The Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design

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Summer School

Summer School is an exciting global online design event that gives you experience working to Spring / Summer trend-inspired briefs, helps build your portfolio and connect with other designers, and gives you the opportunity to get your work published!

Summer School 2017

This past summer we were thrilled to run Summer School for the forth time running. We welcomed hundreds of students from all over the world to take part in our on-trend and exciting design briefs, created in partnership with Patternbank.

Students were able to take one, two, or all three tracks of Summer School in order to build their portfolio with trendy, unique patterns while gaining valuable brief-led design experience.

Our 2017 trends were:

  • Beginner Track Brief 1: Abstract Thread
  • Beginner Track Brief 2: Drawn Botanicals
  • Intermediate Track Brief 1: Pure Zen
  • Intermediate Track Brief 2: Stripe Form
  • Advanced Track Brief 1: Mystical Tribes
  • Advanced Track Brief 2: Pale Garden

Want to take part in Summer School 2018? Sign up to our waiting list to be notified about all things Summer School!

Summer School 2017 Galleries!

Beginner Brief 1: Abstract Thread

View the Beginner Gallery

Intermediate Brief 1: Pure Zen

View the Intermediate Gallery

Advanced Brief 1: Mystical Tribes

View The Advanced Gallery

Beginner Brief 2: Drawn Botanicals

View the Beginner Gallery

Intermediate Brief 2: Stripe Form

View the Intermediate Gallery

Advanced Brief 2: Pale Garden

View the Advanced Gallery

Surface Pattern Design Lookbooks


Our Surface Pattern Design Lookbooks have proved a big hit in the industry. They have not only been used for designers looking for inspiration, but have also been a useful source for companies scouting new design talent! Check out our Surface Pattern Design Lookbooks showcasing some of many gorgeous pattern designs created during Summer School!

 Volume 1

 Volume 2

 Volume 3

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



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