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What do you do if your designs aren’t selling?

What do you do when you’re designs aren’t selling?
You’ve put in endless hours of work getting a portfolio of work together not to mention the hours researching and gathering a list of potential companies and clients to contact and then all you hear is crickets! At this point, I’m sure you’re feeling exhausted, disappointed and frustrated. You probably feel like giving up.
But, don’t give up just yet! There are a few things for you to think about and consider first.

7 Tips for Answering a Design Brief

The most efficient way of designing is to have a brief to follow. This is especially true if you’re designing for a client but is also important if you’re designing for yourself or your own products. It will save you a lot of time, keep you on track and get results a lot quicker. Here are 10 tips for answering a design brief. 

Tips to Staying Productive Working From Home

Working from home has so many perks. No travel time or being stuck in traffic every day. Being able to set your own hours. Having the flexibility to add in extra little things during your day like going to a mid-morning yoga session.
But, it can also have its difficulties. Working from home involves a lot of discipline. It’s easy to get sidetracked….that load of washing, the dirty shower, kids wanting snacks or people dropping in forgetting that you’re at home working. 
You are your own boss so you are accountable to yourself. Eeek! So you need to stay as focused as possible and make sure you keep on track to reaching your goals.

How to create pattern stamps in Photoshop

When I’m designing in Photoshop and Illustrator I’m always looking for quick ways to be able to create my pattern repeats. A really great trick in Photoshop is using brushes to create stamps of your motifs that you can repeat within your design. In this post, we’re going to look at how to create pattern stamps in Photoshop.

Jobs of a Surface Pattern Designer

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.

Tips to finding your signature design style

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.

How to Create a Pattern Repeat by Hand

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,

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.

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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