The Design Process Made Simple

As a designer, there are so many different ways to work. It may often look from the outside like a designer just sits down and comes up with amazing designs but there's obviously more to it than that. Although everyone will approach their work slightly differently there's a general design process that will usually take place. So let's break it down and look at the design process made simple.

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3 Different Ways of Creating Artwork in Illustrator

There are so many different ways of creating artwork that you can use within your surface pattern designs. It'll depend on your own personal preference and your skill level to which one you choose. If you love creating hand-drawn artwork, bringing your artwork into Illustrator to create your repeats can feel quite challenging. So, today I wanted to look at 3 different ways of creating artwork in Illustrator for both new experienced users.

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7 Simple Tricks to Work Faster in Illustrator

When I'm designing I'm always looking for tricks and tips that will help speed up my workflow. Illustrator's a huge program- there's so much to learn. Today I wanted to share some of my favourite tools that I use to speed up my surface pattern designing. Hopefully you'll find my 7 simple tricks to work faster in Illustrator helpful too.

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4 Quick Tips For Creating A Successful Design Brief

In order to become a successful and adaptable surface pattern designer, it's important that you learn how to follow and write a design brief. This is not only essential if you're designing for a client but also if you're creating your own design ranges. By having a clear understanding of your brief before you start you will save time in the long run by being able to arrive at a successful outcome more easily. 

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Quick Way to Watermark Your Pattern Designs in Photoshop

As a way of promoting your work, designers are now commonly sharing their work on the internet. This is a great way to promote yourself and your work however you can leave yourself open to copyright issues. In order to make it a little harder for someone to use your design without your permission, you can add a watermark to your work to deter them. Here's a quick way to watermark your pattern designs in Photoshop.

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5 Questions You Must Ask Before Starting A Design Brief

Before you start designing it's really important to have a very clear vision of what is required. This is especially true if you are designing for a specific client or with a specific outcome in mind. Let's face it, who wants to waste time creating a design only to find out that you were on the wrong track from the beginning. To eliminate this happening, we're going to take a look at 5 questions you must ask before starting a design brief.

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5 Top Tips to Create Surface Pattern Designs That Sell

In order to make a career as a successful surface pattern designer, you need to be able to create designs that sell. Why do some designs sell and others not? What is it that makes a design successful? By having a look at 5 top tips to create surface pattern designs that sell, you'll be able to start answering those questions.

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6 Ways to Improve Your Drawing Skills

There are many skills that you need to develop to be a successful surface pattern designer but often at the heart of a great design is drawing. I've always argued that you don't need to be a great or the best drawer to be a successful surface pattern designer but it is at the core of designing so it's a skill that you should nurture, practice and develop constantly. There are lots of ways you can help develop and improve your skills so let's look at 6 ways to improve your drawing skills.  

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10 Tips to Make Your Surface Pattern Designs Look Good

There are so many elements to consider when you're creating a surface pattern design. But what exactly is it that makes a design successful? Why do some designs seem to just work while others miss the mark? What are those key elements? Let's demystify the process. I've created a checklist of 10 tips to make your surface pattern designs look good.

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