Student Design Competition

Last Thursday, March 8th, students were invited to a presentation by Anna Peterson from Sherwin-Williams. I was not aware of (but happy to learn about) their commitment to green products. Here’s a link to their website:

Anna told us about a design competition that Sherwin-Williams is sponsoring for students. I’ve posted the basic information below, but click on the graphic to go the their facebook page for more information or to enter the contest.

“Announcing the second annual Sherwin-Williams STIR Student Design Contest — a contest celebrating excellence in residential and commercial design by students across North America!

Again this year there will be a first place ($2,500 cash prize), second place ($1,000 cash prize) and third place ($500 cash prize) winner in each category. The two first place winners will also have their work featured in the 2012 edition of STIR magazine. All six winners will be featured in a future article right here on, as well as on the Sherwin-Williams for Designers & Architects Facebook page.

Contest basics

• The contest will run from March 1 to April 15, 2012. • To enter, simply go to • One entry per student. • There are two categories: residential design or commercial design. • Your project must use a minimum palette of three Sherwin-Williams colors. Only Sherwin-Williams colors qualify. • Upload your CAD files or illustrations directly online.

But wait, there’s more: become a fan favorite!

But the fun doesn’t end there: all contest finalists will be posted in a special gallery for voting on by our Facebook audience. The two submissions that receive the most votes — one from each category — will win a $250 cash price. Be sure to invite friends and family to help vote you into the winner’s circle!

Anna said that students are encouraged to take any existing project and simply revise it to include colors from the Sherwin Williams palette in accordance with the contest rules, then submit it. They have downloadable color palettes for CAD and photoshop here:

What do you have to loose?

And except for the Capital One baby, we could all use more cash!!


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