2013 T-shirt Design Contest

Design the next must-have T-shirt!

The University of Montana calls all artists, designers and T-shirt lovers to create a one-of-a-kind design using UM's M-pulse. The new visual mark - an outline of mountains located on the main campus - is a component of UM's new logo, which was unveiled this past April as part of UM's rebranding efforts.

Your original single-color design should incorporate the M-pulse, be unique and scream creativity.

The designer with the winning submission will:

  • Receive $500 cash prize;
  • Earn one of the limited-edition T-shirts;
  • See their original design on sale exclusively at The Bookstore at UM; and
  • Bask in their new found graphic design glory.

The call for submissions is open until Friday, Oct. 25. Click here to download the official M-pulse to start your design.

Once you've created your masterpiece, use the online submission form to upload your design. This year’s shirts will be printed only once, and all proceeds from the sale will support future T-shirt design contests.

Important dates:

  • Submissions will be accepted from Wednesday, Oct. 2, through Friday, Oct. 25.
  • Online voting on top designs will begin Monday, Oct. 28.
  • The 2013 winning artist and design will be announced Monday, Nov. 4.

Contest rules:

  • Contest is open to everyone.
  • One entry per person.
  • Submissions must be uploaded using the online submission form.
  • Designs will be printed in one color onto gray polyester/cotton T-shirts.
  • Design must be original.
M-pulse mark

We have a winner!


$20 $15 special preorder price from The Bookstore
Shirts will be $20 when they arrive in early December.

Thanks to everyone who submitted designs for the 2013 contest. Of the 44 submissions, six designs were selected as finalists. 

About the design:

Tim Praetzel, a UM alumnus from Salt Lake City, submitted the winning design for the inaugural University of Montana T-shirt design contest. Praetzel responded to UM’s call to artists to submit a one-of-a-kind design using UM’s new visual mark, the M-pulse. The design will be printed locally onto gray American Apparel shirts and sold in The Bookstore at UM.

Praetzel was awarded $500 for his hand-lettered design, which won a majority of online votes. He also will receive one of the limited-edition shirts.

"I wanted to incorporate some sort of hand type, which I did with the 'Montana' lettering," said Praetzel. "I felt hand lettering played well into the history of the state and its foundation of artisans and craftsmen. As a student, I spent many early mornings on campus, so naturally when I think of Montana and the University I picture the sun coming over Mount Sentinel."

After graduating from UM in 2012 with a degree in business marketing and media arts, Praetzel moved to Utah to accept a job at an ad agency. Currently, he works as a freelance designer in Salt Lake City.

"We couldn't be more pleased with the number of high-quality submissions we received in the first year of the contest," said Mario Schulzke, UM's assistant vice president of marketing. "We are looking forward to making 'The Shirt' an annual tradition."

The shirt can be purchased online at shop.griz.co/theshirt for a special preorder price of $15. It will be available in the Bookstore in early December for $20.