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Some of the most common surface pattern mistakes

Pattern Design

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Some of the biggest pattern design mistakes

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 a mood board

The importance of creating a mood board

Mood Boards

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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

Pattern Design

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The importance of the design development phase

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?

What website platform should I use

Business Tips

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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 surface pattern design website?

Pattern Design

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Do you need a pattern design website?

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

Why multiple income streams are important

Pattern Design

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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 apply your surface pattern designs to

Pattern Design

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What products can you apply your pattern designs to?

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.

Why you should create an email list

Why you should create an email list

Business Tips

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ou may have heard people talking about email lists opt-in incentives and have wondered whether it’s something to do within your business.
Creating an email list for your business and why it’s an important thing to do.

Getting your work noticed

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Getting your design work noticed

Are you struggling with getting your design work noticed? You’re not alone.
I know a lot of designers really struggle with knowing where to start in terms of getting their work seen. Perhaps you’ve created a website and have put a lot of time and effort into making it look great but more importantly than creating an amazing looking website is actually getting people to your website.

What are print on demand sites and should you use them?

What are POD sites and should you use them

Business Tips

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An easy way to get started selling your pattern designs is by using print on demand sites.
So, what are they and should you use them?