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Some of the most common surface pattern mistakes

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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

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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

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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.

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.

What is the role of a surface pattern designer?

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What is a surface pattern designer?

I wanted to come in today and answer a question that I have been asked recently and that is ‘what is a surface pattern designer?’
People often get confused with the differences between a surface pattern designer, an artist and a graphic designer?

IPad versus Wacom tablet

Which is better? Ipad versus wacom tablet

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There are so many great tools you can get to help with your designing but sometimes it’s hard to know which one is the right for you.
Two really popular tools that pattern designers often use are the iPad Pro and Wacom tablet.
If you’re going to buy only one though, which one should you get?

Learn some ways to improve your drawing skils

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I can’t draw

Do you love the idea of being creative but feel like your drawing skills are inadequate?
A phrase I often hear from people is ‘I can’t draw or I’m not very good at drawing’.
You may want to learn how to create pattern repeats but don’t feel like your drawing skills are good enough so you stop that from letting you start.

How to get started as a surface pattern designer

How to get started as a surface pattern designer

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A question I get asked by a lot by people is ‘how do I get started as a surface pattern designer’. If you’ve drawn to pattern and colour and would like to learn more we’re going to look at the process involved in creating surface pattern designs.