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

What we do

Welcome to Make it in Design, your one-stop shop for thriving in the world of surface pattern design. Here's what we're all about!


What We’re All About

Make it in Design is the world’s leading online school for textile, print and surface pattern design.

It provides a rich source of design ideas and inspiration, demonstrations, resources, creative exercises, opportunities, practical advice, interviews, contacts, and lots of encouragement to help nurture new talent and support established surface pattern designers to succeed in this exciting industry.

The Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design online courses have helped establish the careers of many new and exciting designers.

Students have gone on to launch their own design studios and product lines, win national awards, be featured in design books and on leading blogs and have been signed for exciting licensing deals. Check out our ‘Alumni success‘ page.

The Design School


The Design School featuring The Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design – four acclaimed online courses for anyone who’s ever dreamt of seeing their designs on apparel, stationery, home furnishings, fabric, wallpaper, and much more.

The course takes you through the essential stages of a successful career in surface pattern design, including ideation and sketching, all the way through to a flourishing pattern  portfolio, ready for market.

Here’s a quick look at our course remit:

  • Module 1: Designing Your Way
  • Module 2: Creating Your Professional Identity
  • Module 3: Monetising Your Designs
  • Ultimate Portfolio Builder
  • Summer School (Design Event)
  • Winter School (Design Event)

MOYO Magazine


MOYO Magazine – the world’s first online magazine dedicated to surface pattern design.

Here you can get FREE inspiration and advice, read interviews with successful designers, and enter design competitions.

If you’re a MIID student or alumni, there’s also a chance to get your work featured in MOYO, and with over 3.5 million reads, that’s some great exposure!

You can read all past and current issues of MOYO here.



Summer & Winter School


Summer School and Winter School are fantastic on-line design events giving you the opportunity to build your portfolio, experience working to trend-related briefs and connect with other designers around the world via three tracks – Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced.

You can look through some of the amazing work to come out of Summer School and Winter School in our fabulous Surface Pattern Design Look Books on Issuu.

Resources Galore!


Our site hosts a wealth of useful tools and resources to help build your surface pattern design career.

From books, magazines, and tips around protecting your intellectual property, to trend resources, the top sites to visit for information, and links to information packed blogs.

We’ve also got a fabulous newsletter filled with inspiration, news, and all things surface pattern!

If you know of any other resources that would be useful to readers of Make it in Design, please feel free to contact us by email at [email protected]

We also regularly host video series, cool design competitions and challenges, design masterclasses and live events to help improve your design skills and give valuable insight into this exciting industry.

A collaboration between internationally-acclaimed surface pattern designer Rachael Taylor and award-winning entrepreneur Beth Kempton, founder of Do What You Love, Make it in Designs’ courses are delivered online and are accessible from anywhere in the world. Read more about Rachael and Beth in the ‘About Us‘ section.

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