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The Industrial challenge winner is here!

135 designs /
printed design / 4,749 votes placed

Industrial metal

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The challenge was

Designs powered by the wheels of industry

Cogs in the Machine

From warehouse districts billowing exhaust to steel skyscrapers, suspension bridges, and concrete galore, society grinds along with the advances afforded us by industry. The Industrial Revolution of the mid-seventeenth century forever changed urban life in the United States. Transitioning from hand production to machinery, cities embraced new manufacturing processes, harnessing steam and water power. The rise of the mechanized factory system fueled large-scale production and booming city centers blossomed across the nation.

Captains of commerce, we welcome your depictions of the city’s grittiest inner workings in this industrial design challenge. Show us how steaming vats of productivity, assembly lines, factory workers, and commerce of all kinds have shaped the efficient ways of our modern world. We want designs with moxie—spin those wheels and give us all you got.


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 Threadless.com! Read more...

Designs from this challenge