Escape to Summer School 2016

I just finished my first Make it in Design course, which was the 2016 Summer School Intermediate and Advanced classes. I’ve decided to share with you a bit of my process for one of the briefs, Escape: Souk. The task I gave myself was to design a bohemian-inspired design collection. As I did some preliminary research, I realized my own home is as much a source for this kind of visual inspiration as is Pinterest! I may or may not have a collection of boho vintage glass lamps collected years ago in thrift stores in Kansas City Missouri. :)

I followup my inspiration-gathering by diving into my process with pencils and pens on paper. It’s the fastest route for me to get a concept flowing.


When I scan in all my drawings, I’ll put everything into a giant file and start playing. This is where the magic happens, or where it starts anyway. Shapes will combine to form new ones, and when I play around with abstracts, geometrics and florals, things can get very interesting!

Some of you might know that I am a member of the Finch & Foxglove collective. One of the beautiful things about our group is that we are a sounding board for one another, and can present in-progress ideas and projects and get incredible feedback and help. I shared my first mock-up with the group, and finch Mara called out a suggestion to try replacing the red with something cooler like a blue. 

Those of you who have worked with the Adobe programs for decades will know how far they’ve come; I find that the current suite of programs works together like an orchestra, and it’s an incredible boon to the creative process. My Adobe illustrator library for this project is overflowing with a great collection of patterns and graphics and color palettes! The wonderful thing about taking a class is that it allows you to come away with a huge cache of potential future projects. This was a project I could have spent months on - the amazing inspiration I found on Pinterest and in the world could fill a book, and the brief created by the MiiD team was chock-full of inspiring ideas, words and images. To-date, the final dress design is one of my most popular images on Instagram!

I'm still new to the surface design world and would love to find a company to work with to design a collection. Please get in touch if you would like to license any of my designs, or if you'd prefer to create a new collection.