Make It In Design Summer School {Final Part One}

It is hard to believe that summer is coming to an end and with it, the Make It In Design summer school! (If you are interested in the previous assignments you can read about them here and here). This time around I am determined to design something for all three tracks. I took a look at all three briefs when they went live and started Pinterest boards for each of them; Jewels, Feathers and Intricate Chaos. I am excited about all three briefs so hopefully this will help to produce designs for all of them!

Jewel Moodboard

Jewel Moodboard

 

Make It In Design Summer School Creative Brief #2 – Tribal Pattern

The Make It In Design Creative Brief 2 was another difficult one (I am guessing that I will find them all difficult). I began as I usually do, sourcing inspiration wherever I can; books, things around the house, the internet (yes, even after watching Bonnie Christine on Creative Live talk about sourcing your own inspiration)! I tried to keep the internet inspiration to a minimum though. I found this difficult because though I am drawn to strong, bold geometrics I don’t feel I am very skilled at it. But that is one of the main reasons I signed up for this course, to see where it might take me stylistically.  Once I had a feel for the theme I started sketching and as usual really enjoyed this part of the process – I could probably continue sketching indefinitely! Below is a selection from my sketchbook.

Make It In Design Summer School Creative Brief #2 - Tribal Motif Sketches

Make It In Design Summer School Creative Brief #2 – Tribal Motif Sketches

I didn’t get around to submitting my design for the first brief (let alone all three) and I wanted to be certain not miss this one, so I opted to use the colour palette (almost) that was provided. I played and played with different patterns without much success. I also tried to add some texture to the vector elements but was largely unsuccessful. There are so many amazing, creative folks participating in this summer school who produce such beautiful, textured work with incredible depth to it. How do they do it? I have to keep reminding myself that I am just starting out and there is much to learn.

Since it is close to the deadline I decided to go with the pattern below. Mission accomplished – at least I didn’t miss the deadline!

Make It In Design Summer School Creative Brief #2 Tribal Pattern

Make It In Design Summer School Creative Brief #2 Tribal Pattern

Moving forward, I would like to work on incorporating more hand drawn elements for some texture. Just putting that out there to remind myself because I do tend to forget these things! AND I really want to try my hand at some mock ups!

 

Make It In Design Summer School – Creative Brief #1 {Beginner}

I received the first creative brief this morning and I have to say I am super excited about the whole thing. I have joined the Facebook Group and there are so many amazing, creative individuals participating, it’s just what I need, a community of inspiring people.

I have done some searching for inspiration and created a new Pinterest board specifically for this brief. I am really drawn to the vintage botanical drawings and would really like to produce something in this vein if possible. Now onto the sketches…

Make It In Design Beginner Creative Brief 1 - Tropical Paradise

Make It In Design Beginner Creative Brief 1 – Tropical Paradise

The above are just a few sketches. I think I am leaning towards the botanical…lots of interesting material there; pineapple,  banana trees and some really wild looking flowers! I could probably break this up into a variety of themes like tropical waters, tropical birds…the possibilities are endless. Unfortunately, there are a finite number of hours in the day!

 

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