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If you have a love of print and pattern design then you probably dream of having a career as a surface pattern designer. How you fit into the industry will depend on your goals. Do you want to work autonomously or would you prefer a regular paycheck? There are lots of different options and what you choose will depend on your experience, your dreams and goals as well as your current work/life situation. Here are a few examples of surface pattern design jobs for you to consider.
Finding your own unique signature style is really important to help you stand out as a designer but to many of us it can feel like an overwhelming task. This is especially true of those just starting out. You may even be asking what is a signature design style and more importantly how do you find yours. I’m going to break it down a try a make it a little easier to understand by giving you some tips to finding your signature design style.
Creating pattern repeats can be a lot simpler than you think. Perhaps you’re an artist that does everything by hand and doesn’t know how to use Illustrator or Photoshop to put your designs into repeat. Well in this post we’re going to look at a really simple method of creating a pattern repeat by hand. Yes, that means no need for a computer! Let’s have a look at how to create pattern repeats by hand,
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.
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.
There has been a real appreciation for surface pattern design in the last few years and we are seeing lots of designs out there with the rise of social media but not all of those designs work or look good. So, why is it that some design look great while others miss the mark? Let’s take a look at the 3 most common surface pattern design mistakes.
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.
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.
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.
For any designer, developing a good eye for colour is an important skill in order for you to create successful designs. Some people have a natural flair for using colour and others find it more challenging. If you’re new to designing you may find it a difficult task to begin with, but thankfully there are resources that can help you. Here are 3 colour palette resources you can use for your surface pattern designs.