Hello and welcome to my blog! My name is Britta, and I’m a surface pattern designer. I’ve always had a passion for art and design, and after discovering the world of surface pattern design, I decided to take the plunge and start my own business.
It’s been six weeks since I officially launched my career as a surface pattern designer, and I wanted to share my journey with you. I’ll be discussing my experience of learning how to make seamless repeating patterns, designing my first pattern collection, and finding inspiration for my designs. I hope that my experience will be helpful to those who are just starting out in this field or considering pursuing a career in surface pattern design.
So, without further ado, let’s dive into my journey as a surface pattern designer after six weeks in the industry!
Week 4 – Learning to make seamless repeating patterns
As a surface pattern designer, my goal is to create beautiful and unique designs that can be applied to a variety of products, such as textiles, wallpaper, and stationery. In my first six weeks in the industry, I’ve been learning the ins and outs of this field including how to create seamless repeating patterns.
Creating seamless repeating patterns has been one of the most important skills I’ve learned so far. A seamless pattern is a design that can be repeated endlessly without any visible seams or gaps. This is an essential skill for surface pattern designers, as it allows us to create patterns that can be applied to products of different sizes and dimensions. To create seamless patterns, my main focus has been learning Adobe Illustrator. It’s been a challenging but rewarding process, and I’m excited to continue learning and improving my skills in this area.
Week 5 – Design a collection
Designing a pattern collection has also been a major focus in the beginning stages of my career as a surface pattern designer. A pattern collection is a group of designs that are related in theme, style, or color scheme. Creating a collection allows designers to showcase their range and versatility and appeal to a wider range of clients. In order to design a successful collection, I’ve been experimenting with different themes, color schemes, and motifs. I’ve also been practicing my design skills and refining my style to create a cohesive and appealing collection.
It’s a challenging process, but I’m enjoying the creative freedom and the opportunity to express myself through my designs. In the end, I was able to create a collection that I was proud of and that reflected my style and aesthetic. It was a challenging but rewarding process, and I learned a lot about myself as a designer in the process.
Finding inspiration is an important part of being a surface pattern designer. Inspiration can come from anywhere – nature, architecture, fashion, art, and even everyday objects. One of the ways I find inspiration is by keeping a sketchbook and jotting down ideas and sketches as they come to me. I also love to take walks and explore my surroundings, taking note of interesting patterns and textures that I come across. Pinterest and Instagram are also great resources for finding inspiration and keeping up with the latest trends and styles in the industry. Ultimately, the key to finding inspiration is to stay curious and open-minded, and to always be on the lookout for new ideas and sources of inspiration.
My first six weeks as a surface pattern designer have been a challenging but rewarding experience. I’ve learned how to create seamless repeating patterns, design a pattern collection, and find inspiration for my designs. It’s been a steep learning curve, but I’m excited to continue developing my skills and creating beautiful and unique designs.
Have you thought about becoming a Surface Pattern Designer?
If you’re interested in becoming a surface pattern designer, my advice is to practice, practice, practice. Experiment with different techniques and styles, and don’t be afraid to make mistakes or try new things. Take courses and tutorials, join online communities and groups, and seek out feedback from others. Above all, stay passionate and committed to your craft, and remember that with hard work and dedication, anything is possible. I hope this post has been helpful and inspiring to anyone looking to embark on a career in surface pattern design.