Threadless + NPR T-Shirt Design Challenge Want to design a new NPR tee? We're hoping the answer is yes. Today we launch our "My Sound World" t-shirt design contest with Threadless, challenging artists and listeners around the globe to show us how the sounds and stories of public radio inspire you. Your design could end up in the NPR Shop.

Threadless + NPR T-Shirt Design Challenge

Threadless to Host T-Shirt Design Challenge with NPR

Themed "My Sound World," the Art of Public Radio Listening Drives Submissions, Open to Public Vote at

August 5, 2013; Washington, D.C. — Threadless, the global design community, and NPR are bringing a new design challenge to the Threadless community of artists and art enthusiasts. Launching today, the three-week challenge – "My Sound World" – calls on artists to create a t-shirt design inspired by NPR and public radio – the sounds and stories that inform, surprise, engage and delight. Through their designs, artists will depict their personal experiences with NPR and public radio, and how listening enhances their lives and keeps them connected to a global community.

Artists can submit their designs to for three weeks, while the Threadless community votes on the designs. After submissions have closed on August 26, 2013, the community will have an additional week to vote on designs in the challenge. Once a winning design is chosen, that artist will receive $2,000 cash, an NPR limited edition Peter Max iSongBook, an autographed copy of the book This is NPR, a $500 Threadless gift code, and a private tour of NPR's new headquarters in Washington, D.C.

"NPR is an incredible resource to stay up to speed in the fast-paced world around us," says Threadless CEO Jake Nickell, "We're all huge fans of NPR and the content they bring to the ears of so many people. With all of the avid NPR listeners over here at Threadless, the idea of a collaboration between NPR and the Threadless community just made so much sense."

T-shirts of the winning design will be sold on, with a portion of proceeds benefitting NPR and public radio stations identified by the artist. The winning T-shirt design will also be sold in the NPR Shop, where every purchase supports NPR programming.

"We're always amazed to see the creativity that NPR inspires in our listeners," says Barbara Sopato, NPR Director, E-Commerce and Consumer Products. "There's something about the act of listening – it gives you the space to spark imagination."

About Threadless
Threadless is a creative community that makes, supports, and buys great art. Thousands of people worldwide submit their designs online. Our community picks the ones that get made into t-shirts, bags, wall art, and more. When you buy from us, you support the artist who created the design. Make Great Together.

About NPR
A thriving media organization at the forefront of digital innovation, NPR creates and distributes award-winning news, information, and music programming to a network of 975 independent stations. Through them, NPR programming reaches 27 million listeners every week, and nearly 23 million monthly on digital platforms. Visit to find local stations, listen to programs, music and stories, and learn more.


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