18 March 2019

DESIGNER - jess moorhouse

Jess Moorhouse is a British illustrator with over five years experience in the greetings card industry. Jess has been working for high street brands and supermarkets such as Sainsbury's. Waitrose and Clintons. She has recently started working freelance and would welcome any potential clients for licensing and commissions. Below you can see a lovely selection of Jess's work and you can see more or get in touch via her Instagram account here.

MAKE IT IN DESIGN - free webinars

Make it in Design are running free trend webinars in March as part of The Colour Gang.
These are completely free events for anyone to sign up to and enjoy and the first one will be at 5.30pm (GMT) tomorrow (19th March). They are open to all and you can sign up quickly and easily online here.
Featuring some exciting special guests, these webinars will help you dive into the world of trends as they explore their ‘Colour and Trends’ theme in The Colour Gang this March!

Webinar 1: Tuesday March 19 at 5.30pm: The Colour Gang Trend 
The Top 2020 Spring / Summer WGSN Trends Revealed with Sarah Porter of Porter & Brawn.

Join Make it in Design and Sarah Porter (of Porter & Brawn trend consultancy) for an exciting trend-led webinar on 5:30 PM (UK time), March 19, 2019 Sarah will be diving into the top three trends for designers in Spring/ Summer 2020 (with trend direction accompanied by leading trend resource WGSN!) and will be sharing her advice and tips on how you can make the most of these invaluable trend insights. Give your design work a fierce and competitive edge with the hottest trend information, expert teaching, and even some of the latest trade show examples in our upcoming webinar. Sign up here.

Webinar 2: Tuesday March 26 at 5.30pm: The Colour Gang Trend
Getting Confident with Trend Forecasting and Reports: A Designer’s Guide with Sarah Porter and Rachael Taylor

Would you love to work with trends and keep your design work ahead of the curve? If so, our upcoming trends-based webinar is for you! Trends are an incredibly powerful facet of design, covering numerous industries, styles and markets. They offer designers the opportunity to get creative, to push their artistic boundaries and to get their work noticed. This March we are thrilled to be hosting an informative webinar around trends and how YOU can make the most of them. Hosted by renowned pattern designer Rachael Taylor and trend consultant Sarah Porter, this webinar will help you build your confidence when working with trends so you can really stand out from the crowd. Join us at 5:30 PM (UK time) on March 26th 2019 to learn all about trends. You can sign up here – we hope to see you there!

15 March 2019

DESIGNER FOR HIRE - mandy porta

We end the week with another Designer for Hire with new entry Mandy Porta. Mandy is an illustrator and surface pattern designer based in Louisiana, United States. She has a passion for designing bright and cheery art for children’s products, especially those that inspire imaginations and foster creativity. Mandy loves to paint in gouache as well as draw digitally. While somewhat new to the illustration industry, she spent over a decade as a freelance graphic designer working directly with small businesses to design various marketing materials. After taking some time off to care for her two little girls (who are now 5 and 7), she realized her true passion for making joyful art. Her girls and seven nieces continue to be a source of inspiration, and sometimes she even incorporates their art into her designs to make them extra special. Mandy is looking for new collaborations via licensing and commissions. If you love her look, you can get in touch via her website at mandyporta.com.

ILLUSTRATION - nicolas burrows

Our Friday eye candy this week is a super bright book from artist Nicolas Burrows. Published in 2015 by Hato Press "How It Is..." uses playful block shapes to portray nature and objects in a bold stylised reinterpretation. In 2016 Nicolas won a grant from We Transfer to publish his quirky book 'The Elephant Hotel' which you can also see a selection of below. Nicolas is part of the Nous Vous Collective and can be found online here.