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The importance of your own authentic handwriting

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The importance of your own authentic voice

It’s really important as a designer or artist that you find your own unique, authentic way of working. What is your own authentic voice and why is it important?

Refresh and reuse old pattern designs

Refresh and reuse old pattern designs

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Do you have some old designs that have never sold or would you like to repurpose an old design and give it a new lease on life?
We’re going to have a look at some ways you can reuse your old designs. By simply changing and refreshing an old design that hasn’t sold before you can sell it to a new market or client.

3 essential business tools

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3 essential business tools

If you’re just getting started setting up your website and your design business, there are few tools that I’d recommend you set up.
Even if you don’t plan to use now, they’ll be handy later on and you’ll be really glad you did.

Some of the biggest pattern design mistakes

Some of the most common surface pattern mistakes

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There are a few common mistakes that I see which stop people from creating successful repeating patterns.
We’re going to look at some of the biggest pattern repeat mistakes.

The importance of creating a mood board

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The importance of a mood board

I wanted to talk to you about something that I get a lot of feedback on and that is creating a mood board.
So I just wanted to go into what a mood board is, why it’s good to create one. Even if you know how to create one, I want to remind you how useful they’re are in the design process.

The importance of the design development phase

The importance of the design development phase

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Design development is such an important part of the design process. It can be a step that can easily be missed but it can really make the difference between a successful and unsuccessful design.

What website platform should I use

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What website platform should I use?

Are you wanting to start a website but are overwhelmed by which platform to use.

I know that a conversation that I often have with my students is about which website platform to use.  Then often get stuck not knowing how and where to get started as there are so many different options out there.
We’re going to have a look at a few different options and the pros and cons of each.

Do you need a pattern design website?

Do you need a surface pattern design website?

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When you’re ready to start showcasing your pattern designs, you may be considering creating a website. Is it necessary to create a website or your design business?
A website is a great tool for your business. Although some people may get by without one, I highly recommend creating one as a great way of showing your work and allowing people to connect with you.

Why multiple income streams are important

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Why multiple income streams are important

If you’re starting your own design or freelance business one of the things that is really important is thinking about creating multiple income streams for your business. Why it’s important to create multiple income streams Having more than one income revenue source will give you an income safety net so that means if something goes […]

What products can you apply your pattern designs to?

What products can apply your surface pattern designs to

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If we think about surface pattern designs, we usually think of the pattern on fabric but there are so many different surfaces that you can potentially apply your pattern design to.
Anything that has a surface has the potential to have a surface pattern design to it. So the scope of work and products your designs can be used for is wide and varied.