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The NPR challenge winner is here!

148 designs /
printed design / 82,672 votes placed

NPR: Plugged In

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The challenge was

Create a t-shirt inspired by the sounds that surround you.

Open your ears, what do you hear? The rumble of a distant highway. The buzz of summer cicadas. A universe of pulses, beats, music, voices. We listen closely to the sounds we want to hear—because no one will hear them exactly the same way we do. This is our sound world.

NPR is dedicated to sound. It is their stock in trade. The chanting of protesters in Tahrir Square, the crackle of footsteps, the low murmur of a quiet voice. NPR and its member station network bring the world to life through sounds, voices, and stories.

What are the sounds that inspire you? Is it a song you hear on a Tiny Desk Concert? A story about biodiversity in the Amazon? Or an interview with the man who discovered the world's deepest cave? Take inspiration from your own connection with NPR's content to create a design that celebrates sound. Make sure to steer clear of using any NPR personalities or program or public radio station names in your design.

Threadless loves NPR and we hope you do too. Tell us in your design description which station you listen to, whether it's your local station or one you stream online from thousands of miles away. Please consider donating to your favorite public radio station to help keep their amazing content coming.

Challenge Details

  • $2,000 cash

  • $500 gift code

  • NPR Limited Edition Peter Max iSongBook

  • Autographed copy of This is NPR

  • Private tour of NPR Headquarters in Washington, DC for the winner and a guest (travel not included)

  • Other designs chosen for print from this challenge will receive compensation based on the product printed on & the quantity printed.

Designs from this challenge



A thriving media organization at the forefront of digital innovation, NPR creates and distributes award-winning news, information, and music programming to a network of 975 independent stations. Through them, NPR programming reaches 27 million listeners every week and nearly 23 million monthly on digital platforms.