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Jump into your fin-tailed sedan and burn rubber back to the 1950s when sock hops, drive-ins and soda shoppes were all the rage. The ‘50s paved the way for an aesthetic of bright pastel color, abstract art and the clean lines of mid-century modern design. During this week’s challenge, create a repeating pattern that embraces anything from beatniks to the civil rights movement.


Overview

This August we’re stepping back in time for our weekly design challenges. We knew you might get hungry along the way so we’re starting with a tasty treat before your adventure takes off. To sweeten the deal, August will be the first month the entire top 50, previously top 25, will be made available for sale in the Marketplace. Don’t forget to verify your Spoonflower account so your designs are ready to go if you find yourself in the winner’s circle.

Prizes

  • 1st place winner will receive a $200 Spoonflower credit.
  • 2nd place winner will receive a $100 Spoonflower credit.
  • 3rd place winner will receive a $50 Spoonflower credit.
  • Remaining top 10 designs will receive a $20 Spoonflower credit. The top 50 popularly-voted designs from each theme will be automatically made available for sale in the Spoonflower Marketplace (provided they are a verified seller) where they will receive 10% commission on every sale -- no $5 swatch required.

1950s Details

  • The deadline for entries is Tuesday, August 14, 2018 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 50 winning designs.
  • 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

  • 07/06/2018: Submissions open
  • 08/14/2018: Submissions close at 3pm EDT
  • 08/16/2018: Public voting opens
  • 08/21/2018: Public voting ends at 3pm EDT to determine top 25 entries
  • 08/23/2018: Spoonflower will announce the winner

Active Challenges

Retro Bar Cart Tea Towel Design Challenge

Retro Bar Cart Tea Towel

See the Challenge

Winners to be announced September 20

It's a Punderful Life Tea Towel Design Challenge

It's a Punderful Life Tea Towel

See the Challenge

Submissions close September 18 at 3 p.m. EDT,
Voting begins September 20

Illustrated Animals Tea Towel Design Challenge

Illustrated Animals Tea Towel

See the Challenge

Submissions close September 25 at 3 p.m. EDT,
Voting begins September 27

Recipe Tea Towel Design Challenge

Recipe Tea Towel

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Submissions close October 2 at 3 p.m. EDT,
Voting begins October 4

Cozy Tones LCP Design Challenge

Limited Color Palette

See the Challenge

Submissions close October 9 at 3 p.m. EDT,
Voting begins October 11

Cut-and-Sew Projects Design Challenge

Cut & Sew Fat Quarter Project

See the Challenge

Submissions close October 16 at 3 p.m. EDT,
Voting begins October 18

Current Challenge Past Challenges