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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.
When you get started in design there are so many tools and resources that it can seem quite overwhelming. So I’m going to share with you a list of 12 tools for setting up your surface pattern design business that I use daily within my business.
Mood boards allow you to communicate your ideas and collate them together in one place. You should use them throughout the design process to refer to and make sure your designs are on track. What should you include on your mood board? I’ve created a simple checklist for creating your next mood board.
When it comes to designing surface pattern designs, there are 2 main computer programs that are used, Illustrator and Photoshop. So which should you use? What are the differences? Which is better? Let’s answer those questions by looking at Illustrator or Photoshop for your surface pattern design.
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.
Have you ever created a design that seems to lack a bit of life or feels flat? You know it needs something extra but you’re not quite sure what it is? Or are you short of time to create a design with lots of different complex motifs but you don’t want to create a boring design? Here are 3 hacks for creating interesting surface pattern designs.