Vote for your favourites!

Voting is now open on the latest Front Row Society design challenge. The theme is Art Deco patterns for bags - and there are many fabulous designs on display by some very talented people.

Here are mine - please vote if you like them! To do that, click on the images below to go through to the relevant entry page, scroll down and click the button that says “I love it”. Thanks! :-)

Lotus Lattice

Citrus Sky

Synthia

Sound Shell

Geo Plait

Leadlight Portholes

My Ever Emerald collection in the ABSPD Module 2 Showcase

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My Ever Emerald collection is featured in Part 1 of the ABSPD Module 2 Showcase! Here is a list of links to all the featured designs:

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4

Context: I completed a course recently called “The Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design”. Aside from learning some really useful stuff, I really enjoyed being part of a large community of talented designers who were also very generous in sharing tips and information. A great experience that I’d highly recommend!

Two designs in the top 100!

Tigerprint has just released the top 100 picks for their Female Surface Pattern competition - and two of my patterns have been included:

"Floral Flurry"

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and

"Ikat Overlay"

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How exciting to be placed in the top 100! Winners will be announced sometime next week, I believe. Good luck also to my talented ABSPD classmates whose designs were also selected!

Life is not always “a walk in the park” and we are living in “interesting times” as the Chinese curse puts it, but late this afternoon during the golden hour was a great time for a walk in the park. London in springtime is very pretty and it goes without saying (but I will anyway): lots of lovely design inspiration.

Life is not always “a walk in the park” and we are living in “interesting times” as the Chinese curse puts it, but late this afternoon during the golden hour was a great time for a walk in the park. London in springtime is very pretty and it goes without saying (but I will anyway): lots of lovely design inspiration.

Here’s my entry for the Fabric8 Geek Chic design contest - wish me luck!

Here’s my entry for the Fabric8 Geek Chic design contest - wish me luck!

Designer Interview: Eryn Carlisle of Zeryndipity

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Today I’m very pleased to share with you an interview with Eryn Carlisle, a wonderfully talented 29 year old surface pattern designer who I’ve been enjoying getting to know as a fellow student of the Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design. As well as her obvious design talent, Eryn’s energy, enthusiasm and dedication to her work shines through and is very inspiring. The world needs more people like her!

Eryn currently lives in Maryland, but was born and raised in Oklahoma. She has been working towards a career in pattern design for the last few years and designs under her own label Zeryndipity, launched in November 2011.

Eryn, I love the name Zeryndipity – how did that come about?

"Zeryndipity was inspired by three of my all time favorite words – zeal, serenity, and serendipity. It combined my enthusiasm for my business, my goal to always be at peace with my decisions, and the development of events by chance in a happy or beneficial way. Oh and I snuck my name in there!"

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BBC Radio 4 - Technicolour

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Just discovered this fascinating BBC radio series on colour - well worth a listen. Thanks Poppy and Kay for the recommendation!

Spot or Process Colour?

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This is a question that has come up a lot lately and not everyone understands the difference. I’ve had some print industry experience, so it’s a good topic for a blog post. Printing can be quite technical, but today we’ll just discuss spot and process colours as they relate to pattern design. Feel free to leave a comment, or contact me with any questions: design@nzdeb.com.

Colours from any palette or swatch library – whether Pantone, or RGB, or CMYK – can be specified in software by the designer as either “spot” or “process”. These are terms related to printing. When preparing artwork used to create plates for a printing press, a “process” colour is actually made up of a blend of dots of any combination of Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black; this is called four colour process printing). This requires four plates for which “colour separations” are made, splitting them out into C, M, Y and K. This gives the freedom to have any and all colours you like using only four plates.

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Illustrator tutorial - Recolor Artwork

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Do you need to convert to Pantone swatches when you’ve already used standard RGB or CMYK swatches for your artwork? The Recolor Artwork feature of Illustrator makes it incredibly easy.

It’s true the dialog box seems intimidating at first, it looks like there’s a lot going on, but really there are only two essential steps that once you know them, are surprisingly straightforward.

I’ve created this PDF tutorial based on Illustrator CS5. If you have version CS6, I’d be interested to know if it’s different in any way.

Rather than just click on the PDF link and have it load in your web browser, right click the link here and choose “Save Link As” (or whatever the equivalent is in your browser of choice) to save a copy to your computer. It’s quite small at 2.5mb.

I recommend full screen view for doing the tutorial, but the first time you open the PDF, disable full screen so you can get to the attachment to download it (click the paperclip icon in Adobe Reader or Acrobat). I used this example file in the screenshots for the tutorial and it’s also the working file I created for my entry in the Kleenex limited edition box competition (see my previous post).

I hope you find this tutorial helpful and I’m really interested in your feedback - do leave a message in the comments, or email me: design [at] nzdeb.com.

Enjoy!

Here’s my entry for the Kleenex design competition. Thanks to everyone who helped me decide which design to submit - it wasn’t an easy choice for me to make. Please click through to the entry page here to vote for me!

Here’s my entry for the Kleenex design competition. Thanks to everyone who helped me decide which design to submit - it wasn’t an easy choice for me to make. Please click through to the entry page here to vote for me!