Today I wanted to showcase the beautiful floral designs created by different artist, this designs were submitted to the Tigerprint "Floral Wrap Pattern" competition.
Tiger print put together a creative brief, and invited designers and artist to create a pattern directed to the female recipient, for products like gift bags, wrapping paper and tags. Over 1000 designs submitted pieces, exploring all type of flower motifs, color palettes and handwriting.
Design competitions are "in" now, and is the way companies are sourcing artwork for their projects and contest are becoming more and more popular among designers. From my point of view contest are a way to keep creating for fun projects, and they are the way to keep your brand out there, but there should be a balance between creating for entering contest and actually promoting your own brand with personal work and creative research.
I put together some tips when creating for a contest:
1. First and most important of all, choose wisely, be selective to whom you are giving your work.
2. Read the fine print and document your self before submitting your artwork to a company.
3. Study the brief and stick to it, you may be disqualified otherwise.
4. Participate in contest for products that are out of your comfort zone, you never know which surprise you may find, you may discover a new technique, new skills, or a new market for your style.
4. Have fun when creating and take your time; do not only create only to have "something there" , Do your very best; you never know who is looking. You want your name and your brand being associated to quality work.
5. Do not forget that normally is only ONE happy winner, do not let not being selected to disencourage you, pick your self up and be happy you entered, be proud, after all you did your best!
6. Analyze the work from the winner, what does that piece have different from yours? find the positive side, we can all learn something.
7. Plan ahead, and submit before the deadline, contest websites may be facing issues at the deadline time.
8. Use your work for your portfolio, to submit it to blogs for features, for your social media etc.
Reuse your motifs in a different piece, give them a second life, after all you put time and effort for it therefore your work is valuable.
To support a bit my last point, I wanted to show the lovely work from other fellow designers that submitted work for this contest and I ask them "Which other products types do they see this pieces?
Angel Gerardo said: "I think my design will look pretty on a sundress or a journal"
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|©2014 Angel Gerardo
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|@2014 Tasha Goddard
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|©2014 Nancy Mckenzi
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|©2014 Annette Kristine Designs
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|©2014 Irene Tan
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|©2014 Jo Chambers
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|©2014 Jennifer Wambach
Rebecca Stoner said: "I think this print would look great on fabric or pretty little note-cards!"
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|©2014 Rebecca Stoner
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|@2014 Believe Creative Studio
Big thank you to all the designers that kindly agreed to be part of this post!