The Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design

Make it in Design is the home of all you need for a successful career in surface pattern design


If you are interested in designing for fabric, you may find these free resources useful.


The art of surface printing with style icon Lotta Jansdotter

(See MOYO Issue 9, p6 – 11) or read it on our interviews section here)

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Nature printing with Laura Bethmann

(See MOYO Issue 9, p22 – 27) or read it on our interviews section here)

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Meet textile designer Zeena Shah

(See MOYO Issue 9, p56 – 59) or read her interview on our blog here)

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Life in colour with textile designer Emily Burningham

(See MOYO Issue 8, 11 – 14)

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Interview with DENY Designs

(See MOYO Issue 6, p 6 – 11)


Interview with Clarissa Hulse

(See see MOYO Issue 5, p18 – 21)



Interview with Amy Butler

(See MOYO Issue 3, p6 – 9)

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Fashion & Fabric

Feature by Josephine Kimberling

(See MOYO Issue 3, p.14-19)

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Working with fabric

Design Tip by Rachael Taylor

(See MOYO Issue 3, p38 – 39)

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DIY Printing

Fun projects from Ashley Hackshaw of L’il Blue Boo

(See MOYO Issue 3, p 20 – 22)

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Want to learn more?

Try one of the courses from our Design School to help you become a flourishing professional surface pattern designer! In particular, you may be interested in:

  • How to create a seamless technical repeat in Adobe Illustrator (in Module 1)
  • How to create a seamless technical repeat in Adobe Photoshop (in Module 1)
  • Putting a collection together (in Module 2)
  • How to work with product templates including apron & bag templates (in Module 3)
  • Designing for fabric (in Module 3)
  • Digital printing feature (in Module 3)
  • Screenprinting feature¬†(in Module 3)






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