Ever thought about designing a Squishable? It's fun! There are a lot of talented designers in the Squishy Nation, and Project Open Squish is here to get your voices heard. Have a design you think might work? This is your chance!
Here's how it works: submit your design and, if it gets accepted, the Squishy Community will vote on which will go on to prototype! The winners get fame and (a reasonable amount of) fortune! And, if we can make it work as a prototype, we will add it to the Squishable line! Are you a plush designer? Cool! Are you an artist who has never touched plush before? Awesome! Give it a try! You can submit as many designs as you want! You might find that toy design is your destiny.
All set? Then make sure to read and understand the Terms and Conditions. This document contains really important information about your rights as a designer! When you're ready, use the form on the next page to submit! If you have any questions about the Terms, make sure to contact us before you submit! Here are a couple highlights:
- By submitting a design, you're affirming that it's your own work and no one else's! We cant accept a character owned or created by another artist or company. We need to reject any characters taken from copyrighted stuff like TV shows and movies. Sorry! This also means that submitting on a friend's or parent's behalf isnt allowed.
- You're promising you're over 18!
- Your submission must be in .JPG form, and final file size must be under 10MB.
- Don't take a photo with your cell phone - if your drawing is on paper, please use a scanner! :)
- Your submission must have multiple views (front, side, back, top, etc.), with at least 3 views!
- We have the right to reject a submission for any reason. :(
- Changes in design and color almost always have to be made to a designs construction and colors to make it work!
- Be nice! That means being courteous and fair to the other competitors and respecting their artwork.
A simple piece of clean, white paper, canvas, Photoshop or Illustrator document will do just fine! Use whatever you feel most compelled to create with! :) If you'd prefer to have a starting point - feel free to download the Design Template below in your preferred format! (though they are totally not a requirement to have your design accepted!)
It can be intimidating, we know, but if a design isn't quite ready to go up for voting, we provide one-on-one feedback on each design to try and make it the best it can possibly be! Some common problems that we find with artwork that you can preemptively consider before submitting:
- The artwork is not in the right format!
- The linework of the artwork is too rough or sketchy. It just needs some polish!
- The character is too similar to a current, retired, or in process design!
- The character is too similar, or copied, from someone elses work. :(
- The design is too complex to be created in plush form. It needs a little simplification!
- The design is somehow inappropriate or not kid-friendly. Oopsie!
Well, we have answers! Probably! Below are some of the most common questions we get about Project Open Squish, but click right here to be taken to the FULL FAQ! :)
How does voting work?
If we think that your design will make a good plush, and if it passes all the requirements, then the Squishy fan community will vote on which designs make it into Squishy round-ness! Tell your friends! Tell your fans! And don't forget to answer the questions that voters ask you on your design's page! At the end of the round, the highest scorer(s) (who make it over the minimum scoring threshold yes, sometimes there are multiple winners in a round!) will be sent for prototype!
Why did you reject my design?
There are many reasons why your design may have been rejected. We get thousands of submissions, and we unfortunately cannot accept everyone, even though we wish we could! We have been running Open Squish for 6 years now, and it is very hard to have your design accepted since we get so many great submissions! Some fans have been trying and practicing for years, and have just gotten accepted very recently! It takes a lot of time and practice to get to the skill level we are looking for, as professional-level designs do best in voting. Many of you have the drive and the talent, and if you keep working on your skills, you can have what it takes to be a Project Open Squish designer!
Here are a few tips to better help you in future submissions. Make sure the art for your future designs is very clean and neat; simple clearly defined lines work best. We highly recommend using flat, solid colors and clean, thin black outlines. Digital artwork is also usually the most popular with voters. For inspiration, please check out our In-Process page for some great examples of clean, simple designs. Also make sure that you submit 360s views, because we need to see the side/back/etc. in order to run the design. The best-voted designs are usually digital, but we also accept hand-drawn designs. We use Photoshop here, as well as other Adobe Creative Cloud programs like Illustrator, along with Wacom Intuos tablets. There are plenty of online tutorials that are helpful for when you are just starting out. Digital drawing takes a lot of practice, but the more you do it, the better you will get for sure! And if you do decide to submit hand-drawn designs, as we said above, just make sure to keep them very neat and clean, and scan them in for optimal results.
I submitted a while ago. Why haven't I heard feedback yet?
We have an amazingly huge amount of awesome Project Open Squish submissions in the past few months, and as we look at each individual one and give updates on them, we try to get you feedback within one month of submission, sometimes sooner if we can! We have thousands that we go through, but we go through them everyday, so rest assured that we did receive your design and will get back to you with information as soon as we possibly can!
What is a Golden Ticket?
So, a Golden Ticket is basically when a design didn't hit the voting threshold to win, but we at Squishable HQ thought that it was an especially strong design and we decide to essentially have it "win" anyway. The design will go through the prototyping process, we pay the designer for their awesome submission, and it is exactly the same process as when someone is voted a winner in Open Squish (only we chose it, instead of the fans). We don't do it very often, but we can Golden Ticket something at any time (occasionally even months after they run!). Sometimes we cant get a design just right at HQ, and we realize that one of our Open Squish designers has already nailed it! Or, we just love something SO much, that we just need to give it a try in prototype form!