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Brook Banham, the mastermind behind Sketchbattle, had a bold vision. While pursuing his Masters degree at College for Creative Studies, Detroit, he wanted to break free from the traditional design mold. His passion for creativity and artistic exchange sparked an idea that would revolutionize the idea of a design competition.


Brook’s design journey took flight in the 90s U.K., where the sounds of techno and house revolutionized culture. This movement inspired his work with newfound energy and a fresh perspective. Sketchbattle captures that same electric spirit from back in the day and embraces the fusion of design and technology.

Sketchbattle burst onto the scene with an unforgettable launch party for Middlecott Design, honoring Detroit’s heritage, celebrating its legendary car culture, and paying homage to its status as a haven for techno and early rave culture in underground venues.

Sketchbattle goes beyond the surface and shatters the secrecy of traditional professional design processes, inviting designers from all backgrounds and levels to showcase their skills and engage in friendly rivalry. Plus, it allows audiences to become live participants in the thrilling time-sensitive competition. The battle for innovation takes center stage, revealing the dynamic journey behind the automotive design.

Sketchbattle is a gathering event for trailblazers where creativity knows no bounds. It breaks down barriers, empowers emerging artists, and fosters collaboration. It celebrates individuality, inclusivity, and the raw power of artistic expression through intense competition. 


Brook Banham 
Transportation, fashion, prooduct designer and artist
• Founder, Middlecott Sketchbattle
• Partner/ Designer, Middlecott Design
• Adjunct Professor, College for Creative Studies, Detroit

Brook Banham, the driving force behind Middlecott Sketchbattle, is a dynamic industrial and fashion designer, artist, and creativity advocate. Brook’s journey has taken him across continents, igniting his passion for automotive design. With a Transport Design degree from Coventry University, U.K. Brook’s path led him from Italy, Germany, Austria to San Francisco, where he founded Middlecott Design with his wife Judith. His talent left an indelible mark on iconic brands like Sony, Volkswagen, Hasbro, Hot Wheels and Nike. Today, as the founder of Middlecott Sketchbattle and an Adjunct Professor at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, Brook empowers emerging designers to push boundaries and redefine automotive artistry . With his infectious energy and unwavering dedication, he continues to inspire the next generation of creative visionaries.

Judith Banham 
Graphic Designer / Creative Director
• Partner, Middlecott Sketchbattle
• Partner/ Designer, Middlecott Design
• Art Director, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD)

Judith Banham, from Austria, brings a singular sophistication to the world of automotive design. With a background in graphic design, Judith championed the style of renowned magazines like BMW Magazine and publishing powerhouses like Axel Springer. Her collaborations have shaped the look and feel of numerous award-winning publications. In 2006, Judith co-founded Middlecott Design, embarking on a creative journey that would take them from San Francisco to Detroit. She is now the Art Director for the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD) and a muse to artists and their publications and branding. Judith’s artistic sensibilities and commitment to excellence in design inspire designers and artists alike. 

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