ColorLabs Design Contest - Win $3500!

contestHereby is a blog post by ColorlabsProject. We are hosting a WordPress Theme Concept Design competition and we’re waiting for your awesome entries! Anyway, what do you believe in designs? We believe that great designs are designs that speak and function. They were developed through insightful inspirations and born to convey an important message to the viewers. Although designs are always eye-candies, we do believe that awesomeness lies beyond.

Talking about WordPress, what do you think an awesome high quality WordPress themes should look like? Should they have vivid colors? Clear typography? Great content readability? Or perhaps something that conventional graphic design theories forget?

Well, we guess this is your time to decide. Express your insights by designing a theme concept for us. Show yourself off, gain some recognition, and not to mention, there is a total prize of US$ 3500 available for you, talented designers.

How to participate in the contest?

To participate in the contest, you must submit a theme concept to ColorLabs Project. It’s not a theme, it’s just a concept. Here are some technical requirements of the concept:

  • The theme concept is intended for WordPress. That’s rule number one. But the great news is: there is a broad possibility of amazing stuffs we can create with WordPress.
  • We believe that there are numerous ways to present a theme concept, but to participate in the contest, your theme concept must be created in Photoshop format.
  • The theme concept must cater the 1024 X 768 user’s screen. Therefore, considering the margin and borders, the maximum width of the design is 980 pixels.
  • To participate in the contest, you need to publish a blog post and tell a bit of your story about the contest. You should also give a linkback to this post.
  • Designs must be submitted in JPG or PNG format to contest [at] colorlabsproject [dot] com. You also have to tell us the background story of the concept: what inspired you, how you designed, what the design is all about. Designs are not only about shapes, colors, or patterns. They should have insightful story that complete the whole as one. In the story, please also mention your full name and any URL you would like to be linked to if you win.
  • If you use any stock/source images in the designs, please submit them as well and mention the URLs in the story above. Please make sure that those images have extended usage licenses that allow the distribution of the design.
  • Designs must be submitted before 14th February, midnight (GMT+7).

The competition is divided into two phases:

  1. Qualification Round: January 10 - February 14,.
    In this round, participants are only required to submit the front-page of the theme concept in PNG/JPG format. In the end, there will be 12 theme concepts that will be selected to compete in the final round.
  2. Final Round: February 14, - February 21,.
    In this round, finalists are required to submit the inner pages of the theme concept along with the source files (PSD files). Source files will be assessed to determine the core quality of the design.

The contest is divided into 3 (three) categories:

  1. Category A: General Blog/Lifestream and Photo/Videoblog
    Theme concepts participating in this category should include general elements for standard personal/lifestream blogs or photo/videoblogs.
  2. Category B: Business Blog/Portfolio
    Designs competing in this category should include several basic elements of business/portfolio blogs. They should be able to market products/services or function as a showcase site.
  3. Category C: Newspaper/Magazine
    Theme concepts participating in this category should include main elements of an online newspaper/magazine, particularly: headline, featured posts, multiple post listings, and ad spots.

The winner from each category will receive US$ 1000 and additional US$ 500 will be awarded to the best of the three. So it’ll be US$ 1500 for the best of the best and US$ 1000 each for the rest two winners. All winners will be interviewed and featured in ColorLabsProject. One contestant may submit more than one design and he/she may win more than one category as well.

Designs are assessed by a special team from ColorLabs Project. Three main factors that we will put into considerations are (1) the background story of the concept, (2) how well the theme concept presents the site’s content to the viewer, and (3) how far it transforms WordPress into something stunning yet well-functioning as a website.

We will then make the winning theme concepts available as official ColorLabs Project themes and we will credit the contestant for the design.

Terms and Conditions

  • One contestant may submit more than one theme concept, he/she is also able to win more than one category.
  • Theme concept has to be completely new, never been published anywhere, and never been used to compete in similar contests.
  • Theme concept must be originally developed by you and it must be entirely your own work. If it contains any stock images, it must be certified that they have an extended usage.
  • You understand that by participating in this contest, your theme concept is possibly used by ColorLabs Project and may be made available for purchase on our site. Winners will be awarded a cash prize for their work. Any other theme concept will only be made available for purchase after a once-off fee agreed by both parties. Sales generated off the theme will be kept by the company.

So, are you in?? Submit your theme concepts now! Go to for further information.

  • When do the results get published? Great idea and can’t wait for the ideas!

  • pengen ikutttt, buat modal nih

  • damn, right when I get here to finally see this contest in action it is already April ;-( I was pumped up reading the post then I saw it was over in February…lol…oh well, so who won?

  • Cool.. I’m going to check it out. Thanks for the link mate.

  • Hello,

    Is this contest still accepting entries?

  • I am very exited to take part in this contest too

  • cemmana ni bel caranya? harus ngerti c++ dkk gaaa? bolehlah buat pengangguran seperti eykeee

  • wah… $3500 ya…. mau donk…. :)

  • Wah..kalau Ara ikut..aku ikut juga lah ! hehehe

  • Sounds like fun, I’m not that good of a designer but what the heck. Life is suppose to be fun right? I’m all in.

  • AKu coba ikut bro :)

  • Looking forward to this one!

  • Good luck to all participants :D

  • Really cool contest!! im not a designer but i will be expecting the final result of this!!

    Greetings from Cancun!