The Big Sleep SXSW T-Shirt Design Challenge!

This challenge closed almost 5 years ago.

The Challenge

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As the mammoth music, film and technology event that is South by Southwest heaves over the horizon and residents of Austin, Texas prepare to be kept awake for a month, we’d like to welcome you to our latest and greatest design competition!

We’ve teamed up with hot New York band The Big Sleep to offer you the chance to design them a limited edition tee for their SXSW gig. So if you want your artistic prowess spread liberally around the greatest music conference in the world then you are reading exactly the right paragraph. We’ll also shower you in appropriate gifts, such as $200 of RedBubble cash, free tees, the Big Sleep’s ltd. ed. debut album on vinyl & mp3 and some hefty promotion on our burgeoning Facebook page

The tee should be inspired by their music and of course SXSW. It should also make some reference of the gig itself, which takes place on March 15, 2012 @512, Austin Texas. We have a free track here to get you in the mood.

Judging / Voting Criteria

Entries will be shortlisted by the community through the voting process. The final winners will be selected by the band from the Top 20.
The band will select final winners at their sole discretion based upon those works which they consider show:

- An imaginative translation of the brief
- Skill in execution – whatever the tools you choose
- Unbelievable awesomeness

Rewards & Prizes

First Prize:
- 50 of your shirt design and artist’s bio handed out to a screaming SXSW crowd
- A ltd. ed. copy of The Big Sleep’s debut album ‘Nature Experiments’ on vinyl with bonus 7" + mp3
- US$200 RedBubble voucher to buy awesome stuff with
- 2 x tees of your winning design
- A feature on our RedBubble Facebook page

Three Runners-up:
- Vinyl & MP3 of The Big Sleep’s debut album ‘Nature Experiments’
- US$100 RedBubble voucher
- 2 x tees of your winning design

Additional Information

All entrants in the challenge agree to be bound by the Official Rules

You may only submit one design.

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: The entrant must have clear copyright ownership or permission to use any images utilised in their final submission. Any images that do not meet this criteria will be removed.


The Top Ten

The Big Sleep Tee by chelsgus

The Big Sleep Tee by chelsgus was voted the most popular entry in this challenge with 22 votes.

  • The Big Sleep SXSW Concert Tee 2 by Elyssa Long
  • The Big Sleep by Anita Inverarity
  • The Big Sleep SXSW - T shirt by liquidentity
  • The Big Sleep by Linda Hardt
  • Nature Experiments - SXSW Big Sleep Challenge Entry by Simon Sherry
  • The Big Sleep - SXSW 2012 by sjem ©
  • THE BIG SLEEP by gwoh
  • the big sleep by Sviz

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