After the pandemic, one of my goals was to visit as many different trade shows related to surface pattern design as possible. Over the past two years, 2022 and 2023, I've been fortunate enough to visit many different shows throughout Europe, and there are still many I'd like to visit. Initially, the intention behind my visit was to see first hand what the show was like, who was attending (because, spoiler: each show is attended by a completely different audience), who was exhibiting, and if it...
It's here... That time of the year... No, not Christmas! Well, that too. But I'm talking about the first week of December, the time of the year in which Pantone announces the Color of the Year. Many designers and color-lovers start analyzing, making guesses and bets the days prior to the announcement. And since color is so subjective and personal, many will love the announced color, many will hate it.
Creating a balanced pattern can be quite challenging. Especially when the repeat is obvious or we see "alleys". What are these? In this blog post, I'll tell you a bit about them and show you ways of fixing or avoiding them.
Scale is another big aspect you have to consider when you see, create or present patterns. It's also a pain point for some, taking us back to those dreadful math lessons at school. And don't even get me started with inches and centimeters conversions! There are several factors to consider before you set the scale of a composition though. Nothing is written on stone, as always, but here are just a couple of things to know about scale.
When the end of the year arrives, many start making a balance of the year. This year was a surprise for all of us. But in challenging times, there is always a lot of learning and growth. Reviewing this year, here are some of the biggest lessons 2020 taught me.