How to turn an old iPhone into a media center.

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I just wrapped up a small side project at work where I wanted to explore how to give an old phone new life. LPK is generous enough to provide phones to all of us, but I wondered what happened to the old ones when we go through the inevitable annual iPhone update. With a help from our product design team member Eric Sillies, and their very cool 3D printer, I came up with a product and solution to recycle the old, outdated phones into media centers. If you're interested in how I came to my solution Read more [...]

How To Tile Print Your Large Artwork in Illustrator

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Sometimes we have artwork we need to print and review that's just too big to show on a normal tabloid sized paper. In a pinch, it's also way cheaper to first tile-print something for review from a normal printer, and then get your fancy large-bed print later. DIFFUCULTY LEVEL: Easy NECESSARY INGREDIENTS: Adobe Illustrator STEP 1: To tile print, open your artwork in illustrator. This artwork is set to print at 15" x 15", larger than a normal printer is able to handle. STEP 2: To Read more [...]

How To Create a Surface Design Motif with Adobe Capture

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I'm a really big Adobe CC nerd and I've been doing a lot of work lately digitizing motifs for pattern and surface design, and discovered a super quick way of translating IRL sketches into quick cleanable vector art for Illustrator. If you're curious, a creator of surface design and a fan of Creative Cloud, read on! This is also part one in a series I'm writing for a quick lunchtime tutorial I put together for LPK. Part two is here. I would also highly suggest watching Wayne's World and drinking Read more [...]

How to Create a Simple Pattern in Illustrator for a Spoonflower Test Swatch

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There are tons of ways to create swatches and print fabric, but this tutorial is going to use the super-easy online service Spoonflower in combination with Adobe Illustrator. Spoonflower is a great and simple way to create an easy test swatch. Spoonflower is an online platform that makes it easy to upload a custom design, and create your own fabric to then be printed digitally onto yardage that you can use for prototypes or even small-batch manufacturing. They've even started offering custom wallpaper Read more [...]

Cincinnati’s First ArtsWave Hackathon: A Survivor’s Story

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The energy summoned to build something like the Tidal Art X Hackathon was worth every cease and desist letter they received for unauthorized use of Jay Z’s logo. The event, a collaboration between Cincinnati's ArtsWave organization and Cintrifuse, an entrepreneurial engine of local start-up connection, was amazing. I got a hot tip from a co-worker at LPK about the event, and my gross urge for participation in creative competitive events led me to sign up immediately. I’ve been to hackathons Read more [...]

Adobe vs Kaledo vs Ned Graphics vs Etc. : The Great Technical Debate & Showdown in Textile Software

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"If you want to do the job correctly, you have to have the right tools," was a mantra of my grandfather, who was a jewelry designer and gemologist for close to 50 years of his life. I've always taken this to heart in my own design practice, as I 100% believe a good grasp on the technicalities of your medium/tool/softeware/etc will not only determine how polished your final design looks, but also how quickly you can execute it. Fabric design has always called for a general knowledge with a Read more [...]

I went to TedXUCincinnati and this is what I learned…

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I have an awesome job that sometimes sends me to really interesting things, and I had a chance to grab a couple of tickets to the local TedXUCincinnati event at the University of Cincinnati. TED talks has basically replaced what Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul used to do for me. I was super late to the event because it's Saturday and in honor of attending a college event I slept in like I too was in college, but I was able to get there in time to see five of the ten speakers- Sean Connell, Read more [...]

How to harness your vanity and record yourself doing pattern work with quicktime. For cool OSX users.

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A question has recently come up at work about how better to capture the work that we do. I'm a designer at an agency where we are constantly trying to find new was of sharing work on our instagram or twitter. Since I find a good use of my leisure time (it's not) is writing nonsense blog posts on how to do stuff related to textiles and pattern, I knew a good/quick trick of capturing video content is using Quicktime to record yourself, as seen below. Ah yes, so soothing, the zen state of Read more [...]

I went to see Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic at the SAM

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Once a month for the past two months I've been an honorary Seattle resident for a weekend, which is very fortuitous because one of my favorite artists has an exhibition currently at the SAM, and I got to catch it. I love Kehinde Wiley. Not just because one of his paintings features a product I used to do a lot of work for. But as a print and pattern designer, his paintings are hugely inspirational, and feature very delicately and carefully painted textile prints that seem almost impossible Read more [...]

How to be a Poor Person at Art Basel Season Finale

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It was our last kind-of beautiful El Nino day in Miami, and I allowed myself the very leisurely morning time of 10AM. Over the last few days I had mastered the art of sleeping without pants without anyone else in our 8 person room noticing or being weird about it. It was still pretty rainy outside so we kind of chilled in and around our hostel-home for a while, taking our time to shower and rearrange all of our items, and say hello to the new flood of Australians. Our hostel had a bar that was Read more [...]