Help us pick the next design challenge!


Do you have a theme or product you’re dying to see everyone design for? Cats? Horses? Tree scarves? Tell us your idea and we’ll reward you with fame and fortune. By fame and fortune we mean we’ll announce your name in your very own blog post and give you a $300 Threadless gift code.


Here’s whatcha gotta do: In the comments, write your theme in bold then a sentence or two of copy for the challenge to make sure we get the gist. Your challenge can be to design around a particular theme or to design for a brand new product.


Example numero uno:
Create a design about cats! Cats are the Earth’s cutest and most respected animal. Create a design that show your love (or hate) for those slightly snobbish felines.


Example numero dos:
Create a design for footy pajamas Create a design that perfectly matches the warm fuzzy feeling you get just by slipping your toes into a new pair of PJs.


You have until Tuesday, November 13 at 10 am CT to submit your ideas!

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yo52

Create a design on Transformers! It can be any transformer as everyone has their own personal favorite. There are so many different character designs to do of transformers and there are many different incarnations of them too. Everyone loves transformers and once they see their favorite bot on a shirt they wont they wont be able to refuse it!

yo52

Create a design on Transformers! It can be any transformer as everyone has their own personal favorite. There are so many different character designs to do of transformers and there are many different incarnations of them too. Everyone loves transformers and once they see their favorite bot on a shirt they wont they wont be able to refuse it!

EZFL
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THREADLESS LOVES (ART STYLE / MOVEMENT)

Threadless Loves Plakatstil Your challenge is to create a design in the Plakatstil style. Some light research is highly recommended. Observe the common traits of the surrealist style including; color palette, subject matter/themes, use of space, etc.

Plakatstil ("poster style" in German) was an early poster style of art that began in the early 1900s and originated out of Germany It was started by Berliner Lucian Bernhard in 1906. The traits of this style of art are usually bold, straight font with flat colors. Shapes and objects are simplified while the subject of the poster remains detailed. Plakatstil incorporated color combinations not seen in other art forms such as Art Nouveau. Plakatstil shied away from the complexity of Art Nouveau and helped emphasize a more modern outlook on poster art.

Notable artist's: Lucian Bernhard - Hans Rudi Erdt - The Beggarstaffs

Threadless Loves Surrealism Your challenge is to create a design in the Surrealist style. Some light research is highly recommended. Observe the common traits of the surrealist style including; color palette, subject matter/themes, use of space, etc.

Surrealism was an artistic and literary movement, dedicated to expressing the imagination as revealed in dreams, free of the conscious control of reason and convention. Surrealism inherited an anti-rationalist sensibility from Dada, and was shaped by emerging theories on our perception of reality, especially Sigmund Freud's model of the subconscious. The Movement was founded in Paris in 1924 by André Breton with his Manifesto of Surrealism. The aim of Surrealism was to reveal the unconscious and reconcile it with rational life.

Notable artist's: Max Ernst - Giorgio de Chirico - Salvador Dali - Rene Magritte

THREADLESS LOVES THE MASTERS

Threadless Loves Rene Magritte Your challenge is to create a design inspired by the works of Rene Magritte. Some light research into Rene Magritte is highly recommended. Observe Rene's use of color, subject matter/themes, use of space, visual style, etc.

René François Ghislain Magritte (21 November 1898 – 15 August 1967) was a Belgian surrealist artist. He became well known for a number of witty and thought-provoking images that fell under the umbrella of surrealism. His work challenges observers' preconditioned perceptions of reality.

Notable works: Golconda - The Mysteries of the Horizon - The Human Condition - The Son of Man

Threadless Loves Saul Bass Your challenge is to create a design inspired by the poster and motion picture title sequence designs of Saul Bass. Some light research into Saul Bass is highly recommended. Observe Saul's use of color, subject matter/themes, use of space, visual style, etc.

Saul Bass (May 8, 1920 – April 25, 1996) was a graphic designer and filmmaker. He created some of his best known posters and motion picture title sequences for films directed by Otto Preminger, Alfred Hitchcock, Billy Wilder, and Stanley Kubrick among many others. His poster work spanned five decades and inspired numerous other poster and graphic designers. Bass's film posters are characterized by a distinctive typography and minimalistic style.

Notable works: Anatomy of a Murder (film poster) - Vertigo (film poster) - Exodus (film poster) - North by Northwest (title sequence) - The Man With The Golden Arm (title sequence)

bortwein
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Threadless Loves CMYK Literally. Design something only using the colors, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, and Black.

TheInfamousBaka
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Threadless Loves Grumpy Cat

Nuff said.

bortwein
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Threadless Loves "Artist" Who Cheat Are you an inspiring artist with little to no talent but you have a computer with Photoshop or MS Paint? You love other peoples art and you think it would look great on a t-shirt. Do You also love money and think you deserve some? No one will ever know that you found "your art" via Google so here is your chance! Steal your best art from the internet and poorly slap it onto one of the provided shirt templates. Don't worry no one will notice that those black colors don't blend in together. It's perfect... you are perfect and if you don't win then you can always post about it on the blogs in ALL CAPS. Why should that "artist" that has been printed 33 time at Threadless win again... that wouldn't be fair to new artist like you. Happy Birthday Alice. Remember the more submissions you make and get in the more chances you have of winning. Plus you could always make as many user accounts as you'd like to "support" all your hard work.

(please feel the Sarcasm just to make you laugh. I hope it was funny.)

cogigoc

Just me... I get tired of seeing the same thing again represented by a different design. Challenges here at TL are awesome, just sometimes you get bored trying to score because you see the same thing again over and over and over........

So, I agree with bortwein - Threadless Loves CMYK

And let again say that Threadless needs to make their line of Threadless Boxer Shorts!

pyr4lis
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Suggestion for a new product.. Threadless loves Bento Boxes You know those cute little plastic boxes with different compartments used to pack food in... they're not just for cute little japanese girls with weird food that looks like pandas or hello kitty. They work with normal food too! Create a design for an awesome threadless bento box and you too can tote your lunches too work or school in style.

rmgarcia

Create a design for pajamas Create a design that goes with you at bedtime, a great design that makes you happy and have sweet dreams.

Karmagar

Create a design about phobias. There are a lot of phobias in the world. Do you have one? Can be a funny design or a horror design, it depends of the perspective you see it.

pyr4lis
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I apologize in advance for any spelling mistakes or grammar issues :P I haven't had my coffee yet and already I realize that I used the wrong "to".

hahah

maybe Threadless loves Grammar & Spelling Design a tee illustrating the proper use and context of words utilizing either awesome typography skills or illustrations. Threadless can pick up where the public school system left off and teach people to once again spell correctly and that "u" is not a word... it is a letter the proper word is "You". That "ftmw" is also not a word. I read somewhere about a recruiting agency getting resume's from high school graduates done in in text abbreviations... help save the world's youth from forgetting how to spell with clever design!

cogigoc

sorry for the grammar issues, did not notice that

Karmagar

Create a design for hooded bathrobes. After a nice bath you feel reborn and recharged like a new person. Make a cool or a cute design that perfectly matches that moment.

littlem

Threadless Loves Jockstraps

that is all.

bortwein
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Threadless Loves Tools Oh those items of building and creative power. The tool is a great hands on creative device. Pay tribute to the power of the tool with a creative t-shirt design. Hammer out your best design for this one. Winner could get a gift card (or cash equiv) to a home improvement store to buy some awesome new tools. Don't be a tool, join in the creative fun that this challenge can build.

sabreson360

Create an Evil Santa design. The Holidays are approaching rather quickly and what better way to show that we are ready for them than with a Santa causing complete destruction and chaos among us. We are ready for Evil Santa!

bortwein
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Threadless Loves Power Create a design inspired by the idea of Power! Let's be electric with design and art. May the winds of power generate your ideas or spark your creative soul. Don't run out of Gas before you submit the next great tee idea. You could solar to the top of the food chain and become the next great Threadless artist. Light the way for future generations of artist.

Threadless Loves Money Mo Money, Mo Money, Mo Money. No Rules, Just CASH! Big Prize time: $13,000 just in time for 20$13.

Threadless Loves Fame Get more than just your 15 minutes worth by submitting a design inspired by the theme of Fame. Winner would be flown to Threadless HQ to film a Threadless Internet (YouTube) viral Commercial that could be your claim to Internet Fame.

Mikrobi

Create a design about rebelious moments - every one has once been a teenager and did things up the stream. If you mocked or tricked your friends or wore socks with sandals, even if you committed something bad, or you have anything artistic in relation of rebels than its your turn to create just the perfect Tee design which threadless has been searching for a long time!

FRICKINAWESOME
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Threadless Loves Suspense

Suspense of all kinds really creates a fantastic shirt design I feel. This was a contest hinted at by the Noir contest, but I feel it can be taken so much further. You can make a suspenseful scenario in so many ways and tones, whether it be an action chase scene, horror and being hunted down, romance and if the star-crossed lovers will reunite, abstract where the suspense is caused mostly by the unknown of a mysterious character/characters that are engaged in a struggle or moment that can be interpreted in so many ways by the viewer, etc.

Threadless Loves Obscure Pop Culture

This is actually a contest I was thinking about starting as a community project but I'm too busy/lazy to do so. Basically it could go two ways:

1) Create a design on an obscure movie, piece of music, book, play, etc etc.

2) Create a design of an obscure reference from an extremely well known movie, piece of music, book, play etc.

bortwein
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Threadless Love Mash-ups Haven't you ever thought "hey, I bet those 2 ideas would look great together". Then this challenge would be for you. Dinosaurs and Ice Cream. Blue ice and Lava. Music and Soda. ___ and ___. You get the idea. It's like Dubstep for art. Buzzz, buz, Blamm, Tweet, TweeeEK, OOhhh Oh, Buzzz.

Nerd and Company

Create a design about wrapping paper. Soon everyone is going to be buying gifts for one another, and will be looking for what to wrap them in. Wrapping paper is the first part of the gift you love.

bortwein
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Threadless Loves Snow Globes It's like a real life scene right there in a little bubble of liquid and better yet it has stuff that flys around when you shake it. How awesome would it be to have a Snow Globe Tee... uh very. Unrealistic prize: Your design would be turned into a Real Life Snow globe.

yivviepants

Threadless Loves Nostalgia Toys: Remember the toys that you had as a kid? They just don't make them now like they used to. Create a design inspired by your favorite childhood toy and feel like a kid again.

quick-brown-fox
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Threadless Loves Threadless To celebrate the launch of the new site, create a new Threadless tee, hoody, case, tote, mug or anything else in the Theadless product range. Artists would take the basic logo and add things to it, put it in a crazy scene, make a pattern with it, doodle in the letters, paint it, make it out of cheese, anything! It'd be a bit like the control bear thing.

Nerd and Company

Create a design about hot water bottle covers. Winter is coming and the best way to pre heat you bed is by hot water bottles. It's nifty and so much more fun!

yivviepants

Threadless loves The Krampus: The Krampus is a sly creature that teams up with Saint Nicholas who, instead of giving gifts to good children, the Krampus warns and punishes naughty children. When the Krampus finds a particularly naughty child, it stuffs the child in its sack and carries the frightened child away to its lair, presumably to devour for its Christmas dinner. Create a design inspired by this Alpine counterpart to the jolly Saint Nick.

bortwein
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Threadless Loves Gold Foil It is time Threadless has a killer Gold Foil designer tee. Only rule is that Gold Spot Foil must be used in the design for a minimum of 50% of the design so other colors can be used but we encourage 100% Gold Foil Designs. Bling Bling.

Mikrobi

Threadless Loves Architecture - This is the high-time to put down on your shirts the most wellknown buildings of the world and the stories and gossips of it!!

Mikrobi

Threadless Loves Stockings - Your turn to create a good-looking, well-designed stocking which will worn by millions of women all around the world.

bortwein
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Threadless Loves The Big Bang Therory (TV Show) If Threadless was to team up with that beloved TV show The Big Bang Theory and you had the chance to design a tee for the challenge, this would be awesome. Unrealistic prizes: A cast member would wear your shirt on the show during a future episode. You would get to go met the cast during the taping of that show, where the cast would all sign the shirt for you. You would get to hug your favorite cast member.

TheInfamousBaka
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Threadless Loves Fanny Packs They're coming back in the best way imaginable! Submit art that you would tote around on your fanny in style!

^Would wear. I've been wanting to rock a fanny pack for a while now, just can't find one I like. PROBLEM SOLVED.

pyr4lis
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heheh Yeah that's another dup Bort. But you're not the only one. There are already so many duplicate ideas posted and the contest is still open for 4 more days. Although alot of people aren't following the "put the challenge in bold rule" so it's easy to miss and idea and duplicate.

bortwein
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Threadless Love Physics What goes up, must come down. What you submit, must be voted on. Created a design inspired by the laws of Physics or just the idea of Physics in general. Kind of like what happens when you tie a piece of buttered toast to the back of a cat... what happens when it falls? Can you come up with the next great Physics themed tee? It must just be physically impossible... or is it?

bortwein
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Threadless Loves Track Suits It's worth a shot...

Threadless Loves Warm Up Suits They are not Pajamas!

Threadless Loves Rubber Rain Boots How awesome would it be to see your design on a pair of Rubber Rain Boots? uh Very. Design a pair of awesome Rubber Rain Boots that could be produced for both Adults and Kids.

Threadless Loves Condoms Be safe out there, kids. Design a custom condom wrapper.

bortwein
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Threadless Loves a Badass You know them when you see them. Be it a boy or a girl, they have that attitude that just says "Hey, don't F*** with me". It's time to pay tribute to the essence of the badass. Give your creation attitude and earn those F'n 5s that you deserve. Winner would get their design Hand Painted onto the back of a leather Jacket. Now that would be badass.

violetfox

Threadless Loves Sweat Bands.... The theme could be bands on sweat bands - like funny, kitschy representations of bands. Like leopards with hearing aids (Def Leopards) or horses playing instruments (Band of Horses).

lunchboxbrain
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Create a collage design Create the next great Threadless tee/wall art/iPhone case by cutting and pasting an awesome collage design. Sharpen your scissors and x-acto knives and get busy!

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hahah I already mentioned rain boots, with umbrellas possibly.

I love physics as an idea.

bortwein
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I didn't see them when I word searched the page. Sorry for the dup. I should have searched "boots".

bortwein
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Threadless Loves Duplicates Twins are pretty popular so why not a tee themed around duplicates. Things that are the same but maybe different in some way to make it still interesting. Could it be a doppelganger? Could it be an evil twin? Just don't copy someone else, try to dream up your own twin like duo.

SaraEshak

Threadless Loves Laptop Cases and or Sleeve Case Bag , it won't be your basic case it will have cool graphic illustration design on them sooo, there is no long way to explain this the bold caption says it all

Threadless Loves photography t-shirts it could be a new thing added to the store only photography t-shirts.

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Threadless loves Pets Create a fun / cute / amazing design around your favorite pet... past or present or future :)

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