UTGP2015 THE GLOBAL T-SHIRT DESIGN COMPETITION THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS HAS PASSED.

START WARS

GRAND PRIX:US$10,000+STAR WARS CELEBRATION LUCASFILM HEADQUARTERS TOUR
JUDGES:Darth Vader,Jeffrey Brown,NIGO®,Doug Chiang,Kilian Plunkett

GRAND PRIX (MEN T-SHIRT)

Takuya Saito Japan The theme is the planet of Tatooine from Episode IV. I depicted the heroes who would eventually meet on the front and back to create a T-shirt that tells a story and looks great from both the front and back. I hope to push myself more as this prize will serve as an inspiration for my work and creative endeavors in the future.Thank you very much!

Doug Chiang

The winning Grand Prix T-shirt combines graphic design and storytelling. The skyline of Mos Eisley provides the stage proscenium in which the artist uses the T-shirt to mimic film frames. When viewed from the front and then the back, the T-shirt invites the viewer to experience the design as if they were watching a two-frame movie. Very fun!

NIGO®

Star Wars begins on Tatooine. The front features Obi-Wan and friends on a landspeeder, while the back features Han Solo and Chewbacca. The design is just fantastic. It foretells the momentous meeting in Mos Eisley.

RUNNER-UP PRIZE (KIDS T-SHIRT)

Ryosuke Sato Japan http://bpm60.com I am truly grateful for this wonderful award. I'm going to use this as an inspiration and commit myself more to upcoming endeavors. The concept for the design is "Back to Basics." I feel that reflecting on yourself, as when learning to use the Force, will lead to new abilities and skills.

Jeffrey Brown

8-bit video games were a big part of my formative 1980’s years almost as much as Star Wars, so this shirt was a perfect mix of retro nostalgia. The ubiquitous star field background and the placement of the heavy Jabba at the very bottom of the shirt highlight this effective design, which also includes every key character from the original trilogy.

Kilian Plunkett

This design captures the sense of fun and adventure of Star Wars. The simple, graphic figures and the bright palette are very appealing. This design is one of my favorites and I’m very glad to see it win second prize in this contest!

SPECIAL RECOGNITION AWARDS

DARTH VADER AWARD (MEN T-SHIRT)

Tim Mo (Meng Hsien Tung) China

Darth Vader

UNIQLO and Lucasfilm chose this design as the recipient of the Darth Vader award because of its bold lines and striking black and white color contrast signifying the regimented rank-and-file of the Galactic Empire. This deconstructionist execution of powerful lines extending from the stormtrooper helmet is a testament to imperial dominance throughout the galaxy. This one icon is a symbol of fear, the expansive platoons of countless stormtroopers representing the one indomitable Empire.

JEFFREY BROWN AWARD (MEN T-SHIRT)

Kazuhiro Okino Japan I've been a Star Wars fan ever since I first watched the film as a young student. I'd be happy if this T-shirt made people smile. I am grateful for receiving such an award. Thank you very much.

Jeffrey Brown

One of the things I love about Star Wars is the humor, and ever since he first appeared on screen in The Empire strikes back, Yoda has been one of the funniest characters. This shirt has its own take on Yoda’s personality with a drawing that really captures the puppet quality of Yoda, as well as the fun and lighthearted side of the Star Wars universe. I love the build-up of intensity as Yoda focuses, especially the tilt of his head and bead of sweat in the third panel. Fitting the joke into the yonkoma format works perfectly too.

NIGO® AWARD (MEN T-SHIRT)

Yusuke Iwatani Japan I am very excited to receive this award! Of all the scenes in the Star Wars film, the one showing C-3PO being dismembered by the Empire troops is charmingly hilarious and particularly memorable to me. So I used it to make my design. I'm already very much looking forward to this new film!

NIGO®

The scene in which Chewbacca is carrying around C-3PO who's been taken apart immediately comes to mind. The design of prints scattered randomly all over the T-shirt and colors that strayed from the C-3PO's original gold coloring are very refreshing. I think this is a design that even Star Wars fanatics will appreciate.

KILIAN PLUNKETT AWARD (KIDS T-SHIRT)

Seiji Matsumoto Japan I'm very grateful for receiving such an award. I'm very happy because it was always a dream of mine to design something that featured Star Wars as a theme. This award showed me that your dreams will come true if you believe in them and pursue them. I hope to continue sharing my designs with the world.

Kilian Plunkett

The Design I chose for my award was one among many creative and interesting designs submitted for this project. It was a tough choice but in the end the simple graphic shapes and bold colors of this T-shirt stood out to me among the others. I have to admit that C-3PO and R2-D2 have always been favorite characters of mine too! The simple, stylized versions of the droids captured their personalities and made for a clean, eye-catching graphic that I think looks ideal as a shirt graphic and I hope you enjoy it too!

OTHER 12 GENERAL AWARD DESIGNERS

MEN T-SHIRT

  • Ka Wa Lee (Hong Kong)
  • Aya Asahina (Japan)
  • Yu Matsunami (Japan)
  • Takuya Fukuda (Japan)
  • Brandon Tucs (South Africa)
  • Pen-Yuan Yu (Taiwan)
  • Chien-Chih Wang (Taiwan)
  • Tomoaki Inomata (Japan)

KIDS T-SHIRT

  • Joseph Koh (Singapore)
  • Shoko Terata (Japan)
  • Cheng Wen Ning (Malaysia)
  • Paveena Klaisuban (Thailand)

COMMENTS FROM THE JUDGES

Darth Vader Dark Lord of the Sith

Darth Vader Dark Lord of the Sith

Impressive. Most impressive.

Jeffrey Brown Best-selling author of Darth Vader and Son, Vader's Little Princess and Jedi Academy.

Jeffrey Brown Best-selling author of Darth Vader and Son, Vader's Little Princess and Jedi Academy.

Judging this contest was both easy and unexpectedly difficult, and filled me with conflicting emotions of jealousy, admiration, and general geeking out. I found that my favorites shifted as I looked over them repeatedly. Lots of entries had certain elements that I loved, but didn’t seem to work as well overall, while others had designs so slick it may have worked against them. I narrowed my selections to a top twenty or thirty that I felt were unique, and resonated with me on a personal, gut level. The top two finishers were amongst my favorites from the start, but there were plenty more entries that I would’ve been happy to see win.

NIGO® UT’s creative director

NIGO® UT’s creative director

You could see the love for Star Wars in all of the submissions. The contest was inspiring for me because there were many ideas that I would never have thought of. Star Wars really is shared by people throughout the world. May the Force be with you. Always.

Doug Chiang Executive Creative Director for Lucasfilm, Academy Award-winning Artist

Doug Chiang Executive Creative Director for Lucasfilm, Academy Award-winning Artist

It was a great honor for me to participate in the judging of the UTGP T-shirt contest. The quality of submissions and the depth of ideas were inspiring. I found each of the designs strong and unique. Some of the T-shirts were more whimsical, others more serious and all were beautiful. As is often the case in judging Art, it is very difficult to choose one piece over another. Art, for me, is not about winning and losing. It’s about ideas. In my eyes, all the submissions and the artists are winners. Bravo and congratulations to all the artists!

Kilian Plunkett Art Director on 'Star Wars: Rebels'

Kilian Plunkett Art Director on 'Star Wars: Rebels'

I really enjoyed seeing the wide range of ideas and styles created for this contest. As I saw each new design I was amazed all over again by the ways that Star Wars continues to inspire fans all over the world today as much as it did when it first burst on to Cinema screens. It was a privilege to be involved in this project and a delight to see so many different designs inspired by George Lucas' Galaxy far, far away.