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The Loftwork challenge winners are here!

470 designs /
printed designs / 186,279 votes placed

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The challenge was

Design a t-shirt inspired by the theme “East Meets West.”


Threadless creates opportunities for artists from every corner of the Internet. Loftwork
gives Japanese and Asian artists a platform to show off their work and land jobs in creative fields. We’re joining creative forces to make something awesome, and you’re invited to the party!

Create a t-shirt design inspired by the theme “East Meets West.” America and Japan don’t necessarily have to be represented in your design. What’s more important is that you bring together two seemingly separate things — ideas, words, or styles — to create your design.

You might create your design using both analog and digital tools. Or you could try using two non-complementary materials, colors, or styles. Maybe parts of your design are as different as night and day.

Japanese art director Rikako Nagashima will help pick the winning design from the submissions with the highest scores and comments. Rikako is best known for her art direction of Laforet Harajuku, a Japanese department store, and package design for Yvan Valentin, an LA-based chocolatier. Her work in advertising, branding, and design has earned her awards and accolades aplenty including a Design Lions at Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity (2011), New York ADC (2011 & 2012), ADFEST / Grand Prix (2012), D&AD (2012), and Warsaw International Poster Biennale (2012).

The winner received

  • $5,000 cash

  • $1,000 in Threadless gift code

  • One copy of The Threadless Book

  • Trip for two to Tokyo for Loftwork + Threadless launch party on April 6, 2013 (prize covers up to USD $2,000 per person in travel expenses and lodging) or an additional $2,000 prize.

Designs from this challenge



As one of Japan’s largest art portfolio sites, Loftwork.com connects hundreds of artists and employers from all over Japan and Asia. In addition to helping artists find work, Loftwork.com design competitions often act as great career-boosting opportunities for young budding creators.

Since its creation in 2002, the Loftwork.com mission has been to drive innovation as an outlet for creativity. The site aims to enable fruitful collaborations by bringing together creators, potential employees, regions, businesses, and the digital community.