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Y2K

The 2000s are BACK. (For better or worse.)

Away Message: BRB, making art.

Just when you thought the 2000s were dead and buried, here they are, ketchup-dancing their way back to relevance. If the crackling sounds of a dial-up modem still haunt your memories, then you probably have nostalgia (or disdain) for the Y2K aesthetic—obnoxiously bright, futuristic, with a heavy dose of kitsch. For your next Design Challenge, we want you to teleport us back to the turn of the millennium with a brand new work of art.

How will you capture the early-2000s vibe? Maybe you’ll find inspiration in obsolete technologies, like clunky computer hardware or retro video game graphics. Or maybe you’ll focus on the cyberculture of the time, reminiscing about chat rooms, messengers, and early forms of social media. To really nail the Y2K look, you could incorporate chunky 3D effects and textures like chrome and glitter. Vaporwave is a great example of an art style that hits the nostalgia notes.

Put on your JNCO jeans, press “play” on your non-skip CD player, and let’s get noughties.

ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS BEGINNING FRIDAY 1/6/23, 10:00AM CST


Featured designs:

DON'T FORGET TO AUTOSAVE by Stifflines

FLIP SIDE by Hillary White Rabbit

DEAD INSIDE! by Raffiti

IT'S NOT A PHASE by cecececececelia


Challenge Details

  • First Place (1): $1,250 Cash & $250 gift code

  • Second Place (1): $500 Cash & $250 gift code

  • Third Place (1): $250 Cash & $250 gift code

  • Plus, all designs (including the first place winner) can earn up to $20 per unit on products of your design sold on Threadless.com, your Artist Shop, and other retail opportunities! Read more...

This challenge has ended, winners will be announced soon!

Designs from this challenge