Spoonflower Employee Design Challenge Meet the Designers : Part 4

MAR 28, 2016 updated Aug 15, 2017

Spoonflower Employee Design Challenge Meet the Designers : Part 4

Have you voted for your favorite picks from this week’s Employee Design Challenge?  Once a year, Spoonflower employees get a chance to flex their design muscles in a employee only Design Challenge. For many, this challenge feels like designer Christmas, with the office full of buzz and excitement. Throughout the past week we’ve been giving a behind-the-scenes look at the inspiration for each of these designs. Read on to learn about four more talented Spoonflower employees!

Barbara : Floor Operations Team Member
Design : Nautical Ocean Blue

Textured, cut paper and a little editing in Photoshop was all Barbara needed to create her one-of-a-kind Spoonflower Employee Design Challenge entry!Textured, cut paper and a little editing in Photoshop was all Barbara needed to create her one-of-a-kind Spoonflower Employee Design Challenge entry!


What technique did you use to create your Design Challenge entry?

After painting on black paper with various colors and texture, I cut paper into shapes and either create collage or take photographs of the papers in different configurations.Then, I uploaded to photoshop and added overlaid line work created in Adobe illustrator, adjusted color to create overall ultramarine blue. Lastly, I added contrast and adjustments to create the final vivid blue image, and formatted for a tile repeat.

Barbara 2
Nautical Ocean Blue by Barbara


Katie 
: Junior Web Developer
Design : Roof

Without using a design program, Katie used a photo of a barn roof to create an abstract design for the Employee Design ChallengeWithout using a design program like Photoshop, Katie used a photo of a barn roof to create an abstract design for the Employee Design Challenge. Photo credit : Caroline Okun

Where did you find inspiration for your Employee Design Challenge entry? 

I was inspired from a photo that I took of the Festival Barn Roof at the John C. Campbell Folk School a few weeks ago.  I was taking a class in building a coffee table with mortise and tenon joinery.

Did you create your design using Photoshop?

Nope! I thought that the beams were interesting, and I took several photos in an effort to capture the pattern they created.  I uploaded one to Spoonflower and let the mirror repeat work its magic!

Do you have a favorite part of your design?

My favorite part of this design is that up close, you can see the details and figure out that it is some sort of structure.  But from afar, it looks almost like someone took plaid and did some artful re-weaving of the fibers.

Roof by KatieRoof by Katie

Janet: Print Operations Manager
Design : Abstract Paper Cutouts

Channeling her knowledge from 10th grade geometry class, Janet created her design with festive shapes created from a square piece of paper!Channeling her knowledge from 10th grade geometry class, Janet created her design with festive shapes created from a square piece of paper!

What technique did you use when creating your Design Challenge entry? 

I decided to get crafty with paper cutouts. I used a sheet of 12” x 12” black construction paper, measured out 16 equal squares, and then cut them down into fun shapes. Once my kitchen table was thoroughly covered in triangles, rectangles, and trapezoids (shoutout to my 10th grade geometry teacher!) I got to work re-assembling them into different patterns.

What did you do once you found the perfect pattern?

Once settling on a pattern I liked, I glued the pieces in place on a piece of white construction paper. Drawing skills were not necessary for this pattern. Geometry skills were a plus, but also thankfully not necessary! Scissors, glue sticks, a ruler, and a scanner were the only necessary tools.

Abstract Paper Cutouts by JanetAbstract Paper Cutouts by Janet

Theresa : Senior Marketing Specialist
Design : Deconstructed Sunset

Known around the office for her skill with watercolors, Theresa let the shades of her watercolor set lead the way for inspiration for her Spoonflower Employee Design Challenge entry!Known around the office for her skill with watercolors, Theresa let the shades of her watercolor set lead the way for inspiration for her Spoonflower Employee Design Challenge entry!

 

What technique did you use to create your design?

I’m old school! I usually gravitate towards hand drawn or hand painted, slower methods, rather than creating designs solely on a computer. For “Deconstructed Sunset”, I decided to brush off my set of gouache and watercolor paints to create a mellow, calm vibe. I then brought the design into Photoshop to manipulate the composition until it looked just right.

What was your inspiration for this challenge?

I let the colors take the lead in dictating how this design would take shape. Like most people, I am drawn to the color palette of a sunset at dusk. The balance of warm hues melting into a cool blue landscape is really captivating, and so I aimed to represent that mood in my abstract design.

Theresa 2Deconstructed Sunset by Theresa

With just a few more days left to vote for your favorite Spoonflower Employee Design Challenge entry, time is running out! Vote for your favorite design today!

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