which provides you with a completely customized shop for your work. If you don’t already have one, we will create one for you automatically when you click “Submit”*. As an added bonus, the designs you submit will be available to purchase right away as soon as you publish them!

For the Design Challenge itself, we want to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Threadless with your absolute best work in any theme you’d like. We’re looking for the type of stuff that’ll make jaws drop, make people cry tears of joy, make people hug—when it’s OK to do so. While we know this challenge is wide open creatively, we trust you and your amazing skills to deliver work that is all about YOUR aesthetic, technique, and style. Create art you know people will be proud to display day in and day out, whether on a t-shirt, fine art print, or any other Threadless product.

Enter before December 25th, 2020 for your chance to win. One 1st Place winner will earn $10,000, 2nd Place will get $5,000, 3rd Place and 4th Place will each receive $2,000, and 5th Place gets $1,000. All designers printed will earn up to $7 per item sold (learn more about Threadless artist payments).

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16 November 2020 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Air design contest


Threadless‘s elements series continues with the new Air shirt design competition. Here’s what they’re looking for…

Although we can’t see air, it’s essential to all living things on Earth. It helps maintain the temperature of the planet and contains oxygen and nitrogen, which most species need to survive. When we breathe in oxygen, we give off carbon dioxide that helps plants make food for themselves and more oxygen for us. Air makes everything in life possible! Let’s pay homage to the most unseeable element with the next Design Challenge.

Technically speaking, air is a mixture of gases and tiny aerosol particles. If that immediately makes you think of science class, consider creating a clever design that riffs on the molecular formula of oxygen. Or, if you’re an environmentalist, urge your followers to shrink their carbon footprint with a message against air pollution. You can also aim for laughs with an illustration of air quotes or someone playing air guitar, or use empty air to signify the sudden absence of something—like “POOF! GONE.” For one last bit of visual inspiration, remember that air can also become a gust of wind powerful enough to blow leaves off trees or send a toupee into orbit.

This contest opens to entries on November 20th, 2020 and ends on December 4th. One winner will earn $500 cash and a $500 Threadless gift code. All designers printed will earn up to $7 per item sold (learn more about Threadless artist payments).

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