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Overview

It would be an understatement to say the team working behind the scenes at the Spoonflower HQ is a creative bunch. Whether we’re sewing up sample projects to test new fabrics or creating designs for our personal Spoonflower or Etsy shops, the creative juices are always flowing! However, as many of you may already know, Spoonflower employees must hang up our weekly Design Challenge hat once we start working here, as employees are not eligible to enter contests. Enter the annual Staff Challenge! The theme of our Staff Challenge this year is “Opposites Attract.” The twist is that each employee submits a theme inspired by opposites, then the themes will get scrambled up and distributed out, so each participant is given an Opposites theme that was submitted by someone else. Employees will be given a week to create our designs, then the community (that’s you!) gets to vote as normal.

Spoonflower Staff Opposites Attract Design Challenge

Spoonflower Staff Opposites Attract Details

  • Please note this challenge is for Spoonflower employees ONLY!
  • The deadline for entries is Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at 3 PM EDT.
  • Designs will be previewed at 150 DPI in a fat quarter size (21” x 18”) on the voting ballot.
  • All designs will be eligible for public voting, and the popular vote determines the top 15 winning designs. The grand-prize winner will be the fabric design with the most votes.
  • Public designs previously uploaded on Spoonflower.com are not eligible for this contest. Designs do not require printed proofing to enter the contest.
  • Moderation will take place at the close of the contest deadline.
  • See our blog page for even more Design Challenge details and a list of previous themes.



Timeline

  • 03/21/2017: Submissions open
  • 03/28/2017: Submissions close at 3pm EDT
  • 03/30/2017: Public voting opens
  • 04/04/2017: Public voting ends at 3pm EDT to determine top 25 entries
  • 04/06/2017: Spoonflower will announce the winner

Prizes

One popularly voted grand-prize winner will receive a Near & Dear Unicorn Wall Mount covered in their winning design and a $50 Etsy gift card. The remaining top 15 popularly voted designs will receive local North Carolina treats and designs will be automatically made available for sale (provided the designers are already verified sellers) in the Marketplace where they will receive 10% commission on every sale — no $5.00 swatch required! In addition to prizes, the top 10 will receive additional exposure in our email newsletters, professional photography of their printed designs, and social media mentions.

How to Submit a Design

  1. Log in to Spoonflower. If you don't have an account, create one here.
  2. Once logged into your account, upload the design you wish to enter into the challenge.
  3. Select Spoonflower Staff Opposites Attract from the Challenges Dropdown.

For complete instructions, see the Challenge Terms & Conditions.

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Submit Design
Closed March 28, 2017

How To Vote

Voting for Spoonflower Staff Opposites Attract has closed. Check out our current challenge!

Vote for Designs
March 30 - April 4, 2017

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can enter?
This contest is open to Spoonflower employees only who are 18 years of age as of March 28, 2017. All submitted designs must be the original work of the entrant. Please do not use stock images or base your design on the work of another artist.
How many designs can I enter?
You can enter only ONE DESIGN in this contest. Designs entered in previous Spoonflower contests or public designs previously uploaded to Spoonflower are not eligible.
Can I share my entry on social media and make it available for sale in the Spoonflower Marketplace before voting opens?
The spirit of the Design Challenge is to give a creative prompt that inspires designers to create a new design that speaks specifically to the theme we have selected. Spoonflower is seeking an exclusive set of designs, so all designs should be new to Spoonflower. We absolutely encourage sharing your process and finished design on the web and you can make your challenge entry for sale in the Spoonflower Marketplace, but to ensure that your work is eligible for the challenge, we ask that it is not an existing design from your public portfolio that has been previously uploaded to Spoonflower.
Who will judge the contest?
All designs will be eligible for public voting, and the popular vote determines the top 15 winning designs. The grand-prize winner will be the fabric design with the most votes.
Who can vote?
Anyone can vote (when voting opens on March 30, 2017), but only one set of votes may be submitted per individual. Email addresses will be collected from voters. Duplicate votes are filtered using fraud detection software and not counted toward final totals. Designers will be disqualified for incentivizing or compensating votes.
What if I don't want my design to be purchased by other people?
By participating in this contest, you are granting permission to make your design available to the public for voting and you are granting permission for Spoonflower to make your design for sale only if your design finishes in the top 15.
Am I giving up the copyright of my design by entering it?
You are not giving up ownership of your design, but by entering your design in the contest, you give us the non-exclusive right, should your design finish in the top 15, to make it available for sale in the Spoonflower Marketplace per the customary terms of the Spoonflower Marketplace. For any sales generated in the Marketplace, you will receive up to a 15% commission. You will always be credited for your design and you are free to continue to sell it on your own, now and in the future.

Upcoming Challenges

  • Rainbow Tower on the Beach Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort

    Submissions close May 30 at 3 p.m. EDT, Voting begins June 1

    Designs in this series will feature beach and lagoon, with additional inspiration from Hilton's iconic Rainbow Tower and famous Diamond Head Crater. Add in some surfboards, palm trees, and/or canoe rides, to round out the best of what Hilton Hawaiian Village has to offer in the way of fun family-friendly outdoor activities. More Details

  • Mid-Century Modern Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort

    Submissions close June 6 at 3 p.m. EDT, Voting begins June 8

    The Hawaiian Village Hotel was built in the 1950s before Conrad Hilton purchased it in 1961. Tiki culture thrived at the resort. There was no Rainbow Tower but there were plenty of thatched roof guest rooms, the lagoon, pink catamarans, palm trees and Waikiki Beach. Entries will be previewed at the fat quarter size: 21″ x 18.” Submissions close June 6, 2017 at 3 p.m. Eastern. More Details

  • Blue Hawaii Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort

    Submissions close June 13 at 3 p.m. EDT, Voting begins June 15

    Hilton Hawaiian Village was the birthplace of many exotic, tropical beverages - Blue Hawaii, Tropical Itch, Hawaiian Cooler, Guava Lada, Hot Buttered Okolehao and Scratch Me Lani are all Harry Yee originals. Think Hawaiian Village tiki cups, hollowed out pineapples, exotic stir sticks or a paper umbrella, and you'll have captured the essence of this thirst quenching design challenge. More Details

  • Friday Night Fireworks Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort

    Submissions close June 20 at 3 p.m. EDT, Voting begins June 22

    Fronting the Rainbow Tower, with the moon in the sky over Diamond Head, the ocean is ablaze with color every Friday night at Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort. Capture the Waikiki skyline with Hilton Hawaiian Village and the Rainbow Tower as your focus for this design challenge. Enjoy a seat under the palm trees, grab a Mai Tai, and sit back for a spectacular fireworks display. More Details