Summer School 2016 Winners

The Make it in Design team have truly enjoyed every moment of Summer School 2016 and we do hope you’ve enjoyed it just as much. Today we are delighted to announce our Summer School winners and offer our HUGE congratulations and thanks to you all!

Rachael Taylor: “We have been completely WOWED with the extremely high standard of submissions for the Make it in Design Summer School 2016. From gorgeous colour, patterns and textures to the innovative ideas and presentations – it’s been a pleasure to see them all. We are so very proud to have a global community of extremely talented students creating world-class design and standing out as major players in the design industry. I personally am so excited to see what you all do next – it’s such an exciting time and a true honour to be part of your design journey A HUGE and SINCERE thank you for all the time, love and effort you’ve demonstrated over the last few weeks”.

Fashion Formula

This year we were so excited to team up with Fashion Formula. Along side the chance to win a free place on an upcoming module from The Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design per track, participants were offered the chance to see their designs come alive in print courtesy of Fashion Formula. Find out more about Fashion Formula here in our recent interview.

Fashion Formula offered 9 prizes in total, 3 for each track of Summer School based on work submitted to the two trend briefs:

  • 1st prize: 3 meters of any fabric from their range and 4 sheets of gift wrap (50 x 70 cm each)
  • 2nd prize: 1 meter of any fabric from their range and 2 sheets of gift wrap (50 x 70 cm each)
  • 3rd prize: 2 Fat quarters of any fabric ( 65 x 48 cm) and 1 sheet of gift wrap (50 x 70 cm each)

This is such a fantastic opportunity to see your designs in physical form and we were are honoured to reveal the winners below as selected by Fashion Formula.

If you are a winner, please email the team at so we can arrange to get your file to Fashion Formula!

The Winners!

Beginners Track

1st Prize

442_hilda_allen_hildaallenbegcb1Hilda Allen

2nd Prize

442_jessicasouthwick_jessicasouthwickbegcb2finalJessica Southwick

3rd Prize

442_natasha_eveleigh_natashaeveleighbegcb1Natasha Eveleigh

Intermediate Track

1st Prize

442_art_elizabethcaddintcb1Elizabeth Cadd

2nd Prize


Julia Khimich

3rd Prize


Advanced Track

1st Prize

442_agnieszkakobylinska_agnieszkakobylinskaadvcb1Aga Kobylinska

2nd Prize

442_joannediggle_modernpopartfinalJoanne Diggle

3rd Prize


Alexander Wills from Fashion Formula: “Congratulations to the winners of the Fashion Formula prizes in the Make It in Design Summer School. The standard of work was exceptional and clearly there are a great number of talented people taking part. It was truly a very difficult decision for our team to choose from. We tried to pick those who had embodied the spirit of the brief, which in design is always important, whilst also adding their own personal style – again very important.

“It was obvious that many of you have understood the sometimes difficult translation between paper and analogue design to digital design. In my experience, often the most successful and most popular designs are those that have seamlessly merged traditional and modern techniques of design. 

“Our team particularly enjoyed the French Riviera and Modern Pop art galleries and it was interesting to see how you drew inspiration from artists such as Lichenstein and Camille Walala.

“We hope that you enjoyed learning and creating as much as we loved being a part of your creative journey, and hope to see some of you contributing your designs to our Fashion Formula design community, competing in our weekly design contests or seeing your patterns come to life through our digital textile and wallpaper printing facilities. All the best wishes and success for the future.” 

Special Offer for all!

Fashion Formula are offering everyone the chance to get 1 x free printed sample swatch of a design on their Poly Panama fabric. Simply upload a design here: and use the code MIIDSAMPLE at checkout. This offer is valid until Friday September 9, 2016.

Prize Draw Winners!

In addition we held a prize draw to win places on the upcoming Modules 1 – 3 of The Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design. Entrants were required to simply submit work to the gallery for BOTH creative briefs in their TRACK and subsequently were entered into the prize draw. That was it – it’s not based on favourites or skill – it’s the luck of the draw so everyone had the chance to win!

Beginner Track Prize: A place on ‘Module 1 – Designing Your Way’ worth £189 ($250) starting this September!

Module 1 Designing Your Way

Designing Your Way (Module 1) is a five week online course where you will learn everything you need to know to turn basic sketches into elements for pattern design. If you’ve ever dreamt of one day licensing your own designs but didn’t know where to start – Module 1 is your answer!

In Module 1 you’ll learn about colour and pattern by creating a set of source images, designing your own motifs, learning how to create repeats, putting together a colour swatch and mood board and designing a set of business stationery. We’ll help you develop your signature style and use this to brand your business, plus we’ll also provide you with plenty of time-saving hints and tips, inspiration and secrets from successful surface pattern designers too.

Module 1 ‘Designing Your Way’ starts September 26, 2016. Find out more.

The winner is …

Sam Maher

* N.B This prize is one place on Module 1 from The Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design starting September 26, 2016. The winning place is not transferable and there is no cash alternative.

Intermediate Track Prize: A place on ‘Module 2 – Creating Your Professional Identity’ worth £259 ($345) starting February 20, 2017!

Module 2 Creating your professional identity

Creating Your Professional Identity (Module 2) is a five week online course where you will learn how to develop your brand image, design advanced technical repeats in Photoshop and Illustrator, put a collection together and start your own label.

If you are excited about the thought of making a name for yourself, Module 2 is the course for you! We’ll also show you how to understand and predict trends, put a collection together and create technical repeats, learn the industry specifications for printing and designing for various products and protect your work. Plus we’ll show you how to market yourself, get noticed, build an on-line presence and attract the press.

Module 2 ‘Creating your professional identity’ starts February 20, 2017. Find out more.

The winner is …

Mariah Haney

* N.B This prize is one place on Module 2 from The Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design starting February 1, 2016. The winning place is not transferable and there is no cash alternative.


Advanced Track Prize: A place on ‘Module 3 – Monetising Your Designs’ worth £359 ($475) starting this September


Monetising Your Designs (Module 3) is a five week online course where you will identify multiple streams of income for your designs. If you have a collection of work but don’t know how to get it out in the world and get it sold, this course is for you.

Here we’ll go into freelancing, licensing, selling outright, manufacturing and more. You’ll learn more complex techniques for sophisticated and commercially-appealing surface pattern design, how to negotiate a contract that’s right for you, manage your money, stay motivated, manage stock levels, write a business plan and so much more! Plus we’ll also share our little black book of industry contacts!

Module 3 ‘Monetising Your Designs’ starts September 26, 2016. Find out more.

The winner is …

Victoria Sills

* N.B This prize is one place on Module 3 from The Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design starting September 26, 2016. The winning place is not transferable and there is no cash alternative.

A HUGE thank you to everyone who took part this year and we look forward to continuing to promote you and your wonderful designs.

If you haven’t done so already then check out all the Summer School 2016 galleries here to see what our wonderful students created.

Patternbank logoWe want to give a HUGE THANK YOU to Patternbank who provided us with all the SS17 Print Trends for this years Summer School. Want an insight into their world and read why they are such a fantastic resource for designers?  Check out this interview with Neil Elliott, Trends & Insight Expert from Patternbank! Keep an eye out for their TOP PATTERN PICKS from Summer School 2016 announced on their website very soon!

Winter School – coming soon!

MIID_WINTERSCHOOL2016_550X300PX_LRWant to be a part of our next awesome global design event? Join our waiting list to hear when registration opens for our NEW Winter School coming soon!






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