one69a Worker Bee Project

As a celebration of Manchester’s rich creative talent, our friends over at one69a are running a design competition. Simply create an illustration of a worker bee that represents you or your creative collective using three colours; Metallic Gold, Black and Pantone 7450U.

Here’s an example of a submission created by OneFiveEight’s Luke Breen:

Manchester Worker Bee

About the Manchester Worker Bee

The worker bee was adopted as a motif for Manchester during the Industrial Revolution, at a time when Manchester was taking a leading role in new forms of mass production. Seven bees are included in the crest of the city’s arms which were granted to the Borough of Manchester in 1842.  The bee denotes Mancunians’ hard work during this era and Manchester being a hive of activity in the 19th century.

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Full Competition Details

To celebrate the incredible variety of creative talent in Manchester, One69A are running a design competition and hosting a screen printing party on Thursday 22nd October at 6pm at Islington Mill, Salford. With a selection of incredible prizes up for grabs, this is set to be a hit with the cities innovative makers and thinkers.

The party will include live screen printing demonstrations and workshops that visitors can get involved in as well as live music and refreshments.

One69A are inviting responses to the following design brief:

We would like you to design a Manchester Bee that represents you, your studio, collective or agency. From the designs submitted, we will select our favourite 35 to be featured on a hand pulled, screen printed A1 poster. The three colours that we have chosen are black, metallic gold and pantone 7450U. Illustrations should consist of the three specified colours and fit inside an 87mm square. Please submit a colour separated pdf / psd file to us by 1st October 2015.

The competition is open to anyone and everyone; so whether you are a designer, doodler, maker, illustrator, tinker or tailor we would like you to get involved. Each person(s) design that is featured will receive a poster and the remaining posters printed will be given to the first 50 people to arrive at the party.

Both the competition and the party are free to take part in, if you would like to respond to the brief or attend the party please email RSVP’s/submissions to [email protected]

The competition prizes are as follows:

1st Prize
4 x additional A1 posters
10 x T-shirts featuring your Bee design
Private Screen Printing Workshop at Islington Mill for 10 people.

2nd Prize
4 x additional A1 posters
5 x T-shirts featuring your Bee design
4 x places on our Print Your Own Tshirt Workshop

3rd Prize
2 x Additional A1 posters
2 x Places on our Print Your Own Tshirt Workshop

Prize winners will be announced at the event.