The Graphic Designer’s Guide to Textile Design


As a graphic designer, you can create surface pattern designs buyers are looking for and use them to supplement your income, fill gaps in your design schedule, and explore your own creative design ability. We’ll show you how.

In this five part course we walk graphic designers through the process of tailoring their work for the textile design industry. The course includes five video lessons, five video transcripts and our terminology guide. Everything is available for download immediately after checkout.


Here’s what’s covered:


Intro to Textile Design – You’ll get started by learning more about textile design, including the words and phrases buyers use. We’ll share more info about the opportunity and help you see how to blend surface pattern design with your existing design work. You’ll start to get excited and see the possibilities for your own work!

Pattern Layout Options – Time to get down to business! You’ll learn to recognize the types of pattern layouts used in fabric and how they are used in our industry. You’ll start to see how you can transform your work into a layout that works on hundreds of yards of fabric.

Elements of a Strong Layout – What’s the difference between a pattern that catches your eye and one that is flat and boring? You’ll learn the little details that create a strong layout…and how to add them to your work. At the end of this lesson, you’ll know how to make your designs stand out in the marketplace and catch a buyer’s eye.

Creating Great Repeats – A great design is one thing… repeating it over hundreds of yards of fabric is another. You’ll learn how to repeat a design beautifully while avoiding obvious breaks, repeats, or unintended directionality in your work.

The Production Process – What does it take to print a design on fabric? You’ll learn the various printing methods and how they are used as well as the challenges manufacturers face when using your designs. You’ll learn how to prepare your designs for production and gather the information you need to serve clients in the textile design industry.


At Pattern Observer we strive to help you grow your textile design business through our informative articles, interviews, tutorials, workshops and our private design community, The Textile Design Lab.

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