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The Matchbooks challenge winner is here!

145 designs /
printed design / 4,821 votes placed

Match Made in Hell

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The challenge was

Artful Designs Brought to Life for Matchbooks

Light it up!

What’s one thing you can usually find leaving a hotel, night club, bar, or restaurant? Friendly establishments of all kinds offer parting mementos like matchbooks to stick around in your pocket and memory. An early format for advertising, they’re delightfully sized to fit in your palm and useful in survival situations (not to mention, a smoker’s best friend).

Time to draw design inspiration from the humble but inventive form of the matchbook. Make new art expertly integrated onto a mock matchbook or perfectly sized for the inside flap. Whether you create a faux logo for an imaginary neighborhood bar, draft illustrative typography for a hotel’s slogan, or design a scene for the back cover, let the simplicity of a matchbook serve as your springboard. Vintage and classic or contemporary and modern, give us your best take on an artful matchbook. Tear a match, strike, light!


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...

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