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Featured Designer: Nacho Filella

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To wrap up this week we are so excited to feature these fun and vibrant pattern designs by Nacho Filella! Nacho is the founder of Nacho Filella Design, a Textile and Surface Design Studio located near Miami, Florida. Since founding the studio in 2001, Nacho has designed for companies in the USA, Spain, Italy, Turkey and Australia, “creating patterns and prints for a wide range of products, including fabrics for interiors, fashion and swimwear as well as gift wrap, paper bags and other paper products.”

Of the studio’s design aesthetic Nacho writes, “we integrate the European tradition in our work, together with global influences and new trends. Also, the light and environment of the Mediterranean, where our main designer comes from, is always present in our creations. In this way, we combine textures, graphics, forms and colors to create innovative designs that excite, surprise and delight.”

For a healthy dose of colorful patterns to start your weekend off right, be sure to check out more of Nacho’s wonderful work at his website, www.textiledesign.us. Enjoy your weekend! -Chelsea

Found Patterns: Stained Glass

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Images via: (Clockwise from top left)  “Véranda dite de la Salle” by Alexandre Prévot “Stained Glass” by Dan Sloane Stained glass 03” by Kirsty Hall Canterbury Stained glass window n3” by J Guffogg “Stained glass” by Jeff Noble,  Chateau Stained Glass” by James Temple (cropped from original),  “More stained glass!” by Connie Ma,  Chartres Cathedral — rose window” by Dimitry B.

Crafting a beautiful About page

Writing an About page is one of the most challenging steps to developing a professional website, but it is also one of the most important pages on your site. This page is your opportunity to tell your story and connect with clients on a deeper level. An About page should explain:

 1. Your design philosophy and inspiration. What inspires you? Is it the customer, nature, family or developing innovative concepts for the marketplace?

2. The techniques or processes that you prefer to use. Do you typically hand-paint designs and then work with them in Photoshop? Do you prefer to start each project with in-depth customer research because that is what is most important to you?

3. The types of clients you enjoy working with. Let people know what types of clients you enjoy working with most and why. It’s a great chance to let your personality show through in a professional, targeted way.

4. What markets do you enjoy working in? Letting potential clients know the areas that you have experience in and enjoy working in is very important. A future client wants to know that you’d be excited about the opportunity to work with them.

 

As part of our upcoming Portfolio Development Workshop we created a template that gives designers a step-by-step guide for writing a compelling About page and dives deep into the four topics mentioned above, but what else contributes to a beautiful About page?

 

1) A Welcome Message

If a visitor simply glances at your About page what do you want them to take away? This description should contain your marketing message but with a more personal touch. Share your passion for what you create and how you make your client’s lives that much better.

 

2) Include a Picture

I know, I know…this can be hard to swallow for the “behind the scenes designer” but it is a helpful way to increase your chances of engaging potential clients. Who doesn’t like looking at photos, especially when you are considering working with someone? It’s nice to put a face to the name. In fact, Hubspot Blog reports that Twitter accounts with a profile picture have 10 times more followers than those without one. If you don’t want a traditional portrait picture, have a friend take an action shot of you sketching or working at the computer.

 

3) Share Testimonials

Testimonials are a great way to calm any worries that potential clients may have. In The Portfolio Development Workshop we walk you step by step through the process of reaching out to past clients and colleagues for testimonials that work for your business.

 

4) Call to Action

A “call to action” is a button or link that you place on your website to drive prospective customers to take action. This button should direct viewers to wherever you want to drive traffic. For some designers the “call to action” may be a contact me button; others may decide on a sign-up spot for a newsletter or even an invitation to directly view their portfolio. The choice is up to you and what is aligned with your business model.

 

5) Brag

This may seem challenging and it can be a tough thing to do for certain individuals but it’s important to share your successes.

 

“What most site owners miss is that your About Page is actually about the person who clicks the link to see it. Talk to that person about why they should bother reading your site. Talk about the problems you solve. Talk about how you can help. Talk about what they’re interested in.” ~ Sonia Simone ~

 

During The Portfolio Development Workshop, we guide you step-by-step through the entire process of building your own WordPress website that will become the hub of your business. We’ll share how to tailor our exclusive Pattern Observer template to speak to the right market, buyers, and agents for your artistic style and you’ll finish the workshop feeling empowered and ready to share your work with the world.

 

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