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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!


The Summer of 2017 was filled with creativity as we celebrated all things pattern, colour, and community at the Make it in Design Summer School! Providing our community with opportunity to stretch themself, connect with other designers, experience working to a brief, grow your portfolio and even get their work published!

We’ve loved looking at all of the amazing mood boards, sketches, paintings, collages, ideas, and pattern designs from hundreds of creatives across 44 countries.

Our Summer School winners have been announced and all of our galleries are available below for your viewing pleasure! and all of our galleries are available below for your viewing pleasure! Click the links to see the full galleries, or search #summerschool2017 on Instagram to see the works in progress  – ENJOY!

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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

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

Summer School Partners

We were delighted to partner again with the fantastic trend house Patternbank and digital textile printing experts Fashion Formula following another successful Winter School in 2017.

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Fashion Formula

Fashion Formula kindly offered a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prize per track:

  • 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)


Testimonials from Summer School







Surface Pattern Design Lookbooks

Take a look at some of the fabulous designs that came out of Summer School 2014. Since its publication, our Surface Pattern Design Lookbook Volume 1 has been viewed over 126,259 times and Surface Pattern Design Lookbook Volume 2 over 53,606 times. (*figures as of May 2017):

It’s been popular with designers looking for inspiration and has been well received in the industry. Volume 3 was recently published so do check it out now!

Join us next year and your design could feature in our Surface Pattern Design Lookbook Volume 5!

Surface Pattern Design 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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