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Make it in Design is the home of all you need to make for a successful career as a surface pattern design professional. If you have ever dreamt of seeing your designs on stationery, homewares, fabric or other products, then this series of interactive online courses is for you! I will guide you along this exciting path from developing your signature style to putting a collection together, & from protecting your work to monetising your designs. With a rich combination of design inspiration, practical advice, demonstrations, creative exercises, live briefs, resources & interviews with leading industry practitioners, this is the go-to guide for anyone wanting to develop their design skills & break into the industry.

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see how you too can make it in design!

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what courses do you offer?

Make it in Design offer several online courses that cater to all levels of designers:

Designing Your Way (Module 1) - Self-paced: A five week online course where you will learn everything you need to know to turn basic sketches into elements for pattern design. Find out more about colour & pattern, how to create mood boards & how to create repeat patterns in Adobe Illustrator.

Creating Your Professional Identity (Module 2) - Self-paced: A five week online course where you will learn how to develop your brand image, design advanced technical repeats in Photoshop & Illustrator, put a collection together & start your own label. You will also learn how to understand & predict trends, how to get noticed & get press, & how to protect your work.

Monetising Your Designs (Module 3) - Self-paced: A five week online course where you will learn everything you need to know to monetise your designs! The course includes freelancing, licensing, selling outright, manufacturing & much more! Module 3 includes free access to leading trend forecasting site WGSN, live briefs from real companies & our little black book of industry contacts!

The Ultimate Portfolio Builder - Live: An advanced & intense seven week professional surface pattern design course which gives you all the tools & advice you need to grow your body of commercially viable work & refine & strengthen your professional design portfolio. Brought to you in association with Printsource, one of the top surface & textile design shows in the world, this course it will provide you with exclusive insight to help you secure the right buyers for your work, deal effectively with clients, get trade show ready & discover the secrets to landing your dream work.

Florals & Nature A Design Masterclass - Self-paced: Calling all doodle addicts, designers, nature & garden lovers! If you are passionate about being creative & would love to work on some fresh creative work, floral & Nature based, then this self-paced masterclass is for you.

Surface Pattern Design & Cushion Making - Self-paced: If you have a passion for pattern, interiors, and hands-on projects, then you’ll love this innovative creative course! This collaborative online masterclass will firstly guide you in creating your own surface pattern designs, ready for application on fabric and textiles. With your gorgeous custom fabric in hand, you’ll then craft your very own bespoke cushion.

Pattern Creation & Chair Upholstery - Self-paced: Soon your home will be filled with beautiful pieces designed & crafted by YOU. Perfect to take to trade shows, markets, or even up on your online shop, these chairs will bring some extra brightness & creative fun to your life. This is a great course if you’ve ever had an interest in pattern design & working with fabric & upholstery. 

*Self paced = Start now with instant access to the course & complete in your own time.

*Live = Available for a limited time at certain times during the year. Can include Q&A’s with myself, live design briefs & live community interaction. Please do refer to individual course descriptions on www.makeitindesign.com

All classrooms are accessible 24/7 so you can join us from anywhere in the world & fit the e-course into your busy life.

why sign up?

You will have access to a host of amazing resources from the Make it in Design school such as photography downloads & e-course technical workshops. We have interviews & diaries from the world’s leading design experts as well as helpful advice & a peek into the life of working designers.

You will also become part of our wonderful, global community of designers, illustrators & artists who are always sharing, helping, supporting & ecouraging you every step of the way.

how will this help me?

We lead you through each step of a designers process on how they got to be successful to their current day-to-day working life. We explain how to set up your own business & brand, how to get & find inspiration, techniques & working methods that current designers use as well as exclusive looks at unpublished designs & artwork - all of which you can apply to your own business & design career.

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the live hub

The Make it in Design Live Hub is our thriving monthly members’ club with SO much to offer! Whether you’re a Make it in Design alumni or just someone creative who’d love to have access to a fountain of design resources, tools & inspiration, The Make it in Design Live Hub has something for everyone.

Live membership club = Doors are only open at certain times in the year &p rovides new live monthly content. Includes Q&A’s & Facebook lives with myself or a guest expert.

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summer school

Summer School is a great way to fill your summer with inspiration, creativity, new friends & lots of fun over four weeks! Summer School runs each July & you can choose from our beginner, intermediate or advanced tracks or a combination of them. Use this opportunity to enhance your skills, connect with other designers, experience working to Spring/Summer trend based design briefs, grow your portfolio & even get your work published!

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winter school

Start your New Year filled with inspiration, creativity & lots of new friends by joining the Make it in Design Winter School. This exciting global online design event gives you experience working to Autumn/Winter trend briefs, helps build your portfolio, connect with other designers around the world & gives you the opportunity to get your work published! Winter School runs for four weeks starting in January & you can choose from our beginner, intermediate or advanced tracks.

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