The pandemic has made it tough to get a sense of how anyone is feeling out in public, because everyone’s facial expressions are hidden behind masks. The solution is simple: everyone should learn how to smize (smile with their eyes). The concept of smizing was popularized by Tyra Banks in Season 13 of America’s Next Top Model, when she showed her proteges the emotive powers of a slight squint.
For this challenge, we want you to create a Neck Gaiter design that’ll light up eyes. Think of ways it could immediately grab attention and trigger an involuntary smile. Make faces scrunch up with joy by illustrating cats being adorable. Aim directly at funny bones with cringy puns such as “That’s How Eye Roll.” Or, create something so ridiculous that people can’t help but look at it and guffaw. Whichever route you choose, remember that you can use the entire Neck Gaiter as your canvas, so consider making a vibrant full-bleed design that’s noticeable from a distance.
This contest opens to entries on October 30th, 2020 and ends on November 13th. One winner will earn $500 cash and a $500 Threadless gift code. All designers printed will earn up to $7 per item sold (learn more about Threadless artist payments).