Surface Pattern Design Summer School: Part 2

I’ve been taking a summer surface design course sponsored by Make It In Design. Every two weeks participants are given a brief that outlines the theme and provides some inspiration and examples of uses for the surface designs.

The second set of briefs were Tribal Shapes, Animal Prints and Tribal Collage, so I worked on all three briefs for this challenge.

Surface Design No. 1: Tribal Shapes using an earth tone palette in 2 colorways

Tribal Shapes

 

Surface Design No. 2: Animal Prints using that same earth tone palette, which I really love. I reworked a set of animal prints I designed in the past, fixed the seamless repeat, and I’m so much happier with them now.Tribal - Animal Prints

Surface Design No. 3: Tribal Collage using that same earth tone palette

I whipped up a couple simple mocks up using some of my prints on a set of throw pillows and storage boxes.

And a couple quickie tote bags too.

So far this course has been great practice in coming up with ideas based on a theme and following a design brief as well as designing surface patterns. There’s one more session left in this summer school course, which will be distributed next week.

Terri

Spoonflower Drawing Challenge: Week 2

Spoonflower is sponsoring a month of drawing for the month of August where they provide daily exercises and inspiration to use as a prompt for drawing an illustration or surface design in your sketchbook.

The theme for week 2 was Text and Type, where you’re challenged to incorporate hand lettering into an illustration. The prompts included lemon, book, arrow, tea and toast.

Day 6: lemon – I doodled things you can make with lemons

Day 7: book – inspired by one of my all–time favorite books “The Secret Garden”

Day 8: arrow – inspired by my Zodiak sign

Day 8: arrow – leaves that look like arrows accompanied by part of a great quote by Groucho Marx

Day 9: tea

Day 10: toast – A toast to my brother whose birthday is today!Some of last week’s prompts were challenging because I don’t like tea and I don’t eat bread, so I had to come up with fresh ideas to get motivated.

It’s nice to have prompts to narrow down the focus on what to draw. And it’s great to have theme each week so the illustrations can be tied together into a series. I’m so excited to see this week’s theme, Animals, which I love to draw! Stay tuned for more fun drawings.

Terri

Friday Quote No. 17/2014

Happy Friday! I’m sharing my latest quote postcard with you today to send you into the weekend with a bit of inspiration.

Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow.
― Ralph Waldo Emerson

This quote is a great reminder to not rest on your laurels, to keep learning new things, to stretch yourself.

Hope you are inspired by something or someone this week. Enjoy your weekend!

 Terri

Pattern created by me.
Font used: Baskerville and KG Love You Through It.

Home Office Perk No. 15: Client Referrals

My home office / new graphic design studio has been officially open for business for over two months, so it’s fun to continue to share the rules, benefits, perks and incentives that contribute to a better work environment and creative space. The culture of a workplace is important, so it’s nice to have some say in creating that culture.

Home Office Perk No. 15: Client Referrals

We are going to offer a variety of incentives and bonuses my home office to challenge people to bring in clients to the business and to produce their best work possible. One of the bonuses will be awarded for bringing in new clients.

Starbucks gift card

The bonus will be a $10 gift card to Starbucks for each client referral. Starbucks gift card

Some offices have rules and perks like hours, dress code, music, pets, contests and more, so I’m continuing to share a fun list of rules and benefits for my very own office. They are more like concepts or an atmosphere that encourage creativity and individuality. I want the home office to be creative, challenging, fun and open. Stay tuned for more fun rules and benefits!

Terri

Click here to see Perk No. 14: Incentives and Bonuses – first draft with no changes.

Click here to see Perk No. 13: Company Contests – Christmas Card.

Click here to see Perk No. 12: Interns Will Be Paid.

Click here to see Perk No. 11: Company Events and Field Trips.

Click here to see Rule No. 10: Regarding Meetings.

Click here to see Perk No. 9: Pets Are Allowed.

Click here to see Rule No. 8: Take a break.

Click here to see Rule No. 7: Show your work.

Click here to see Rule No. 6: Learn something new each week.

Click here to see Rule No. 5: Music.

Click here to see Rule No. 4: Dress Code.

Click here to see Perk No. 3: Sketching Kits on the house, which is more of a benefit.

Click here to see Perk No. 2: Coffee on the house.

Click here to see Rule No. 1: Fresh cut flowers every week.

Surface Pattern Design Summer School: Part 1

I am taking a summer surface design course sponsored by Make It In Design. Every two weeks participants are given a brief that outlines the theme and provides some inspiration and examples of uses for the surface designs.

The first brief was Tropical Paradise, so I thought of Hawaii, palm trees, bird of paradise flowers, wearing a hibiscus flower in my hair, and, of course, the ocean.

Tropical Paradise design

I thought my tropical paradise surface pattern would be fun to have on a shower curtain, throw pillows for the porch, pillowcases, or beach towels.

 

Stay tuned because the theme for Part 2 is quite fun too.

Terri

Spoonflower Drawing Challenge: Week 1

Spoonflower is sponsoring a month of drawing for the month of August where they provide daily exercises and inspiration to use as a prompt for drawing an illustration or surface design in your sketchbook.

The theme for week 1 was Open Spaces, so the prompts included cactus, mountain, tree, landscape and river. I experimented with a few ideas, and these are my favorites. I think they would make fun notecards or surface patterns.

Sketchbook Day 1-cactus Sketchbook Day 2-mountain Sketchbook Day 3-tree Sketchbook Day 4-landscape Sketchbook Day 5-river

It’s nice to have prompts to narrow down the focus on what to draw. And it’s great to have theme each week so the illustrations can be tied together into a series.

Terri

Friday Quote No. 16/2014

Happy Friday! I’m sharing my latest quote print with you today to send you into the weekend with a bit of inspiration.

When it is dark enough, you can see the stars.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson

This quote is a great reminder that when things seem dark and discouraging, there are always glimpses of hope and encouragement. There’s always a bright side!

Hope you are inspired by something or someone this week. Enjoy your weekend!

 Terri

Photo taken by me in Garrett Bay, Door County, WI.
Font used: Baron Neue and Futura.

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