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The Zen challenge winner is here!

252 designs /
printed design / 10,456 votes placed

Zen River

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The challenge was

Create Designs Inspired by Meditative Enlightenment

Breathe in through your nose...

Rooted in a practice of meditation, Zen is a sect of Mahayana Buddhism that seeks insight into the true nature of things through intuition rather than conscious effort or knowledge. Practitioners may subscribe to many forms of meditative practices such as breathing, sitting, silent contemplation, and chanting in an attempt to reach enlightenment. With a rich culture of art and literature, Zen traditions across India, Japan, China, and the West thrive in their spiritual pursuit of awakening.

There’s an inner reserve of intuition you must call upon to channel new art for this awareness-inspired design challenge. Listen closely, what is the still, soft voice inside you saying? Turn the wisdom of our collective unconscious into meditative art, as typography or design. Give us serene scenes cultivated by a state of calm attentiveness. Close your eyes, breathe deeply, and let the design flow.


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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! Read more...

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