Winter School 2018 Galleries Now Live!

We are thrilled to announce that the galleries for Winter School 2018 are now live and they are AMAZING! The Make it in Design team are truly honoured to have been able to unite people across the globe, who signed up to participate in creating patterns. With 3 different categories of creative briefs, there was a track to suit everyone’s level of design ability and we are so proud to share the results with the world today!

Below is a sneak peak of some of the fabulous work submitted along with links for each track gallery. Prepare to be inspired by the incredible selection of work on show – so grab yourself a cuppa and dive in! (Click on the images or the links below them to see the complete gallery)

Beginner Gallery 1 – Neutral Art

Beginner Gallery 2 – Autumn Equinox

Intermediate Brief 1 – Bright Blooms

Intermediate Brief 2 – Kabuki’s Kingdom

Advanced Brief 1 – American Prairie

Advanced Brief 2 – Fauna Cyanotype

The Prizes

In addition to copies of Rachael’s ‘20 Ways to Draw a Doodle‘ book, downloadable stock photography, free places on Summer School 2018, and the chance to get their designs printed on fabric with the amazing Fashion Formula, Winter Schoolers also have the chance to win a place on Modules 1: Designing Your Way (Beginner Prize), Module 2: Creating Your Professional Identity (Intermediate Prize), and Module 3: Monetising Your Designs (Advanced Prize)! Here’s a bit more about the courses up for grabs – check out our shop if you want to sign up to any of these upcoming modules – but get in quick, Module 1 + Module 2 begin February 19!



Designing Your Way (Module 1) is a five week online course where you will learn everything you need to know to turn basic sketches into elements for pattern design. If you’ve ever dreamt of one day licensing your own designs but didn’t know where to start – Module 1 is your answer!

In Module 1 you’ll learn about colour and pattern by creating a set of source images, designing your own motifs, learning how to create repeats, putting together a colour swatch and mood board and designing a set of business stationery. We’ll help you develop your signature style and use this to brand your business, plus we’ll also provide you with plenty of time-saving hints and tips, inspiration and secrets from successful surface pattern designers too.

Module 1 ‘Designing Your Way’ starts February 19, 2018. Find out more.



Creating Your Professional Identity (Module 2) is a five week online course where you will learn how to develop your brand image, design advanced technical repeats in Photoshop and Illustrator, put a collection together and start your own label.

If you are excited about the thought of making a name for yourself, Module 2 is the course for you! We’ll also show you how to understand and predict trends, put a collection together and create technical repeats, learn the industry specifications for printing and designing for various products and protect your work. Plus we’ll show you how to market yourself, get noticed, build an on-line presence and attract the press.

Module 2 ‘Creating your professional identity’ starts February 19, 2018. Find out more.



Monetising Your Designs (Module 3) is a five week online course where you will identify multiple streams of income for your designs. If you have a collection of work but don’t know how to get it out in the world and get it sold, this course is for you.

Here we’ll go into freelancing, licensing, selling outright, manufacturing and more. You’ll learn more complex techniques for sophisticated and commercially-appealing surface pattern design, how to negotiate a contract that’s right for you, manage your money, stay motivated, manage stock levels, write a business plan and so much more! Plus we’ll also share our little black book of industry contacts!

Module 3 ‘Monetising Your Designs’ starts May 14, 2018. Find out more.

We want to give a HUGE THANK YOU to Patternbank who provided us with all the AW 18/19 Print Trends for this years Winter School. Want an insight into their world and read why they are such a fantastic resource for designers?  Check out this interview with Neil Elliott, Trends & Insight Expert from Patternbank!