Uncommongoods is having a design contest:
Uncommongoods is a Brooklyn-based online retailer, is hosting a Bicycle Lovers Design Challenge from now until September 15 and we would love to see the work of the online bike community.
DEADLINE: September 15, 2012 at 11:59 PM ET
GRAND PRIZE:$500 cash + an UncommonGoods vendor contract
This open call is for any designer to submit a finished product that would appeal to a bike lover. This can be anything featuring a bicycle, an accessory or gadget to use while riding or a gift made of recycled bike parts. The winning designer will win $500 and a vendor contract with UncommonGoods, getting their design in front of thousands of customers. All finalists will have the opportunity to submit their entire portfolio to UncommonGoods buyers, get their work critiqued by a panel of judges that will include designer Emily Rothschild and Pasqualina Azzarello of Recycle-A-Bicycle, and experience some serious online exposure.
Artists can learn more on the contest page and submit their designs through the online form.
Calling all designers, inventors and especially velophiles!
Has your beloved bicycle made its way into your artwork or designs? Have long rides in the saddle inspired a new gadget or accessory? We want to see what amazing gifts and accessories you have for the avid cyclists and “dandy horse” enthusiasts.
RUNNERS UP: All runners up will receive a critique of their work from the guest judges, as well as tips for marketing and growing your business. Additionally, the UncommonGoods buying team will be happy to review your full portfolio in consideration for future work.
WHAT CAN I SUBMIT:We love all things bikes! We want to see your creative gadgets, accessories, and cycling gifts. Take a look at our bike products to get an idea of what we might be looking for.
WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO BE AN UNCOMMON ARTIST:Your designs should tell a story, be intelligent, and show your individuality. We love to see designs and gadgets that are original and uncommon!
WHAT KINDS OF MEDIUMS CAN I USE? We accept all sorts of materials as long as they are safe and animal-friendly — so no lead, leather, feathers, or pearls. But we love unique materials that tell an interesting story. Don’t forget to share that story with us in your product description and with alternate images.
GOT A QUESTION? Browse through our rules. or send us an email to email@example.com. If you have trouble with the form, make sure you’ve filled out your contact info — especially a valid email address! — before you upload your images.
Erin is the senior buyer at UncommonGoods. She rides her hybrid bike from Manhattan to the UncommonGoods offices in Brooklyn. Her favorite bike accessory is her purple helmet and the Bike Glow Safety Light.
Emily Rothschild is an Industrial Designer interested in all things art and design. Equal parts problem solver, designer, maker, and writer, Emily can usually be found building, prodding, torching, or tinkering. She aims to identify areas of our lives that are often overlooked in order to create new, lasting, and often humorous design solutions. Emily lives and works in her hometown of New York City.
Pasqualina Azzarello is an artist, public muralist, and director of Recycle-A-Bicycle. Recycle-A-Bicycle is a grassroots community bike shop and non-profit organization in NYC that teaches youth how to build bikes, ride bikes, and transform old bike parts into beautiful, wearable art.
ABOUT UNCOMMONGOODS: Since 1999, UncommonGoods has worked with independent artists and designers to promote their work via our catalog and website, and we place a high value on supporting emerging artists and designers in a variety of ways. This year, we’re expanding our business to support local artists with development events, provide content on our blog to help them grow their craft and business and give opportunities to more fine artists through our challenges.