Concepts & The Big Draw

We are delighted to announce our partnership with Concepts, an app that explores and redifines visual thinking and design for touch on mobile devices, encouraging creative innovation, thoughtful design and inspiring artistry through cutting edge creative tools.

Beginning this October, Concepts are celebrating with The Big Draw Festival 2021 theme 'Make the Change'. To kick off the partnership, Concepts and The Big Draw are launching the Concepts Drawing Challenge. Read on to find out a little more about the challenge, and how you can get involved...

Director of The Big Draw Kate Mason said:

“The Big Draw is extremely excited to be partnering with Concepts and to start our work together with the Concepts Drawing Challenge. By sharing our ideas with each other, we can help to encourage people to think about how we can all make changes to our communities, our schools and our countries. We can’t wait to see the ideas flooding in!

“Working with Concepts is ideal for The Big Draw, offering a new way to engage with digital art and mark making, and exploring new ways to create and share innovative ideas. We look forward to a creative and fun collaboration.”

Erica Christensen, Director of Community at Concept, said:

"We are delighted to announce our partnership with The Big Draw, and to encourage people to share their ideas of where they see much needed change in their communities and beyond with the Concepts Drawing Challenge.

Our goal is to encourage creative innovation, thoughtful design and inspiring artistry through cutting edge creative tools. We are thrilled to work with The Big Draw, an international charity invested in creating positive change through drawing, visual literacy, and creative confidence, this is a perfect fit for Concepts.”

The Concepts Drawing Challenge

Running from 9 -30 October 2021, the Concepts Drawing Challenge invites entrants to think of how they can tackle a key area or make a positive difference within their community or environment to help #MaketheChange. Entrants will draw a sketch about it in the Concepts app, and write a description about their idea and what they hope it will accomplish.

All entrants for the Challenge are encouraged to share their sketch on Instagram, along with the description and the hashtags #thebigdrawconceptschallenge, #makethechange, #contest and #conceptsapp to enter. After the Challenge closes on 30 October 2021, a judging panel will meet to select the top 10 prize winners!

For each entry, Concepts will donate $25 USD to The Big Draw charity. The top ten winners will also receive a prize or set of prizes!

This challenge is now closed. Thank you for your entries. News about the winners can be found below.

The Big Draw + Concepts #MaketheChange Challenge Winners 

Many thanks for submitting your entries to our Concepts + The Big Draw #MaketheChange drawing challenge! We appreciate your smart ideas and thoughtful sketches - your ideas really can make a difference to your communities and inspire others to do the same.

In addition, your entry helped Concepts contribute to The Big Draw, contributions helping to spread the word about the positive, powerful influence drawing can create in peoples' lives. Thank you for your participation, and congratulations to our winners!

1. @ashorestudio - In areas with heavy rainfall, water sensitive urban design features like permeable paving and rain gardens can help to cleanse nearby water sources from overflowing pollutants.

2. @le_sam_hosseini - To help refugees with few opportunities, a pop-up market called UrbanBazar can become a mobile meeting point in Munich to encourage empathy and cultural conversation.

3. @polpenoret_oret - In residential areas, there can be little room for vegetation, leaving the air around you unclean. Planting trees and greenery in your area can help to both cleanse and cool the air.

About Concepts

Designed by TopHatch, Concepts is the first app to explore and redefine visual thinking and design for touch on mobile devices. TopHatch team members are based in seven countries with creative epicenters in Silicon Valley, California and Turku, Finland. 

Concepts is a vector-based sketching tool with a whiteboard-like canvas and popular with note takers, visual thinkers, architects, designers and illustrators. The Concepts Community is a space for news, interviews and tutorials featuring Concepts App, sharing challenges and material from excellent creators TopHatch work with. The app’s endless canvas enables boundless idea exploration, while the realistic pencils and pens make drawing feel natural and genuine. The app’s vector-based drawing engine lets you powerfully edit and organize every element of your sketches, designs and illustrations, and gives you flexibility to work with other software.

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