Surface Pattern Design

Patterns and Alleys
Surface Pattern Design · 16. November 2021
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.
Patterns & Scale
Surface Pattern Design · 10. November 2021
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.

5 Ways to level-up  Patterns (Part II: Composition)
Surface Pattern Design · 23. December 2020
Last week we explored how to add interest to that background of the patterns. Go back to that background and check if you can fix something there to add depth to your composition. In this blog post, I show you some ideas to work with the background such as background texture, filling gaps, adding shadows, a simple and a complex pattern-in-pattern technique and why not, combining some of them. This week, I'll show how to add interest or complexity in terms of the composition.
Surface Pattern Design · 16. December 2020
When I first started making textile repeating patterns, I was just happy when they repeated perfectly. After a while my expectations got up and wasn't happy anymore with "just a pattern". I decided to experiment different ways of adding something *extra* to the pattern to make them more special and eye-catching. Here are 5 ideas worth trying:

Surface Pattern Design · 09. December 2020
Some people think it's something insignificant, others wait anxiously the first week of December each year, for Pantone to announce the Color of the Year. Some say it's all about design trends at a global scale, others say it's a small group of people deciding upon a color that is going to appear a lot in that particular year and they know it, because products and collections are already being manufactured, so it's kind of "a self-fulfilling prophecy". Pantone states that the Color of the Year...
Surface Pattern Design · 25. November 2020
In this post, I'll be showing you 5 of the most common effects for placed prints, mostly for textile application.

Surface Pattern Design · 18. November 2020
Let me show you how prints and embroideries can complete your collection with an example: a Baby Clothing Collection.
Surface Pattern Design · 11. November 2020
What makes a pattern collection look cohesive? Let me tell you about the aspects that need to be considered when creating a pattern collection.

Surface Pattern Design · 04. November 2020
In this blog post, I will show you my process for creating a pattern from a print taking one of my latest and favorites pattern as an example:
Surface Pattern Design · 16. September 2020
Working for a design agency for years allowed me not only to design and work on clothing but also on the designs of their textiles. I've been always looking for ways to expand my knowledge so there was a point when I dove really deep into the surface pattern design field. I have taken countless courses and classes on the subject, on different types of designs, on creating collections; I have been practicing and improving my technique more and more. In the last years I have been making...

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