Designing to Win Gallery 2024

Uncommon Threads

As part of Flower Thinking's Designing to Win program, a group of floral designers, artists and arrangers have responded to a competition-style schedule with the theme Uncommon Threads.

This gallery will soon be updated to showcase their learnings and gains in designing to a competition style brief.

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Detail from example design made to the theme Uncommon Threads for Designing to Win.

Rosa ‘Toffee’, Dianthus caryophyllus, Chrysanthemum, Alocasia amazonica, Nelumbo nucifera, Jasmine, Morus, Tillandsia usneoides, Rhipsalis

Design - Mark Pampling

Photography - Mark Pampling

Detail from example design made to the theme Uncommon Threads for Designing to Win

Chrysanthemum Disbud, Rosa ‘Toffee’, Rosa, Zantedeschia, Leucospermum, Rhipsalis, Delonix regia

Design - Mark Pampling

Photography - Mark Pampling

Detail from example design made to the theme Uncommon Threads for Designing to Win

Rosa, Rhipsalis, Anthurium, Dianthus caryophyllus, Alocasia, Philodendron, Chrysanthemum Disbud

Design - Mark Pampling

Photography - Mark Pampling

You can take a hands on role in Designing to Win by joining as one of the Designers or you can join as an an Audience member to access the learnings without the time commitment of contributing a design.

Reviews of Designing to Win from the Members of the Audience and Designers

Customer Reviews

Based on 22 reviews
David Berger
Designing to Win Uncommon Threads

Designing to Win Uncommon Threads. The course provided the unusual opportunity to respond to a competition brief not once but twice. Using Mark’s detailed ebook as a guide to interpreting a marking scheme and competition brief. All participants produced a design. In a group forum we all received Mark’s insights and expert analysis, including advice on improvements and modifications. Producing a second design with this feedback. Mark held a second forum discussing the second design interpretation from the feedback given. Such a study in floral design and self improvement. Flower Thinking and Mark provide designers to tools to make considered choices in floral designing. I look forward to the next course and learning journey.

Marleen Pratt OAM
Uncommon Threads

I enjoyed the critiqued detail of the 1st design presented by participants in the theme Uncommon Threads. 2nd design was changed to improve its presentation to fill the brief of an opening Event for a fashion boutique.

Lawrence Kwong
"Designing to win" is a winner

The intriguing theme,"Uncommon threads", captured my attention and thinking. I initially thought this short course,"Designing to win", would be too challenging. I found that it was actually comprehensive, well organized and structured, and rewarding eventually. This course was about understanding the rules and schedule of a competition. It was about learning how to evaluate one's design for a competition against an essential list of marking criteria for judging. Mark conducted two virtual discussion forums fluently, meticulously and constructively by giving clear analysis with concise explanations. He posed questions and made suggestions on each participant's design in #1 submission. The task of improving/adjusting/changing in order to achieve a better outcome became the necessary challenge for #2 submission.
The learnings from all the other submissions was just as important as those of mine. After having completed this course, I gained a better understanding of the entire process of designing to win and the crucial decision making that hinged on the points/marks for judging. The "wow factor" which can contribute to winning can be achieved by more critical evaluation of a design. Learning to be a better designer is always my aim in participating in Mark's courses. I truly felt that I achieved it and it was a likely "win" for me. The instructional eBooks and video tutorials on competitions were valuable bonuses given after completion of the course.

Thank you, Mark, for this great opportunity to learn from you.

Sue Fingleton
Designing to win uncommon threads

Excellent course, I learnt a lot just need to put it into practice now.😊

Fiona Leman Leman
I thought it was a good title with lots of scope for interpretation.

I thought it was a great course! I learnt a lot from the in depth evaluations of each design, and I think the true value of the course can be seen in the huge improvements of all the submitted designs. Thank you Mark.