T-Shirt Design Submissions

General Submission Rules

  • Entries must be submitted to art@mysterium.net by February 16, 2020. 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 become the property of Cyan Worlds Inc.
  • You may submit as many designs as you like. If submitting one or more monocolor designs, please specify a front/back preference if one exists.
  • Entries must be high quality (300 DPI minimum for raster images), however vector images (.svg, .ps, .eps, .ai) are strongly preferred.

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 Sirrus vs Achenar, which also includes red vs blue and the ages of Haven and Spire. You are encouraged to implement elements of these themes into your design, along with inspiration from any Cyan games.

Bonus points if you can work something about the host city (Washington, DC) into your design. Despite the location and “red vs blue”, surface politics are strongly discouraged. D’ni politics are acceptable, however.

Front/Pocket Design

The shirt front design should be simple and easily recognized. It will be used on the front of the Mysterium t-shirt, and possibly 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 word “Mysterium”
  • Print size should be no less than 8” x 8”
  • 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/

The FRONT DESIGN may alternately be substituted with a maximum 3” x 3” POCKET DESIGN with the same requirements listed above.

Back Design

The shirt back design is more detailed than the front, and often visually represents the location Mysterium is being held.

  • Up to four colors – these may contain halftones/shading, but no color blending/gradients
  • May use Falling Man logo
  • May contain Location and Date
  • May contain word “Mysterium”
  • Print size no less than 9” x 12”