ARE YOU A CREATIVE WHO WANTS TO LEARN HOW TO CREATE SUCCESSFUL PATTERN DESIGNS FOR PASSION OR PROFIT?
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Today I wanted to come in and talk to you about being visible in your design business and why it is actually a good thing to do even though it can be really, really confronting. If you are creating pattern designs and you are wanting to get your work out there and being seen so you can start selling your designs, you’re probably on social media promoting and sharing your work.
If you’ve started creating pattern designs, you may want to move on to the next step of turning those designs into pattern collections. So what should you include in pattern collection?
Today I wanted to come in and talk to you about the benefits of creating colourways of your designs. A colourway is a design that is created in an alternate colour palette to the original design. So essentially you’re going to keep the design elements the same and it’s just going to be the colours that change within the design.
Do you have some designs sitting on your computer that haven’t sold? Or do you love a particular design and would like to be able to reuse it again but in a new a refreshing way? We’re going to look at tips to update old pattern designs
Having the wrong mindset can really hold us back from being a successful pattern designer. One of the comments I often hear from people is that they’d love to be able to create patterns but they just don’t feel like they are good enough to do it or they don’t have the drawing skills.
The core of any great collection of pattern designs is a great story. Finding inspiration for your pattern designs and collections is a really important step that you shouldn’t skip over
When you’re creating pattern collections one of the decisions you need to make is whether or not you should reuse the same elements more than once within your collection. Now there are two completely different schools of thought here and it depends on what you’re using your designs for as to which road you’re going to go down.
One of the elements that you really need to think about and consider carefully when you’re creating your designs is colour. Having an understanding of colour theory is really important to know when you’re creating your pattern designs.
t can be really confusing if you’re new to designing learning how to go about selling your designs. You’ve probably heard about licensing designs but maybe you’re not exactly sure what the means.
What is licensing?
So first of all, licensing is essentially the leasing out of your design for someone to use under some set conditions that you have agreed for upon and there are lots of different ways that you can do this. But before I go into that, I want to compare licensing your work versus selling your designs outright.
One of the key skills of a surface pattern designer is learning how to create surface pattern repeats. Although you don’t always need to put a design into repeat it is a key skill that you should spend the time learning how to get right as it’s one of the key things that separates pattern designers from other designers.
There are 2 main things to consider when you are creating a seamless repeat and we’re going to have a look at what they are.