Pattern design showcase part 3 – UPB (May 2015 class)

Today we bring you part 3 of our 4-part showcase of amazing work from our talented students from The Ultimate Portfolio Builder of The Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design who took the course in May 2015. Here are some of our talented students and the work they have created in class.


“I found the course inspiring as it encouraged me to try new subject matters and colours I wouldn’t normally use and as a result, I feel more confident about my patterns and can now progress onto making more collections and promoting my work.”

Leanne Oughton | UK | Website



“The Ultimate Portfolio Builder Class is the “ultimate” toolbox for Surface Pattern Designers.  It is chock full of tips on everything from art, design, finding inspiration/subject matter, technical aspects of using Illustrator and Photoshop, Branding, building a portfolio, etc.  I am so grateful we can save the lessons so I can continue to refer back to it throughout my career as a Surface Pattern Designer.  This invaluable toolbox is priceless.”

– Marybeth Barrett | USA | Website


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“UPB course helped me in many ways, but the most I was impressed by whole collection of cards for nature, characters, abstract,… if you find yourself stuck these cards will definitely help.”

– Metka Hiti | Slovenia | Website



“The most powerful element in this class was the explanation and definition of the various genres and styles, and the assurance that there was “room for everyone” as I never quite felt confident that my highly contemporary style and bold color choices fit within the commercial marketplace.

I had a complete “signature style” breakthrough by following all of the little exercises throughout the class, designing what I was drawn to in my evolving style, and while preparing my designs for the review, everything just seemed to click — setting me on my way.”

– Nadine Messier | USA | Website



“The most powerful element of the course was the access to WGSN and the briefs which were cherry picked for us throughout the course, making life easier.”

– Natalie Williamson | UK | Website


“I’ve learnt so much from this course and have enjoyed it every step of the way. This final module has really pushed me and I feel these deadlines are what i’ve needed to really help me focus and produce finished pieces. I’ve produced more work in the last few weeks than ever before and finally it feels like I’m on track to finding my signature style…better late than never.”

– Natasha Kirby | UK | Website



“The Ultimate Portfolio Builder has been just that! “Ultimate”… It is so full of wonderful industry insight, teamed with professional guidance and community support.

It makes you think outside the box with fantastic creative exercises and tools I can use forever. I was starting to feel a little lost and almost questioning my design, but this course has inspired me and ignited my passion. I am now driven more than ever! I am excited!”

– Olivia Henry | Australia | Website



“The variety of different suggestions and information throughout this intensive course pushes you as a designer to explore and develop beyond your ‘usual comfort zone.”

Patricia Braune | Sydney | Website



“I signed up to The Ultimate Portfolio Builder primarily for the genre and style section, as I’ve always struggled with determining different classifications within design. The class did not disappoint; the information was just what I was hoping for. I refer to it endlessly with new designs, I’m now able to construct a clear stylistic direction and I’m much more confident with which genre and part of the marketplace my work fits into.”

Peta Hedemann | Australia | Website



“The Ultimate Portfolio Builder class is so full of information, that I will be coming back to it in the weeks and months ahead. I’ve learned how to effectively mock up my designs into room sets and onto products, have gained insight into trend for specific companies and in general and can now knowingly incorporate this into my work.”

Rachael Schaefer | USA | Website



Ruth Burrows | United Arab Emirates | Website



“The course had a huge amount of content, there were so many creative prompts and briefs. This has really helped me to add and develop my portfolio. I look forward to continuing with the projects.”

Sarah Bowskill | UK | Website


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ABSPD_logoOur next classes start September 21, 2015

The Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design is the definitive guide to becoming a surface pattern design professional.If you have ever dreamed of seeing your designs on stationery, homewares, fabric or other products, this series of interactive online courses is for you! Thriving surface pattern designer Rachael Taylor will guide you along this exciting path from developing your signature style, to putting a collection together, and from protecting your work to monetising your designs. With a rich combination of design inspiration, practical advice, demonstrations, creative exercises, resources and interviews with leading industry practitioners, this is the go-to guide for anyone wanting to develop their design skills and break into the industry. Our next classes begin September 21, 2015 – we hope to be able to welcome you to class!

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