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Modern Hieroglyphics

The Modern Hieroglyphics challenge winner is here!

142 designs /
printed design / 4,097 votes placed

Wizard Hieroglyph

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The challenge was

Create Art that Tells Stories with Modern Symbols

Can you read the signs?

The formal writing system of ancient Egypt, hieroglyphics combined characters that represented words, syllables, and phonemes. There were more than 1,000 distinct written characters, which evolved into glyphs for popular and religious script. We want you to translate the best of ancient communication methods with modern symbols in this challenge for linguists and artists. Draft an entirely new way of storytelling using signs you see every day. Road signs, emojis, symbols on packaging—draw inspiration from contemporary living. Grab your pen, pad, or computer and make meaning with your own visual language.


Featured designs:
Ancient Rock by dudesign
Snide Effects by David Olenick

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