Reimagine Golf Cap

Design Challenge

Submit Design
$5,000 The winning design earns a $5,000 cash prize plus an opportunity to have it produced and sold on the 18Birdies future online store early 2018!
* Only Rhode Island School of Design students are eligible for cash prizing

Creative Assignment

Put your thinking caps on to design some golf-themed headwear for today’s modern golfer.

Your challenge is to design a series of 1-3 caps that can make a mediocre golfer feel like a winner. Use the cap as a canvas to create fresh original designs that features bold statements using typography, badges, illustrations or patterns that inspired people to get out to the golf course and play. Get in touch with your athletic side and get started!

If your designs are chosen for print, we will ask for you to expand your chosen designs to a 6-piece collection that will be sold in our future 18Birdies Store and available for golfers all around the world to purchase.

Design Concepts

  • Keep your concepts related to golf
  • Feature our 18Birdies logo
  • Use our 18Birdies brand guidelines
  • Repeat patterns
  • Badges and emblems
  • Modern, retro, and humorous illustrations
  • Clever typographic statements

Design Goals

  • Modern & trendy

    Showcase golf as a fashion-forward, modern, trendy category through innovative headwear

  • Generate buzz

    Create a look and collection that will generate buzz

  • Casual & classy

    Create designs that are appropriate for wearing on the street AND at the golf course

  • Unisex design

    Create designs appealing to both men and women (can be distinct approaches or gender neutral)

  • Brand appeal

    Express the fun, innovative voice of 18Birdies brand

Things to Avoid

When creating your designs, please be mindful to avoid the following.

  • Concepts unrelated to golf

  • Violence

  • Nudity

  • Profanity

  • Politics

  • Religion

Contest Rules

  • Own Rights

    You must own the rights to all images and patterns in your design

  • Submit by deadline

    Submit your designs by November 15, 2017 at 11:59pm PST

  • Multiple submissions allowed

    Multiple submissions per person are accepted (separately)

  • Submit with a Gmail account

    A Gmail account is required to submit your designs

  • Review rules & guidelines

    Entrants should review official contest rules before entering

For additional questions, please contact us at

Template Files & Brand Toolkit

Click to download a zip folder of the Template Files along with the 18Birdies Branding Toolkit including all 18Birdies logos.

Artwork Submission Requirements

When submitting your artwork, please make sure they are in the following size and format:

  • 1800px*1300px, JPG format (RGB mode)
  • Only "18Birdies Cap Mockup Front View" is required for submission, other perspective views are optional

Please also be mindful of creating designs with extra fine details. Think about the potential medium your design will be incorporated, for example:

  • Screen printed transfers
  • Screen printed patch
  • Embroided patch
  • Embroidery
  • 3D embroidery
  • Sublimated all over print
  • Color screen printed pattern

No need to stress out if you’re unsure about the design medium. If your designs are chosen we will work directly with you to bring your designs to life.

Brands for Inspirations

About 18Birdies

18Birdies is reimagining the world of golf through technology. Our mobile app leverages the power of gamification and social communities to make golf a more fun, exciting and connected experience.

We offer features that inspire golfers of all generations to enhance their game, share their experience, play more and increase their enjoyment of golf.

Learn more about 18Birdies


October 25 - November 15, 2017

Submissions accepted

Submissions open on October 25, 2017 at 12:00am PST and close on November 15, 2017 at 11:59pm PST.

November 20, 2017

Top designs announced

The top designs will be announced and displayed for public voting on this page.

November 20-27, 2017

Public voting

Public voting will held on this page during this one-week time period.

November 29, 2017

Winner announced!

The winner will be announced and contacted via email! Be sure to check your emails!