Here are a few of my favorite design resources to keep you inspired, grow your textile design business and promote your print and pattern work. Please note that some of these resources are affiliate partners which I stand behind, love, adore, cherish and recommend. If you are looking for a freelancer please check out our recommendations here.
My Go-To Tools
Hosting is a service of providing a server, and the network infrastructure for your server to be reached by web browsers all over the world through the internet. Bluehost is one of the oldest and most reliable hosting companies. We looked at a variety of website hosting strategies for WordPress and decided that self-hosting using Bluehost was the best option. This is the hosting service that we use in our premier workshop, “SS3: Sharing Your Work”
GoDaddy’s Online Bookkeeping. I have been using GoDaddy’s (formerly Outright) bookkeeping tool since 2013 and it is fantastic! Track your income, expenses and send invoices through this free program. I upgraded to the paid subscription for tax assistance, but you can get started with their free program first.
Pantone FASHION & HOME Cotton Passport. Not every designer needs a Pantone book, but when you have multiple clients asking you to choose Pantone’s for their product line, this is the best bang for your buck. TCX Pantone colors are the standard in the textile design industry and are used throughout the world.
Wacom Intuos5 Touch Medium Pen Tablet. The best investment in my business has been my Wacom Intuos Tablet. I have had my tablet for over five years and use it every single day. It is the one tool, besides my computer, that I could not work without. Wacom makes a variety of models at different price points and all your options can be found through this link.
The Grammar of Ornament– In my opinion, this is the most inspirational surface design book out in the market. A must own!
A Field Guide to Fabric Design– One of the best books out there if you are interested in learning more about the textile design industry. FYI: This book is heavily geared towards the quilting industry.
The Fundamentals of Printed Textile Design– A wonderfully detailed look at the ends and outs of the textile design business. Highly recommended!
The Graphic Artists Guild Handbook of Pricing & Ethical Guidelines– Questions about pricing your work? This is a fantastic resource for graphic, surface and textile designers alike.
Twentieth Century Pattern Design– Beautiful and informative! TCPD walks you through surface design history by decade, pointing out influential styles and designers. It is a great jumping off point to learn more about designers that you are drawn to and is the perfect book to pull out when you find yourself in a design rut.
The E-Myth– This book is amazing and a must read if you are launching a professional business in any field. I heart the e-myth!
Fairchild’s Dictionary of Textiles– A Chelsea von Hasseln recommendation!
Unveiling the Heart of Your Business by Mark Silver– Are you an entrepreneur who wants to increase money flow without compromising your heart and soul? Then this is the book for you! This book was one of the best business investments that I made in 2011 and I refer back to it on a frequent basis.
Art Licensing– The licensing world can be tricky, but Tara Reed makes it a bit easier with her informative blog, free monthly calls and outstanding products. I highly recommend her ebooks. They are informative and well worth the investment.
Register to receive a 7-day free trial to lynda.com– This is one of the top Photoshop and Illustrator training resources out in the market. The tutorials are easy to follow, high quality and affordable!
Free Adobe Illustrator Tutorials– Are you an Illustrator newbie? This is a great place to get started!
WordPress– Interested in starting a blog or building a portfolio site? This is the place to start.
ScreenFlow 3– This is the tool that I use to capture and record my computer screen. If you are interested in creating tutorials or other videos, this tool is highly recommended!
Vimeo– A more private option to youtube.
Mailchimp– Mailchimp is a free tool for building your email list and sending newsletters, which should be on every freelance designer’s to-do list.
Elance- Running an online business is not easy and you can’t do everything yourself! I use editor Jill McKellan for some blog posts and tutorial projects and her service saves me a tremendous amount of time. I have also used freelancers for survey development and other projects.