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Swift Direct Blinds Student Design Competition 2017 - "Motif: Pattern Design"

The Brief
To design a pattern that will be available for purchase as a roller blind from Direct Blinds.
We are looking for bold but creative designs that are suitable for print on a PVC fabric.

Our background
Swift Direct Blinds is a family run business with a rich heritage and a history of over 45 years. Today Swift Direct Blinds is an online-only brand, supplying quality, made-to-measure window blinds direct from the internet to customers nationwide.

Unlike most blind companies online, the vast majority of our blinds are made in our own factories by our own skilled workforce, employed from the local area using both traditional and modern manufacturing methods in order to produce high-quality blinds and curtains.

With our history and background in mind, we would like to offer new opportunities to young designers and creators who strive for new experiences and have a keen interest in textiles.

Eligibility
Undergraduate second or final year students from UK higher education institutions studying towards Textile/Design related degree

Entries are accepted from both individuals and teams of up to 3 students. We encourage collaborations between students from different courses (for example, Textiles and Graphic Design) Five shortlisted finalists will be contacted to verify their student status. We will ask for a scan or a photo of your student ID card.

Design specifications
An .eps or .ai file at 300 dpi resolution. When designing a pattern bare in mind that it should be suitable for print of at least 1x1 square meter.

How to enter
Visit the following page and fill in a short form attaching your design. We also ask for a statement explaining the idea behind the concept of your design - no more than 300 words.

Prizes
Three finalists will have their designs printed on PVC fabric for roller blinds that will be available for purchase from Direct Blinds.

First Prize - £250, Second Prize - £200, Third Prize - £150

How work is judged
Designs will be judged by Direct Blinds team with an extensive industry experience.

Key Dates
Competition launches and submission opens - Thursday 30 March 2017
Deadline for submissions - Thursday 11 May 2017 6pm GMT
Judging begins - Monday 15 May 2017
Shortlists and student verification - Wednesday 24 May 2017 
Winners announced - Tuesday 30 May 2017

Intellectual property and further use of work
The intellectual property rights for all designs submitted in the competition remain with the student. However, Swift Direct Blinds will use winners’ designs for producing roller blinds. We might reproduce designs in reports, on the website and social media, in press releases and in any other publicity material.

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