Designing Repeat Patterns: From Icons to Apparel and Beyond

Kimi Lewis, Product Designer, Noun Project

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9 Videos (30m)
    • Introduction

    • Storytelling Through Icons

    • Gathering Inspiration

    • Artboard Setup, Icon Selection

    • Crafting Your Pattern

    • Refining Your Pattern Design

    • Sending It to Print

    • Final Thoughts

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About This Class

It's all about idioms and icons in this 30-minute class on designing a repeat pattern using symbols and icons!

Kimi Lewis, artist and product designer at the Noun Project, will walk you through her process of creating a pattern in full repeat — one that you can apply to clothing, bags, accessories, wallpaper, or practically anywhere you’d like.

You’ll start with picking an idiom or cliché that you love, and turn it into an illustrated story using pictograms. Kimi draws inspiration from the vibrant colors and patterns of Mexico, merged with her passion for the Bauhaus movement — but your pattern can come from anywhere!

The class will guide you through simple steps in Adobe Illustrator to make your pattern repeat perfectly and translate to print. No prior knowledge is necessary — this class is perfect for beginners as well as experienced designers and illustrators.

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I have been toying with designing t-shirts as an aside, but have been nervous and unsure about how to create them to look good. This class helped to remove the mystique around good t-shirt design and I now know how to create a pattern without using the inbuilt Illustrator tools, which will help immensely! Thanks very much Kimi, a good class, well explained.
Very informative. Thank you.





Kimi Lewis

Product Designer, Noun Project

Kimi Lewis is an illustrator, graphic designer and art director from Los Angeles. She studied graphic design and illustration at Otis College of Art and Design and has worked as a freelancer in both fields since 2009. Kimi now spends half her time at Noun Project and the other half in her sunny studio creating patterns and illustrations. Her style is simplistic, story driven and eclectic.

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