Barcode Deluxe

This is a creative invitation for all textile designers to update the classic stripe.

€6,500prize pool

This is a creative invitation for all textile designers to update the classic stripe.


Toothpaste, pedestrian crossing or barcode deluxe? We wonder if Coco Chanel was aware how much of a fashion craze she started by developing a collection based on the original nautical striped Breton shirt back in the 1920s. Stripes are meanwhile omnipresent in the world of fashion and the current fixation is showing no signs of abating.

Surprise us with your very own interpretation of the classic stripe! Create extraordinary, new variations of stripes and mix them up with exciting new elements. Artificial-looking stripes on top of large-scale flowers and bright colors could be key to the look. Dynamic, expressive hand-painted brushstrokes create a vibrant art-house feel that could update eclectic patterns. Experiment with contrasts, structures, scanned elements and techniques. Don’t be afraid of complexity!

Out-of-place stripes on large-scale digital images are just one of the various options this theme offers. Go further in your interpretation by using digital interventions or random glitches to transport your print into your own futuristic realms.

Check out the mood & inspiration board on pinterest here.

The best designs submitted on jovoto will be chosen and presented to select international fashion brands by the client, who is a renowned textile supplier. In addition to winning up to 5,000€ in community awards, a huge opportunity awaits, to be licensed by a large fashion brand. For every licensed design, you will be paid 100€ for the initial design and an additional 0.20€ in royalties for each meter printed. The amount purchased can be up to 20,000 meters per design.

Be inspired by our previous textile design projects and see the many excellent designs that were created for Artificial Garden, Chinoiserie-Chic and the first two projects in the Textile Orbit: The Lacemaker and Work in Progress!

Textile Orbit – The third challenge!

“Barcode Deluxe” is the third textile design brief for the Textile Orbit, a carefully curated group of the best textile and pattern designers on the jovoto platform. The designers in the Textile Orbit have the opportunity to access this and other exciting textile design challenges in the future.

jovoto and our client wants to revolutionize the textile industry with you! Textile Orbit is not only the first talent pool on jovoto, but also a completely new way of working within the fashion industry, that you will play a part in establishing!

The client is seeking to build up a long-term relationship with you and throughout the course of the project you will get to know their values, structures and business, piece by piece, little by little.

To establish this relationship, the client wants to enable you to create the best possible patterns based on the latest fashion trends by giving you comprehensive feedback from the fashion market. You will also gain confidential insights into how their business works that will help you understand their complete design process. As soon as a good relationship and a solid process has been established, the client will reveal their identity!

They are super excited about the road ahead and invite you to participate and share your ideas and feedback. Stay tuned for further information about them soon!


The goal of this project is to gather a wide range of textile patterns focusing on the theme “Barcode Deluxe”. The best designs will be presented to well-known international fashion brands to be licensed and used in their current and upcoming collections.

Task Definition

Create a pattern for the fashion industry’s most recognized brands to be used in their current and upcoming collections. Define and interpret the theme “Barcode Deluxe” with your very own stripe creations.


  • Strike-through florals
  • Eclectic patterns
  • Digital details
  • Large-scale

Target Group

  • Womenswear (the main focus of this project is on designs for a ladieswear collection, however you can also create designs for possible menswear collections)
  • Aged between 15 and 55 years old
  • Summer design
  • Full range of the collection including trousers, shirts, dresses, blouses, jackets etc.


  • Hand-drawn and illustrated
  • Unpredictable
  • Unconventional
  • Structured
  • Experimental
  • Graphical
  • Refined
  • Dynamic
  • Expressive
  • Vibrant art-house style

Mandatory requirements

For templates and other details, please refer to the provided Rotation and Digital Print Dimension, Presentation Template and How to Create a Print-Ready Design Guide Book, which can be downloaded from the ‘Materials’ section. Please make sure your repeat pattern is at least 64cm.

As we are working with labels in the fast-paced fashion industry, the client will be closely following the project and may select designs that catch their eye at any point (even before the project ends).

Be aware that in order to evaluate the quality of your design for future production purposes, your design will be printed as part of a test printing and may be presented to clients. Please make sure you have uploaded the sourcefiles on jovoto when submitting a design or to Textile Orbit Dropbox.

There is no guideline as to whether you depict the content with photographic or purely graphic elements. In any case you should only use images and fonts:

1. for which you own the full copyright
2. for which the exclusive rights can, if required, be passed on to the client. 
If 2. applies, please ensure you clearly highlight the third-party image material.

Due to the needs of the client, it is important that the designs submitted in this project are unique and exclusive. Therefore please do not use any material covered by open source or open content licensing terms for the development and creation of your design.

Required File Formats

To speed up the licensing process, please upload the open layered file in the following required file format:

  • AI, PSD or TIF files at least 150dpi in layers
  • If the files are larger than 1GB, they should be compressed with Win Zip or Win RAR

Please note that jovoto will only download the open layered file if the client wishes to test print your design for evaluation purposes.

Useful Links

Pinterest Board: "Barcode Deluxe" Inspiration
Collection by Mary Katrantzou
Collection by Sachin & Babi

Legal Overview

Here is a brief overview of what is particularly important to be aware of:

1. When entering an idea into a project, jovoto as well as the client, may display, share and print it for evaluation or presentational purposes.
2. There is a twelve month exclusivity period: 

  • in which you make your uploaded design exclusively and privately available only within this project (no other websites or social media).
  • in which you ensure that the client may exclusively license your design.
  • after which you may offer your submission to others and publicly display it (without any reference to the client).

3. Please ensure that you have noted any and all third party material you used - including the source at which it can be found.
4. When uploading an idea you agree to jovoto's general terms of use as well as the specific project terms (see under the brief).
5. The project terms not only clarify rights for your upload, but also the details that go into effect if and when you are informed that the client wishes to license your design.
6. Please carefully check and review your submission and the attachments before uploading them - they can be deleted within 24 hours. 

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Project terms

For this project, special  project terms  apply.

Halftime Feedback

Dear Textile Orbiters,

We’ve got the latest feedback from the client. This is a general overview of the project so far and tomorrow I’ll be able to post more specific comments under the ideas we’ve gotten specific feedback about. So let’s hear what they have to say:

  • First, great job! The client is very happy with your interesting and unique interpretations of the theme Barcode Deluxe so far. They said that at the moment, 20% of your ideas are considered print-ready. This is a step forward and shows that your work is developing. Keep on checking out the How to Create A Print Ready Design guide before submitting. 
  • There is a good mix of imagery and techniques, but to go even further you could do more with a mixture of photographic and graphic elements.
  • The client is selling to commercial fashion brands, so keep this in mind when you are designing. Have a look at the inspiration boards and the what’s on the market. Some approaches are lovely and artistic, but don’t work for commercial fashion. Also a good resource is the monthly trend forecast from Promostyl.
  • You’re going in the right direction, keep it up by thinking in layers and complexity of your designs and patterns.

And before my morning coffee, we made you a short video to say hi and give your a few updates from our side :) Check it out below! 

All the best, 


Orbit_Update1 from jovoto on Vimeo.


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is anyone else having problems uploading?

Hi Amy, There has been a lot of trouble with the upload due to the huge data file size. We really are working on it, but it'll take some time. For the time being, if you are still having trouble, you can send the files to support(at) with a link to a WeTransfer where you've uploaded your idea. Sorry for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience. We really appreciate it! All the best Jess

That's well and good, but the submission page won't allow me to submit the idea unless there's a source file attached....

yes, I'm still having the same issue so haven't even tried again as of now.....

okay thank you Jess! I just wanted to confirm it wasn't on my end! Will try a little later today and see what happens :)

This is going to be so exciting! I was already working with a few line patterns. Now I have more fuel for them! Thanks Jovoto and best to all designers.

Regarding the source file I was curious if everyone has been creating completed repeats because that always seems to take the longest for me and I started wondering if a finished repeat was necessarily needed?

Hello there, I am wondering, for the time being and until uploading is sort out, can we upolad only the jpg and send the links to support team? Honestly I did never complaint about anything before, but as you know we already work many hours for free and my time is precious at least for me!! I do not want to wasted any more with hours of uploading and ending up in sending all the files and data and etc to you guys. Let´s be flexible and make the best decisions for all of us, yes? I stronlgy recommend to take away the source file upload for the initial idea, and on top of that I do not think we should send our originals if we are not choosen for at least a test print. This time I feel you are asking a lot from us... And I am still waiting for the result of my test print of the second competition that took place in July!!! Always with the best intentions in mind and heart, wish we can solve this soon and we can go back to enjoy what we all love to do!!!

Hi loulou, Thanks for giving your feedback. We know how precious your time is, and we definitely want to respect that. We absolutely know that there needs to be a solution for the upload. We see the urgency of the situation, but we need time to develop the best solution. Therefore, we are asking for your patience. For the time being, you can send your files to the Support Center. I will upload a template document under Download materials in a few minutes, which will make the process easier and clearer. I'll make another comment below when it's uploaded and how to use it. All the best, Jess

I join to the aforesaid. In the previous competitions I have not had time to load the big original files PSD. Can be better make their loading if necessary and further to load on FTP?

I agree with Loulou about uploading only for test printing causes.

Dear Elisabeth, The problem with only uploading a source file when the client needs to test printing, is that that creates a huge gap of time and over head between the client contacting jovoto, jovoto contacting you, the files being sent to jovoto, jovoto sending the files to the client. The goal of the obrit is to be able to present and license as quick and as many of your designs as possible. The innovation of the orbit is it's fast nature and broad perspectives. This gap slows down the process and creates a huge overhead. That's why we are requiring the source files from the beginning. As the orbit grows, this will be absolutely necessary. However, as this is new for all of us, we are learning as we go. We know and totally agree that having so much trouble uploading is a huge problem and we are working on it. But for the time being, we will offer you another solution, like using the Support Template I just uploaded in the material section. You can use that if you are having trouble uploading until we can fix the acute problem that some of you are having by upload.

Please be patience with us, we are really working on this and we know how important it is. We see the huge potential and opportunity in the working with you, we're working on making it better!

All the best, Jess

Hey there Orbiters,

Since we are still working on fixing the upload problem, for those of you having trouble, I created a Support Template which shows you exactly how to upload your files and which information to include when sending your files to us in the Support Center.

If have trouble uploading, use the Support Template found in the material section of the briefing and send your files to us by following those steps, and we'll upload your designs for you.

Thanks for your patience and support! All the best, Jess

Hi - I'm trying to get my ideas uploaded but the source file upload issue is preventing me from submitting anything. I've uploaded two ideas' source files to WeTransfer, but the idea submission page doesn't let me submit without adding the source file there - I just keep getting an error message. Would you suggest just uploading a low-res dummy file to the submission page and sticking with WeTransfer for the full-res version?

Please do reply if at all possible as it's really stalling things....

Thanks Rachel.

I see your comment above, appreciate that these things are taking time....

Hi Rachel, We do understand this takes your time, we have a solution that we will communicate shortly to solve this issue. All the best, Jess

Hey there, I know you've very much work with the solutions for different problems. But…I want to know if the client or Jovoto will inform us when using the design for a test print? And if I'm hear nothing during the submission period than it means the client hasn't chose the design for test printing? What's after close the submission during the 12 month period? Thanks in advance!

Hi there ru_flair, Yes, you will be informed if your ideas have been test printed. After the 12 month exclusivity period your ideas can be used in your portfolio and sold to other clients. This is because of the high level of exclusivity the client needs to ensure their clients. Best, Jess

about 5 years ago

Before reading, please understand that I say this with the best intentions for everyone involved.

The upload problem seems to be a huge issue. I appreciate that you say you are working on it but for me it is not the only issue. Is it really necessary to have all the layers unflattened just for a test print? From my experience, layered psd files are only handed over when a design is bought. I am trying to stay positive but in this day and age it is hard not to be protective of your work. Not knowing who the client is, who has access to these files or where the work is being sold makes it very hard for eager designers to protect and keep track of their work. I don't want this to sound accusatory but at the moment this process appears less than transparent, so far it seems very little has been supplied in return for a lot of input from a lot of people. I hope you can see these comments constructively and consider the designers' point of view when further developing the Jovoto community.

Dear mahanidelborrello, Thanks for your constructive comment. There were a couple of open topics going on under here so I responded in one (long) comment below :) Have a scroll down to see. Best, Jess

Hi Jess When uploading the Source File (which is PSD ) i keep getting an error message saying "Attachment has contents that are not what they are reported to be". I haven't come across this before in any of my other uploads, and keeps occurring. I have tried to upload several different source files with the same message.

Hi Zoya, I will have a developer look into this error message asap. Thanks for letting us know! Best, Jess

For me the biggest issue is the 12 month exclusivity period. There is so many talented designers here that no matter how much effort you put into your design(s) the chances of winning/getting licensed are very slim. Even that's fine as that's just the nature of a competition but then waiting for a whole year before you can even try to reap any kind of benefit from your hard work is just too long - trends change rapidly in fashion and after a year your design is less likely to be relevant. I really appreciate this opportunity and I understand the client's perspective when it comes to exclusivity; however I need to pay my bills every month so I will have to consider very carefully how much time and effort I can afford put into something that will probably generate nothing.

I agree. It does seem too long a period as it means that any benefit to us from examining trend is wasted, unless we can rework the design for following seasons. Having the live briefs to work with is great, and the project in principle is amazing - it's these details that are the sticking points. Hopefully the opportunity to discuss these issues like this will help iron things out for all involved, us, jovoto and the clients...

Yes, I totally agree. I understand exclusivity, but find the 12 month period very off putting - I don't really see the purpose of it. I appreciate the opportunity to put work in front of a prospective client and seeing other's working to the same brief is great, but not this aspect at all. There are so many great entrants the probability of being selected is low. Two to three months max would seem more acceptable. Is that not sufficient time for the client to make their choices?

Hey there,

First, thank you for expressing your feedback in such a clear and constructive way. That means a lot to us, and we are happy to have open and honest discussions with you. We're building this orbit together.

Which brings me to the first point, I totally understand that you'd like to know more about the client and where you're sending your files. We are doing our best to give you more information, bit by bit for example, like this blog post about the clients process and the first 15 licensed ideas, while keeping the clients request for disclosure, due to the innovative nature of these projects.

The reason they require open files is because they have a lot of experience in the fashion industry, how a design needs to be prepared for print and what sells on each market. They check the unflattened files to make sure each file is ready for printing and while the goal is to create print ready designs, if they know what sells on a specific market, so for example if in a certain country small repeats are more in demand, they can adjust the design before they present it to the client on that market. The open files allows the client to be able to better sell your idea.

The client needs a minimum of one year exclusivity due to needs of the brands they are working with. They can’t sell a design to a client and have it appear somewhere else on the market. This also gives the client the opportunity the entire 12 months to come back and license your idea, even if it wasn’t test printed directly after the project closes.

Yes, the licensing process has taken a little while until now, but there are many steps between the client and their clients, including licensing and waiting on the mail. However, as we work into a smoother process this will also speed up, which means more licensed designs to come.

Ultimately, the idea is to create a new way to work with textile designers and to license as many ideas as possible per projects. (That’s why including your source file is so important, so they can quickly test print.) So ideally, there are many chances to have your ideas licensed.

We see the effort you put in and we want to reward you and give you additional opportunities and develop within and outside of the Textile Orbit. Additionally to offering 5,000 euro in community prizes each month, we also want to give you valuable trend forecasting to help you develop as designers.

We are happy to take all of your feedback to the client and continue to brainstorm for the best ways to work together.

All the best, Jess

Really helpful reply Jess - thanks so much :)

Dear Textile Orbit Community,

We know that some of you have had issues uploading source files. We have been working hard to find the best solution with your time and effort in mind, and being able to keep up with the fast paced fashion industry.

If you have had trouble uploading your source files, as an additional option - as some of you have suggested - you can now upload them directly to this Textile Orbit Dropbox.

If you haven’t had any trouble uploading, you should continue as before and upload your designs and source files directly to jovoto.

However, if you have had trouble, this is a solution for you. You can upload images like jpgs and pngs on jovoto and save your submission, without including your source files and then upload them to Dropbox instead.

If you upload your source files to Textile Orbit Dropbox

  • Upload your design to jovoto (without source files) and save
  • Create a folder on your computer with all current source files for your design
  • Label the folder with your ‘Idea ID’ number (the last 5 digits in your idea URL) and Idea Title. For example: 12345-ThisIsMyIdeaTitle
  • Upload your source file folder to this Textile Orbit Dropbox - you do not need a dropbox account


  • If you haven't had any trouble uploading, continue to upload your jpgs and source files on jovoto as usual
  • Or you can upload your design on jovoto and then the source files (psd & tif) to this Textile Orbit Dropbox.

If you have any questions, please contact me, your Textile Orbit guide: Jess

We’re revolutionising the textile industry and together, with your help, we are figuring out the best way to do it. Work with us to be a part of it.

Best Regards, Jess

Sounds like a good solution Jess - thanks for working on this.

Big thanks to for the uploading solution, now it seems to be working much better!!! Well done guys!!! Loads of love for the weekend

When I upload a file, I try to wait a while before I hit the "save" or submit button - because I figure it takes a few seconds to go all the way over to Germany from where I am ... and you know what? It helps when uploading. I get less of those "encoding" screen messages. So a little patience, I am finding, helps.

Hi there, If you check the idea right after upload sometimes it takes a little while to encode, but once its at this stage it almost always sorts itself out because we already have the data. I don't see any more encoding so I'm glad it's sorted out :) Best, Jess

Hi all, Jovoto team and fellow Jovotans, here's my two cents on the debate on 12 moths exclusivity and some fair/ not so fair practices. I think that while the Textile Orbit idea is an execellent one, there are still many details to be evaluated and adjusted to really provide benefits for everyone involved. My reason is a simple one and is centered around the very essence of the textile orbit - fashion print designs. Unlike other jovoto challenges that are specific to products, sizes, uses, etc these are basically goods that are highly adaptable and sellable (for a designer) within a certain amount of time (usually very short in this industry) . So let's think about the reasons and motivation of a designer to keep on joining these chalenges , shall we? Community prizes is the first reason I guess due to the amount of money, then the possibility to get licensed... but what if you end up not winning anything (or being licensed @ euros 100 +) and not being able to promote your work, show it to prospective clients, sell it elsewhere? Here is where there's still some blurry perspective on how community prizes rank higher in money than client's choice. I for sure am wondering why would anyone would budget that amount of money on some winning ideas that are not entirely client's choice. Even more, the voting sometimes relies on a "friendly exchange of high rankings" so ... the more friends you have on the network, the better you do. Human nature I guess.. So, how will my time and effort and creativity be justified as a business after many months of textile orbit? Professional designer or not, I think everyone would have the same question at some point. Wondering how exactly is this a growing, positive challenge to all of us has made me think of proposing an alternative: higher rewarded competitions judged and licensed by the client, while the cheaper prized alternatives would be the community votes. The reason is again very simple: we should be concerned with what the client likes, needs, suggests. We should do our best to be the best option for our client's needs, not to please a fellow designer who happens to want the same thing, aka prize money :) At the end of the day, I think every designer is much more interested in the client's choices, feedback, suggestions, etc. For me, this is the actual recognition and the reason to go on and keep on creating, winner or not. Hope you can all take this as a very honest opinion. Thank you everyone! You are truly an inspiration.

Basically matches my general concerns. While it sounds great that 15 designs were licensed last time - if not at least 12 of these are printed as well, that license is actually worse than not selling.

I very much like the idea of completely forgoing the community prices on these projects, to be honest.

If 10 designs are licensed, that means an additional €500 per design - that takes the sting out of the possibility that your design is sold, yet never printed.

In addition, I would like to shorten the NDA considerably. So yup - we are all on the same page. :)

Hi guys, good discussion here, thanks for sharing your point of view. And you are right ralucaag, there might still be details that needs to be evaluated and adjusted as we figure out how to do this in the best way, for you guys and the client. We will discuss your concern with the client, then we will get back to you on this!

Best, Olof

Hello everyone, As Olof said, this is a great discussion and really helpful as we go along, figuring the best way to develop for all parties involved. As for the 12 month exclusivity, we know that it's a long time, but this is why we offer other benefits like trend forecasting and community prize money. The fact is that the licensing , presenting and selling process of your ideas to the client's clients takes time- and in this time, the clients needs to know that these designs will not be anywhere else on the market if they are sold to one of their clients. The client simply could not present and sell any designs to their clients if they were used somewhere else and our client couldn't ensure the exclusive rights to the design. This is the bottom line. However, as Olof and I already mentioned, we take your feedback very seriously and we will take it back to our team and the client to further discuss this topic. Thanks for the constructive tone! All the best, Jess

Hi Jess and Olof, thank you for your replies to this topic! Please allow me to expand a little more on this subject as I feel I might have done a poor job at presenting my concerns and suggestions. First things first, I'd like to say that I DO agree with what you say Jess, as it does make perfect sense for the client to ensure exclusivity and everything implied. In fact, any reputable seller should do this if they want to stay in business, right? And even a 12 month plan sounds fair enough - just not really in the present circumstances of how the textile orbit works right now, from the designer's point of view (mine, of course and possibly of others). So here's my process of evaluating the benefits and risks... The benefit of joining these challenges is of course the excitement of the themes, the chance to learn, grow with such a nice community, appreciate other mega talented creatives, push boundaries and step out of some comfort zones, AND to HOPE I turn designs into earnings, of course - be it community prizes or get licensed.

Creating takes time, especially for high quality work that the client would consider on trend and sellable. So I'm talking about the client, cause I care more about the client :) At this point, all the hard work created with the client's brief in mind and the occasional half time feedback would have a chance of being licensed at Euros 100, and perhaps another chance at being sold after 12 months (if it doesn't get licensed). Kind of not paying those bills that keep me happily creative ever after :))

As for winning the community prizes, I feel it is an even bigger chance due to many things: - one is the outstanding quality of ideas, obviously many more that the first 8-12 places; how do you choose ??! - extremely low ratio of votes to views of the project - a striking recent example is one of my entries for the Work in Progress: 27 Ratings/ 157 Views; the other entry: 43 Ratings/323 Views. So FEW people actually vote... - very subjective opinions of fellow designers - not the client. - then the fact that it will become almost impossible to rate all the entries in the near future. This is what concerns me and I consider a risk.

But I would take the risk if this was like a competition with proper feedback from the client, judged and awarded by the CLIENT with prizes that would justify my hard work, and show me if I get better. And I wouldn't even mind that my design would be under a 12 months exclusivity. If you got here, thanks for reading and sorry for such a long post. These are some things that would definitely make me keep on joining the future challenges in the textile orbit. I'd love to hear as many opinions... :) Raluca

Dear Raluca, Wow, thanks for taking the time to reiterate what you meant, I understand your points more clearly now. We will definitely further discuss these points internally. Will keep you in the loop if we have any feedback regarding these topics. Again, it's really nice to have such calm and clear feedback, thank you! Best, Jess

Thank you, Jess. I appreciate it :)

You are spot on ralucaag!

You have brought up some very relevant points! ralucaag and thank you for bringing it up, Spot on :) My thinking and suggestion of a 3 month time frame after the end of the project, would be most sufficient to ask for exclusivity, rather than 12 months considering the fashion industry is so fast passed. A decision can be made much faster to deiced/ not, if a design would be suitable or appropriate for licencing, or commercially salable. It is an interesting topic for discussion and one also around pricing - the value of the price pool to the value of a licence? Thank you every one, here is for upwards and onward :)) for a great platform and community for all, Cheers!

@CrossTheLime why do think that??? "If 10 designs are licensed, that means an additional €500 per design - that takes the sting out of the possibility that your design is sold, yet never printed." Seems to me if client like or client of the client like they will licensed so many design as possible......there is no information that they need only 15 design - no limits...

I was just saying that there is €5000 community prices that could be distributed differently.

My main concern remains - licensing for peanuts with no guarantee that you will earn anything through printing. Licensing a design that is NOT printed is worse than not selling at all, imho.

Agreed. Thanks for expressing your opinion.

CrossTheLime OK I see what do you mean...I don't know that licensing not allays means printing. but why not to ask EXTRA money for licensing no need to use money from Community pool - this type or working with so many designers still cheap for client. Just need to ask more money for licensing.

I totally agree with ralucaag on every point. Further, I would like to say that: We read in every brief "jovoto and our client wants to revolutionize the textile industry with you!". I'd like to know what this "revolution" means. I don't see really revolutionary approaches among the most popular entries. There's almost no feedback from the guide nor from the client. Concerning my own entries, the comments from fellow designers are very positive, so far we've got no tips to improve and this is GREAT, BUT in the score we see that there's probably room for improvement! It's also very clear for me that there's a "friendly exchange of high rankings". It would be nice to have more feedback and guidelines from the guide and the client during the whole process so it would give us more direction and make things less subjective.
I also wonder if it would help to have a jury evaluation besides the community's for a fair rating process.

Hello again, We've heard your concerns. As far as the client feedback we are working on ways to make this more transparent. Tomorrow I will also be able to post the clients halftime feedback and comment under specific ideas that the client has given feedback on. We are taking notes of all the topics that you have mentioned and doing our best to develop the process for you! Thanks for the feedback. Best, Jess

Woops, I forgot to mention what is revolutionary.. working with you! The fact that the client is reaching out to designers all over the world through the Textile Orbit and presenting your ideas to high street fashion brands is revolutionary :) But as I did say - we are working to get more transparency so you have some more direct feedback from the client! Best, Jess

My thinking is that in order for the Textile Orbit to work as an online "community," members need a way to interact and feel empowered. Without voting, commenting, collaborating, and prizes in the community realm, we are simply submitting ideas as "spec work" with no compensation unless they are bought by someone via Textile Orbit, and in that way, jovoto becomes a middle man and what we are doing is no different than submitting ideas directly to textile companies as spec work, without pay, in the hopes they will be bought. The only difference here being that we know the textile client is indeed looking at our work (or are they only seeing certain ideas that jovoto shows them?). So we have to consider many, many things here, fellow Textile Orbiters.

One other point I don't think has been mentioned is we know if someone rates us high with a notification "so and so loves your idea" but if an idea's rating becomes visible and we've got no "loves your idea" notifications, we know it's not being rated high. That being so, if I rate an idea a 10, I know that the owner of the idea will know I gave it a high rating - and in this way, the voting is not anonymous and I think that's a tinkering point. I believe all of the votes should be anonymous, not just the ones that don't illicit a "loves your idea" notification.

Finally, for all those who balk at not wanting to work for free, there are 10 more budding designers who'd probably love to get in the Orbit. If a certain number of people keep winning community prizes and get licensed all the time, that would be discouraging to newbies or new talent wanting to come on board. So Textile Orbit NEEDS to attract new people and new designs and volume to keep it rich and diverse. It has to attract and collect ideas, it needs designers to "feed the machine." And the opportunity needs to be spread around. Otherwise, Textile Orbit will turn into a big online freelance "house" with a few who always win/get licensed, and the rest of us, who just submit ideas and become lost in the clutter. And after a while, those few may then get stale, and the whole thing will churn again and another crop of "few who always win/get licensed" will rise to the top. It's the nature of crowdsourcing, I suppose.

Strange , Cinthia -do you really think the person who always win-win unfair? do you really could not see difference of ideas from the top from others? For me all looks fair -maybe the winners should be not 7 persons but 20-30 but I see difference top100 from others....

No, Irina, I do not think the people or person who always wins is unfair - I think it might be discouraging, and that's different from unfair. What I mean is that a new crop of fresh talent and competition keeps this community vibrant. The T.O. needs to somehow attract fresh talent, I would think - and therefore, prizes and voting give those who are new and submitting a feeling of empowerment and incentive. That is my point.

Hi Cynthia, As you mention, the ability to give feedback, interact with other community members and rate ideas on the platform, and receive such incentives as the feedback & collaboration awards and community prizes all support the development and empowerment of our community - this is not spec work.

In addition we have a 'members page' in development to create a space for you Textile Orbiters. We are building a community of new designers to support a rich and diverse community, where many people have the chance to earn rewards and develop together. In order to avoid any unfair rating, you are spot on, and we are removing the name from the notification when your idea has been given a 9 or 10. You will still receive a notification that your idea has been rated highly, but it will not say from who (preventing vote trading) - That's also in development. This is a new way of working and we are doing our best to listen to your needs and develop as quickly as possible to grow with you, but this requires some patience. We hear you. Best, Jess

Awesome, Jess - thanks for this.

Something else I just thought of - regarding differentiated voting habits within Textile Orbit projects versus public projects. If a person wanted to skew the voting in the Orbit, he or she could vote in public projects (or other private projects) and give high ratings to low ranking ideas that don't have a chance of really winning to differentiate his or her voting habits, then come back to the Orbit and only vote mid- to low-range on textile designs in order to keep his or her rankings high. I doubt anyone is doing that, but there is the potential - and what I mean to ask is that how can jovoto work on that?

I see that I might get a high vote from someone who's voting doesn't count at the moment because he or she is not differentiated enough in their voting habits.

Personally, my voting habit is differentiated; I give high votes within the Orbit, not just outside the Orbit.

A voting differentiation status that applies just to the Orbit?

Public people can't vote on private projects, right? But private project people can vote on both. And the differentiating feature applies across the board, not just to a project, correct?

Thanks Jess & Olof for addressing the various points Ralucaag and others have brought up. following the discussion with interest and look forward hearing where this will lead! Cheers :)

I totally agree that the prize money and exclusivity periods work completely for the client only. Instead of having to pay wages or freelancer rates for a designer to work on themes to be sold in the same way, they only have to pay 100 euros and nothing else unless that print is sold. We have no rights to the artwork if this isn’t sold until well after this particular theme has already come and gone in the marketplace, therefore the chances of us being able to sell it would be close to zero. I think the most fair way is once the competition closes, that they have an extra month to choose any further designs for licensing and once that month is up, the designer retains full rights to their design and can choose to sell it on elsewhere, if the client decides they would like to license it after this time, they can get in touch with the designer to see if it has been sold and is still available. If they want a high standard of design in these competitions, then there has to be some give and take. As much as we all love creating prints, this is my work (and many others on the platform) and we need to have a fair system where everyones rights are taken into account. As it is, they already get a pool of work to choose from and do not have to pay for anything other than what they choose.

There are so many creative competitions these days that often cross the line between giving something worthy to the designer and straight out exploitation. I think this needs to be very carefully considered.

On another issue, we still have next to no information about the client and the labels they sell to. We have only just been shown some of the designs they have chosen to license after many months. I realise they want to keep any designs confidential however again I feel that its all about the client and not enough consideration given to the designers.

As far as community prizes go, I too do not understand the rationale behind the large prize money vs the small amount from the client. I don’t spend a lot of time making friends on the platform, and agree with Raluca that the community aspect wins votes and nice comments but how helpful are these things as developing each other as designers? I also think that the focus needs to be on judging the actual print design, not how fabulous your graphic design skills are with making it look like its on real textured fabric etc. Again though, because we know next to nothing about the client, feedback is hard. We don’t know what brands these get sold to, what kinds of price points the garments will be sold at, what countries they are sold into…the list goes on. These aspects actually affect the kind of designs, colours, types of repeats etc that we should be considering as designers.

I want to continue to be a part of this community but am obviously not alone with feeling like there really are not many benefits to doing so. I hope you can take my feedback as constructive, I feel that the designers need their concerns raised and I want to let the others who have commented that they are not alone with their feelings.

You have put it very precisely, KCauvin! I hope jovoto takes this up.

KCauvin, thanks for expressing your point of view.

Following with intrest ralucaag & KCauvin.

this was great!!! completely agree with all points.

really good, agree with it all!

Spot on. This platform and what it's trying to do is really exciting and does have the potential to spark real change and momentum. I hope all concerned listen and assimilate. The lack on knowledge about the client and who/what/where they're marketing to is a concern.

I'm wondering if it matters what kind of fabric the designs are to be printed on, if that information would be helpful in creating designs for Textile Orbit.

Just a point on the community voting. I unfortunately do not take the time to vote, I do not promote to my friends, family, fans to vote for me....It would mean much more to win something without all of that. SO many competitions in this industry do it this way and I don't understand why. I actually feel like it cheapens the designs, and there are so many talented people on here. Just my two cents :)

I actually had a designer send me a message on FB to vote for them....I don't understand why you would want to win that way?

Hi ambreber,

Just to give you some insight on rating. If you are not in the Textile Orbit, you can't rate designs. So if someone ask their friends and family to rate and idea, they wont be able to.

You are the community, you are the ones deciding which designs are the best! Also, in the end of each project, we do rating monitoring to make sure that the whole rating process is fair.

Best, Olof

Same here - took me by surprise. If I'm asked, I'll vote for a design if it genuinely merits it, not just because I've been asked...

THANK YOU for the clarification Olof! And by the way I love your name, my son's is Hans, so he gets comments all of the time about the movie Frozen :)

Dear All, i'm not sure if I understood all and if I understood well enough, but some thoughts from my side! I also work as an game designer/inventor and we've an agreement between the publishing company (game companies) and us. So maybe take this agreement as a suggestion to the client...or think about?! If the publishing company want our game ideas - the most of them a ready for production process- for a exclusive period, they make an option-contract (Optionsvertrag) with us. That means for e.g. six month exclusive rights only for this company. We are not allowed to show the idea to an other company or speaking about. BUT here is the difference: THE company pays a lot money (between 2500- 10000€) to us for having this exclusive rights and the idea in this period. If the company will bring the idea after or in between the six month period to market than the licens fee will cleared with the sold pieces (games). After reached the payout from the option contract you'll get the full licence fee. IF the company don't bring the idea to market the money/payout from the contract is YOURS! You don't have to pay it back! So the company has to work more respectful with our ideas and it will work on a higher professional background to look and estimates if the ideas will selling on the market. I hope you can understand my explanations?!

Deutsche Übersetzung: Ich arbeite auch u.a. als Spieleentwickler. Will ein Spieleverlag ein alleiniges Recht auf unsere Ideen haben und hier eine Exklusivität beanspruchen, gibt es die Vereinbarung für bestimmte Zeiträume sogenannte Optionsverträge abzuschliessen. Das bedeutet, dass der Verlag die Idee für den Zeitraum von z.B. sechs Monaten erhält und uns eine Summe meist zwischen 2500-10000€ ausbezahlt. Bringt der Verlag die Spielidee innerhalb oder nach den sechs Monaten auf den Markt, wird die schon bezahlte Summe aus dem Optionsvertrag solange mit den verkauften Stückzahlen (Spielen) verrechnet bis sie aufgebraucht ist. Anschliessend erhält man die vollen Lizenzgebühren aus dem Verkauf. Sollte die Idee nicht realisiert werden, behält der Spieleentwickler das Geld und muss es nicht zurückzahlen. Er hatte ja auch zuvor auf weitere Vermarktungsmöglichkeiten durch die gegebene Exklusivität verzichtet. Durch diese Praxis kommt es a) zu einem respektvollerem Umgang mit den Ideen seitens des Verlages, als wenn dieser die Ideen ständig zur freien Verfügung hätte b) zu einer professionelleren Haltung und Blick was die Vermarktung der Idee angeht. Ich denke dieses Vorgehen könnte sich Jovoto zumindest durch den Kopf gehen lassen um hier faire Haltungen zwischen seinen Kunden und Kreativen zu schaffen!

Dear Textile Orbiters,

Thank you again for your constructive input, feedback and suggestions.

We have taken notes and we are taking up your concerns internally and with the client. The main Textile Orbit topics I'm hearing are: the length of the exclusivity period, the amount of feedback & transparency from the client's side and the community prizes vs. licensing fees.

We are discussing internally and with the client to reach solutions which suit all parties involved. We'll get back to you with any results, but please beware - these discussions and changes take time and consideration, and sometimes development on jovoto's side, but we will keep you updated with the outcome.

Also- after contacting many creatives today about uploading source files, I'd like to take this opportunity to remind everyone to please upload their source files in their submissions or to Dropbox. If there are no source files for test printing, the client can't move ahead with their job.

So again, please upload your source files and keep them updated with your latest design versions. And please be patient, we hear you.

That's it for tonight! All the best, Jess

I tried to update a source file but it doesn't work. Has this also a 24 hour delete/change interval?

Hi ru_flair, I would suggest uploading a second version of the source file, labeled v2. This would be the easiest :) All the best, Jess

Yes I know & I did this!:) I'll try again and if no success I'll send it via dropbox. Ok?

Found the "bug". It doesn't work with .psd! This I didn't know because I always used .zips the last times.

Quick question about the Promostyl issues - I didn't submit to the WiP project but I am submitting to Barcode Deluxe - does that mean I'll get a Promostyl update in October? Just a bit unclear on how it works...

Hi Rachel, Yes that's right. As long as you've submitted in one of two projects you will receive the current issue of the Promostyl trend forecast! All the best, Jess

Hi everyone, this my first time participating at Textile Orbit. I have a question: For the mockups, can we use any image from the internet or it has to be a stock image that I purchased? Thanks!

I mean to mock the design up on the model.

Hi and nice to meet you! You are able to use any image for the mockups from the internet, but you need to paste the source link in "Have you used any third-party material? Even if you've modified it, please ensure you source the original here. See FAQ for details." or/and in "Add Credits" below every image. Hope this will help. :)

How many patterns are the clients hoping to select? Do they have a maximum number? Sorry if this info is stated elsewhere. Thanks, Leanne

Hi Leanne,

And welcome to the Orbit! There is no fixed number no. The client of course want to be able to license as many designs as possible that they think they can sell. The first step to get your design picked is to make sure it's print ready. Have a look at our How To Create a Print Ready Design guidebook to get some guidance on that.

All the best, Olof

Thanks for your reply. Would it be possible to get notification if our design is picked but turned away on a technical aspect?

Good question Leanne Friedberg - I am interested in that answer as well, Olaf & Jess

Hi Jess! My source file is not not getting uploaded by dropbox. Please help!

Did you checked the capacity of your dropbox account? Mostly you have only 2 GB. If this is reached than you've no chance to upload new entries.

Hi Jess! Thanks for all the help. I have one point to put up for consideration. You have said that only 20% of the ideas are print ready.In such case it will be truly helpful if atleast for one idea per creative you can specifically point out as to why the design is NOT print ready. There must be some designs which the client likes,but they are not print ready? Secondly, whether the design is for rotation method or digital process-wouldn't the textile experts at jovoto be the best judge? I hope you can clarify on this issue.

I have been gathering an number of creative ideas and design solutions for this project since it was launched - really liking the brief! I have not had time to read through the details properly until today - such as the terms and conditions for participating. I had scheduled four days design work between now and the deadline to produce some entries and was feeling really quite fired up! This was to be my first participation in a Textile Orbit brief.

I was really disappointed and rather appalled to read the 12 months exclusivity terms to the contract. I was heartened to see I was not the first designer to be surprised by this - thank you KCauvin and ru_flair for voicing clearly many of my concerns with this. Exclusivity during the submission period and until the wining designs are chosen is an industry given; but this needs to be a reasonable period of time from the closing date - for example 1 to 2 months. We need to be able to make a living from our work! If we are not successful with this particular buyer we need to be free to approach alternative buyers and markets. There is a lot of great work to date in the submissions - for lots of reasons not all will make it with this project - but much is very commercially viable. Does Jovoto want to be part of stopping these designers from taking this work - that they have given to the competition without a fee, to support them through sales in other markets? These designs have taken time, talent, commitment and much creative consideration - does Jovoto want to be part of devaluing this?

I am really very disappointed to not be able to participate in this brief - it looked like it was going to be a whole lot of fun! From a business focused perspective, I am unable to commit to 12 months exclusivity; on the grounds that it is an unreasonable condition.

I am hopeful Jovoto and the client reach a more reasonable set of terms and conditions for future projects and that I am able to participate in them.

I agree with you, many people have also the same concern. I hope Jess will come up with some answers soon!

I agree with your points, too. 12 months is way too long to have your designs sitting on a shelf here and not be able to show it anywhere!

Hi Tanya Paget,

Thanks for you input and a shame to hear you wont submit your design. As we said before, we have heard you on this issue and have raised your concern to the client. You can read more about it in the comment section here above, it has been discussed quite thoroughly already and we are aware of it. And as quick as we have any news about it, we will let you know.

All the best, Olof

Hey Orbiters, jovoto have heard that you’d like more feedback on your designs, so they've brought me in to HQ for the next 2 weeks pair to be a fresh pair of eyes. Check the blog for more info about me! Looking forward to getting to know the community :) Best, Helen

So incredibly helpful Helen - thank you so much. (longer comment later).

Still, after all that has been said about the process of this orbit, I’m not yet comfortable with it and notice I’m recitent submitting my designs for several reasons. Just complaining without offering solutions is not my style, so I’ll try to do this as well. P It takes a lot of time creating a full-repeat file and for a first impression it’s not really necessary. S In the first part of the orbit we just show our design templates. The client takes a quick view at the designs and marks it with a YES/MAYBE/NO. If it’s a Y or M, you get (7) days to put the design into a full repeat and download the sourcefile. If it’s a N you know enough and it would be an extra service if the client tells why (checklist).

P Creating wonderful mockups are great to do and to look at, but takes a lot of time and isn’t the core business of what we do. It also distracts from the power of the design itself. S JOVOTO or the client offer us templates of several garments out of which we can choose. You have the opportunity to create files in which we have to put the designs in several scales and colorways. This also creates unity.

Furthermore, I would really like to know who the client is we are working for. I hope my remarks are considered being usefull.

Good luck. Alice

Great idea on providing mockup files for us all to use on each project!

Very proactive Alice!

I love this, more like this please! It helps a lot. Great suggestions here. Some of them of which we have been thinking about as well and your input gives them fuel.

You will know who the client is when we have established a solid process and we know that this is working. We are still adjusting and calibrating things to make it work for both you and the client. We are moving in the right direction and are gaining great insights from each project that helps us improve the process to make it as smooth as possible. And when we get there, the client will reveal themselves. So keep on sharing your ideas on how the Textile Orbit can be improved, we are listening closely to your suggestions!

Best, Olof

Just visited the site and have seen all the helpful comments from Helen on a couple of my designs and also a number of them on other designs. I'm finding this SO incredibly helpful. It's so good to see which designs of all those submitted have been selected to test print. For me this is a huge step in the right direction. Some of the many designs submitted that I absolutely love as designs have not been selected even tho they look fabulous. And some of the simpler, more obvious (but still great) ones have been chosen to test. This is a real help in seeing what the client is looking for and for us to be far more specific in what we submit or don't submit (altho I'm assuming they'd still like to see designs that push the brief). The only downside is having to plough through each design which can be a bit laborious - but that's just the way it is.

And really appreciated Alice's comments/suggestions above - particularly the one about the client providing a template for the mock-up designs.

I definitely feel more enthused/encouraged! Thank you.

(Alice-style P&S) P - having to rifle through each design's comments to find which are chosen for test prints, to further develop an idea of what the client wants A- a separate tab for those designs, e.g. "All, Unrated, Collabs, Client Faves"

Hey, Glad to know that my feedback has been helpful! - Will aim to get a lot more comments done this week.

The jovoto team is trying to make the workings of the textile orbit more transparent, that's why we've started to comment publicly when a design catches the client's eye. We're discussing how to make it easier for you to see the clients favourite ideas for each project all in one place - whether it be a new tab or something else... Keep the ideas coming! Best, Helen

Hey Everyone!

Please remember to upload your source files when you submit a design - either in your submission or to this dropbox folder.

If you upload to Dropbox, PLEASE include the Idea ID number (the last 5 numbers in the idea url above) in the title of your file. This helps us find and organise your idea quicker.

Please don't send the files via email this time around!! Thanks! Helen

Thank you Helen about this information!

Hi all!

Thanks to everyone who created designs in response to the Barcode Deluxe brief. An impressive total of 412 designs were submitted - the most successful Textile Orbit project to date!

Close to 50 of those have caught the client's eye so far and are being test printed. The client will be taking a closer look at all the entries in the next few days... so keep an eye on your notifications!

Remember to get rating to put your favourite designs in the running for the top community prizes!

Best, Helen

Thank you for your feedback Helen, I did my votes. There are some FAB entries. All the best x

Hello again!

A little note to everyone who submitted a design in the this project - the latest trend forecast from Promostyl should have hit your inboxes yesterday so remember to take a look at that!

Best, Helen

Hey there, Just so you're in the loop, Barcode Deluxe will be officially closed, latest on Monday, Nov. 2nd. Looking forward to announcing the community winners then. All the best, Jess

Thanks you Jess for the information! (:

Dear Textile Orbiters,

Thanks for an amazing project. Nearly all the ideas you selected as your community winners were also selected for test prints by the client, so great job with that as well :) Good eye! So let’s congratulate our winners! Great job:

  1. Pop by Ariadna82

  2. Skate with me by akwaflorell

  3. Summer Magic by Sabine R.

  4. Abstract Summer by Dora Szentmihalyi

  5. Flower Forms by Tyulkina

  6. Je t'aime l'été - I love you Summer by Sabine R.

  7. Kinetic by gusmonk

  8. Canvas by Lucie Mouton

  9. Jungle by angeloartimus

  10. Ideas for the mind by Lucie Mouton (for a double win! congratulations Lumo!)

  11. Stripe Meadow by Sabine R. (Wow! A triple win. You really must be a community favourite!)

  12. blurry lines by lulamidesigns

Let’s see who has earned the additional community prizes..

For best collaboration, the idea After 2 AM/No cable tv by Ana Paula Prado and jaccosr And for the best feedback in the project, a big congrats and thank you to joyleen!

Excellent work, we as well as the client were extremely happy with your work here. Fantastic job and see you next time!

All the best, Jess

Congratulation everyone!!

Congratulations everybody :D

Congrats everyone ... :)

Many great works, really good results! My best greetings to all the talented and honest participants! Earlier I've already written about my impressions after my first contest - Chinoserie. It was so great and very clear! But I can't say the same about this contest. And it is very pity. I think that if there are some rules - everybody MUST comply with those rules. Both - participants and contest organizers must be honest and objective here. Here is clearly stated: "Due to the needs of the client, it is important that the designs submitted in this project are unique and exclusive. Therefore please do not use any material covered by open source or open content licensing terms for the development and creation of your design.... There is a twelve month exclusivity period: - in which you make your uploaded design exclusively and privately available only within this project (no other websites or social media). - in which you ensure that the client may exclusively license your design." But at the beginning of the contest I found out the old work - This pattern was created about 6 months ago, it was published in author's portfolio, besides this - it was sold at the and used by different designers and producers. I just saw it many times before and that's why it catch my attention. When I found this problem, I've written to Jess. I thought that such participants should be disqualified. But later I saw that author Tyulkina just deleted this pattern from everywhere (, her portfolio and other websites) and here we can see that she get winner place. Great! My congratulations to such an easy victory! I respect my colleagues and I think that everybody should be just honest with yourself and with other. Everybody of us works hard, we try to create something new and unique! It is a very unpleasant situation. Do Jovoto clients know, that they will get the old and non-exclusive pattern? Now I have no other evidence of this violation besides my words, because all were deleted from the other websites. But know I really have a very unpleasant impressions. And I have no desire to play with such a rules.

Such things just serve to ruin the fair spirit of our competition here in Jovoto. Unfortunately she is not the first who did it, but so far it is the harshest... Really sad and unpleasing... :|

P.S. Congratulations, so many great designs! :)

Thank you, Mariya! I just hope that something will change and Jovoto team will think about the fairness and compliance with the rules of the contest. And maybe even do what they must do in such situations.

Dear Anastasiia and Mariya,

Thank you for sharing your concerns. You're right, playing by the rules is key in order to make a fair, respectful and fun working environment. As you mentioned, you contacted me and I handled the situation as I saw fit- and Tyulkina was very cooperative in return.

We’re happy to hear your feedback and suggestions. That is why I opened the forum which you can find here:

However, next time please use the forum and think twice before posting any other community members ideas under the briefing.

Best, Jess

Oh, here I've found some real evidence. This is screenshots from the Russian website. Here we can see the propositions of purchasing the textile with this winner-pattern. So you can see it by yourself.

Congratulations ✌️

Congratulations for all the great designs!

Congrats to you all for the marvelous designs. :)

Dear Orbiters,

We're finally able to announce the 5 licensed ideas from this brief. A big congratulations to:

Congratulations to you three! All the best, Jess

Thank you Jess. Are you allowed to tell us who the client is? best regards Emily

Hi PasseraD, We are unfortunately not able to communicate the client's name. Please read the Textile Orbit - Learnings & Future document for more information and updates. If you have any other questions feel free to contact me directly or reply in the forum link provided in the document. All the best, Jess

Congratulations to the designers! :-)

Thank You Jess :D ! Congratulations Esther Jongste and PasseraD !

Dear Textile Orbiters,

Hello! I’m happy to have a little news for you today. After a long wait, we have more designs that have been licensed in this project. Congratulations to the following designers for their work:

Deconstructive by oana soare

Textured Stripes by lucianahaddad

Summer Magic by Sabine Reinhart

Je t'aime l'été by Sabine Reinhart

Stripe Meadow by Sabine Reinhart

Barcode Flora by ChrissyInk

Ethnic Waves, Flowers of Stripes, Waves, and Zebrastripes by angeloartimus

Wow Angelo! It seems like this was your project :)

And to everyone, as soon as we have more information, like if and how much a design is sold or we have another project lined up, we will be in touch!

All the best, Jess

Congratulation guys!

Woo hoo! Everyone, Congratulations

Project terms

The following Project Terms are the legal basis for your participation in this particular project.

In §3 we define the rights that you pass on to jovoto when you submit an idea (for example, that jovoto is allowed to display your idea on the website and that you are not allowed to show your idea anywhere else for 12 months).

In §4 we define the rights that you pass on to the client (for example, that the client is allowed to evaluate or review your ideas in order to help them make their decision). From §4.2 onwards, you find the details about which rights you pass to the client once the project is completed if they decide to license your idea.

In §5 you will find important points on what you will be held responsible for (like respecting copy rights and clearly marking all third party material (including stock and open content material) in your submission).

Project Terms for the Private Project “Barcode Deluxe”

1.    Scope

1.1    These project terms supplement the Terms of Use for creatives and apply to private projects in terms of sections 3.1.2 to 3.1.4 of the Terms of Use. Definitions contained in the Terms of Use also apply to the context of these project terms. Private projects may be viewed by creatives in the jovoto.Private layer. All registered creatives in the jovoto.Private layer may submit ideas for such projects provided they accept these project terms.

1.2    By submitting an idea to the project, the creative accepts the terms of use and these project terms.

2.    Right to be Named as Author

By accepting these project terms and the terms of use, the creative waives any right to be named as author if the client wishes this when licensing the creative's idea. As long as the client does not purchase the idea, jovoto will ensure that the creative is named as author.

3.    Granting Rights of Use to jovoto


By submitting an idea to the project, the creative grants the rights of use listed in section 3 to jovoto.

3.1    The creative submitting an idea to a project grants to jovoto non-exclusive transferable rights, without restriction on time, space or content, to use the idea, including associated creative works and any comments submitted therewith to the extent required for the operation of the platform. In particular, the creative grants to jovoto the right to make every comment and/or idea and the associated works on the platform accessible to third parties and to make any reproductions necessary for this purpose. The creative grants to jovoto the right to edit the works in question in order to present them more favorably on the website. The client's trademarks and other related rights may only be used if and when the client explicitly allows this for the performance of the competition.

3.2    The creative agrees not to exploit or use his idea, or to publish it in any other way for a period of twelve months following the end of the submission period, but instead to make it available exclusively and privately to the project in accordance with the terms of these project terms.

3.3    In addition, the creative grants to jovoto the right to make comments and/or the idea and the associated works, within the private layer (exceptionally and with prior consent from the client also in the public layer), accessible for the purpose of presentation beyond the confines of the project, for example in the jovoto newsletter or in its blog, to distribute them and to edit them, in particular to create and present summaries or individual pictures of videos and texts, scaled-down versions of photographs ('thumbnails') etc.

3.4    Furthermore, the creative grants to jovoto the non-exclusive right, without restriction on content, time or space, to use the ideas and associated works in any medium for the purpose of communicating and promoting the project and/or ideas submitted to the project. To this end, jovoto may reproduce the ideas and associated works, distribute, edit, rearrange them, make them publicly accessible, broadcast and publicly play them in other ways, whereby this includes in particular making them available or broadcasting them by transmitting the content to fixed or mobile terminal devices of other creatives as part of automated subscription services (push services) or download services (pull services) (e.g. by podcast, RSS feed, Atom feed, XML interface or other technologies). The parties to this agreement consider the right of public reproduction also to include, in particular, the right to render the idea and associated works on the website using methods to play back audio and video data that can be received and simultaneously played by creatives (streaming), including the possibility of configuring the stream in such a way that the broadcast data can be stored by the recipient. In order to document the project and/or to promote the platform, jovoto may in particular include the creative's idea, alone or together with the ideas of other creatives, in a catalog of ideas, which will be made available to the client on conclusion of a project, and which it may reproduce as a different form of print publication and distribute (including as poster), where this serves as an appropriate form of publication for the platform, present at trade fairs (in particular in the form of banners, posters, video clips), make accessible as "best cases" on the platform, also in conjunction with other projects, or make generally publicly available, include in press releases or make available to third parties in the course of normal public relations work (for example for external press reports in journals).

3.5    In order to secure the greatest possible level of awareness and reach for the creative's ideas, the creative additionally grants to jovoto the right to publish the creative's ideas, and/or to have them published, on websites of external providers, to make the reproductions required for this and to transfer the individual works (i.e. the corresponding files) to the relevant third party, and/or to grant these providers technical access to the ideas for the above-mentioned purposes, including the right to reproduce the ideas for inclusion in their own websites. In order to achieve the aims mentioned in this sub-section, jovoto may use popular technical methods (e.g. embedded functions). The creative therefore consents to the relevant third-party provider adopting the works in question and also publishing them.

3.6    The creative will receive no monetary recompense for granting the aforementioned rights of use to jovoto. In return for being granted the rights, jovoto will present the creative's ideas on the platform’s private layer and will give him the opportunity to sell his ideas to the client (exclusively for a min. of twelve months) or to jovoto and to participate with his ideas in the project.

3.7    In technical terms, the platform is a highly complex system with a large number of links. The content of creatives builds on from different user content and is cross-linked with it in many ways, etc. In addition, as a platform for creative services, the platform must provide a high degree of transparency and traceability – also covering the possibility of investigating or searching through events set in the past. The granting of rights of use in accordance with section 3 is therefore irrevocable and extends beyond any end to the user agreement. Content submitted by the creative to the platform can therefore remain accessible on the platform even after this license agreement terminates or the creative is no longer a user of the platform for other reasons.

3.8    jovoto also endeavors wherever possible to allow the creative every freedom to exploit his ideas vis-à-vis third parties. Within the scope of this project the creative has the opportunity to subject his idea to open content licensing terms (such as Creative Commons licensing) after twelve month’s exclusivity. Whether and to what extent this is to apply in an individual project (including the relevant details) will be specified in the corresponding briefing.

The creative will explicitly indicate the use of third-party materials, including those that are subject to open licensing.

4.        Granting Rights of Use to the Client


By submitting an idea to the project, the creative grants the rights of use listed in section 4 to the client. The granting of rights of use in accordance with section 4.2 ff. is subject to the condition precedent that the client decides to acquire the creative's idea.

4.1    By participating in a project, the creative grants to the client the non-exclusive right of use, without restriction on content, time or space, to present his ideas and works as such outside of advertising campaigns or in order to promote the project, alone or together with the ideas and works of other creatives participating in the project, in any medium. Moreover, the creative grants to the client the right to use the ideas and works for the purpose of internal and external market research and for preparing the acquisition of the exclusive rights of use to the ideas and works. This may require the distributing and making the ideas and works publicly accessible (outside of the jovoto.Private layer), limited to the aforementioned purposes.

4.2    By accepting this license agreement, the creative grants to jovoto, subject to the condition precedent of the client's decision to acquire the corresponding rights from jovoto, rights of use to the idea that the creative has submitted to the project, together with all works, performances and activities contained in the idea, and to elements protected by copyright, design and performance protection rights associated with the idea (hereinafter referred to collectively as "works"), for exploitation in all known and unknown manners of utilization, in particular to the extent detailed below. This includes in particular – also in cases where rights arise at a later date – the exclusive, transferable right, unrestricted by content, time and space, and capable of being sub-licensed in parts, to reproduce the idea, and all works, performances and activities contained in the idea, irrespective of whether for payment or not, to distribute them, exhibit, rent out, to publicly render, in particular present, perform, display, make publicly accessible, broadcast, relay via cable or other systems (cable rebroadcasting), reproduce through video or audio medium, to make public via screen, loudspeaker or any other technical device, programs already broadcast or recordings made on the basis of public transmissions or to reproduce in any other intangible form, to edit and rearrange as well as to publish and use any such edited or rearranged form.

4.3    The aforementioned rights of exploitation for commercial or promotional purposes include in particular:

4.3.1    The right to reproduce the idea, and all works, performances and activities contained in the idea, in any tangible and/or intangible, digital or analog, form, e.g. through reprography or transfer to analog media (e.g. packaging, promotional material, advertisements, placards, books, stickers, printouts, pictures, illustrated books, books, comics, leaflets, flyers, photographs, photocopies, photo-mechanical processes, posters, magazines, newspapers), through digitalization or any other form of digital storage and to temporarily and/or permanently store on any other known type of data, video and/or video/audio media such as diskette, DVD, DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD-RAM, HD DVD, Blu-ray Disc, CD-ROM, CD-R, CD-RW, CD-Audio, Super Audio CD, audio cassette, vinyl record, MMC, SD, MS, MS Pro, Flash Card, Smart Card, Secure Digital Card, memory stick, MiniDisc, DAT, hard disk, server, proxy server, USB stick and/or via transmission in the Internet or other data networks or through transmissions or in database systems; in particular this also includes the right to use the idea and all works, performances and activities contained in the idea for company-internal and -external presentations, in company-internal media such as intranet, PowerPoint presentations and for the creation and distribution of advertisements in print media and in electronic, especially online, means of advertising;

4.3.2    The right to distribute or put into circulation the idea and all works, performances and activities contained in the idea in any known way and on all physical analog and digital media independently or in combination with other works, especially in support of a product, and/or to offer these to third parties, in particular to rent and lend out irrespective of the distribution channel and the embodiment, in particular through distribution of the idea and all works, performances and activities contained in the idea on the aforementioned digital or analog media via wholesalers, resellers or retailers, mail order and irrespective of whether by remote sale, electronic transaction, free transfer or free distribution;

4.3.3    The right to transfer the idea, and all works, performances and activities contained in the idea, in any known technical manner and to make them known, and in particular accessible to the public. This includes, in particular, the fact that the idea and the associated works may be stored in digital form in a data processing system from which they may then be retrieved by third parties 'on demand' as a stream or download or any other form as digital signal via wired or wireless media and/or transmitted there with the consequence that the stored data are transferred to the receiving device of the third party where they may be decoded after storage, intermediate storage or immediately, i.e. converted into text, images and/or sounds and made visible or audible. The idea and the associated works may also be made available to the third party in such a manner that he/she may store the idea and the works contained therein and/or parts thereof in his/her receiving device and may access them there repeatedly. Interactive use by way of on demand is characterized by the ideas stored in digital form being made available to members of the public who are not present at the source of where they are made available, and being made available in such a way that members of the public have access to them and can request their transmission at independent times and places even if transmission of the works to third parties takes place at a later point in time than at the one requested. The online right of use exists independently of the form of transmission chosen by the client or his licensees for the use of the protected material and includes, for example, interactive or non-interactive online systems, electronic databases, the Internet, the World Wide Web, social networks and platforms such as YouTube, Twitter, XING, Google+, LinkedIn or Facebook, Apps, IRC or news, file sharing or application service providing;

4.3.4    The right to send or forward the idea, and all works, performances and activities contained in the idea, to third parties irrespective of whether in 'analog or digital' form whether via data networks in the form of subscription or download services (e.g. by streaming, video-on-demand, near-video-on-demand, podcasting, webcasting, simulcasting, IPTV, mobile TV, push services (such as RSS feed, XML interface, etc.) and pull services of all kinds) or via traditional modes of transmission such as public or private broadcast, rebroadcast and repeat broadcast via radio, television and similar systems of communication and reception, electromagnetic waves, electronic devices, wire, cable, satellite, antenna systems, digital means of communications and other technical equipment, whether via the client's own means of transmission or via public or private broadcast companies;

4.3.5    The right to publish the idea, and all works, performances and activities contained in the idea, first in any desired form at the point in time of the client's choosing irrespective of whether on any type of tangible media or in intangible form (e.g. on the Internet), irrespective of whether independently or in combination with other content such as a collection or multimedia work or as part of an encyclopedia;

4.3.6    The right to commercially exploit the idea, and all works, performances and activities contained in the idea, through the manufacture and sale of goods of all types (e.g. dolls, toys, stuffed animals, sports articles, household, bathroom and kitchen items, garments, printed matter including comics, sound storage media, headgear, buttons) and/or to exploit the media listed and described in this sub-section, the marketing of services of all types using the circumstances, names, titles, figures, illustrations or other relationships related to the idea, and all works, performances and activities contained in the idea, including the right to exploit the idea fully or in part through the production and sale of games/computer games, including interactive computer games, and/or other multi-media productions and/or other forms of work and to promote goods and services of any kind using such elements or through edited or unedited excerpts from videos ("merchandising right");

4.3.7    The right to modify, edit, combine, arrange the idea, and all works, performances and activities contained in the idea, in any manner, especially through correction and translation into any other language, through extension, conversion, augmentation, adaptation, complementing, through inclusion in databases or by the creation of collected works, through the substitution of images and figures, through changes to the characters of figures, or allowing such actions to be undertaken by third parties, and to publish, exploit, or have published and exploited, the edited or rearranged works in any of the ways described in the above provisions.

4.3.8    The rights granted exist irrespective of the technology used as the basis for the use of the right. In particular, the granting / transfer of rights of use are not bound to the form of data transmission (analog or digital), to the means of data transmission currently used or to the type of end-user receiving device. The client is especially entitled to allow this access via any type of equipment or device that is technically able to call up and /or represent the content provided. Access can be effected in particular with the aid of fixed devices (e.g. personal computer, set-top box for digital TV or Internet terminal) and mobile terminal devices, especially mobile telephones (via WAP, SMS, i-mode and any future standards), smartphones, electronic organizers, so-called personal digital assistants (based on operating systems such as Stinger, EPOC, Palm OS, Windows CE/Pocket PC), in particular via wired connections (telephone networks, TV cable networks, ISDN, DSL, Internet fixed line, etc.), via wireless connections (wireless local loop, satellite, radio [in particular DVB-H], mobile telephone networks [GSM, CDMA, HSCSD, GPRS, 3G, UMTS], wireless LAN) or in the process of synchronization with other electronic devices (e.g. via cable and network connection, Bluetooth or infra-red) and on the basis of various transmission standards and presentation formats (e.g. TCP/IP, SMS, MMS, EMS, PMS, smart messages, DVB, HTML, WML, cHTML, e-mail) in all online services, data and (tele-) communications networks, in particular the Internet.

The client is to be able to use the idea fully and exclusively and to exploit it commercially, in particular for advertising purposes and across all media.

4.4    In addition to, and above and beyond, the above provisions, it is agreed that, if the creative has created a computer program, only the client will be entitled to exercise any proprietary rights to the computer program after the transfer of rights by jovoto.

4.5    Following the transfer of rights, the client is entitled at its own discretion and without the separate agreement of the creative, to transfer the rights listed in section 4 to third parties or to allow third parties to exercise such rights irrespective of whether in the original form or in an edited form. This applies independently of the content and scope of the license terms agreed with the relevant third party, i.e. irrespective of whether through the transfer of the exclusive right of use or through the assignment of individual or several fully inclusive or non-exclusive rights of use limited with regard to content and/or time and/or space.

4.6    The above provisions also apply in the event that the idea, and all works, performances and activities contained in the idea, have been combined with third-party protected material. If a collective creative work with shared copyright ownership has resulted from the combination of the works with other protected material, the creative herewith agrees to the exploitation of the collective work to the extent specified by the above provisions.

4.7    The use of material covered by open access or open content licensing terms for the development and creation of the project idea is prohibited, irrespective of whether this is done by the creative or third parties. The creative warrants that he will not use such material.

4.8    The idea will also remain visible on the platform even after being sold to the client. It will however be marked as sold ('Client's Choice').

4.9    The creative waives his right to be named as author in the exploitation of the idea. jovoto will work towards persuading the client that the creative's authorship should be acknowledged as author and that he should be named as such in accompanying material in cases where it is not possible to achieve such mention on specimens of the work.

4.10    Where the creative has used material and/or works of third parties in the course of developing and submitting the idea (for example photographs from publicly accessible databases, fonts, sample texts or similar), he also grants to jovoto and to the client rights of use to this third-party material and to these third-party works in accordance with the provisions of section 4.10. The sole exception to this are those parts of the idea that have been identifiably used for illustrative purposes and are marked as such components used solely for illustrative purposes and are explicitly titled as "SAMPLE" or "SPECIMEN" in the idea. Third-party materials and third-party works that are not marked as such will be treated as if they were the creative’s own works.

4.11    The condition precedent for the granting of rights in accordance with section 4 will be deemed to have been met when the client has made the decision to acquire the rights to an idea of the creative as specified in section 4, the client has informed jovoto of this in writing and jovoto has accordingly informed the creative in writing. jovoto will grant the license rights to the idea to the client immediately after the condition precedent becomes effective and the creative has been informed.

4.12    jovoto will immediately inform the creative in writing in cases where the client desires a direct license of rights from the creative. The creative and the client can then reach an agreement on the scope of the rights granted – if necessary with jovoto as mediator. jovoto will provide a specimen agreement on request.

4.13    The granting of rights of use in accordance with section 4 remains unaffected by the termination of the contractual relationship between the creative and jovoto and the underlying terms of use.

5.        Creative's Guarantee, Indemnity

5.1    The creative guarantees that he has developed all ideas, and works associated with the ideas together with the individual elements, himself, and that he is the owner of all rights that are necessary in order to grant the rights of use in accordance with sections 3 and 4 and to meet any other applicable conditions. The creative also guarantees that his ideas and associated works are free of any third-party rights.

5.2    The creative also guarantees that he will not submit or offer any content, in particular ideas or work samples, that encroach upon the rights of third parties or where content is ineligible in accordance with the above provisions. The creative must check whether his ideas and the associated works infringe the rights of third parties. Indications for such contractual infringements are given when, in particular,

5.2.1    Works subject to copyright, e.g. graphics, videos, photos or text (even when edited or alienated, unless the original can no longer be identified), are used that were not created by the creative himself;

5.2.2    The ideas contain performances subject to copyright or related rights such as live recordings of concerts, plays, circus performances, etc., or parts thereof, or include other performances protected by other related rights such as television programs (including opening and closing sequences);

5.2.3    Third parties have collaborated on the production of the content in such a way that they are able to acquire ancillary copyright, for example for recording, direction, editing, sound engineering, camerawork, etc. unless the persons in question have agreed to the exploitation of the idea created with their collaboration on the platform;

5.2.4    The content includes personal or other sensitive information about individuals or groups of people, unless the necessary consent and/or exploitation rights have been obtained by the creative;

5.2.5    Third parties are portrayed in photographs or videos in such a way that they play a major role in terms of their significance for the photo/video, unless the creative has obtained their explicit consent to the scene and to the exploitation of the results on the platform.

5.3    The creative also guarantees that he is not prevented by any contract of employment or other such agreement from contributing the relevant idea and participating with it in a project.

5.4    The creative will indemnify jovoto from any claims that third parties may assert against jovoto for infringement of their rights as a result of the ideas submitted by the creative. jovoto will inform the creative of any such assertion in writing immediately. The creative will make every effort to support jovoto in preparing a suitable defense. The creative will assume all costs incurred by jovoto in this connection, including reasonable costs for a legal defense. The creative is entitled to prove that the actual costs incurred by jovoto were lower than those claimed.

5.5    The same applies in the event of claims asserted by third parties when the creative infringes legal positions of third parties, in particular trademark rights or personal rights, or other legal provisions (such as prohibitions contained in the Act Against Unfair Practices – UWG) through the subject of the content, irrespective of the authorship thereof.

6.       Deliverables

IMPORTANT: By uploading your idea, you are declaring that, if your idea is selected by the client throughout the project for test printing in order to evaluate the design or within twelve months for licensing, you are able to deliver the open data for your textile design. To speed up the licensing process we ask you to upload the open layered file in the following required file format when you submit your design:

  • AI, PSD or TIF files at least 150dpi in layers.
  • If the files are bigger than 1GB you have to compress them with Win Zip or Win RAR.