Let’s Take a Trip to the Beach: Spoonflower Design Challenge Recap
Mar 15, 2024

It’s time once again for a Spoonflower recap post. Well, it’s actually a little bit past time, but I’ve been busy. This week we have the results of the Warm Minimalism design challenge and voting opened on the A Trip to the Beach design challenge. Plus we have some new challenges to look forward to as well.

First up congratulations to all the winners of the Warm Minimalism design challenge. First place honors go to VivDesign with a cool (or warm as the case may be) botanical pattern:

Voting opened this week on the A Trip to the Beach Spoonflower design challenge. The subject-matter design challenge was all about creating your own beach-themed design. When I cast my votes for this challenge, I went through 24 pages-worth of entries. So, I would say this theme was pretty popular with designers.

There were a fun assortment of beachy prints. Some designers took a more natural approach focusing on nature, fish and shorebirds. Others decided to depict people sunbathing or playing in the water. Some skipped the people, but had plenty of man-made beach themed objects like beach huts, umbrellas, flip-flops and more. All in all, it was a really nice assortment of designs. I always feel like the subject matter themed challenges offer the most variety with entries.

As far as I can tell, I was the only designer that decided to create a pattern featuring vintage motel signs for this challenge:

Growing up in NJ, we spent many a summer week or long weekend going “down the shore”. Usually my family spent a beach day at Island Beach State Park, then headed over to the Seaside Heights boardwalk in the evening. So, I decided to make a very New Jersey themed design for this challenge that features a lot of NJ beaches and shore spots but in the style of midcentury modern motel signs. It’s an admittedly busy pattern, but this kind of reminds me of those childhood strolls along the boardwalk. I had a lot of fun creating this “beach” print. It made me feel like taking a trip down to the shore. Well, maybe when the weather gets a little warmer!

Spoonflower’s announced two more challenges to help inspire our designs. Next up is “Treat Yourself” which is another subject matter themed challenge asking us to create a pattern featuring our favorite snacks and treats. After that is a more style-themed challenge with Textured and Tonal Wallpaper. I can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with for these challenges. Happy designing, everyone!

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