Irrational needs your help! We’re getting ready for upcoming events, and since we need a giveaway t-shirt to make fans happy, we would like one of our fans to design our next official t-shirt. Once the submission period ends, Irrational staffers will narrow the field down to the top five—and then we’ll let you decide the winning entry.
*At this time submissions are CLOSED! We are currently doing internal judging and will post our top picks in a community poll on Friday July 29 at 1pm ET! – Be sure to come back and vote for your favorite design then!*
Here’s how it all works:
- Read the contest official rules here then think up a great BioShock Infinite design that works well on a grey t-shirt.
- Submit your design via email by Tuesday July 26 at 11:59pm ET. Remember to include your name, date of birth, and contact info in your e-mail.
- Designs must be compressed to .zip or .rar format. The final file must be JPG, BMP, GIF, or PNG format with a final resolution of at least 300 DPI at the size at which the image is to be printed. Final designs cannot exceed 8MB. Submissions that do not meet these requirements will be ignored.
- On July 29, 2011 at 1:00pm ET the top 5 designs will be posted for fan voting. The polls will close on August 1 at 11:59pm ET so make sure you cast your vote right away! The winning design will be announced shortly after.
- The winning design will be featured on an official Irrational t-shirt that will be handed out at events.
- The winning designer will also receive a Murder of Crows Vigor bottle!
ediazdeleon | July 22, 2011 1:14 pm
I hope they release the vigor bottle for sale outside of the contest because I wants one
lionelbee | July 22, 2011 1:27 pm
Echoing ediazdeleon. I’d love that vigor bottle.
harryhall | July 22, 2011 1:40 pm
If we win, would we also get one of the shirts? I think that’d be a kind of obvious (and awesome!) addition to the already brilliant Vigor bottle 🙂
ig.sarah | July 22, 2011 1:55 pm
indeed you would!
felonious | July 22, 2011 1:51 pm
Very cool contest, I’m artistically challenged, so good luck to all the talented artists out there who participate! Looking forward to voting on some very cool designs!
luluachtdeh | July 22, 2011 1:54 pm
Oooh, why not outside from the US? I SO want to try this :/
ig.sarah | July 22, 2011 2:00 pm
Sorry! Unfortunately it comes down to legal requirements.
codex | July 22, 2011 1:55 pm
It’s times like these that being a Canadian sucks 🙁 I really, really want a chance at one of those MoC bottles!
japester | July 22, 2011 2:24 pm
Can I have permission to submit a cleaned-up version of my avatar? It technically breaks the rules since it’s based on IG’s existing shirt, so it infringes on your copyright. But if Irrational gives the okay…… 😀
redtriangle53 | July 22, 2011 2:37 pm
Inspired by the founders?
bluestar334 | July 22, 2011 2:57 pm
i cant wait to vote
japester | July 22, 2011 3:02 pm
Condolences to those outside the US, but I can verify ig.sarah’s claim that it’s a legal thing. It’s really tough to extend a contest like this outside the US. I don’t know the particulars, but I do know that it has stopped A LOT of other sites from offering prizes to all the great fans overseas. 🙁
ig.sarah | July 22, 2011 5:48 pm
please see the full rules page -“The Submission must not contain brand names or trademarks of any entity other than the Sponsor IP, which entrant has a limited license to use for the sole purpose of creating a Submission in this Contest;
The Submission must not contain footage, images or artwork not created by entrant or owned by Sponsor;”
entrees are granted a limited license for the sole purpose of creating a submission – so yes you could do that 🙂
japester | July 22, 2011 7:36 pm
dannysal | July 22, 2011 3:23 pm
Wow – great idea IG! There are some talented artists around here (I am not one of them!). Looking forward to seeing the top 5 ideas.
caseofthematts | July 22, 2011 3:48 pm
Ah so.. no.. Canada? 🙁
boltonhawser | July 22, 2011 5:32 pm
Awww, Tuesday?! X( A little more of a heads up would have been lovely before today but I guess it’s to limit how many entries flock in.
felonious | July 23, 2011 4:13 am
I hear ya not a whole lot of time. I’d imagine they want the new t-shirts to be ready for PAX Prime and that is why the limited amount of time to get it done.
icegrove | July 22, 2011 6:39 pm
I so much wanted to get one of those bottles… And so many ideas to put on that shirt…
outkast2 | July 22, 2011 6:49 pm
Very cool contest!
thegreatchain | July 22, 2011 11:22 pm
I’ve got plenty of ideas! Now all I need some artistic talent..
batchick21 | July 22, 2011 11:29 pm
Really awesome contest; the vigor bottle looks incredible!
IG.Nate | July 22, 2011 11:37 pm
COME ON PEOPLE!…….DO MY JOB!
juan29zapata | July 23, 2011 1:40 am
Only in the US? Damn. Not again. Oh well.
knightcarver | July 23, 2011 9:19 am
As mentioned…US only. Heartbreaking 🙁
alycat | July 24, 2011 12:09 am
so cool! I just posted a forum a week or so ago asking for Bioshock t-shirts and such! :’D perfect timing and an awesome idea! I so might enter this 🙂
quancro | July 24, 2011 12:41 am
sorry i will not able to produce any good or bad idea. but i give you my cheers.. god luck every one
alycat | July 24, 2011 12:32 pm
is it alright to use the Bioshock infinite logo in our submission? And if so, would we have to draw it ourselves? Thanks!
ig.sarah | July 25, 2011 1:42 pm
Yep you can use our logo, and you did use it you wouldn’t need to draw it yourself 🙂 Your free to use Irrational owned images in your design for this contest
katherine | July 24, 2011 2:43 pm
@alycat and @Japester
If I have read the rules correctly we cannot use any copyrighted art -apart from- that belonging to Irrational. I belive that Inifinite art including but not limited to the logo is allowed to be used. Getting a verification on that would be spiffy though.
(eyes at IG.Sarah) 🙂
katherine | July 24, 2011 3:01 pm
Oh, another question; should entrants send more than one file? A file of the design and another showing placement?
spineblood | July 24, 2011 6:35 pm
hmmmm im a good drawer but i cant think of any thing
musecuts | July 24, 2011 6:43 pm
hmmm I’m going to have to work hard to grab some ideas in the new two days.
destinimcallister | July 24, 2011 7:24 pm
Can you hand-draw your submission?
ig.sarah | July 25, 2011 1:43 pm
As long as you submit them in the required format you can. So if you hand draw it then scan it in and it meets the list tech specs then you’re good.
laforzadimente | July 24, 2011 10:08 pm
Rats! I have an idea but no viable way to create it.
undeniably | July 25, 2011 7:26 am
This is definitely exciting, I wish I could design things! … and I definitely will want one of those shirts!
nickmerritt | July 25, 2011 9:53 am
Grrrr…why did I not see this until today?! I’m a graphic designer and this is right up my alley.
felonious | July 25, 2011 1:32 pm
Still got time, think of it as your own version of dev crunch time!!!
xander | July 25, 2011 10:12 am
I guess as a Canadian, I could still enter the contest, it just means I won’t win it. Haha.
If I had a good enough idea, I’d enter it anyway…
ig.sarah | July 25, 2011 11:06 am
Hey All! Just to answer some questions from the weekend:
– 4 colors is preferred but up to 6 can be achieved.
– For the sole purpose of creating a shirt for the contest fans can use any Irrational owned logos and images. So you can use the BioShock Infinite logo, you can use the irrational logo, you can even use other art we have created.
-For placement we are assuming placement in the center of the shirt – if the design is to be placed somewhere else I recommend an example or description of placement be sent in.
-Designs can be placed on front and back of the shirt.
laforzadimente | July 25, 2011 1:13 pm
lmao @ my submission in black and white
ig.sarah | July 25, 2011 2:06 pm
Sorry, by preferred I meant that the printing company would prefer a top number of colors up to 4 colors but can do 6. If you submit a 1 or 2 color design that’s fine too and won’t hurt your chances. ^-^
katherine | July 25, 2011 11:22 am
Thanks Sarah! 🙂
joelotoole | July 25, 2011 2:35 pm
Oh cruel irrational! Why must you do this to me? all the cool stuff is always only available in the U.S, man I wished that I lived there.
Oh cruel, cruel fate!
p.s I would love it if irrational would do separate contests for for different countries! then life would be better lol =)
evans0305 | July 25, 2011 4:10 pm
Well, good luck on everyone entering this contest. I was going to enter, but I’ve been having a difficult time conceptualizing a good picture that would work for a shirt.
pearldavis | July 25, 2011 6:16 pm
would it be possible to enter if you’re under 18 and have parent approval. Because my parents said they are fine with it, and I’d really like to enter my design in.
kanaju | July 25, 2011 6:38 pm
No kidding, I was just about to ask the same thing.
knightcarver | July 26, 2011 4:23 am
Can I enter if I’m not based in the USA, am over 18 and have parent approval? 🙂
ig.sarah | July 26, 2011 3:34 pm
Sorry we can not accept submissions from anyone under 18 regardless of parental permissions.
pearldavis | July 26, 2011 3:56 pm
Too bad, well make sure to have another awesome contest in about 4 years. Thanks anyway for the algebraic oppurtunity. PS, Someday I’m want to work here.
alycat | July 25, 2011 7:57 pm
Just submitted my image! Here’s hoping! -crosses fingers-
aslaveobeys | July 25, 2011 7:57 pm
SARAH I DEMAND PREFERENTIAL TREATMENT! 😉
commodore23 | July 25, 2011 8:12 pm
This looks amazing I can’t wait to see who wins!
1019ice | July 25, 2011 8:41 pm
katherine | July 25, 2011 9:21 pm
I submitted as well! I wish everyone good luck 😉
borrego | July 25, 2011 9:38 pm
Good luck to you guys! I’m on my tenth draft of a stick figure Booker and Elizabeth. I’ll make sure Booker has his name written on it, with an arrow pointing to him so you can tell who’s who.
czarcodylacrone | July 25, 2011 10:14 pm
Several questions i have for the IGs. 1. is do we get a tshirt also if we win? 2. is that i already submitted my image and used all images from the game, but that means that i used more than 8 or so colors. would that damage chances to win? I hope not…… easy fix.
ig.sarah | July 26, 2011 11:33 am
I would recommend resubmitting with the colors tuned back to 4 if possible so our printing company doesn’t light me on fire if your design wins. 🙂
And yes I will be sending the winner a shirt with their design on it
magicmaker | July 26, 2011 2:01 am
Hmmm…time for those creative juices to get a flowin. Is there a vigor for that?
annhyams | July 26, 2011 6:10 am
Will I be able to get hold of a shirt if I can’t come to an exhibition? Happy to pay.
bluejacket | July 26, 2011 7:50 am
id pay good dollars for that vigor bottle. hopefully they put it into mass production
katherine | July 26, 2011 1:08 pm
Do we get confirmation that our submission was accepted? In any case, I dotted my “i”‘s and crossed my “t”‘s so I should be good to go… 🙂
ig.sarah | July 26, 2011 2:41 pm
I’ve been getting a lot of questions about colors – we do have quite a few submissions that go over on the preferred color requirement. Just so everyone knows if your design goes over the requirement and is a finalist I will contact you via your provided e-mail to let you know if the colors need to scale back a bit.
senyadraquille | July 26, 2011 11:59 pm
damn, i suck at art…but congrats 2 whuever wins!
biggins980 | July 27, 2011 12:33 am
Aww I missed it!
booker13 | July 27, 2011 1:40 am
I got nothing but time on my hands but i can’t enter :'( next time irrational i’ll be there
katherine | July 27, 2011 8:31 am
Good luck to everyone that entered! I can’t wait to see the top five, if the Fan Art section in the forums is any indication of the talent pool on around here from community members then I am sure that there will be some great shirt designs to choose from. 🙂
fuchipatas | July 27, 2011 1:50 pm
I saw this only yesterday… was at Comic-Con.
So, I only had 5 or so hours, barely managed to submit my image an hour or so before the cutoff!
Good Luck to everyone that entered!
IG.Sarah I’d like to echo the katherine’s comment about confirmation of our submissions?
ig.sarah | July 27, 2011 3:52 pm
I have just sent confirmation of receipt to all entrants! ^-^
katherine | July 27, 2011 3:23 pm
@Fuchipatas I only saw this on the 24th and worked on it for a bit on the 25th to get it in on time. I think that there were a few others that got things in under the wire judging by the comments. How as Comic-Con? 🙂
ig.sarah | July 27, 2011 3:45 pm
I watched quite few entries slide in with barely 10 minutes to spare. I had two entries that arrived JUST on time. Well played everyone!
fuchipatas | July 28, 2011 3:30 pm
@katherine Comic-Con was crazy as usual. Last time I went was in ’08 and every year more and more people go. Which is great, but makes navigating the Con extraordinarily difficult. Batman Arkham City, Gears of War 3, Darkness II, Starhawk all had a huge presence there. Plus, I got to see the piece I submitted on display in Conan O’Brien’s “The Flaming C” – COCO MOCA Gallery. Still fun, but I would have liked a little time for some relaxation at some point.
katherine | July 28, 2011 6:10 pm
I totally want to know more about your submission for Conan 🙂
fuchipatas | July 29, 2011 11:47 am
Here is my piece via the online Gallery –
I have pics on my FB from the Gallery itself, we just missed seeing Conan himself when he made a surprise visit last Saturday!
fuchipatas | July 29, 2011 11:49 am
Ooops! last post was for katherine… wish I could edit posts!!