Coldplay T-shirt Design

After finding out about this Coldplay T-shirt design contest, I thought I’d have a go! The brief for the project via Talenthouse states that:

Things to consider:

  • Take inspiration from the artwork, songs and mood of the A Head Full Of Dreams album and create an original T-shirt design
  • Download the T-shirt template which must be used to present your design
  • Download and take a look at the Creative Pack, which includes logos and iconography that can be included in the design (not required)
  • All artwork (that is not the Creative Pack) must be original

9 Finalists will have their designs showcased on Coldplay’s official Instagram channel.

One Selected Artist will receive $1,000 and a signed copy of the finished T-shirt along with a pair of tickets to the Coldplay concert of their choosing. The Selected design will also be put into production and sold through the band’s official channels.

I very much studied the latest release via Coldplay ‘A Head Full of Dreams’. Looking at the existing album artwork, I knew that this Coldplay T-shirt design project would work great with vintage imagery from the public domain, and various other sites such as The Graphics Fairy’  which has a whole array of fabulous imagery from the past, ideal for this sort of project.

Originally I started off with a design that had crazy elements exploding from a person’s head – but I thought that was too literal for ‘a head full of dreams’ and I started again, experimenting a lot with different compositions and different imagery. It took me a long time to come up with a composition that worked, but I’m finally happy with the end result! It’s very fun, quirky and colourful, which is what I was aiming for! My favourite part is the majestic humpback whale floating in his dream world in the sky.Coldplay T-shirt design

I tried to include and illustrate songs and lyrics from Coldplay’s new album, such as ‘Birds’, ‘Up & Up’, ‘Kaleidoscope’, ‘Colour Spectrum’, ‘Universe’ and more! I kept referring back to the original artwork to make sure that it was in theme and keeping with the mood and to make sure it was something Coldplay themselves could think and see working within their existing merchandise. I also made sure the overall shape of the design would fit nicely on to a T-shirt to make it a nice, full design.

I hope you like the end result!


One Selected Artist, as chosen by Coldplay and their team, will receive:

  • Their design put into production and sold on Coldplay’s official channels
  • Promotion across Coldplay’s social channels
  • A pair of tickets to the Coldplay concert of their choosing (preference subject to availability)
  • A signed copy of the finished T-shirt
  • $1,000

9 Finalists will receive exposure on Coldplay’s Official Instagram.