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Summer School

Summer School is an exciting global online design event that gives you experience working to trend-inspired briefs, helps build your portfolio, connect with other designers and gives you the opportunity to get your work published!


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Registration for Summer School 2016 is now closed. Sorry if you missed taking part in this fabulous global design event. Click here to join our waiting list and be the first to hear when registration opens for Summer School 2017 and check out our new Winter School coming soon!

Summer School 2016 galleries have been published!

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Grab yourself a cup of tea and settle down as we take you into pattern heaven with these delightful galleries showcasing designs from creative briefs #1 and #2 from Summer School 2016!

View the Creative Brief #1 gallery

View the Creative Brief #2 gallery

You can search your social networks using the hashtags #summerschool2016 and #makeitindesign too!


Surface Pattern Design Lookbooks

Our Surface Pattern Design Lookbooks have proved a big hit in the industry; for companies scouting out new design talent and designers looking for inspiration.

Check out our Surface Pattern Design Lookbook Volume 2 showcasing some of the gorgeous pattern designs that came out of Summer School 2015:

Our Surface Pattern Design Lookbook Volume 1 has been viewed over 91,000* times since it was published – check it out here featuring fabulous designs from Summer School 2014 (*figure as of July 2016):  

Lookbook feedback:

“The quality of the course graduates work is excellent and incredibly professional. Arranging the designs by theme is fabulous for those looking for on trend prints such as tropical and tribal. They can find potential designs to buy or licence at a glance and can easily compare artists styles. For the students this kind of exposure is invaluable – they will have the full force of the Make it in Design team behind them, possibly reaching industry insiders you just couldn’t reach on your own.” – Marie Perkins, Print and Pattern

“The Surface Pattern Design Lookbook is an amazing resource for those just starting out in surface design and those looking to advance their portfolio. Here at DENY Designs, we are always looking to add talented artists to our family. We definitely look at publications like this to find emerging new talent. We love seeing the pieces displayed in the Lookbook with the ability to learn more about the artist, with a simple click, that created them!” – Lisa Kelly, Artist Relations Manager, DENY Designs

“It’s a really fantastic and diverse collection of on-trend surface pattern art as interpreted by a wide range of designers. It’s also a good resource for those like myself who are always looking for new designers and fresh styles.” – Sienna Parulis-Cook, Editor, Cardmaking & Papercraft

“The Surface Pattern Design Lookbook by Make it in Design is a treasure trove of ideas and inspiration, and we can’t wait to see who will be featured in the next issue. It is quickly becoming a ‘must be in it’ for any emerging textile designer!” – Massimo Iacoboni, Producer, Printsource New York

“What a fabulous ‘go to’ resource for any industry seeking new design talent! I was impressed by the diverse collections and skills on show, with a commercial edge but fresh and exciting at the same time. A perfect showcase for any aspirational surface pattern designer.” – Janine Burrows, Senior Designer, Jam and Ginger Design Studio

“The Surface Pattern Design Lookbook is a great way to begin getting your work circulated and seen. Like the saying goes – ‘If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?’ GET YOUR WORK OUT THERE! Nothing will happen if there are no eyeballs on your work! This Lookbook is a great way to start!” – Khristian A Howell, Colour and pattern expert


Summer School 2015 Creative Brief #1

Check out these awesome galleries featuring designs from Creative Brief #1 from Summer School 2015!

ADVANCED: Past Modern / Reworked Classics

Summer School Advanced Past Modern

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INTERMEDIATE: Eco-active / Organic Decay

Summer School Intermediate Organic decay

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BEGINNER: Soft Pop / Bright Retro

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Click here to view the full gallery.

Summer School 2015 Creative Brief #2

Check out these awesome galleries featuring designs from Creative Brief #2 from Summer School 2015!

ADVANCED: Deep Summer / Psychedelic

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Click here to view the full gallery.

INTERMEDIATE: Past Modern / Classic Font Clash

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Click here to view the full gallery.

BEGINNER: Eco Active / Global Geometric

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Galleries from Summer School 2014:

BEGINNER creative brief : #1 Tropical paradise | #2 Tribal shapes

INTERMEDIATE creative brief : #1 Retro geometric | #2 Animal print

ADVANCED creative brief : #1 Water Rays | #2 Tribal collage

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Testimonials from Summer School

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