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Take a moment to appreciate the beauty of the buzzing, fluttering and crawling bugs around your backyards. These crawling critters have countless unique characteristics and offer endless details to explore through a retro lens.


Overview

Get inspired by insect attributes such as jewel-like bodies, colorful exo-skeletons and interesting antennae along with scientific adaptation like the patterns on a butterfly’s wings. If you live in the eastern part of the United States, you might specifically be fascinated by the arrival of cicada Brood X this summer.

After you select your favorite invertebrate, add a retro spin! Inject some personality to your repeating pattern with a vintage color scheme or design style.

Pro Tip: Head over to the blog for some inspiration on how to give your drawings a retro feel!

Please visit the blog to learn more about Spoonflower’s Design Challenge rules and moderation process.

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.

The Winner

The rest of the Top 68

Retro Bugs Details

  • The deadline for entries is Tuesday, July 20, 2021 at 3 PM ET.
  • Designs will be previewed 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.

Timeline

  • 06/04/2021: Submissions open
  • 07/20/2021: Submissions close at 3pm EDT
  • 07/22/2021: Public voting opens
  • 07/27/2021: Public voting ends at 3pm EDT
  • 07/29/2021: Spoonflower will announce the winner

Active Challenges

Pastel Halloween Design Challenge

Pastel Halloween

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Winners to be announced August 5

Phantasmagoria Design Challenge

Phantasmagoria

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Submissions close August 3 at 3 p.m. EDT,
Voting begins August 5

Nocturnal Animals Design Challenge

Nocturnal Animals

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Submissions close August 10 at 3 p.m. EDT,
Voting begins August 12

Neutral Geometric Wallpaper Design Challenge

Neutral Geometric Wallpaper

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Submissions close August 17 at 3 p.m. EDT,
Voting begins August 19

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