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Hello and welcome to my site! My name is Miriam. I’m a visual creative who specialises in Surface Pattern Design, Illustration, and Graphic Design.

Do you know what Surface Pattern Design is? Have you wondered how on earth to brief a designer? You’re in the right place!

Surface Pattern Design | Illustration | Graphic Design by DesignerMim

How can I help you?

example of DesignerMim's surface pattern design

Surface Design

Surface Design (also known as Surface Pattern Design) is the art of creating repeating patterns destined for a variety of surfaces. The designs I create have a multitude of uses — from prints for dresses, upholstery, laptop covers... you name it! The beauty of surface design is the incredible versatility.

example of DesignerMim's bold & colourful illustration style


My illustration style is bold, colourful, with an attention to detail. I usually create illustrations using a few photos to understand the essence of what or who I am capturing. Have a look at my portfolio to get an idea of what I've been creating lately.

example of custom label DesignerMim created for a client

Graphic Design

Having over a decade designing packaging, labels, and logos. This has resulted in me having designed everything from underwear boxsets, to seasonal barcodes for fashion items, to bespoke labelling for a micro brewery. I have designed them all from concept to production.

Step this way for more info about my services. Check out my portfolio to see some of my recent work. 

Have a look at my social feeds to keep updated and inspired! 

designermim's fun and colourful interpretation of greek evil eye turned into a surface design pattern

DesignerMim's Story

I have been interested in the arts since before I was born! My parents are both pretty creative and nurtured the budding artist in me from an early age. I went to after-school art classes when I was a kid and soon developed a massive love for getting my hands dirty!

After finishing high school I was unsure what I wanted to study, until I discovered a course called Surface Design. It was love at first sight! I was immediately hooked. I loved the idea (and I still do), that Surface Design can be applied to a-n-y-t-h-i-n-g with a surface. And not even so — it can be digital too! 

I’ve been working professionally as a designer for over 13 years now, and I couldn’t imagine it any other way!

smiling DesignerMim with happy dog visible over her shoulder, sitting in a car
smiling DesignerMim with sleepy dog in her arms at sunset
DesignerMim's dog looking alert dog on table mountain with long grass behind her

Meet the Team

The creative is Miriam and her manager is Lil Miss Josie. Josie monitors everything that goes on in the studio — she is highly observant and always wants to know what’s going on.

Josie ensures I don’t work too long by jumping up and pawing at me — a very effective (and sometimes annoying) method! Most days, however, we share the studio in peace and quiet and get along very well.

The duo can frequently be seen outdoors together, with Miss Josie always leading the way. If you see us, say hi! 

Google Reviews

What are people saying?

Can't recommend DesignerMim enough. Beautiful, fun, creative designs. Miriam is such a helpful and friendly designer.
Richard Sandy
Video Director & Photographer
Stunning designs!
Odette Young
Digital Producer
I love DesignerMim. Miriam's designs are beautiful, elegant and bursting with creativity. I love that it is made by Miriam in South Africa and I am a massive fan of celebrating and supporting local talented designers like Miriam.
Renee Graham
Head Of content
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I am a Freelance Creative.

I am a freelancer. That means I am available for:


…And everyone in between! Whatever your idea is, I would love to hear about it and see how I can help you.

Being a freelancer gives me the ability to be flexible with who I work with. Are you a start-up looking to setup your brand? Are you an established retailer in need of fresh prints for next season? Are you a market stall owner needing custom-designed patterns? The beauty of my experience is that I can assist so many people. And I would love to help you too.