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Modern Hieroglyphics

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

You could win

  • $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...

This challenge has ended, winners will be announced soon!

Designs from this challenge