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Design Competition - Books

02 March 2015 08:00

It’s competition time again.  Don’t they come round quickly?

In honour of World Book Day, this month’s theme is Books.  Your design can be about books – piles of books, flying books, even dancing books.  Or you can choose a book you enjoy and effectively illustrate it.

Look out, tomorrow, for an extra blog post about copyright.  With the theme of books, I’ve already had a few questions about what is and isn’t acceptable, so I decided to dedicate a whole post to the subject.  It is not exhaustive!  Copyright is a legal issue, and we all know the law can – and does – change.

However, for this design competition, remember that copyright usually lasts for the lifetime of the write/composer/artist plus 50 to 100 years.  If you want to quote Shakespeare, feel free.  However, quoting JK Rowling without permission may be more dubious.   On the other hand, quoting a tiny percentage of a book is usually OK.  Copying a picture, however, is not.  I believe the original illustrations for Alice In Wonderland are in the public domain, but Quentin Blake’s illustrations for Roald Dahl’s books are not.  So, no Quentin Blake look-alike pictures, please!  If you want a design based on The BFG, that’s fine, but it must be your BFG, not Quentin Blake’s.



Please upload your competition designs to your account on our website.  If you haven’t already got an account, it’s simple to set up.  You just need an email address, password and name, which can be your own name, a nickname or a business name.  (You will be prompted to log in or create an account when you try to save your design.)  Then email me at, to tell me the name of your design.  (So I can find the right one!)  I will then put them onto Facebook for voting.  The winning design (and possibly one or two others) will be put into our competition winners slot.  In case you're wondering about the order in which designs are listed on Facebook, the first to arrive in my inbox goes at the top, with the rest listed in the order in which they are sent in.

So, the competition is:

Create a design suitable for printing on fabric based on 'Books'.

Technical matters:

Your design should be at a resolution of at least 150 dpi, but not more than 300, using RGB colour space.

When it comes to printing, the repeat options are:  Straight, Centre, Half-drop, Half-brick and Mirror.  Once you’ve uploaded your design to our website, you can play around with the repeats to see which one will look best.  For pictures of what the different repeats look like, check this blog post.

To enter:

Upload your design onto our website by Tuesday, March 10th, giving it a title.  Email me at, telling me the title of your design and the name of your account.

The closing date for receiving designs is midnight on Tuesday, March 10th, after which designs will be displayed (at the fat quarter size) on Facebook for voting .  Voting will close at midnight on March 17th.  The design with the most votes will win 3 metres of 100% cotton fabric (150cm wide), printed with your design.  Designs will also, as always, be displayed on the blog, but this time you can also vote for designs on the blog.  The winning design will be available for sale on our web site for at least 1 week after the close of voting.  

The official bit:

By entering, you agree to our competition terms and conditions.

You may only submit one entry, which must be your own work and based on the theme Books. ‘Your own work’ means any form of original art work, photography, etc which you have produced. Your design should not have been entered in one of our previous competitions.

All entries will be displayed for public voting, unless we feel that the subject matter is inappropriate.  Copyright will remain with you, but by entering the competition, you give us the right to use your design in any way we wish on our web site and social media, for advertising purposes.

The winning design will feature on our web site and will be available for sale for a week after we announce the winner.  After that time, the designer may leave the design for sale, or remove it from public view.  The designer will be paid £2 per metre commission on any sales of the design.

Happy designing!