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Aromatherapy Diffuser Locket Design Contest

This contest is now closed.

We're looking for an exciting design for our first aromatherapy diffuser locket. If you have an idea for a locket design, enter it in our design contest for a chance to see your creation become Stimtastic's newest piece of jewelry!

What is an Aromatherapy Diffuser Locket?

An aromatherapy diffuser locket is a small hollow pendant with a cutout design on the front and space inside to hold a felt disc. When essential oil is applied to the felt and the felt is placed in the locket, the scent wafts out of the partially open front of the locket.  Here is a visual example: 

Photo description: A stainless steel lock with a swirling pattern cut into the front side and a purple felt insert inside.

Photo description: A stainless steel lock with a swirling pattern cut into the front side and a purple felt insert inside.

 

The Aromatherapy Diffuser Locket Design Contest is open to all. Here's how to enter: 

  1. Create a 2-dimensional black and white rendering of your idea. 
  2. Submit it by email by January 16, 2018 with the subject line "Aromatherapy Diffuser Locket Design Entry". 
  3. In your email include: your full name, the name of your design, and a statement saying that you have read and agree to the contest entry guidelines below (you can copy this if you like: "I have read and agree to the Stimtastic Aromatherapy Diffuser Locket Design Contest guidelines posted at Stimtastic.co.").

Contest Entry Guidelines: 

  1. Download the design template and save it to your computer. Do not alter the template dimensions (30mm x 30mm at 300 dpi). 
  2. Using the design template, create your design in black and white. 
  3. Use black for the negative space (areas that will be cut out) and white for the solid areas (areas that will be stainless steel). Using the sample design above, all areas seen as dark purple in the photo would be black and all areas seen as silver in the photo would be white.
  4. Your design cannot have any solid areas suspended in negative space. All solid areas must be attached to another solid area. For example, no white dots surrounded by all black.
  5. Solid black and white symbols only. No grayscale, feathering, shadows, groupings of very narrow lines, hatching, shading or other areas of color that are not solid.
  6. Your submission must be a computer rendered graphic image. Hand drawn images are not eligible. 
  7. Submit your design as a .jpeg or .png file. 
  8. Your submission must be your original idea. No copies, derivatives or otherwise modified versions of copyrighted work. 
  9. You must be willing to give Stimtastic exclusive permission to reproduce your design as a diffuser locket for sale by Stimtastic in perpetuity.

Additional design notes

Use the template as your guide for sizing and proportion. You can fill the entire area - a border around the edge of the locket will be added automatically in the manufacturing process and your design will be fit into the usable space on the face of the locket as shown in the example photo. 

Design Template (30mm x 30mm at 300 dpi)

Photo description: White circle on a square light grey background.

Photo description: White circle on a square light grey background.

 

How the Winner will be Selected 

The winner will be chosen by a panel of judges based on a set of judging criteria to include originality and feasibility of production.

What the Winner Will Receive 

  • Your design made into a Stimtastic Aromatherapy Diffuser Locket, with full credit to you as the artist on the Stimtastic website
  • $250 cash award
  • 20 pieces of the finished necklace

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2017 Spinner Ring Design Contest Voting

Voting is now closed. Congratulations to winner Cody Arn

We are pleased to announce that the semi-finalists have been chosen in the 2017 Spinner Ring Design Contest. The winner(s) will be chosen by voting, which closes on August 30th at 11:59 PM ET. 

To vote, check out the semi-finalist entries below and then scroll down to the bottom of the page to anonymously cast your vote for your top 3 favorite designs. Please, one vote per person.



All Aboard the Stim Train

Designed by Louisa R

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Electric Love

Designed by Verity Morgan


Flying Bird

Designed by Cody Arn

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Mighty Dragon

Designed by Derek Marshall Darling

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Spinning Steels

Designed by Avery Watson

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Spoons

Designed by Grayson Keck

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Stimming Kittens

Designed by Erin Tallman

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Symphony Spinner

Designed by Mir Georgeson

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Vote below for the 3 designs you like the most. One vote per person, please.

To vote, click the check box next to the 3 designs of your choice and then click the Submit button at the bottom of the list.  

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Spinner Ring Design Contest 2017

This contest is now closed to entries

 

Design Stimtastic's next spinner ring! 

We're looking for an exciting new spinner ring design. If you have an idea for a spinner ring pattern, enter it in our design contest for a chance to see your creation become Stimtastic's newest piece of fidget jewelry!

The Spinner Ring Design Contest is open to all. Here's how to enter: 

  1. Create a 2-dimensional black and white rendering of your idea. 
  2. Submit it by email by August 15, 2017 with the subject line "Spinner Ring Design Entry". 
  3. In your email include: your full name, the name of your design, and a statement saying that you have read and agree to the contest entry guidelines below (you can copy this if you like: "I have read and agree to the Stimtastic Spinner Ring Design Contest guidelines posted at Stimtastic.co.").

Contest Entry Guidelines: 

  1. Download the design template and save it to your computer. Do not alter the template dimensions (1465px by 165px at 300 dpi). 
  2. Using the design template, create your design in black and white. 
  3. Your design must have exactly 8 symbols of equal size. They can be 8 repetitions of the same symbol, 8 different symbols, or a repeating pattern that adds up to 8. 
  4. Solid black and white symbols only. No grayscale, feathering, shadows, groupings of very narrow lines, hatching, shading or other areas of color that are not solid black. 
  5. Your submission must be a computer rendered graphic image. Hand drawn images are not eligible. 
  6. Submit your design as a .jpeg or .png file. 
  7. Your submission must be your original idea. No copies, derivatives or otherwise modified versions of copyrighted work. 
  8. You must be willing to give Stimtastic exclusive permission to reproduce your design as a spinner ring for sale by Stimtastic in perpetuity.

Additional design notes

Use the template as your guide for sizing and distribution of your symbols. Fill the entire horizontal area, leaving room for space between the first and last symbols on the ring's band. Leave space at the top and bottom of the template (approximately equal to the grey area shown below) so your symbols do not touch the edges.  

Photo description: Horizontal white rectangle with thin gray bands at top and bottom and the words "No artwork in gray area"

Photo description: Horizontal white rectangle with thin gray bands at top and bottom and the words "No artwork in gray area"

You are welcome to submit: 

  • 1 set of 8 unique symbols
  • 1 set of repeating symbols that equals 8 total symbols (4 x 2 symbols, 2 x 4 symbols)
  • 1 symbol that will repeat 8 times


Sample Entries

The illustrations that follow are intended to give entrants an idea of suitable entries. 

Example of 1 set of 8 symbols layout

Photo description: 8 evenly distributed black arrows facing in 4 different compass directions

Photo description: 8 evenly distributed black arrows facing in 4 different compass directions

Examples of 1 set of repeating symbols layout

Photo description: 4 evenly distributed triangular symbols, each pointed in a different direction, and the words "repeat 2 times" 

Photo description: 4 evenly distributed triangular symbols, each pointed in a different direction, and the words "repeat 2 times" 

Example of 1 symbol that will repeat 8 times

Photo description: 1 triangular symbol and the words "repeat 8 times" 

Photo description: 1 triangular symbol and the words "repeat 8 times" 

 

How the Winner will be Selected 

Semi-finalists will be chosen by a panel of judges based on a set of judging criteria to include originality and feasibility of production as a spinner ring design. Semi-finalists will then be voted on by the public to choose a winning design. 

What the Winner Will Receive 

  • Your design made into a Stimtastic Spinner Ring, with full credit to you as the artist on the Stimtastic website
  • $250 cash award
  • 20 pieces of the finished ring in your choice of sizes

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Spinner Ring Design Contest Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the Stimtastic Spinner Ring Design contest!

 

Alicia Chen, Spinosaurus

Alicia is a college sophomore currently studying design and psychology. She has been drawing since elementary school and enjoys gaming and reading in her spare time. She can often be seen doodling funny faces in the margins of lecture notes.

Baden Gaeke Franz, Starry Night

Baden Gaeke Franz is a university student studying Human Rights and Women's and Gender Studies. She loves to sew and knit and to drink tea while snuggling her cat.

Allen Koszis, Swimming Squidies

Allen is a 23 year old nonbinary college student, currently going to community college for their AA, and living in the California Bay Area. They have always had problems with anxiety, but never really liked any of the ring designs they found on the market. Which is why they jumped at the opportunity to design their own. Allen spends most of their free time drawing, with most of their interests including biology, food, comics, and animation. 

Allen would like to eventually get a major in entomology or something in scientific illustration. But they really just hope to one day make a living off of doing the things that they love, and to help the marginalized communities they are a part of.

Look for all three rings on Stimtastic.co in late October! 

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Spinner Ring Design Contest Voting

Voting is now closed

We are pleased to announce that 9 finalists have been chosen in the Spinner Ring Design Contest. The winner(s) will be chosen by voting, which closes on Sept 28th at 11:59 PM EST. 

To vote, check out the 9 finalist entries below and then scroll down to the bottom of the page to anonymously cast your vote for your top 3 favorite designs. Please, one vote per person.

Note: Designs were submitted in several formats. To create parity in voting, we have chosen to show a segment of each ring design, which will repeat 2-3 times on the finished rings. 


Back To You Boomerang

Designed by Alyson Kay

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Bubble

Designed by Ben Cossar

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Flower Power

Designed by Simon J Burke


Gallivant

Designed by Rachel Louise MacMillan


Happy Hands

 


Peace, Love, and Infinite Stimming

Designed by Darcy Litster


Spinosaurus

Designed by Alicia Chen


Starry Night

Designed by Baden Gaeke Franz


Swimming Squidies

Designed by Allen Koszis


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Spinner Ring Design Contest

This contest is now closed to entries.

Design Stimtastic's next spinner ring! 

We're looking for an exciting new spinner ring design. If you have an idea for a spinner ring pattern, enter it in our design contest for a chance to see your creation become Stimtastic's newest piece of fidget jewerly!

The Spinner Ring Design Contest is open to all. Here's how to enter: 

  1. Create a 2-dimensional black and white rendering of your idea. 
  2. Submit it by email to stimtastic@gmail.com by September 15, 2015 with the subject line "Spinner Ring Design Entry". 
  3. In your email include: your full name, the name of your design, and a statement saying that you have read and agree to the contest entry guidelines below (you can copy this if you like: "I have read and agree to the Stimtastic Spinner Ring Design Contest guidelines posted at Stimtastic.co.").

Contest Entry Guidelines: 

  1. Download the design template and save it to your computer. Do not alter the template dimensions (1465px by 165px at 300 dpi). 
  2. Using the design template, create your design in black and white. 
  3. Your design must have exactly 12 symbols of equal size. They can be 12 repetitions of the same symbol, 12 different symbols, or a repeating pattern that adds up to 12. 
  4. Solid black and white symbols only. No grayscale, feathering, shadows, groupings of very narrow lines, hatching, shading or other areas of color that are not solid black. 
  5. Your submission must be a computer rendered graphic image. Hand drawn images are not eligible. 
  6. Submit your design as a .jpeg or .png file. 
  7. Your submission must be your original idea. No copies, derivatives or otherwise modified versions of copyrighted work. 
  8. You must be willing to give Stimtastic exclusive permission to reproduce your design as a spinner ring for sale by Stimtastic in perpetuity.

Additional design notes

Use the template as your guide for sizing and distribution of your symbols. Fill the entire horizontal area, leaving room for space between the first and last symbols on the ring's band. Leave space at the top and bottom of the template (approximately equal to the grey area shown below) so your symbols do not touch the edges.  

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You are welcome to submit: 

  • 1 set of 12 unique symbols
  • 1 set of repeating symbols that equals 12 total symbols (6 x 2 symbols, 3 x 4 symbols, 4 x 3 symbols, 2 x 6 symbols)
  • 1 symbol that will repeat 12 times


Sample Entries

The illustrations that follow are intended to give entrants an idea of suitable entries. 

Example of 1 set of 12 unique symbols

Example of 1 set of repeating symbols

Example of 1 symbol that will repeat 12 times

How the Winner will be Selected 

Semi-finalists will be chosen by a panel of judges based on a set of judging criteria to include originality and feasibility of production as a spinner ring design. Semi-finalists will then be voted on by the public to choose a winning design. 

What the Winner Will Receive 

  • Your design made into a Stimtastic Spinner Ring, with full credit to you as the artist on the Stimtastic website
  • $250 cash award
  • 20 pieces of the finished ring in your choice of sizes

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Chewable Jewelry Design Contest Winner

Congratulations to Yvonne Mendoza Rogers, whose No Gloom Shroom will soon be a Stimtastic chewable pendant!

 

About Yvonne

Yvonne Mendoza Rogers is a 21 year old autistic person, diagnosed at the age of 20, married for 3 years and living in California. She is a homemaker, aka stay at home wife, who enjoys writing drawing and music. She has been interested in music since she was 2, writing since she was 4, and drawing since she was 5. Music is what inspires her to create her pieces.

In her childhood she worked on improving her skill on these interests and now in her adulthood she plays guitar and sings, draws abstract art and design ideas, and writes poetry and short stories and is being published in a book that is in the works about autism and animals. In addition to designing, drawing, music, and writing her main favorite intrest is studying animal care and behavior for her kitty Erica Von Stardust and her 6 hermit crabs.


Thank you to everyone who participated in the Stimtastic Chewable Jewelry Design Contest! The number of entries and votes was amazing.

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Chewable Jewelry Design Contest

Design Stimtastic's next piece of chewable jewelry! 

Do you have a great idea for a chewable pendant? Enter your idea in our design contest for a chance to see your creation become Stimtastic's newest chewable necklace!

The Chewable Jewelry Design Contest is open to all. Here's how to enter: 

  1. Create a 2-dimensional sketch or 3-dimensional rendering of your idea. 
  2. Submit it by email to stimtastic@gmail.com by May 15th with the subject line "Design Contest Entry". 
  3. In your email include: your full name, the name of your design, and a statement saying that you have read and agree to the contest entry guidelines (you can copy this if you like: "I have read and agree to the Stimtastic Chewable Jewelry Design Contest guidelines posted at Stimtastic.co.").

Contest Entry Guidelines

  1. Submissions should be either (1) a 2-dimensional sketch showing the front, side and back of your design or (2) a 3-dimensional rendering of your design. See below for 2-dimensional examples.
  2. Format:
    • for 2-dimensional images, submit a .jpeg or .png file;
    • for 3-dimensional submissions submit an .STP or .IGS file.
  3. Your submission must be your original idea. No copies, derivatives or otherwise modified versions of copyrighted work. 
  4. You must be willing to give Stimtastic exclusive permission to reproduce your design as a chewable jewelry piece for sale by Stimtastic in perpetuity.
  5. Submissions should be reproduce-able in a single color.
  6. Submissions should be suitable for production in a 3-dimensional format (i.e. a single continuous object).
  7. Submissions should be suitable for use as a chewable pendant (i.e. not have multiple small protrusions or especially thin/narrow parts that would be easily chewed off).

Sample Entries

The illustrations that follow are intended to give entrants an idea of suitable 2-dimensional sketches or computer-generated renderings.

Example of a concept sketch (purple ink) and finished submission (black ink) with a different design for front and back  (Illustrations and design notes by Elizabeth Porter ( snowbringer@gmail.com , twitter: @snowbringer)

Example of a concept sketch (purple ink) and finished submission (black ink) with a different design for front and back (Illustrations and design notes by Elizabeth Porter (snowbringer@gmail.com, twitter: @snowbringer)

Additional Design Notes: 

You don't need to do your submission digitally – All you need is some blank or graph paper and a black pen. (Black pen will reproduce better than pencil in most cases without image editing.) What you want to do is make your design easy for other people to visualize or understand. Don't worry about making it “perfect.” What you want is something understandable. 

To help this, add measurements for parts – even if they are a little rough. If you are having trouble with drawing a circle, draw what you can and add an arrow to where you want it to go. If you want a textured area or a repeating pattern, say that. You can't have too much clarity. 

When you go to put your image on the computer, scanning is preferable. You want a larger image – you can always make it smaller later if you have to. (300 dpi will get you a better, more legible image.) Alternately, you can take a photograph in good light (sunlight preferable) with the best settings for image quality you have available on your camera. 

What you will want is to show your idea for the front, the back, and the sides. If front and rear are the same, then you can just draw one and make a note of that. If you want something where the one side is thicker than the other, make sure to draw that and add notes about thicknesses. 

Example of a drawing of a piece with identical front and back sides  (Illustrations and design notes by Elizabeth Porter (snowbringer@gmail.com, twitter: @snowbringer)

Example of a drawing of a piece with identical front and back sides (Illustrations and design notes by Elizabeth Porter (snowbringer@gmail.com, twitter: @snowbringer)

How the Winner will be Selected 

Semi-finalists will be chosen by a panel of judges based a set of judging criteria to include originality and feasibility of production as a chewable pendant. Semi-finalists will then be voted on by the public to choose a winning design. 

What the Winner Will Receive

  1. Your design made into a Stimtastic Chewable necklace, with full credit to you as the artist on the Stimtastic website.
  2. $500 cash award
  3. 20 pieces of the finished necklace in your choice of available colors