We're bringing our beloved Weekly Design Challenge back, but with a twist! If you live and breathe surface design, then we know that just one challenge per month isn't enough for you. That's why we're now going to be giving you a new prompt each week to get your creative juices flowing. Not a fan of a certain week's prompt? We'll have new themes outlined throughout the end of the month so there's always a selection to choose from. Participate in whichever ones speak to you!
How it works: To "enter," all you have to do is upload your design on social media with the hashtag #SFWeeklyDesign during the week of the theme you've chosen. Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Flickr all count as social media.
What's the point of all this hashtag business? What's magical about using a common hashtag, is that it allows you to easily see what other designers have shared, and have your design be seen by more people in return. You'll discover new artists, get inspiration by their work. It's a great way to build more of a following on your own social accounts (especially the ever-popular Instagram!) get feedback on your work, and build a community where you'll receive even more encouragement and support for your designs.
Will there be voting? There will not be traditional voting happening on our site, but designs with the most likes and comments will be featured by us on our blog and social channels.
Will there be prizes? At the end of each month, participants who use the hashtag #SFWeeklyDesign will be eligible to receive prizes. Prizes could range from free design books and tools, Creative Cloud subscriptions, Spoonflower credit (or credit for one of our sister brands, Sprout Patterns and Roostery) to free fabric, etc!
Do I need to upload my design to Spoonflower? The purpose of the Weekly Prompts is to keep our community inspired and challenged. To participate, it's not required to upload your design to Spoonflower, but strongly encouraged so you can start earning commissions if it sells!
Is this related at all to the official Monthly Design Challenges? Nope! This is just a little something extra because why not?
How do you choose the themes? Themes are chosen by seasonality, but also by what's trending on our site. By designing around trending topics, your designs will be more likely to succeed in the Marketplace (woot!).
May 30 - June 5: Cats + Donuts
(!!) In celebration of National Donut Day (June 3rd) and National Hug Your Cat Day (June 5th) why not put them together for an epic surface design? Sprinkles, jelly-filled, bacon-topped, calico, siamese, hairless. Will your cats be eating the donuts? Wearing them? Riding them through space? We cannot wait to find out.
June 6 - June 12 : Figs
From fiddle figs to brown turkey figs and purple genca, figs have been trending hard lately and we can't get enough. Figs are currently in season where we live in the southern USA, so why not celebrate this delicious summer jewel with a fresh, lovely design featuring the almighty fig!
June 13 - 19: Ditsy Seahorses
Father's Day is June 19th, and seahorses happen to be pretty awesome dads! The males don’t just play a role in pregnancy, but actually get pregnant. Females deposit their eggs in the male’s pouch, where he fertilizes and carries them until tiny baby seahorses emerge fully developed. Pretty amazing creatures if you ask us. Hat's off to the best dads under the sea! The definition of "ditsy" in relation to to surface patterns: small scale, non-directional print.
June 20 - June 26 Gemini Vs. Cancer
Twins versus crabs, who will win the battle of the best June astrological symbol?
May 9 - 15: Floral Dinosaurs
Sometimes two things that don't usually go together just seem to go together so well...
May 16 - 22: Migratory Birds
Celebrate the incredible journey that migratory birds take each year! They travel thousands of miles between breeding grounds in North America, and their winter homes in Central and South America. Heading outside for a hike to admire birds in their natural habitat is not required but strongly encouraged.
May 23 - 29: Limited Color Palette Hawaiian Shirt
Because who doesn't love a good Hawaiian shirt to welcome the official start of grilling season in the Northern Hemisphere?