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Ready Pattern Design & Trends Blog

How do I get a Direction for my next pattern design?

by Elettra Francis

July 1, 2020 12:45 label 8 minutes read label Leave a comment

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Books, journals, magazines and online resources create an ocean of abundant research material, that help in giving direction for the next pattern design. To determine the theme for the new design or collection, proper research must be conducted. Based on current trends and forecast of what will be the fad in the future. There are abundant amenities available that can be accessed by designers and aid them in creating something new. Some of the resources are as followed –

Mood Boards

  • Pinterest -An online library of images that allows the viewers to create bookmakers and create mood boards based on the images they like. The visuals displayed are from genres from a wide spectrum of industries. From textiles to architecture, home décor to landscapes, Pinterest has a collection of visuals that are current also goes back ages. Creating a visual mood board help in assisting the designers to conceptualise the next pattern idea.
  • Mamby - A relatively new platform that works on the similar concept of creating mood boards but has additional features that present more options according to what the users have liked. This makes the users get a variety of images based on the themes Mamby’s algorithm chooses for them.
  • Designspiration - With gird based websites, Designspiration highlights the visuals and imagery of various genres. It even includes innovative designs of typography providing a wide array of inspiration for designers.
  • Niice- Alike to Pinterest, Niice assists in create a concept mood board and showcases images from illustrations, website designs, photography and concept art. With endless ideas that can influence one’s work, scrolling through this website can give rise to plenty of ideas.

Fashion Shows

With fashion shows taking place for Summer/Spring and Autumn/Winter collections, there are several designers who are the trendsetters for the future. They inspire other fast fashion stores and several other designers in the apparel industry to follow their lead. Creating something based on trends make the designs more current and relevant to buyers. Based on fashion statements made by high-end fashion designers, creators are provided with inspiration for new designs.

Trend Analytics and Forecasts

Based on catwalks and streetwear fashion fads, there are experts who perform analysis of what pattern and colours will be all the rage for the upcoming seasons. Several websites provide accurate pattern trend forecasting for a price. Ready Pattern an inexpensive platform that gives a detailed analysis of the catwalks, upcoming trends, patterns, silhouettes and colours. WGSN is an online trend and design forecaster but is an exceedingly high prices webpage. For colour trend analysis Pantone is a good resource and only focuses on shade cards.


Several magazines issues volumes every month, keeping up to date with trends and innovating new designs that inspire their readers. There are genre and industry-specific magazines which bring to light the latest news, creations and artwork within that industry. Going through magazines as research material help in constructing new designs. Following are the 10 magazines that focus on inspiring creative designs –

  • Eye Magazine
  • Wallpaper
  • Juxtapoz
  • Graphic Magazine
  • Designo Daily
  • Printed Pages
  • Novum
  • Creative Review
  • Communication Art
  • Surface

Inspired by Society

Current events and contemporary artwork is always imparting wisdom to a designer and influences their work. Apart from trends, art and design is a reflection of ideologies, beliefs, society changes, nature, age-old architecture and even the basic surroundings. Over the years designs have been created with strong influence from flowers, tropical forests, animal skin patterns, motifs from monuments and architecture. Giving a strong reflection on the themes and aesthetic beauty that surrounds the designers can be a guiding factor for the next design.


How do I sell Surface Pattern Designs?

Surface pattern designs can be sold online on e-commerce websites or at trade show exhibitions. Depending on the platform designers have several options to present their work the appropriate consumers. The creators can sell their designs or print their pattern on the desired products and display the finished goods to the customers.

How do surface pattern designers make money?

Surface pattern designers make money by selling their prints to different textile industries. With a grave demand of patterns designers in the textile industry, they can also find a permanent role with firms that recruit in-house designers. Those who wish to be entrepreneurs and work for themselves can participate in exhibitions to showcase their work and get in contact with buyers from different industries directly. They also have the option making an online presence or get affiliated with online markets that have an established customer base.

How to License your Textile Design Work Globally?

A license for textile designs help safeguard the interest of the designers and helps assess the price bracket of the patterns. When working with Ready Pattern, they help designers in creating globally accepted licenses. Exclusive and non-exclusive licenses can be created as per the designers choice.

About the author

Elettra Francis

Elettra is the host of the Ready Pattern Seller Central Blog, the design selling platform interface for ambitious surface designers to showcase their prints to global brands. Got something to share with Ready Pattern Seller Masters? You can submit your story for consideration.


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