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SDC Colour Competition

Start Date: January 14, 2013

Closing Date: February 10, 2013

Type: Online


  • We are delighted to be collaborating on a brand new competition with our friends from Tigerprint. The competition is all about colour and is open to everyone over the aged of 18, wherever you live in the world. The competition will officially open for submissions on Monday 14th January, with a closing date of Sunday 10th February.

    Based just up the road from us, Tigerprint was formed in 1996 to supply exclusive cards and wrapping to Marks and Spencer. They now design and manufacture over 1500 new products created every year. They continue to expand into new and growing areas like toys, games and stationery. Marks and Spencer is now the fourth biggest retailer of cards in the UK.

    The Competition is your chance to submit your ideas and win £200. Tigerprint often contact contributors whose work they like with a view to doing freelance work with them. In addition to if you win this competition you could potentially be invited along to a placement at Tigerprint’s West Yorkshire studio as well as working on a special project with the team at SDC (we’re just down the road from Tigerprint!). The winner (and runners up) will also receive extensive publicity via SDC’s website, social media and other channels.


    Firstly we want you to create your very own colour palette based on a trend for spring/summer 2014. The second part of the brief is that we want you to show it off to its fullest potential by creating a show stopping surface pattern design

    Hopefully we’ve caught your attention so here are the details!

    Points to consider

    • Firstly do your research and find your inspiration! Create a board of ideas for your trend including colour references which will help you pull together your final colour palette. Remember inspiration can come from anywhere and everywhere so keep your eyes peeled in those unexpected places!
    • This brief is all about colour so really think about how this works hand in hand with new trends i.e. look at how the colour blocking trend influenced fashion and packaging a few years back. The influence of which can still be felt now. In addition the past 12 – 18 months has seen a real focus on a subtle palette of nudes. Roses and metallics which perfectly compliments the trend of lace and laser cutting but what’s going to come next?

    Once you have your trend board and your colour palette pulled together you are then ready to develop your surface patterns

  • What to submit

    • A trend board / Colour palette
      (N.B. Please include reference links where possible).
    • A show stopping collection of surface pattern this should be Spring / Summer 2014 focused and could be aimed at either a male or female recipient and could be used across a range of products including:gift bags
      wrapping paper
      stationery products
      greeting cards

    Your trend research should have uncovered key icons and motifs, techniques and colour combinations for Spring / Summer 2014, so use these in your development.

    Remember this brief is primarily about colour so think how you can cleverly use key motifs and icons with colour to create some spectacular patterns. For example do you reinvent the stripe for males but with some clever colour optical illusions?

    How to Submit

    Submissions are via the Tigerprint website. For several months Tigerprint have been busy working away on a brand new competition site. Navigate to the competitions section on Tigerprints website or click here to be taken to the submissions page.

    Have fun with the brief and we look forward to starting our 2013 design competitions with a very colourful start!

    Closing Date: Midnight (GMT) Sunday 10th February. The competition will be judged jointly by a team from SDC and Tigerprint.

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