Show Off Your Surface Pattern Designs with Stunning Photos

Tuesday, December 15, 2015
Dari Design Studio guest post on Pattern Observer

We are so excited to welcome back Dari Design Studio, who we recently featured here, to share this fantastic tutorial on how to photograph your surface pattern designs to…

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Inside The Studio: Expanding your Business with a Balanced Portfolio

Monday, December 14, 2015

When you’re first starting your textile design business it’s important to focus your business in some way. Perhaps you want to tailor it to a particular artistic style,…

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Instagram Challenge: Paper Play

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Several months ago a client requested that we develop a realistic map of a mountain, much like the hand-painted masterpieces that you see in vintage atlases. I am…

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Why I Believe in Blogging… Even when it’s hard.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

We are proud to present this guest post from Michelle Hunter of Michelle Hunter Creative. Blogging… Ugh. If you’re like most creative business owners, the LAST thing you…

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The Graphic Designer’s Guide to Textile Design

Thursday, October 8, 2015

A few months ago I started thinking about the graphic designers I know. The creative and talented people who design for print and digital media like web pages…

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“Getting Started on New Projects, Making Inspiration Happen, and Getting Around My Drawing Weaknesses”

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Guest post by Angelina Rennell. Images in this post are all works done during Angelina’s daily journaling, as well as her “image” inspiration collecting.     If you’re a…

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Five Ways To Become A More Productive Designer

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Most commercial artists or designers are not in it for the money. Let’s face it, there are other professions that can earn you a bigger payday and are…

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How to Create Movies and Slideshows to Improve Your Marketing

Thursday, May 14, 2015

One simple and fun way to create more engagement and increase brand awareness for your surface design business is to go beyond the basic static image and bring…

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Textile Design Marketing: Collection Snapshots

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Countless hours and a lot of love and passion go into creating textile design collections. So when it comes time to market your work I encourage you to…

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SEO for Designers

Monday, April 27, 2015
Liz Lockard Headshot

Becoming a successful freelance designer starts with creating high quality artwork, but being visible is key to meeting new clients, expanding your network and engaging with your community….

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