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Surface Pattern Design: 5 Tips to get you started
Do you want to create surface pattern designs but don’t quite know where to start?
Do you have lots of pattern design ideas but are not sure how to turn them into a reality?
LET’S HAVE A LOOK AT 5 SURFACE PATTERN DESIGN IDEAS TO GET YOU STARTED
1. BE INSPIRED
I know it’s obvious but it’s really important. Have you ever sat down to start developing your pattern design ideas but you just don’t know where to start? Or have you looked at a blank page and wondered ‘how am I going to fill it?’ I know I certainly have. Just remember, inspiration can come from anywhere so it’s important to always be observant of our environment. Take the time to look around when you’re out and about. You may find an interesting texture that could work well as a background to a surface pattern design or you may find an interesting leaf shape that could be used as a design motif.
One of the easiest things you can do is take photos (so easy with camera phones!) of things you find that you could turn into gorgeous pattern repeats. One of my
Speaking of visual diaries, they play such an important role in the development of your surface pattern ideas. Carrying a small
We can’t, of course, forget the internet and social media as a great tool for gathering inspiration. Sometimes other factors prohibit us from getting out of the house so the internet can be a quick and easy way of finding design inspiration. There are many times when I have been given freelance jobs that need to be done ASAP so being able to quickly and efficiently find inspiration via the internet has been invaluable. I’ve only touched on a few ways that you can gather inspiration for your surface pattern designs. There are of course many, many more including magazines, books, looking at historical eras, travel photos
2. COLLATE INFORMATION
Once you’ve collected all your inspiration it’s important that you collate it in one spot. There’s no point in having lots of great images if you can’t find them when you need them.
For digital images, I create different folders on my computer to put my images in. You can do that in so many different ways, it really is just personal preference and will depend on how
Along with a digital library, I also like to keep physical folders of any tactile objects, magazine cuttings, postcards etc that I collect which I group into sections so I can easily find something when I’m looking for it. Physical folders have a personal quality which I like but if you’d prefer to keep everything digital, you could always scan in your design inspiration and then group it into your digital files. Once you work out your method of grouping your images, you’ll find it a quick and easy way of keeping all your pattern and design inspiration easily accessible.
3. MARK MAKING
Textures, line work
4. DEVELOP A LIBRARY OF DESIGN MOTIFS/IDEAS
Just like creating a library for your inspiration, it’s a great idea to create a library of all your mark making, pattern design
5. CREATE PATTERN REPEATS
Yay, this is the fun part. You have collected inspiration and developed some pattern design motif ideas, now it’s time to start playing with patterns. Before you start, it’s a good idea to think about the overall look of the pattern repeat. Do you want it to be structured,
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