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SDC Colour Competition

Start Date: 14 January 2013 10:00am

End Date: 10 February 2013 11:45pm

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

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