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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!


Make it in Design Summer SchoolAugust 1 – 26, 2016

Fill your summer with inspiration and creativity, by joining the Make it in Design Summer School this August. There are three tracks – Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced. Please feel free to sign up for one or more options, and use this opportunity to stretch yourself, connect with other designers, experience working to a brief, grow your portfolio and even get your work published!

Back by popular demand, Summer School offers exciting creative briefs inspired by 2017 trend reports from the fabulous top trend forecasting websites Patternbank and WGSN, awesome bonus materials, fun tasks, great prizes and lots of surprises!

Check out our top 10 reasons to sign up today!


This is what you get:

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  • Two beginner creative briefs inspired by real 2017 trends predicted by Patternbank and WGSN, the world’s leading trend websites – to help generate new sketches and simple patterns (one brief in weeks 1 & 3)
  • Two fun beginner design exercises to get you out and about and having fun (one exercise in weeks 2 & 4)
  • Access to a private Summer School Facebook group where you can connect with other designers participating in this cool event in 2016
  • Two impressive downloadable high resolution papers/textured backgrounds to use in your projects
  • Exclusive downloadable wallpaper for your desktop, phone and iPad!
  • Chance to win a free place on Module 1 of The Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design
  • Chance to get your work published in MOYO magazine, our Surface Pattern Design Lookbook Vol 3 and on the Make it in Design website and social network channels.

Beginners will be able to tackle the briefs either on the computer (Illustrator/Photoshop) or traditionally off the computer. Please note this Summer School does not include any technical guidance.

 

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  • Two intermediate creative briefs inspired by real 2017 trends predicted by Patternbank and WGSN, the world’s leading trend websites – to help you explore new colour choices in your patterns (one brief in weeks 1 & 3)
  • Two fun intermediate design exercises to get you out and about and having fun (one exercise in weeks 2 & 4)
  • Free colour palettes to push your creative boundaries
  • Access to a private Summer School Facebook group where you can connect with other designers participating in this cool event in 2016
  • Two impressive editable fashion-based technical drawings to work with, so you can drop your pattern onto a shirt for example
  • Exclusive downloadable wallpaper for your desktop, phone and iPad!
  • Chance to win a free place on Module 2 of The Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design
  • Chance to get your work published in MOYO magazine, our Surface Pattern Design Lookbook Vol 3 and on the Make it in Design website and social network channels.

The intermediate creative briefs will be aimed at Illustrator/Photoshop users. Please note this Summer School does not include any technical guidance.

 

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  • Two advanced creative briefs inspired by real 2017 trends predicted by Patternbank and WGSN, the world’s leading trend websites – to help you build your portfolio with product mock-ups featuring your patterns (one brief in weeks 1 & 3)
  • Two fun advanced design exercises to get you looking at things in a different way and doing things you’ve never done before (one exercise in weeks 2 & 4)
  • Access to a private Summer School Facebook group where you can connect with other designers participating in this cool event in 2016
  • Impressive downloadable rights-free stock product photography and room set image exclusively styled for Make it in Design to enable you to produce professional mock-ups for your portfolio
  • Exclusive downloadable wallpaper for your desktop, phone and iPad!
  • Chance to win a free place on Module 3 of The Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design worth £359 starting this September
  • Chance to get your work published in MOYO magazine, our Surface Pattern Design Lookbook Vol 3 and on the Make it in Design website and social network channels.

The advanced creative briefs will be aimed at Illustrator/Photoshop users. Please note this Summer School does not include any technical guidance.


How it works:

(1) On Monday August 1, 2016 you will be sent your first creative brief.

– If you want to be included in our online public gallery you will need to submit your work by Thursday August 11, 2016.

– The gallery will go live on Friday 12 August and we will share it widely on social media.

 

(2) On Monday August 8, 2016 you will be sent your first fun challenge.

– There is no submission deadline – you can share your creations anytime in the Facebook Summer School group.

 

(3) On Monday August 15, 2016 you will be sent your second creative brief.

– If you want to be included in our online public gallery you will need to submit your work by Thursday August 25, 2016.

– The gallery will go live on Friday 26 August and we will share it widely on social media.

 

(4) On Monday August 22, 2016 you will be sent your second fun challenge.

– There is no submission deadline – you can share your creations anytime in the Facebook Summer School group.

 

(5) On Friday September 2, 2016 we will publish a round up on the Make it in Design BLOG with links to all the galleries and an announcement of all of the prize winners.

PLUS – we will feature a round up of our favourite entries in the Surface Pattern Design Lookbook Vol 3 and in a future issue of MOYO Magazine!

 

(6) On Friday September 30, 2016 the Summer School classrooms will close.


Testimonials from Summer School

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Register today:

Each track is priced at £20 and we offer an attractive discount if you sign up for more than one. Scroll down to find the track or combination of tracks you wish to take, click on the image and complete a short form to register:

Visit our SHOP or click on an image below:

1) REGISTER FOR 1 TRACK: £20

 

 

 

 

 

2) REGISTER FOR 2 TRACKS: £35

 

 

 

 

 

 

3) REGISTER FOR ALL 3 TRACKS: £45

 

 

 

 

 

 


Surface Pattern Design Lookbooks

Take a look at some of the fabulous designs that came out of Summer School 2014. Since its publication, our Surface Pattern Design Lookbook Volume 1 has been viewed over 78,500 times.

It’s been popular with designers looking for inspiration and has been well received in the industry. Volume 2 is soon to be published and we can’t wait to share it with you!

Join us this year and your design could feature in our Surface Pattern Design Lookbook Volume 3!

 

Surface Pattern Design 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

Click here to view the full gallery.

INTERMEDIATE: Eco-active / Organic Decay

Summer School Intermediate Organic decay

Click here to view the full gallery.

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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Click here to view the full gallery.

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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