INHABITAT T-Shirt Design Competition!

by , 04/04/07

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In honor of Inhabitat’s recent two-year-birthday we are launching our first ever design competition – a green T-shirt design contest!

We have always wanted our very own eco-friendly Inhabitat T-shirt, incorporating organic cotton, water-based inks and a super cute design, to illustrate our mission of green design = good design. We know that our readers are a creative and future-forward bunch, so we thought it a perfect opportunity to open it up to our readers and see what you can do. Show off your design skills and promote the cause of sustainable style at the same time. You could even win some fabulous prizes in the process!

Submission Deadline: APRIL 20th

FIRST PRIZE: $150 Gift Certificate to Branch

FINALISTS will receive T-shirts and publication on Inhabitat

Here’s the lowdown: We are planning to produce T-shirts made of organic cotton, using 100% water-based, environmentally friendly inks. We are looking for designs that are creative, cute and incorporate the Inhabitat brand some way – either through our color palette, bamboo imagery, or the Inhabitat logo or mascot (Habby the Inhabitat Owl). The winning designer will have their design printed on all of our T-shirts, and will also win a $150 gift certificate to our favorite green design store Branch.

Finalists will be announced next week – April 24th, and readers will have the opportunity to vote on the winning designs starting next week.

Branch Home Green Design Retailer

Submit designs to: – as jpegs or gifs, at 72 dpi, no larger than 500X500, along with your name, email address, phone number and a short description of your concept.

Designs that are selected as finalists will need to be available as Illustrator/vector artwork or high-res raster files in CYMK or spot colors for printing, so please bear this in mind when creating your designs.

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1. You can enter as many designs as you like
2. Jurying will be done anonymously and designs will be selected on the basis of merit and feasibility
3. All finalists will receive a copy of the T-shirt design, and the winning designer will also receive a gift certificate for $150 to Branch
4. You can not infringe on anyone’s copyright with your design, and by entering the competition, you agree that your work is your own
5. By entering the competition, you agree to give Inhabitat non-exclusive rights to publish your work on our website and/or use your design on our T-shirt

Designs should incorporate the following:

1. Inhabitat green color scheme + Inhabitat logo or logotype
2. TSDesigns’ “Clothing Facts” logo somewhere on the shirt
3. The original undyed T-shirt will be white – so white is preferred over colored T-shirt designs
4. Up to 6 colors are allowed, but less = more. If you can do a fabulous design in 1 color, this will give you a leg up in the competition
5. Designs can fit ANYWHERE on the T-shirt body (except seams), and creative use of the T-shirt space is encouraged.

We are looking for designs that are fabulously eye-catching and creative, but also wearable and practical. Design something you would be proud to wear yourself.

All logos and materials can be downloaded at the end of this post.

Good luck!

Inhabitat Logo

Inhabitat Logotype

Inhabitat Owl Graphic and Inhabitat Bamboo

Inhabitat logotype

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  3. Kristin April 14, 2008 at 12:52 pm

    i’m excited!!

  4. Jane July 24, 2007 at 3:46 pm

    Hey all. This contest seems like a hit, so I’ll let you know about another one going on. It was just posted on There are a ton of great prizes, including a trip to DC or San Francisco, a guitar, and a custom made
    silk-screened canvas of the winner’s design, and more. The coolest part is that the contest supports Dress for Success and the shirts are printed on edun LIVE blanks. Check it out at and spread the word!

  5. kashieee May 26, 2007 at 2:35 am

    i am a t shirt designer and specilist in chest print. i send you lot of design .
    lees prize and perfect designs

  6. Carlyle May 3, 2007 at 10:34 pm

    Hhhmmmm… I wonder how many more days until we know the finalists!

  7. Alfredo May 1, 2007 at 3:46 pm

    any news on the competition ????????

  8. Jesse April 27, 2007 at 12:08 pm

    Have the finalists been named?

  9. Emily April 25, 2007 at 10:26 pm

    Hi everyone!

    Thanks for your patience- we’re weeding through all your wonderful entries and will be contacting finalists in the next few days to request some additional file formats necessary for public voting. Stay tuned! Public voting will begin early next week. Thanks again for all your participation,

    Emily Pilloton
    Managing Editor

  10. Steven April 25, 2007 at 9:19 pm

    I got this sense that something would happen on the 24th “Finalists will be announced next week – April 24th, and readers will have the opportunity to vote on the winning designs starting next week.”. I figure they were stunned by all the great logo submissions from everybody and could not move on that day. Or the totality of all that raw artistic energy might have sent them over the edge and got them doing WHO KNOWS WHAT. I know they could not have merely forgotten about us…

  11. bhairavi April 23, 2007 at 11:27 am

    Good luck everyone!!!!

    eager to know the winner.

  12. David April 23, 2007 at 1:46 am


    I submitted yesterday, as I only found out about the competition then (missed the original post). I’m hoping that’s alright, for both your and my sake.

  13. Carlyle April 21, 2007 at 1:12 pm

    I missed the deadline! =( do they accept lates??

  14. Alfredo April 21, 2007 at 1:40 am

    i gues that we now sitt and wait for the telephon to ring…. :-)

  15. Jill April 20, 2007 at 5:55 pm

    Erika & Chris-

    The point of the file size as a jpeg at 500X500 is so we can view it in gmail without having to download the file and open it in another program. You can submit as many of these as you want – and if they need to be 600X600 that is okay too. But if they are 3000 pixels wide and if your file is difficult to download/open/view, you can bet that some of the judges may not take the time to look at your submission.


  16. Jill April 20, 2007 at 5:52 pm

    Thanks for the reminder Alfredo, I think I forgot to mention this – WE WILL ANNOUNCE FINALISTS NEXT WEEK – and let readers vote on the finalists.

    Good luck!

  17. Alfredo April 20, 2007 at 4:43 pm

    One question…….when will we know how the competition is going….who is the favarite…and so on….when will we know who is the winner ?…


  18. erika April 20, 2007 at 1:13 pm

    any direction on the size of the file???

  19. chris April 19, 2007 at 7:34 am

    can we submit 2 500×500 72 dpi images … one for the front and one for the back (of the same shirt) … or should an entire submission occur on one 500×500 image?

    thank you.

  20. erika April 18, 2007 at 7:41 pm

    I am wondering if you require the jpgs at 500×500 pixels at 72dpi and also at another bigger size… I ask because that is a really tiny resolution and you may not be able to get all the details from that size.

  21. Frida Bond April 18, 2007 at 1:03 am


    I was wondering if you guys had a ‘physical address’ where I could mail my shirt design.

  22. JULIA April 17, 2007 at 9:02 pm

    i have two questions:
    1) about the logos: Can i download the one that fits me better on my work?
    Do the colors need to be specifically these ones or can i change them according to my design?

    2) about the t- shirt: Is a t-shirt exactly like the one you are expossing or my design needs to provide a new design for the t-sht
    Do i need to put all the technical and productive info required to achieve the t-shirt?
    i mean, diagrams,material composites, percents of the colors, measures….
    by last
    It could be done in any design program or is it one recomended?
    thank you

  23. Jorge April 16, 2007 at 8:27 pm

    I don’t think that’s a problem, it’s creative designs that which we want to encourage, so if you feel that the logo should be in black and white for your design to work, or if you think ponies are what’s needed or perhaps you wish to do a Warhol inspired pastiche, knock yourself out and have fun.

  24. katharina April 16, 2007 at 5:50 pm

    Is it possible to use your logo in just one colour? (Black or white) Thank you!

  25. Jill April 15, 2007 at 11:04 pm

    Also – here’s an addendum for those who are planning to submit their designs:

    Just because we have provided 4 different Inhabitat logos doesn’t mean you should use all 4 together. We are only providing a lot of different options to give you flexibility. You really only need to use 1 or 2 max. You definitely don’t need both the logotype and the square logo – and the owl…..and the bamboo…’s overkill…

    Also – we are looking for YOUR DESIGNS – your unique ideas and/or your unique illustrations. Simply slapping our logo or our owl on a blank T-shirt doesn’t count as “design” – in order to have your design considered you need to actually bring something new to the illustrations we have already created – whether its an interesting arrangement, new illustration, new tagline, or completely new design. Otherwise we would just do this ourselves and not run a competition.

    We have received some very good design proposals so far, but we have also received a lot white T-shirts with our logo slapped on the front. So, just wanted to provide some more specific feedback while you all still have one week left.

    Good luck!

  26. Jill April 15, 2007 at 10:57 pm

    Hi Chris-

    We don’t have a set PMS color, as we work with gradients and most of our designs have been for the web up until this point. I think its safe to say you can just eyeball the colors of the site and the colors of the logos, and if you eyedrop that, it should be close enough.


  27. christopher April 15, 2007 at 9:03 pm

    Does anyone know the pms color for the inhabitat green? Thank you!

  28. Nyrisha April 13, 2007 at 11:34 am


  29. Mariel April 13, 2007 at 9:19 am

    what is the last date of subimitting the entries ? and how many designs can one person submit ?

  30. Dan April 6, 2007 at 5:10 pm

    Great idea Inhabitat! I can’t wait to see the results.

  31. Jill April 6, 2007 at 8:59 am

    Hi Tania- As it says in the post above, the submission deadline is APRIL 20th, 2007

  32. Tania April 6, 2007 at 5:49 am

    what is the last date of subimitting the entries ?

  33. Mar April 5, 2007 at 3:05 pm

    great idea! love it!!

    i’m opening my illustrator RIGHT NOW!!!! 😀

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