Create moving / animated artwork for Nike and the Nike Epic React Shoe

Artists Selected On
July 5, 2018
Calling all animators and motion storytellers! Nike is giving you the amazing opportunity to show off your creative skills and create an animated artwork for their new Nike Epic React footwear.

Nike Epic React’s new foam technology feels so outrageous, it’s contagious. With Nike Epic React, it’s more fun to go far…so much fun, that with React’s lightweight energy return, there’s not much that can convince you to stop!

This summer, Nike will show runners the joy of running through two briefs on Talenthouse. For this brief bring to life ‘More Fun To Go Far’ through moving content that is perfect for Instagram Stories, your work can be animation or other moving formats, but please avoid lifestyle video.

Nike invites motion designers and animators from around the world to create moving assets (up to 15 seconds) that captures an endless run, powered by Nike Epic React, by submitting IG Story creative that brings to life “More Fun To Go Far” in a fun and disruptive way.

A minimum of ten (10) pieces (and up to 20) of animated artwork will be chosen from this brief, and the Selected Artists will receive $2,500. The selected submissions may also be featured on Nike’s social channels and receive exposure from their global community of fans and athletes.

PLEASE NOTE: Both Nike briefs on Talenthouse, static artwork and IG Stories are considered separate from one another but both will live under the same visual world, so feel free to submit to both! Before starting on your submission, please read the 'Things to Consider' section below.
things to consider
Before creating your artwork, please read this Briefing Document, download this Asset Pack (alternative download link) and consider the following:
  • Nike is looking for motion-based Instagram Story creative, (1080x1920 / 9:16 vertical), built to the platform environment, which could include:
    • animation up to 15 seconds in length (EXAMPLE)
    • multi-frame sequential storytelling
    • ‘Tap’ or ‘Swipe up’ functionality
    • use of provided animated running shoes
  • The Nike Epic React gender colorway alignment: Women’s: Peach, Men’s: Navy x Mauve. If creating different color variations for your artwork, please focus on these two colors for the shoes. Nike may potentially select an even number of both colorways, so you are encouraged to submit two color variations of your artwork!
  • You are encouraged to incorporate the FA18 Nike Epic React color palette (see Briefing Document) within your artwork.
  • Nike is looking for fun, contagious, and fresh motion artwork styles that will make people stop when they see the work in their social feed. Nike is looking for IG Story content that appeals to 17-24 year-old runners who incorporate movement into their everyday life.
  • Please no lifestyle videos or lifestyle photography.
  • Nike’s main objective is to leverage this content to disrupt in Instagram Story across multiple channels. Please think of that platform first when designing your artwork.
  • Using your desired medium, create a Nike Epic React IG Story, using the provided framework in the Asset Pack as a canvas.




  • You are encouraged to make running and distance central to your artwork. The artwork should show a progressive build of the running experience to communicate distance over the course of a run.
  • The artwork should convey “Go Far” with a looping background scene that transitions from one scene to another. Take inspiration from environmental changes/progressive cues, i.e.: day to night, weather, road signs, skyline, mile markers, etc. Make it fun, insightful, unexpected!
  • “Go Far” is the creative theme but the literal term does not need to appear in your artwork. The important thing is that the work communicates an irresistible urge to keep running in the Nike Epic React.
  • Nike loves work that lets your own unique style shine through and are open to creative interpretations of distance, as well as the appearance of the shoe (as rendered or re-drawn).
  • Artists should include the Nike Epic React foam texture within the piece. Nike is open to how overt it shows up within the experience. All assets can be found in the Asset Pack.
  • Themes to keep in mind when creating your artwork:
    • Vibrant
    • Energizing
    • Surprising
  • Please avoid making specific claims about the Nike Epic React shoe or including other brand references.
about nike
Our mission: Bring Inspiration and Innovation to every athlete* in the world. This is what drives us to do everything possible to expand human potential. We do that by creating groundbreaking sport innovations; by making their products more sustainably; by building a creative and diverse global team; and by making a positive impact in communities where we live and work.

the incentives
A minimum of 10 and up to 20 pieces of content will be selected by Nike. The Selected Artists will:
  • See their artwork potentially be featured on Nike co-owned and partnered channels, or other Nike designated channels
  • Receive $2,500
creative invite guidelines
  • This opportunity is open globally to those who are at least 18 years of age at the time of entry. Void where prohibited by law.
  • Multiple submissions (up to 10) and artist teams are allowed.
  • This opportunity is a closed Creative Invite. Submissions will not be visible by the public and must not be made public anywhere by you. Please do not share your submission on social media or upload your submission to your Talenthouse profile.
  • Artists should retain their original files in the highest quality possible. GIFs and videos should have a length of 6 to 15 seconds and should be uploaded as an mp4 via the “Participate” tab to the Talenthouse player. All formats should have the following dimension size: 1080x1920 / 9:16 vertical.
  • All submissions must be original artwork (meaning not using third party pre-existing copyright and/or stock materials) but can be pre-existing or created especially for this opportunity.
  • Please no lifestyle videos or lifestyle photography.
  • Please note that you may use the material provided by Nike solely to respond to this Creative Invite, but all rights in and to this material are reserved by Nike. Any ownership in, or usage of, the Work outside of the Creative Invite or any use or public display of any Nike trademarks, copyrights, or other provided content, including but not limited to logos, fonts, illustrations, photos, or slogans, is subject to and restricted by Nike’s underlying rights in the Nike IP; in no event, may an artist obtain a fee, royalty, advertising revenue, or any other payment in exchange for the submission.
  • Please read the "THINGS TO CONSIDER" section carefully. Before creating your artwork, please read this Briefing Document and download this Asset Pack.
  • Nike may modify and/or convert the selected artworks into a different format with the artist's permission.
  • The Selected Artists may be asked to modify their design to fit production requirements.
  • Selected Artists will be required to sign an artist agreement which assigns all rights, title and interest in and to their work to Nike for global usage in exchange for the incentives set forth above.
  • Artists not selected retain ownership in the original parts of their work. Please note that submissions can not be used for personal, non-commercial and portfolio use without Nike's written approval.
  • Artists must join Talenthouse using an active email address in order to ensure they can be contacted should they be selected.
  • The Selected Artists must respond to Talenthouse within one (1) day of receiving the notification email or else will forfeit all incentives.
  • Talenthouse reserves the right to remove inappropriate, offensive and harmful submissions as well as submissions that do not fit the brief, guidelines or Official Rules.
  • No purchase necessary to enter.
how nike will choose
Nike will select from all qualified submissions. A qualified submission is one which meets all the Terms & Conditions, Guidelines and Official Rules.
Key Dates
  • Submit By:
    June 15, 2018 at 10:00 AM
  • Selection Period Starts:
    June 15, 2018 at 10:00 AM
  • Artists Selected:
    July 5, 2018
All times are in Pacific Time.