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  • Include 1 lowercase letter & 1 uppercase letter
  • Include 1 special character (!@#$%)

Illustrative Lettering

The Illustrative Lettering challenge winner is here!

360 designs /
printed design / 11,549 votes placed

Wired to be Weird
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The challenge was

Draft Designs Featuring Decorated Language

Let the letters speak!

Whether drawn by hand or designed in software, elaborate typography and illustrative lettering is all the rage. It’s an immersive way to give fonts personality and make text speak even louder through design. Maybe the word “spring” is covered in blossoming flowers or a phrase about writing is designed out of pencils. Sometimes literal, other times abstract, illustrative lettering puts a delightful design twist on language.

Pump up your typography with some illustrative pizzazz for this letter-loving challenge. Make art that speaks on two levels—the typography itself and the design elements that enhance it. Go literal or interpretive with your artwork, but either way, let the typography take center stage. From words made out of what they are to phrases that illustrate their meaning, craft clever designs that communicate. Grab a dictionary, thesaurus, and pencil, and let your designs speak!


Featured designs:
Art Class Schmart Class by Perry Beane
Soul Seachin' by Sage Aune
A-Ok by Jaclyne Ooi

Take a look-see at some additional typography magic for added inspirational goodness!

The winner received

  • $1,000 cash

  • $500 Threadless Gift Code

  • Plus, anyone who is printed (including the grand prize winner) will receive up to $7 on each tee of their design sold on! Read more...

Designs from this challenge