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  1. Want to build your professional design portfolio? This is for you…

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    For many months we have been working with surface pattern designer Rachael Taylor on a brand new design course Module 4: Building Your Professional Portfolio, and we are thrilled to unveil our new Module 4 Brochure:

    Module 4 is going to be amazing with technical video masterclasses from industry experts, real live briefs from leading companies, reviews from established designers, free access to trend-leading website Stylesight, over 200 stock photography images, over 200 gorgeous materials in our textures library to work with & exclusive, ready-made, styled room sets!

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    If  you have a good understanding of how to create patterns but feel that your portfolio needs refining and strengthening, then you need the new advanced course from The Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design… Module 4: Building Your Professional Portfolio.

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    This course has been developed in response to popular demand from graduates of Module 3, but is open to anyone who has some experience in surface pattern design and wishes to concentrate on growing their body of pattern work.

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    Module 4 is an intense seven week course, which consists of five weeks of class plus two weeks of design reviews. There is no course like it in the world, and places are strictly limited, so book yours now!

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  2. 2014 Print & Pattern Design Scholarship winners announced!

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    Drum roll please… it is time to unveil the winners of the 2014 Print & Pattern Scholarship for The Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design (ABSPD).

    We received beautiful design entries from over 300 applicants from 39 different countries and had a wonderful time reviewing all of the applications. We are absolutely thrilled that so many people want to get into the exciting world of surface pattern design, and recognise the course as a fantastic way to do that.

    Entries were shortlisted by ABSPD co-founders Rachael Taylor and Beth Nicholls, with final judging by Marie Perkins of the Print & Pattern blog. We had so many amazing designs that we couldn’t decide on just one winner, so we have decided to offer THREE full scholarships and SEVEN runner up prizes. Congratulations to all our winners, and thank you to everyone who entered.

    THE WINNERS

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    ANNE BOLLMAN

    Marie from ‘Print and Pattern’ loved Anne’s striking design, which was her personal favourite.

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    JOSHUA HEINSZ

    Rachael was really impressed by Joshua’s innovative design and clever use subject matter.

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    ZOE ELSDEN

    Beth particularly loved the quality of illustration, the colour palette and layering in this exquisite design.

    Congratulations Anne, Joshua and Zoe – you are our winners! Get ready to launch your surface pattern design career. You each win:

    • A free place on ALL FOUR MODULES of The Art and Business of Surface Design (M1: Designing your way; M2: Creating your professional identity; M3: Monetising your designs; M4: Building your professional portfolio)
    • Six months’ free membership of the MOYO Directory
    • 90 days’ free access to Stylesight
    • 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 following seven designers were also so impressive that we decided to offer more prizes. All of you will receive a free place on the ABSPD Module 1 class that is starting on March 24, 2014.

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    Alejandra Iriarte

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    Belinda Sigstad

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    Lauren Minco

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    Katherine Lenius

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    Dana Garczewski

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     Cecilia Ferraro

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    Yana Ko

    We will be in touch with the winners and runners up directly by email before Module 1 begins on March 24, 2014. For those of you who didn’t win, we hope you will join us anyway, as your work showed great potential and we know the course would be very valuable to you. Find out more and register here.

  3. The Art & Business of Surface Pattern Design: ‘Inspiring Quotations’ Competition

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    Hello ABSPD community! We were so impressed with your gorgeous testimonials from our last ‘Inspiring Quotations’ competition that we have decided to run it for the second time! This is an exciting design challenge for students and alumni of the e-course as well as a chance to practice your typography skills!

    The Challenge

    We would love for you to create your very own beautiful typography, testimonial design! The winning designer will be given a free place on the e-course Module of their choice! (This includes 1, 2, 3 & the brand new Module 4!). Below you can find the competition requirements:

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    • Create an inspirational typographic design in your own style and media (this can be hand-drawn or created with different fonts)
    • The quote should include your own testimonial on how you have found a Module or the e-course as a whole, for example: “Maybe this course should come with a health warning as it is so addictive!”
    • Please supply a 550 pixels wide, ‘save for web’ jpg & send to kelly@rachaeltaylordesigns.co.uk with your full name, website and social media links
    • Deadline: Midnight (GMT) Wednesday 5th March
    • You will also need to share your design on social media. This can be on our Facebook page or tweet to@MakeitinDesign or @SurfacePatternD. Use hashtags #makeitindesign, #surfacepatternecourse or #ABSPD

    See below for inspiration from our previous submissions and some of my own new designs! The winner will be announced on Friday 7th March along with a supporting showcase on the Make It In Design blog the week after.

    Good luck Beth and Rachael x

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  4. New advanced design course: Round up of our stellar live briefs from real companies

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    Over the last few weeks we have been revealing the companies that are participating in our Live Briefs for Module 4 of ‘The Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design (the e-course)’. Module 4 is an advanced seven week course in which you will learn everything you need to know about building your professional portfolio as a surface pattern designer. We have poured everything into this and it is going to be awesome. Below is a round-up of the truly amazing companies that we have announced as part of Module 4.

  5. The Art & Business of Surface Pattern Design Module 4: 5th Live Brief Announcement – Graham & Brown

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    We are bursting with excitement about some of the incredible LIVE BRIEFS that we have in store for you! Set by a hand-picked selection of TRULY AMAZING COMPANIES in Module 4 of ‘The Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design (the e-course)’! Module 4 is an advanced seven week course in which you will learn everything you need to know about building your professional portfolio.

    The course is crammed with masterclass video tutorials, regular live briefs from real companies, templates, tons of brilliant inspiration, invaluable content, a weekly Q&A with Rachael, and individual work reviews from either Rachael or another flourishing designer! PLUS you will get six months’ FREE access to the MOYO Directory, where you can create a bespoke profile, upload unlimited portfolios and attract potential clients AND 90 days’ access to Stylesight, one of the leading sources of trend information in the world.

    This is a rare opportunity to build your commercial portfolio in a structured way, with the support and guidance to boost your confidence and make you raring to go!

    The sixth company we are thrilled to announce is innovative wallpaper company…

    Graham & Brown

    Graham & Brown was founded by two dear friends, Harold Graham and Henry Brown in 1946 who started a wallpaper revolution for a public desperate to brighten their homes after years of war.

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    As a company they put much stock in a personal approach to business and having a solid respect for their employees and customers. This in turn has led to brilliant innovation, creativity and a modern management approach.

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    The 1980s saw Graham & Brown launch their now famous ‘Superfresco’ brand, an easy to hang and take down wallpaper which went on to become the best selling wallpaper brand in the world, available in over 50 countries!

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    The 1990s brought further innovations and by 1992 Graham & Brown produced the world’s first ‘batchless’ wall coverings. New associations were forged with designer Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen. He was quickly joined by Julien Macdonald, Amy Butler, hemingwaydesign, Marcel Wanders & most recently Kelly Hoppen.

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    Innovation of thought and action has seen the company drive the industry from the doldrums into growth. This is an amazing opportunity to gain REAL design experience from an amazing brief, along with the chance to present your work to an exciting, well-established company.

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    Many of our graduates are now flourishing within the design industry and we’re proud to say we have really nurtured some amazing talent! You can see more success stories from current students and alumni in this Facebook album or read some of our lovely testimonials.

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    We are so pleased that the course and our alumni have received outstanding industry recognition, as we have been going from strength to strength since our initial launch at the end of 2011. You can register here for March 2014, when Module 4 begins!

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    So far we have lined up wonderful textile company Dashwood Studio, fantastic modern homewares company DENY Designs, brilliant UK based, greetings publisher Card Crazy, the UK’s number one cardmaking publication Cardmaking & Papercraft Magazine & classic stationery company Crane & Co!

    Keep up to date with our Live Brief reveals in our Module 4 announcement Facebook album!

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    We would love to have you join us for Module 4 – the latest addition to our highly respected series of design courses – to make the most of these rare opportunities for live briefs from real companies. Find out more and register here.

  6. Free access to the world’s best trend information for Module 4 students…

    We are committed to giving you the best possible grounding as a professional surface pattern designer, and for this reason we have invested significantly in order to be able to offer our Module 4 students 90 days’ free access to industry leading trend forecasting website Stylesight! As the industry leader, Stylesight offers “visionary content and compelling technology for style, fashion and design professionals”. We met the team at the Indigo trade show in Paris, and were blown away by what the site offers.

    Here is a bit more info on what is in store…

  7. The Art & Business of Surface Pattern Design Module 4: 5th LIVE BRIEF ANNOUNCEMENT Crane & Co.

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    We are bursting with excitement about some of the incredible ***LIVE BRIEFS*** that we have in store for you, set by a hand-picked selection of fantastic companies in Module 4 of ‘The Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design (the e-course)’!

    Module 4 is an advanced seven week course in which you will learn everything you need to know about building your professional portfolio. The course is crammed with masterclass video tutorials, regular live briefs from real companies, templates, tons of brilliant inspiration, invaluable content, a weekly Q&A with Rachael, and individual work reviews from either Rachael or another flourishing designer!

    PLUS you will get six months’ FREE access to the MOYO Directory, where you can create a bespoke profile, upload unlimited portfolios and attract potential clients. This is a rare opportunity to build your commercial portfolio in a structured way, with the support and guidance to boost your confidence and make you raring to go!

    The fifth company we are thrilled to announce is gorgeous stationery company…

    Crane & Co.

    Crane & Co. has been dedicated to the art of classic correspondence for more than two centuries.

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    We are so excited to reveal that prestigious stationery company Crane & Co. will be creating a Live Brief!  A family-owned company since 1801, Crane is the USA’s oldest stationer. Before the United States of America were united, and still today, Crane was the choice of Revolutionary patriots, presidents, first ladies, kings and queens, captains of industry, heads of state and just about any celebrity who has stepped on the red carpet. Even Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt used Crane stationery to send their annual holiday cards!

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  8. Launch your pattern design career with the 2014 Print & Pattern/ABSPD Design Scholarship (worth over $2000!)

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    Are you an emerging designer ready to make it big in the surface pattern design world? This is an incredible opportunity to win a design scholarship worth over $2000 to help you on your way! Sponsored by leading pattern blog Print & Pattern, the ABSPD Design Scholarship will provide you with access to over a year’s worth of top design courses, access to top trend site Stylesight and a host of exciting promotional opportunities.

    THE PRIZE

    One person will win the following:

    • A free place on ALL FOUR MODULES of The Art and Business of Surface Design (M1: Designing your way; M2: Creating your professional identity; M3: Monetising your designs; M4: Building your professional portfolio)
    • Six months’ free membership of the MOYO Directory
    • 90 days’ free access to Stylesight
    • The opportunity to be featured on the Print & Pattern blog, in MOYO Magazine and on the Make It In Design site

  9. The Art & Business of Surface Pattern Design: Module 4 – 4th LIVE BRIEF ANNOUNCEMENT Cardmaking & Papercraft Magazine

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    We are bursting with excitement about some of the incredible ***LIVE BRIEFS*** that we have in store for you! Set by a hand-picked selection of ***TRULY AMAZING COMPANIES*** in Module 4 of ‘The Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design (the e-course)’!

    Module 4 is an advanced seven week course in which you will learn everything you need to know about building your professional portfolio. The course is crammed with masterclass video tutorials, regular live briefs from real companies, templates, tons of brilliant inspiration, invaluable content, a weekly Q&A with Rachael, and individual work reviews from either Rachael or another flourishing designer!

    PLUS you will get six months’ FREE access to the MOYO Directory, where you can create a bespoke profile, upload unlimited portfolios & attract potential clients. This is a rare opportunity to build your commercial portfolio in a structured way, with the support & guidance to boost your confidence & make you raring to go!

    The fourth company we are thrilled to announce is…

    Cardmaking & Papercraft Magazine

    Cardmaking & Papercraft Magazine is a UK based greetings card publisher which focuses on making designers stand out from the crowd!

    We are so thrilled to reveal that Cardmaking & Papercraft Magazine will be setting a Live Brief in Module 4 of ABSPD! Cardmaking & Papercraft was the first cardmaking title to open up the market nine years ago and they are still the UK’s number one cardmaking magazine.

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  10. The Art & Business of Surface Pattern Design: Module 4 – 3rd LIVE BRIEF ANNOUNCEMENT!

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    We are bursting with excitement about some of the incredible ***LIVE BRIEF’S*** that we have in store for you! Set by a hand-picked selection of ***TRULY AMAZING COMPANIES*** in Module 4 of ‘The Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design (the e-course)’!

    Module 4 is an advanced seven week course in which you will learn everything you need to know about building your professional portfolio. The course is crammed with masterclass video tutorials, regular live briefs from real companies, templates, tons of brilliant inspiration, invaluable content, a weekly Q&A with Rachael and individual work reviews from either Rachael or another flourishing designer!

    PLUS you will get six months’ FREE access to the MOYO Directory, where you can create a bespoke profile, upload unlimited portfolios and attract potential clients. This is a rare opportunity to build your commercial portfolio in a structured way, with the support and guidance to boost your confidence so that you are raring to go!

    OVER THE NEXT FEW WEEKS WE WILL BE REVEALING THE COMPANIES THAT ARE CONFIRMED FOR LIVE BRIEFS. STAY TUNED! The third company we are thrilled to announce is…

    Card Crazy

    Card Crazy is a UK based greetings card publisher which focuses on making designers stand out from the crowd!

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