Setting Boundaries Within Your Design Business

Monday, October 23, 2017

Setting boundaries and following through on those boundaries can be extremely difficult in such a competitive industry. It’s difficult to find clients, so when you do it can…

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Guest Expert Interview: Chris Olson

Monday, October 16, 2017

This month we have the privilege to welcome Chris Olson, experienced surface pattern designer and marketer, to the Textile Design Lab as our guest expert. Chris partners with…

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Hidden Details: Connecting With Buyers Through Stories

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

As a society we have grown to a point where we naturally demand more. We want to go deeper, we want to explore, and we want to be…

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Using Adobe Bridge to Prepare for Pattern Presentations

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

We’re preparing for an exciting week at Pattern Observer. We’re going to be taking a trip to Portland, Oregon. During this time we’ll be meeting with clients who…

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The Adobe Capture Pattern Trap

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

A Textile Design Lab designer recently posted a series of beautiful patterns which all had a stained glass look and layout. You couldn’t help but take note of…

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Taking a Break: Creating A Visual Identity That Works For You

Saturday, May 6, 2017

We all need a break from time to time. Life cannot be all work anymore than it can be all play. And emergencies happen. Thankfully, regardless of why…

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Create a Portfolio That Works When You Are Not

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

My feelings about marketing change on a daily basis… There are times when I love being out there, telling people about my work and my passion for this…

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Behind the Scenes of How I Curated Our Studio Portfolio

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Here’s my true confession… I’m disorganized, and I love it. For some reason, I am that type of person who thrives in chaos. My desktop is a mess,…

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How To Build a Portfolio You Can Be Proud Of

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Technology and various website building platforms have truly become wonderful resources for freelancers and textile designers. Sites like Wix and Squarespace make the once difficult task of developing…

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Following Trends The Right Way

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Contrary to popular opinion, when you incorporate trends into your work it DOES NOT mean that you have to knock off current or recent runway designs. In fact,…

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