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team member Eric Sillies, and their very cool 3D printer, I came up with a product and solution to recycle the old, outdated phones into media centers.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 [...]

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 [...]

How To Digitize Your Floral Design and Not Have A Bad Time Doing It

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HEY GUYS! So the last time we met we had a great time together making a floral design for spring. And we made something beautiful together, and you should never forget that. Check out PART 1 if you don’t know what I’m talking about. But now comes the real magic. I think this is the part where everyone gets hung up. I mean art is for everyone and it’s pretty easy to draw something and then to be done with it and put it out in the world. It’s quite another to build something that can Read more [...]

DRUNK TEXTILES// How To Make A Floral Fabric Design and Have A Good Time Doing It

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It’s SPRING! And what better way to celebrate than by putting together your own floral fabric pattern? I know florals are so tired, but hear me out and maybe we can put a spin on an old classic together. First of all you gotta find your medium. That’s artistic media for all those who didn’t almost throw themselves out of a window over paint chips in art school. For this particular example I used a big piece of white paper and a black sharpie. If you don’t have that you Read more [...]