Brace yourself for an epic showcase of creativity and talent! At Threadless, our Design Challenges are more than just competitions. They’re a celebration of imagination where artists and art enthusiasts come together to shape trends and share their passions. With every design scoring and selection, our community embraces experimentation. And the result? A stunning array of artworks that are now available on a wide range of merchandise. Each purchase not only adds a unique flair to your collection, but also supports the incredible artists behind these designs. Follow along as we unveil all of the 2023 Design Challenge winners!
The Resolutions Design Challenge was a canvas for artists to portray personal growth in myriad ways. Some chose profound, heartfelt expressions, while others opted for wry takes on life’s realities. This collection of designs mirrors our aspirations and celebrates new beginnings.
The Y2K Design Challenge was a nostalgic trip back to the turn of the millennium, a time known for its kitschy, trashy futurism. Artists brought back the era’s iconic aesthetics with designs that referenced Y2K culture, from obsolete tech to cyberculture vibes.
Inspired by Pantone’s 2023 Color of the Year, Viva Magenta, this challenge saw artists capturing its bold and audacious spirit. The artworks, ranging from vibrant florals to bold expressions of individuality, are a testament to the electrifying energy of this hue.
Celebrating the rabbit in Chinese folklore, this challenge brought forth artworks that captured the essence of this charming creature. From ancient tales to the beauty of rabbits in nature, these pieces add a magical touch to any space.
The Lost Ocean Design Challenge highlighted the beauty and fragility of marine ecosystems. Participating artists used their art to raise awareness about oceanic issues like pollution and climate change. Some even chose to donate a portion of their proceeds from this challenge to environmental conservation efforts through Threadless Causes.
In partnership with BoxLunch, this officially licensed challenge asked for artists to channel the spirit of the classic Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Their submissions brought back memories of epic clashes between the Turtles and Shredder across New York City.
NOTE: Due to the nature of the partnership associated with this licensed challenge, winning designs are available exclusively at select retailers such as BoxLunch and Hot Topic.
This challenge called for art that spreads love and support for LGBTQ youth facing mental health challenges. A portion of proceeds from this challenge supports The Trevor Project in their mission to end suicide among LGBTQ young people.
The Minimalism Design Challenge showcased the power of simplicity. Participating artists created captivating minimalist art with clean lines and clever use of negative space.
For the Modern Nature Challenge, artists reimagined the raw beauty of nature with mid-century aesthetics. Their elegant and subdued pieces transformed natural wonders into contemporary art pieces.
Celebrating 50 years of Red Sonja, artists from across the globe embraced the spirit of this iconic comic book character. Their designs honor her legacy as a symbol of female empowerment, drawing inspiration from her history, mythology, and adventures.
Judged by rapper Ice-T, breakdancer Kid Glyde, and graffiti artists Tats Cru, the 50th Anniversary of Hip Hop Challenge was a celebration of hip hop’s longevity and cultural impact. Artists paid tribute to the movement’s pioneers with designs inspired by rap, DJ-ing, graffiti, and breakdancing.
Merging spooky and sunny, the Summerween Challenge was a refreshing twist on Halloween themes. Submissions featured designs with ghouls, vampires, and other creepy creatures enjoying summer in clever and humorous ways.
Celebrating the bond between humans and pets, this challenge featured designs of cats, dogs, birds, and more. The Design Challenge collection is a tribute to the unconditional love and companionship we share with our animal friends (even the ones who get a little nippy).
The Mushroom Underworld Design Challenge delved into a world where darkness, fantasy, and nature’s wonders coalesce. Artists took us on a journey through a mystical landscape that redefined what we usually imagine when we think of mushrooms.
The Do Good Design Challenge inspired artists to create art with heart. Their submissions are not just visually captivating but also carry the spirit of philanthropy, with many supporting charities close to the artists’ hearts. This collection is a powerful reminder of how art can inspire change and uplift those in need.
In the Jackets Design Challenge, artists explored the potential of our new outerwear styles, creating unique designs specifically for Windbreakers and Jackets. The challenge showcased how creative placement and innovative ideas can turn functional apparel into fashion statements.
Congratulations to all of the Design Challenge winners and a heartfelt thank you to everyone who participated in 2023! Your creativity and passion are the lifeblood of our community. For those inspired, visit our Design Challenge page to score designs or enter challenges for a chance to win prizes and recognition. Join us in celebrating art and innovation in 2024 and beyond!