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! :)
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!
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.
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!
No worries, your design is still totally in our queue! When we let you know about the season your design should run in, it is an estimate, as it is hard to know exactly how many will be in the running over the next few months! We have so many awesome designs accepted to be voted on, that sometimes it takes a little longer to go up. The process is somewhat random, but it also gives precedence to designs that have been accepted earlier. That being said, we always send you an email a day or two before your design goes up so that you know it will be coming! That way you can let your family and friends know. So stay tuned for an email from us, hopefully soon! :)
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!