What's in Designing to Win for me?

Past participants of Designing to Win have described it as detailed, constructive and inspiring.

Many have gained increased confidence in their readiness to compete and all found insights that gave them more confidence as a designer.

Will you join them?

  • Great Help to New and Experienced

    Design to win would be. A great help to new competitors as well as experienced. We should all keep an open mind to changes and accept challenges

    - Irene M.

  • Learned so much

    I am thrilled to have found Designing to Win classes. Mark is an excellent teacher, looking at the work from both a competitor's and evaluator's point of view. I learned so much watching his thorough critiquing of each design and suggestions on improvements. I would love to try this as a competitor next time. A great educational experience!

    - Bridgette, USA

  • Boosted my confidence

    This course has boosted my confidence and understanding of what is expected in good floral design. The practical, eloquent and positive feedback has been really valuable. Not only does Mark possess true natural flair and talent, but also comes with vast experience and above all, is an excellent teacher who is able to clearly share his understanding with his students.

    - Celeste, WA, Australia

  • Preparing for World Cup

    Excellent video Mark, this information is priceless. Preparing for World Cup 2023 is a exciting yet daunting task. I appreciate your insight and expertise!

    Lea R., Canada

  • Enjoyed the feedback

    I enjoyed the feedback sessions on the designs, particularly when shown the changes that could be made to the designs to improve them. Mark had a great way of explaining aspects and reasons for the changes he would suggest.

    - Sharon M

  • Highly recommend

    I highly recommend any of Flower Thinking courses - all opportunities create a building of foundation to think differently enhancing our creative thoughts. The following image is my Christmas 2023 design made from a sickle form.

    - Linda, Sydney, Australia

  • In-depth analysis

    Mark's Designing to Win course exceeded my expectations - his analysis of each of the compositions presented and his recommendations on how to strengthen the piece was quite in-depth. I learned much more from attending as a member of the audience than I thought possible. I would love the opportunity to attend as a participant.

    - Terry G.

  • Useful Examples, Detailed Instructions

    Mark has a unique way of looking at design and he has brought that again with this Festive Thinking 2023 short course and tutorial. What I like about his courses are he gives you suggestions of useful techniques, detailed instructions and many examples of unique completed designs for inspiration. After you’ve submitted your design Mark reviews it and gives a detailed constructive analysis about the work. He indicates what works and what improvements or other possibilities to enhance the design. Always insightful and thought provoking. In addition to this, it is so good to see how other participants interpret the brief and the amazing designs they create. It’s a great opportunity to delve into the world of floral design. Highly recommended.

    - Michael C

  • Good Learning Curve

    This is a good learning curve for any designer who is wanting to sharpen up on the skills required when competing in shows.

    - Jill

Designing to Win Preview

Glimpse example designs created by course instructor Mark Pampling. Full images and text in the eBooks and video.

Where will your interpretation lead you?

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 for Designing to Win from Designers and the Audience

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.