Thursday, July 30, 2009

Winners of “Monochrome”

The time has come to separate the colour-blind men from mice. As you know, Foldees received a record number of entries from MONOCHROME, a contest suggested (but not joined… tsk) by one of our current designers, jayemcee. We’re proud that a contest created for designers by designers has garnered sucha response.

Unfortunately, the new contest also means that not everyone can possibly win, so for this contest, we have yet a new winner (no, we absolutely swear that we do not doctor the results), and quite a few first-timers. Because there were quite a few commendable entries this time that didn’t win, we’ve decided that on top of the prizes that we’re announcing today, there will be a few extra prizes that we’ll be announcing over the next coupla days, so do keep watch!

Without further ado…

5. ZacYouthSurrender Now! (Prize: US$100)

ZacYouth---Surrender-Now-(Cover) ZacYouth---Surrender-Now-(Content)

ZacYouth has joined EVERY single contest that we’ve had at Foldees, and we’re grateful for it. Of course, we’re sure he’s pretty grateful as well, since he’s won prizes in more than half of them (and came within 0.05 points of winning almost all!). His style is best recognised by the thick outlines he uses on his characters, which make them look simple and appealing, despite their intricate designs.

This latest design is a true tribute to his creativity. God knows what kind of mind would think of pills as police chasing down worms as bad guys (maybe Vitagen?), but we absolutely LOVE IT!

4. shuwanThe Power of Love (Prize: US$100)


shuwan---The-Power-of-Love-(Cover) shuwan---The-Power-of-Love-(Content)

Continuing the Malaysian fight-back is a new designer that hails from the Klang Valley (not too far from where we are). She recently wrote on her blog that after seeing her card in real-life (at one of our stores), she doesnt “care much whether I can win the contest now. I know there're designs much better than mine.”

Well, not that many, shuwan. Your simple lines and great we-are-the-world theme are just the sort of thing we, and apparently the public, love! Congratulations on your first win… we hope to see alot more coming from you.

3. ayeishaTrue Color Of Love(Prize: US$300)

ayeisha---Colors-of-Love-(Cover) ayeisha---Colors-of-Love-(Content)

For some reason, we always seem to have a special place in our hearts for the third place card. Our last third place winner was one of our favourite cards in the entire contest, and such is the case again. We love the concept of this card from ayeisha, another talented designer from the Philippines.

We also love that it adheres strictly to the monochrome rule, with only black, white, and one shade of green on the cover. We also love the fact that it’s the first ever Foldees card featuring a lizard on the cover (unless you think Yoda kinda looks like one)! Incidentally, one of our staff has already used this card.

2. dezilove_09The Hare & The Tortoise (Prize: US$600)

dezilove_09---The-Hare-&-The-Tortoise-Story-(Cover) dezilove_09---The-Hare-&-The-Tortoise-Story-(Content)

We originally wanted to reject this card. Because it was so detailed that we thought it was a raster. Upon closer inspection, it’s simply an extremely detailed vector, done by a barely-legal Aussie guy.

The message is simple (with more undertones than is at first apparent), but the attention to detail, both in the lighting on the cover and the pictures on the wall on the inside are absolutely staggering. If this is an indication of what you guys can do Down Under, then we’re hoping for the Marmite invasion asap!

1. Kokuzo - You Color Up My World! (Prize: US$1000)

Kokuzo---You-Color-Up-My-World-(Cover)  Kokuzo---You-Color-Up-My-World-(Content)

We were smart about this. We gave Kokuzo an iPod Classic for our last Christmas contest, and he’s been hooked ever since. His style of drawing is very very versatile, as you can see here and here, which is nice since every card is a new surprise. And no where is is versatility more apparent than in his winner entry. It’s enough nuance and attention to detail for 6 cards, so this one’s a real bargain! A few things details we really, really liked about this card

  • The eyebags on Tired
  • The rain cloud above Sad
  • The girlie bear has brushes hidden behind her back.
  • The expressions of the singing flowers

Franz, here’s hoping that you’re enjoying that iPod classic enough to join us for many, many contests to come.


THANK YOU to all of you who participated in Monochrome! Even if you didn’t win, don’t forget to check out your Royalties page for card purchases. If you want a better chance at making that happen, don’t forget to pop our widget over on your blog/website, and ensure that your profile is up to date!

PLUS On Sunday, we’ll be revealing a few extra “Special Mention” prizes, so don’t forget to revisit the blog then.


Noelevz said...

Congrats to all the winners!

uMac said...


I would like to extend my deepest gratitude to Foldees Team most especially to Chak. In addition to that, I would like to thank everyone who voted for my design. This is my first time to join in this kind of contest and fortunately, I won! Wow! It really inspires me more to make creative designs and join to various contests online.


Kokuzo said...
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Kokuzo said...

Thank all you guys who voted for me, and special thanks to Chak and Foldees Team for your very very positive feedback.
Congrats to all the others winners!
Keep on rockin' Foldees!

chak said...

We only provide the platform.

It's the designs and the choices made by you guys that keep the site alive :)

Keep coming out with work like this, and we're all gonna have a blast!

jayhan said...

Congratulations to all the winners! :D