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Memphis Design

Make Memorable Memphis Motifs

Join the Memphis Design Movement!

A truly hot mix of plastic, color, and abstract, asymmetric shapes and squiggles, the Memphis Design style epitomized the look of the 1980s. Originally created by an Italian design and architecture firm called The Memphis Group, the movement manifested itself in a wide array of bold, postmodern artworks, furniture, fabrics, ceramics, glass, metal objects, and even household items. The style was once called “a shotgun wedding between Bauhaus and Fisher-Price,” by a design columnist*, and yet was heavily collected by the late, great David Bowie.

So gather your neon, pastel, and primary colors to create a design in true Memphis style. Revive this postmodern aesthetic with chunky geometric shapes, squiggles, and peculiar all-over-print patterns that the Starman himself would swoon over. Whether you lean into pure ‘80s color schemes or create your own retro appeal, be sure to explore how different shapes and colors can fit together or how one repeated shape becomes an ideal background for your design. It’s time to let symbols, shapes, and color do the talking as you give us your Memphis best.

* - Bertrand Pellegrin, SF Chronicle, 2012

ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS BEGINNING FRIDAY 4/3/20, 10:00AM CDT


Featured designs:
Stay in School... by Perry Beane
Geometric by jessicarabbas
Radical Memphis Patterned T-Rex by Zoda Zoup

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  • $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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