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5 Tools Everyone in the Design Industry Should Use

It can be a difficult task to create or complete something when you don’t have the right tools to do so. How does a painter paint with no paintbrush? Of course there is a multitude of ways, but there are normally only a few which turn out to be the most effective. Imagine trying to fly a plane without any gauges or sensors telling you which way to go or whether you’re flying too high. This can lead to unfortunate consequences or at the very least, a ton of frustration and an end result that is less than desirable.painting_post

The first tool that every design professional should have in their arsenal is a wide array of inspirational references. This includes fashion, art, design, and technology magazines; articles about design innovations, photographs of people, places, or things that have interesting backstories – or those that you can create a backstory for! Save a variety of pieces from all over, you never know when something may spark a new idea where it didn’t before.

Sometimes in order to get your point across it needs to be shown in a way that is visual rather than verbal. Design software like Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop is a quick and easy way to draw out a design or ‘roomscape’ to show a client or even just to include as part of your design board. If you aren’t so technologically advanced, or happen to be a better hand sketcher, then make sure to have a drawing kit with pencils, erasers, rulers, etc. on hand. It may even benefit to keep both in your tool kit for situations when one may work better than the other.

Always keep a camera or your phone on you! Being able to instantly snap and capture inspiration on the daily is an invaluable resource for when you are in the studio or at your workbench later on. Remember, anything can be used to inspire, so be ready and waiting to seize the moment as it passes by you! Along with images of your influences, swatches of color and different types of fabrics are a great resource to keep stashed away in your workspace. Seeing and knowing how different colors and textures work for and against each other can really open your eyes to new design possibilities and innovations. Having a physical representation of color, pattern, or texture benefits the big picture and aids in your conceptualization.Living_room_

Lastly, motivation is one of your most important design tools! Without motivation, where will you get the drive to create new things? Without motivation, how will you take your design to the next level? Motivation has a distinct meaning to each and every person, and how you use it – along with all four of the other tools – will determine the success of you and your design.

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New Release: Script

Penmanship is a skill where most of us fall on the spectrum of normal to average as far as dexterity and expertise is concerned. On one end, there are those of us who have the inherent gift of being able to write in beautiful flourishes and calligraphic-like letters. You envy their perfectly shaped letters that form words and sentences as they dance across a page like art.2Script_300

On the other hand, we have our friends who didn’t get so lucky in the handwriting department. We often joke and say they should be doctors, because who can ever read their script? These people may have been the kids who scribbled on the walls or had the most ‘interesting’ drawings as a child.

But who hasn’t scratched some random script or cryptic characters onto a notebook page during a lecture or anywhere else just out of boredom? Sometimes these stay just as they are – scribbles, but sometimes these shapes end up twisting and turning on the page to create a life of their own.

At first glance, the designs in the new collection Script might only look like fanciful script or scribbles across a page, but looking closer, you find the patterns to be filled with geometric shapes, romantic flowy lines, and abstract facades. Like autographs, love letters, and hand sketched portraits, Script portrays the meaningful and beautiful keepsakes and mementos that one gathers throughout a lifetime. The art of writing and calligraphy is an ancient one that was once held in high regard and very few were skilled in its ways. With this in mind, Script encompasses a historically abstract yet modern collection that feels right at home in a wide array of design styles.1Script_300

Initially available in graphic black and white colorways, Script can be customized to be in any scale or color to best suit its surroundings. Script’s patterns will maintain its bold style but softer looks can be achieved with tonal coloring and appropriate base cloth selection. Customize a pattern from the Script collection and write a new story with your design!