07 March 2022 ~ 0 Comments

Threadless’s Dark Academia design contest

Threadless indulges in the spooky sciences with their new Dark Academia design competition. Here’s what they’re looking for…

Dark Academia has emerged from the old, dusty libraries of prestigious learning institutions to become a growing internet subculture and aesthetic. As its name suggests, it romanticizes how private universities in the 19th century emphasized the liberal arts, particularly classical literature, art, and architecture. Dark Academics also have an affinity for the unusual, often exploring dark themes such as danger, mystery, crime, and secret societies. (Shhhhh!)

For your next Design Challenge, we want you to capture the aesthetic of Dark Academia. To get started, picture what life would have been like studying at a private university in the 19th century, before smartphones and self-driving cars. Imagine stacks of leather-bound books, hand-written messages penned in calligraphy, sepia-tone photos, and the occasional plaid scarf. If you want to lean into the “dark” aspect of Dark Academia, skulls, candles, and occult symbols always set a brooding tone. You could even base your design around an old piece of gothic poetry or literature, as long as it’s public domain.

Enter before April 1st, 2022 for your chance to win. One 1st Place winner will earn $1250 cash and a $250 Threadless gift code. One 2nd Place winner will receive $500 cash and a $250 Threadless gift code. One 3rd Place winner gets $250 cash and a $250 Threadlless gift code. All designers printed will earn up to $7 per item sold (learn more about Threadless artist payments).

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