2024 T-Shirt Design Submissions

Each year we invite the Mysterium community to design artwork to go on our convention shirts, and every year you design amazing things.

You can check out past shirt designs by browsing our historical archive, and you can find all the info for submitting new designs below. We can’t wait to see what you create this year!

General Submission Rules

  • Entries must be submitted to art@mysterium.net by February 25, 2024. Please use the subject “T-shirt design”. There will be no exceptions to this deadline
  • Entries not meeting submission guidelines will be rejected, and the submitter notified
  • Entries are to be kept confidential until after the winners are announced. Entries found posted in any public format prior to that date will be disqualified. (This includes publicly asking people to look at your entry elsewhere, but does not include privately asking people for help.)
  • Direct screenshots from any of the games are not allowed
  • The Committee reserves the right to make small design adjustments as needed to facilitate printing
  • All submissions will be licensed according to the Submissions Policy described on our Policies page
  • You may submit as many designs as you like
  • Entries must be high quality (300 DPI minimum for raster images), however vector images (.svg, .ps, .eps, .ai) are strongly preferred
  • If your entry is selected, we will send you a complimentary shirt

File Formats

Our preferred file formats are: .ai, .psd, .ps, .eps, .svg

We will also accept: .png, .pdf, .xcf

No other formats will be accepted.

Design Requirements

The theme for this year’s Mysterium is Serenia. You are encouraged to use this theme to inspire your design.

Bonus points if you can work something about the host city (Montreal, QC) into your design.

Full-Size Design

The full-size shirt design is the main/large artwork for the shirt, and often visually represents the location Mysterium is being held. It may also be printed on certain memorabilia.

  • Up to four colors – these may contain halftones/shading, but no color blending/gradients
  • You may use the Falling Man logo, but it is no longer required – .jpg, .eps, .tif, and .svg versions are available at http://www.mysterium.net/logo/
  • May contain Location and Date
  • May contain the word “Mysterium”
  • Print size no less than 9” x 12”

Accent Design

The accent design should be simple and easily recognized. We have traditionally put these on the front of the shirt, but we may experiment with size and placement depending on the artwork. It may also be used on certain memorabilia.

  • One color – keep in mind that this will be either black or white on a colored background (depending on the chosen shirt color we may invert your design), and thus we cannot guarantee the accuracy of halftone reproduction. Do not use a gradient
  • May contain Location and Date
  • May contain the word “Mysterium”
  • Small-size – Make sure it looks good at smaller size. For instance, our traditional ‘pocket’ placement would be roughly 3″ x 3″
  • May use the Falling Man logo (see above)