This month your brief was to design a contemporary surface pattern for a female recipient that could be used across a range of products including;
Because quite a number of our successful products for female customers feature flowers within the design we challenged you to try something different and consider a variety of icons and styles to give us something fresh to present in our ranges for M&S.
It was great to see you push forward with new floral styles but also consider how you could use icons inspired by fashion, make up, accessories, food and drink to name but a few.
However when we are judging we have to look at what's commercial and what would work well in our range and florals are still a very strong area.
With over 700 designs to choose from this month our judges had a hard task before them but armed with cake they enjoyed every moment of it.
So I am delighted to announce that this month our winner is Vicjdesign with the quite stunning botanical entry above. Our judges believe that this design was the strongest and could easily translate across a variety of products. In addition because of the nature of the design the elements could be put to work to work as a repeat in many different ways. Congratulations to Vicjdesign.
The judges also selected the following four designers as this month's runners up.
By Kaori Onishi
Every girl loves their make up so this design is perfect and so very commercial. It is also bang up to date with the styling - how many shots do you see lately where the objects or tools are laid out in this way. Well done!
This is a stunning design and very commercial and stood out to all of judges from the beginning.The colour way is beautiful and the layering technique makes this a very sophisticated and contemporary design. Well done Claudia!
Tea seems to of made a big comeback in the last couple of years and we loved how this design brought a fun element to the competition. Beautiful colours and style but for us it wouldn't go across as many products as perhaps some of the other entries as it's perhaps a little niche but we loved it all the same. Well done.
By Helen Witt
Tea cups and teapots are still very popular and we had a few entries that explored this popular theme. This was our favourite as it does something different and has a quirky style to it which is perhaps the use of coloured blocks behind the illustration. Well done Helen.
Our runner up prize this month is the very fab "The Printed Square" which will be landing on the door mats of all our talented runners up.
A very big thank you to everyone who entered the competition this month and as always we hope you enjoyed the brief. This month we are taking a break from pattern design and asking you to focus on Photographic Blanks. Right up your street?