New Topcoder Community T-Shirt Design Challenge

Key Information


The challenge is finished.

Challenge Summary

Welcome to “New Topcoder Community T-Shirt Design Challenge”. In the past, we have had some amazing t-shirt designs that personified Topcoder and its tracks. We are looking for brand new, creative and interesting t-shirt designs for 2019 and beyond to be used in onsite events and for souvenir/giveaways. Your job is to create some amazing concepts that reflect what Topcoder is all about.

This is a great opportunity for all members to showcase their skills, and one fun and learning challenge experience for those that are just getting started in the Topcoder Community. Read the challenge specification carefully and watch the forums for any questions or feedback concerning this challenge. Let us know if you have any questions in the challenge forum!

All checkpoint and contest winners in this contest will receive this new T-Shirt once it gets printed! Create and Be the first to wear this brand new Topcoder T-Shirt. Just notice that due to current printing backlog volume it will take some time to get to you. 

Round 1

1st Round

Submit your initial design for a Checkpoint Feedback:?
Make sure all pages have correct flow. Use the proper file numbers, (1, 2, 3, etc.)

Round 2

2nd Round

Submit your Final Design plus Checkpoint Updates:?
Make sure all pages have correct flow. Use the proper file numbers, (1, 2, 3, etc.)

Challenge Details

In this contest, we need your help to create a new T-Shirt design that personifies Topcoder. The goal is to create something memorable that you would want to wear as a proud Topcoder member. This shirt should make you feel special, as part of the community.

Design Requirements

  1. T-Shirt design needs to Pop! Think and design creatively, explore out of the box ideas and new possibilities to make this something that everybody will like to wear. However, don't overdesign it!
  2. We are looking for something interesting that dignifies crowdsourcing and all our tracks at the same time (design, development, and algorithm).
  3. If it fits your concept, the T-shirt can have an interesting quote related to Topcoder Phases.
  4. No required, but as an open idea, you can consider the possibility of using pictures from our Topcoder members (and events) and make some type of illustrations based on that. Nothing is off limits, be super creative.
  5. No generic graphics, make sure there's something meaningful to your design. Something that really speaks about what Topcoder represents. So stay away from computer mouses, globes, computers, paint brushes etc.

Technical specifications

  1. Design area. Please only use the t-shirt design template for the places/areas where your design can go on the shirt. T-shirt Design Area Template. If you think there is a better way to show your design, you are free to show us, but only using the areas established on the template.
  2. Design colors. Please only use the Topcoder colors, or black and white. You can see Topcoder Branding Guidelines for all the details.
  3. T-shirt color. Design on a black, or white, or gray t-shirt. Pick your choice to best fit your concepts.
  4. Gradients. Do not use gradients in your T-Shirt design.
  5. Logo. Your design must have the Topcoder logo on it and you must retain the correct aspect ratio of the logo. Reference to Branding Guidelines.
  6. Avoid intricate designs. Remember you are designing for print media, so try to stay away from designs that are too intricate, as they would be hard to reproduce on fabric.
  7. Multiple concepts. Your submission can have multiple designs if they only represent small variations on one concept. You can do multiple submissions but only truly different concepts.


Inspirations and references

Use these elements as references and inspiration and, please, do not copy anything. We are looking for your original ideas and creativity to make something unique for our community. Focus on the “Wow factor” and make us fall in love with your design.  

  5. Check out some online T-shirt retailers, and the kinds of illustration-centric designs that can be created, like,guys/style,tees
  6. You might want to research for coding platform t-shirts (e.g. HackerRank, Google Code Jam, HackerEarth) or digital sector events t-shirts in general for additional inspiration.
  7. Do not limit yourself to this, remember, originality is the key.

Target Audience

Topcoder Staff and Members.

Judging Criteria

Your submission will be judged on the following criteria:
  • Uniqueness and Originality.
  • Overall idea and execution of concepts.
  • Creativity - The t-shirt should be visually exciting and engaging.
  • Quality - The quality of the graphics as well as following the provided guidelines.

Stock Photography

Stock photography is not allowed in this challenge. All submitted elements must be designed solely by you. See this page for more details.

Challenge Forum

If you have any doubts or questions regarding challenge requirements, please ask in our challenge forum


Please read the challenge specification carefully and watch the forums for any questions or feedback concerning this challenge. It is important that you monitor any updates provided by the client or Studio Admins in the forums. Please post any questions you might have for the client in the forums.

Stock Photography

Stock photography is not allowed in this challenge. All submitted elements must be designed solely by you. See this page for more details.

How To Submit

  • New to Studio? ‌Learn how to compete here
  • Upload your submission in three parts (Learn more here). Your design should be finalized and should contain only a single design concept (do not include multiple designs in a single submission).
  • If your submission wins, your source files must be correct and “Final Fixes” (if applicable) must be completed before payment can be released.
  • You may submit as many times as you'd like during the submission phase, but only the number of files listed above in the Submission Limit that you rank the highest will be considered. You can change the order of your submissions at any time during the submission phase. If you make revisions to your design, please delete submissions you are replacing.

Winner Selection

Submissions are viewable to the client as they are entered into the challenge. Winners are selected by the client and are chosen solely at the client's discretion.


Topcoder Open 2019


Screening Scorecard


Your Design Files:

  1. Look for instructions in this challenge regarding what files to provide.
  2. Place your submission files into a "" file.
  3. Place all of your source files into a "" file.
  4. Declare your fonts, stock photos, and icons in a "Declaration.txt" file.
  5. Create a JPG preview file.
  6. Place the 4 files you just created into a single zip file. This will be what you upload.

Trouble formatting your submission or want to learn more? ‌Read the FAQ.

Fonts, Stock Photos, and Icons:

All fonts, stock photos, and icons within your design must be declared when you submit. DO NOT include any 3rd party files in your submission or source files. Read about the policy.


All submissions are screened for eligibility before the challenge holder picks winners. Don't let your hard work go to waste. Learn more about how to  pass screening.


Questions? ‌Ask in the Challenge Discussion Forums.


  • EPS files created in Adobe Illustrator or similar
  • Vector AI files created in Adobe Illustrator or similar
  • Vector EPS files created in Adobe Illustrator or similar

You must include all source files with your submission.




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