2018 The MIID + Print & Pattern Scholarship Winners

YAY! And drum roll please… it is time to unveil the winners of the 2018 Make it in Design Scholarship in association with Print & Pattern.

We received such an array of beautiful design entries from over 200 applicants from 39 different countries and had our panel of judges had such a wonderful time reviewing all of the AMAZING applications. We are absolutely thrilled that so many people want to get into the exciting world of surface pattern design, and recognise Make it in Design as a fantastic way to do that. Thank You!

Entries were shortlisted by ABSPD co-founders Rachael Taylor and Beth Kempton following which Marie Perkins of the Print & Pattern blog joined the panel to select the final winner. As we had so many amazing designs it was decided that we would have not just one winner, but will offer THREE full scholarships and SEVEN runner up prizes.

Our panel of judges said:

“Every year it’s such an honor and privilege to look through all the fantastic submissions from around the world. We can honestly say it’s one of our favourite parts and perks of the job! We just LOVE pattern and look forward to welcoming each of our winners and runners up into the Make it in Design community in 2018. Congratulations to all our winners, and thank you to everyone who entered – it really was a pleasure”.

The Winners

We are thrilled to announce our three scholarship winners:

Nina Ray | Indonesia | Instagram

Marie Perkins of Print Pattern selected Nina Ray as her overall winner.

“I was impressed by Nina’s lovely subtle use of colours,  simple folky motifs and nice use of symmetry. The designs are very user friendly and commercial”.


Alexandra Michiardi | UK | Instagram

ABSPD co-founder Rachael Taylor  selected Alexandra Michiardi as her overall winner.

“Alexandra has designed such a highly versatile abstract and playful designs with striking colours. The designs incorporate wonderful layering and textured elements”.


Rachael Rowe | UK | Website

ABSPD co-founder Beth Kempton  selected Rachael Rowe as her overall winner.

“I love the painterly technique adopted by Rachael in her design work. In particular the bold brush marks and colour palette which are really fresh and inviting”.


Congratulations Alexandra, Nina and Rachael – you are our winners! Get ready to launch your surface pattern design career in 2018!

You each win:

  • A free place on all 4 modules of The Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design (M1: Designing your way; M2: Creating your professional identity; M3: Monetising your designs and The Ultimate Portfolio Builder) worth over £1,280
  • Complimentary access to leading trend website WGSN for 180 days
  • The opportunity to be featured on the Print & Pattern blog, in MOYO Magazine and on the Make It In Design site

The Runners up

The standard of entries this year was again so high that we wanted to offer more prizes. Therefore we have selected 7 runners up who will each receive a free place on the ABSPD Module 1 class that is starting on February 19, 2018.

Aisling Breathnach | Ireland | Instagram

Gorgeous commercial and very on trend designs. Your style and colour palette are so rich and bold.

Andrea Ramiro Ortega | Mexico

Such a wonderful grasp of colour in your work and the sense of movement makes it so exiting and energetic.

Angela Sbandelli | Italy | Website

A bold, innovative take on character design filled with striking details with a contemporary twist on a retro colour palette. Such a visually pleasing design!

Harriet Morgan | UK

Such an interesting and unusual layout for this design. Also it’s so on trend by using the paper cut technique – you obviously have a great eye for something new and fresh.

Linda Lightley | UK

The layering of your work is really interesting and so much detail involved.

Nadezhda Vinogradova | Russia | Instagram

A really lovely illustrative style and great sense of narrative within the pattern.


Sue Gibbins | UK | Website

 Your work is really quirky and commercial. Such a great sense of colour and movement!


We will be in touch with the winners and runners up directly by email before Module 1 begins on February 19, 2018. Thank you everyone, we are very excited to welcome you all to class.

There is still time to join us!

If you would like to launch your career in Surface Pattern Design, it is not too late to join us. Modules 1 and 2 are starting on Monday 19th February. So whether you are a complete beginner and/or would like to create your professional identity, one of these offerings is sure to be just what you are looking for.