When your pattern designs are flowing you feel great. Things click. Everything aligns and you are completely in sync with the rock star that you are. Then there are those “other times.”
“Other times” is code talk for struggles and challenges. When these things surface and you grow impatient, maybe even irritated. It can feel overwhelming and definitely frustrating. During these times you can honestly feel lost, like there’s no way past the hurdle. But there is and every designer has this happen to them at one point or another in their career. It’s inevitable, really.
It’s what you do when this happens that makes the difference. What do you do when it happens to you?
Keep adding motifs to your pattern in the hopes that more motifs will make for a more dynamic pattern
Publish or submit the pattern “as is” because you are just sick of looking at it and want to move onto your next idea
Question the artistic style of the motif, the color palette, and even the trend, and quit working on the pattern because it seems impossible to get just right
I’ve done all of these things in the past. So if you have, too, know that you are not alone.
But what I’ve found is that sometimes it just takes a different approach. While experimenting and investing time into our work is essential, we can go about it smartly and with fewer frustrations by knowing our pattern layout options.
This is where the Surface Pattern Design Layout Chart helps. It allows you to begin sparking new ideas with a fresh approach that leads to what you really want—the amazing pattern to appear before your eyes that you know you can create.
Here are what some designers have said about the Surface Pattern Design Layout Chart:
“This is perfect! A good reminder of what is possible, especially when you think nothing more is possible!” -Hollie Baker
“Many thanks! Very useful and inspiring.” -Rocco Fiumara
“Thank you! This is going on my pin board immediately.” -Jessica Halford
In this chart, you will have access to a brief overview of the most popular Surface Pattern Design Layout options, along with some simple ways that you can make your patterns more eye-catching. Not all layout options are included, but this is a great starting point. I hope this free resource sparks new ideas when you are stuck or feeling frustrated.