Apollo Design Technology has made the first donation to Behind the Scenes from first year sales of the winning templates in the annual Design-A-Pattern Contest. Anyone can submit a design, and those entries that meet Apollo’s basic criteria for what makes a good standard pattern are posted on the company’s website, and the public votes for their favorite.

The first contest resulted in 30 entries, with five winning patterns submitted by R. Christopher Stokes, Dwayne Thomas, Morgan Landrum, Todd Proffitt, and Gary McGarity. As recognition for being selected, the designer’s name is included in the pattern name, the designs are added to Apollo’s marketing materials, and Apollo makes a donation to Behind the Scenes based on a portion of first year sales.

“These elements combined to generate the user interest and interaction we were looking for,” says Monty McWilliams, VP Marketing for Apollo Design. “Based on the number of submissions and winners in year two, we anticipate the program’s contribution to Behind the Scenes will continue to grow.”

Visit Apollo Design Technology online to view the 2009 contest winners and support Behind the Scenes or to submit your own design for the 2010 contest, which is underway right now.