The bold designs created by Allie Runnion are so eye-catching and captivating. I really admire her color use and the way my eye moves through her pattern layouts, so I was thrilled to learn more about her design background and inspiration.
It was insightful to learn about Allie’s education and experiences. She shared this: “I received my BFA in Illustration from Rhode Island School of Design. Afterward, I worked as a designer and art director for several years. Eventually, I made the decision to freelance with my illustration and pattern design work, which I love.”
Allie is enthusiastic and it shows in her bold designs and passion. She told us, “I’ve always loved to make things, even as a kid. I find joy in experimenting with different techniques and seeing how my work evolves over time.
“I am inspired by vintage illustration and textiles, and nature. I love to learn about the natural world and have a great love for animals, which is why these things frequently find their way into my work. I have done a lot of work in ink, charcoal, and pencil creating motifs before digitizing and creating a repeat. Recently, I have started to work mostly digitally in Photoshop, as I am able to work faster and try different things more easily. I’ve always liked to have control over color in Photoshop and be able to play with different color options.”