TNM Design Contest

The Nerd Machine Tee Design Contest

Official Contest Rules

When submitting a design for contest consideration, you agree to abide by the following rules.


No Purchase Necessary To Enter or To Win you do not have to actually purchase a Nerd Machine product in order to submit a design.  Contestants should abide by the parameters and specifications listed. Void Where Prohibited by Law Any disputes arising under the terms and conditions of this contest will be governed by the law of the State of California, U.S.A.Age Requirement All contestants MUST be age 16 or over at time of entry.

Date of Contest

Contest Begins March 8th, 2013 12:00 AM PST and Ends on April 15th, 2013 12:00AM PST.

Cash Awards Payment
The winners will be awarded $100 dollars cash and $100 credit towards any purchase on Winners will also have their design printed and distributed by The Nerd Machine. The artist name and will be printed on the product as well.

Option 1: PayPal Account – All contestants have the option to create a PayPal account in order to be awarded prize money. For contestants under the age of 18, a parent or legal guardian must have access to a PayPal account in order to be awarded prize money.
*Some International countries may not allow access to PayPal accounts. It is the contestant’s responsibility to seek out this information before entering.

Option 2: Company Check – All contestants also have the option to receive a company check via the US Postal Service. Please be aware that there is no guaranteed time period in which the check will be delivered to the address you have provided. We can only provide the date when the check was mailed from our facility. We will not transfer contest prizes to your personal bank account. If you choose to be paid via check please be aware that we will only send payment once. If you do not receive the first check we send you will need to notify us and we will have the check cancelled. However, at this point you will need to sign up for a PayPal account as we will not re-issue the check.

For contestants outside the Continental United States, it is important to clarify that The Nerd Machine Tee Design Contest does not have control of international mailing systems.

Contest Entry Guidelines

No Copyright Infringement
All work must be released for individual usage or purpose usage grants.  All entries must contain copyright-free art or art released for entrant’s and public use.  No unauthorized use of any copyright images, text, or other material will be accepted.

All Entries Must be Submitted Via Email
Submit your entry to .  If you are under the age of 18, your parent of legal guardian must send the email for you. Entries must include your Full Name, Address, Email Address and Phone Number and Birthdate.

File types, sizes and colors.
Contest entries must be submitted in either .JPG, .PNG, .AI or .PSD (layered) format. No more than 4 colors should be used. If you use more than one color, please have a layered file available for use.

Product Resolution Max Colors Max. Width Max. Height
TNM T-Shirt 300 dpi 4 9.5 inches 14.5 inches

No limit to entries
There is no limit to how many entries each contestant can submit.

Technical Difficulties/Support
The Nerd Machine cannot be responsible for entries not received due to technical issues and accepts no responsibility for technical support of any entries.

Guidlines & Judging Criteria

This section describes general guidelines for what our judges are looking for when deciding to approve your artwork and its award merits. Before submitting your entry for consideration, please understand the following guidelines.

Appropriate Content
Content should feel like the Nerd Machine. We are looking at Nerd Culture.
Content should be appropriate for public use. (If it wouldn’t be acceptable for a Times Square billboard, it won’t be accepted here.)

The content/design should be unique and interesting to a wide audience of The Nerd Machine users.

The Nerd Machine Brand
The design doesn’t have to but can incorporate the Nerd Machine Logo / Name or your Version of it.

Overall Design

The layout should be clean and communicate clearly.

Get creative, utilize the shirt!

General Conditions

Authorize Rights to The Nerd Machine
By submitting your artwork you authorize The Nerd Machine to post your entry on our site indefinitely, and grant The Nerd Machine the right to use and display prints of your design for marketing purposes.

The Nerd Machine Reserves the Sole Right to Determine Eligibility
Each entry will go through an approval process to determine if the artwork meets our criteria before the entry will be available for judging in its category.

The Nerd Machine Reserves the Sole Right to Adjust Contest Rules Without Notifying Contestants
Based on the volume of entries or legal requirements, contest rules can be changed and updated without notice.  Contest participants are responsible for checking the site for changes, and should review the rules prior to each submission.

The Nerd Machine is not responsible for damage to computer equipment during downloads
The Nerd Machine will make every reasonable attempt to approve only artwork we deem safe for our users to download.  However, The Nerd Machine accepts no responsibility for any damage to contestant or visitor computer equipment that may result from system malfunction or corrupted/infected files.  Scanning any file prior to download with a virus protection program is recommended.