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- 12/20/12--01:32: Regular Inspiration for Surface Pattern Designers - A New Feature
- 12/26/12--00:33: Inspiration for Pattern and Print Designers - Link Digest 2
- 12/29/12--01:29: Get Inspired! Link Digest 2.1
- 12/29/12--15:20: A Perfect Collaboration: Elizabeth Olwen and Dioton
- 12/30/12--22:25: Get organised With the Studio on Fire Desk Calendar
- 01/01/13--22:31: Exotic Elegance for Turkish Elle: 29 Palms by Caroline Knopf
- 01/03/13--22:42: Modern Love SS13: Print Design by Sarah Arnett
- 01/10/13--11:30: Summer Holiday; Illustration by Mike Howie
- 01/14/13--01:31: Beautiful Ferm Living Spring Summer 2013
- 01/22/13--13:09: Sketchbook Envy - Stunning Work From the Sketchbook of Steve Simpson
- 01/24/13--12:59: Want to be Part of a New Online Surface Pattern Designer Directory?
- 01/30/13--20:00: Print Design at its Finest! Oilily Spring Summer 2013 Women's Wear
Artist Lisa Congdon has just signed with Chronicle Books to publish 100 of her handwritten quotes from her 365 Days of Hand Lettering project. The book will be released in Spring 2014. Read more...
Artist Lisa Congdon has also recently announced the release of her fabric collection for Cloud 9. You really must head over to her blog for a look at this - it's superb!
Take a sneak peek at Amy Butler's new ribbon collection from Renaissance Ribbons.
Her Neo-Victorian designs are inspired by antique sari prints, and ethnic geometric borders.
View the new AIR series Loulou & Tummie have produced for LeSportsac. Or visit the Loulou & Tummie website for loads of colourful graphics and characters from this Dutch illustration duo.
View a bunch of fab cushion designs by Ed Miller Designs. He recently published these as part of a project on his Behance folio.
Flags and Calendars project on Behance.
I enjoyed this interesting article about how rejection can boost your creativity. It worked for Lady Gaga! How Rejection Breeds Creativity by David Burkus.
Be inspired by Karen Barbour's unique gouche and ink paintings. via Alex Mathers
Take some colour inspiration from Pavel Fuksa's vintage inspired matchbooks; there are 178 designs, created some time ago for a music video by Navigators. View all of the designs, and the video over at Colourlovers.
And lastly, I enjoyed this article about surface pattern designer Jiah Harrison over at Tractorgirl.com.au
I hope you have found something of interest here. I'll be posting more frequently now, and I would really appreciate any feedback about this new approach. Is it helpful/interesting to you?
I never stop thinking about surface pattern design though, so I have plenty of great online destinations to share with you. I hope you find something here to inspire.
Surface Pattern/Graphic Design
Rick Berkelmans, who designs under the studio name Hedof, recently worked on three designs for Lipton Tea Tins. They are stunning and well worth checking out. You'll find all three designs at his Behance site.
December 12 has been a visual feast over at the Isak blog! Head over for a month packed with inspiring images and beautiful gift ideas (yes I know Christmas is over, but we have birthdays galore coming up in our family!)
Frankie Gift Paper Book
Gems. Buy it over at Frankie Press.
I Love Illustration
Facebook to view these and more. Or visit the Mini Rodini website.
Making Life Easier
Have you discovered the Bloglovin' app for iPhones? I am one happy-chappy with this!
And the Flickr app for iPhones. As soon as I remember my username and password I'll give is a go (doh!)
For the Kids
Wow Wow Wow, you've got to check out this artist's work! Thank you to Patternbank for their recent post that introduced me to this amazing work. After reading the Patternbank post, be sure to visit Linn's website.
Spanish Artist Lorenzo Duran
2013 Freebie Calendars
Over at More Design Pleaseyou can find out where to download some gorgeous free calendars for 2013. Get organised for 2013!
Three (Incredibly Simple) Questions The Most Successful People Use To Change The World
Take the time to read this excellent article over at Forbes.com. It makes a lot of sense, and can really help you to see your goals and obstacles clearly and in a way that is most helpful to you.
25 Ways You are Failing at Promoting Yourself, Your Products and Your Work
Read this article by Red Lemon Club. A successful artist has to consider all aspects of business and marketing; are you promoting yourself well?
Just Plain Interesting!
Gems: The Ugly Bug Ball
Apartment Therapy: Wall to Wall Style: Sources for the Perfect Wallpaper
My Modern Met: Incredibly creative high heels
Design Milk 2012 Year in review: Best of Architecture + Interiors
Design Milk 2012 Year in review: Best of Style + Fashion
Tractor Girl: From here to there and a best of 2012
Here are a bunch of links to some excellent articles and posts that I've been reading this week:
Interested in product packaging? Check out the Top 100 Posts from 2012 on The Dieline. And be sure to check out The Fox With the Golden Fur from their archive. I am totally blown away by this stunning concept. Chocolate, books, and art all in one astoundingly beautiful and clever package. It just doesn't get better than that!
There's always great content at Patternbank. Here are a few artists, showcased recently, that I really liked :
Le petit Chacal et le Crocodile illustrated by Simone.
Have you discovered the work of Simon Beck yet? He uses the snow as a giant canvas for his giant geometric motifs, each approx 500 feet in diameter! Read about him, and view some of his incredible artworks, over at Co.Design.
Keen to enter a fabric design competition? The Printed Bolt presents REPEAT(ed)
Trend Bible Opinion: 5 Things That Won't Change in 2013 : This is an interesting article, well worth reading.
Just Plain Interesting...
Design Milk: 2012 YEAR IN REVIEW: BEST OF WTF
Meet Me at Mikes: :: You Say You Want A Resolution?
Poppytalk: Are You Prepared For Luck?
Apartment Therapy: Make 2013 Musical : 10 "Best-of" Music Lists from Around the Web
I hope you found something to inspire!
The Little White Book of Surface Pattern Designers.
On the 'About' page, The Little White Book of Surface Pattern Designers is described as "a new online directory offering a colourful but more importantly, useful tool for agents, journalists, design focused bloggers and manufacturers that are looking for new, creative talent in this particular field. The directory lists a broad spectrum of international designers and artists who retain their autonomy. Each designer's listing shows a visual taster of their design style along with their relevant contact information, enabling them to be contacted directly."
The first edition has been put together very nicely; I would love to see more thumbnail images from each designer, as it is hard to get a clear idea of what a designer is about from one image. I also wonder if it should be arranged alphabetically. The project is just in its infancy and will no doubt evolve, and on the whole I think it is an excellent resource. There is a small fee to be included, which is more than reasonable given the amount of time it must take to compile and market. The second edition is due around March/April of this year. If you would like more information, please click through to the Find New Designers site to register your interest.
The Little White Book of Surface Pattern Designers
Section Three - The World of Fabric Design: The last section talks about designing for fun or designing for profit, choosing a printing method, retail versus wholesale, building your brand and more.
Each section includes 'Designer Roundtable' where important questions are put to established fabric designers; it is a fantastic way of getting varied perspectives from real people in the industry, and at the same time creates a warmth and friendliness that sets the book apart from others I have read.
Kimberly has chosen beautiful and inspiring visuals, modern fonts, and a unique layout to create an all-round easy-to-use manual and resource. It is extremely informative and a perfect first step into the industry. It is especially valuable to those designers who don't sew and lack intimate knowledge of fabric and the related terminology.
And so, to answer the question 'Is there much in the book that isn't covered in the course?', I believe that there is enough information in the book that is not covered in the course to warrant buying it, and the crossover topics are explained or presented in a different way giving them value. The Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design Ecourse goes into depth on some of the topics that A Field Guide of Fabric Design can merely touch on. It is important to note too that A Field Guide to Fabric Design is specifically about fabrics and printing, not surface design as a whole, so equally goes into depth about things to do with fabric that the Ecourse need not cover. This is why I see it as the perfect complement to the course if you wish to pursue fabric design in some form.
And 'Should I buy it?'. Let me put a question to you: 'Are you interested in fabrics, and do you want to design for fabric?'. If so, the answer is simple: Yes. You won't find a better book.
A Field Guide to Fabric Design by Kimberly Kight is available at the Kitty as a Picture US Amazon Bookstore and the Kitty as a Picture UK Amazon Bookstore.
The collection is fresh and imaginative, made up of bright, happy colours interspersed with more subtle pastel shades.
What I love about Oilily (and I am not being paid to say this!) is that it is about more than just clothing; it is an experience. Children don't merely wear Oilily, they can explore Oilily! Every inch of every garment seems carefully considered from print design to garment design and materials. Every collection celebrates childhood and is packed with playful detail, hidden elements and quirky surprises. To me, Oilily gets it right in every detail even marketing. I'm a big fan.
Order the Oilily World of Wonders collection at Oilily Shop (Europe) or Oilily shopUSA.
Pop back in a day or two for a glimpse at the Oilily Spring Summer 2013 women's wear collection.