Finding the commercial value in your work


…until the start of The Ultimate Portfolio Builder

(February 2017 class)

In just one week’s time, our hugely inspiring, idea generating, career-propelling, advanced online surface pattern design course – The Ultimate Portfolio Builder – will begin.

Over the next few days we’ll share some of the key ways this course has helped propel the careers of those who’ve experienced it and how it can help yours to flourish too.

7 days to go…

Being a designer can be a lonely experience, especially if you work from home. You may feel like you’re going round in circles, hitting the same creative walls, questioning your own design abilities and doubting whether you will ever actually make it in this industry you desire so much.

Maybe you’re at (or nearing) a point right now where you are stuck in a rut and don’t know where to turn next. Maybe the opposite is true that you’ve got too many ideas and distractions which is confusing your direction and end goal.

Well you’re certainly not alone and help is at hand.

As part of The Ultimate Portfolio Builder you get a rare opportunity to have a well-established, highly respected, successful designer within the industry review your work and website to;

  • offer constructive critique and areas for improvement to PROPEL YOU FORWARD
  • tell you what they feel YOUR STRENGTHS ARE, what’s making your stand out for the crowd and how you can use these to your advantage
  • explain which markets or clients might SUIT YOUR STYLE and where they can see the COMMERCIAL VALUE in your work
  • give lots of REASSURANCE to keep you motivated, IDEAS for where you can aim and HOW to keep on track

Join us for The Ultimate Portfolio Builder starting February 13, 2017 and this rare opportunity is yours as every single person on The Ultimate Portfolio Builder has the chance to get their work individually reviewed by an expert!

Meet our expert tutors

Let us introduce you to our fabulous reviewers who sit alongside our very talented and successful surface pattern designer Rachael Taylor.

We are honoured to have two talented expert designers who are incredibly skilled at reviewing work; Janine Burrows of Jam and Ginger and Kate Hopwood, Design Manager at Kmart at your service.

The reviews and tutorials were amazing in giving me the confidence to carry on designing and helped me to understand how to approach a brief and how to improve my design style. I can’t thank you enough; I have loved every second.” – Rachel, Sept 2016 UPB class

Find out a little bit about them here:


“Janine’s feedback has given me both direction and confidence. The perspective of a professional designer is something that I have longed for some time now! I found all the comments thorough, constructive, informative and encouraging. I now know first-hand in what direction to take my work – the advice I got should help me to push on through design walls that I have put up around my work. It was incredible to get feedback from someone who is already engaged in the commercial world that I am aiming to become a part of. Thanks for yet another amazing experience.” – Vickie, Sept 2015 UPB class


“For me the most powerful element must have been the live review on my portfolio, it was key to the development of my work. Getting a fresh perspective from a professional in the design industry helped build my confidence and inspired me to keep going.” – Robyn, Sept 2016 UPB class

Rachael taylor


Graduates who’ve experienced an individual review tell us that this is one of the most valuable areas in the course. Here are some more amazing comments from our previous classes:

“The portfolio review was the highlight of the course for me, it was the confidence boost that I needed, I know now for certain that I am on the right path. I can’t thank Rachael and the MIID team enough, you have truly changed my life. – Joanne

“The Ultimate Portfolio Builder provides a rare opportunity for guided inspiration and experimentation with design, all while being “me”. The inclusion of a review by a professional plus limited time access to WGSN is invaluable.” – Suzanne

“My personal review definitely was the pinnacle of this course for me. Since I have no experience in this field and am emerging as a surface pattern designer, it was greatly reassuring and encouraging to know that my work is unique and actually “ahead of its time”, which is truly mind-blowing. I now know that I am on the right career path, to continue to follow my instinct, and to trust that my ideas are fresh and will bring something lively to the marketplace.” – Nadine

“The review included with the Ultimate Portfolio Builder course provided me with the professional validation and encouragement necessary to take the next step in my art career: exhibiting at a trade show. The design advice from Rachael and her team, as well as the knowledge and camaraderie of my fellow students was priceless!” – Bley

“The most powerful element of the course was the personal review. The review has helped me to see my work as an audience would see it. Janine’s review also has given me confidence in my approach to surface design” – Karen

This really is a rare opportunity to build your commercial portfolio in a structured way, with the support, advice and guidance from expert tutors to boost your confidence and propel you to the next level.

Don’t miss out. Join us for The Ultimate Portfolio Builder. HURRY! Places are strictly limited.


We’re on the official countdown to the next The Ultimate Portfolio Builder brought to you in association with Printsource New York.

This advanced seven-week on-line professional surface pattern design course kicks off on Monday February 13, 2017

We hope to see you soon!


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