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Find Your Voice in Surface Pattern Design - How to Use Pinterest to Inspire Your Next Design

Danielle Kinley Ryland, SP Designer, Owner of Tiger Tale Designs

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6 Videos (22m)
    • Introduction

    • Build Your Pinterest Pattern Board

    • Analyzing and Observing Your Board

    • Picking and Analyzing your Inspiring Pattern

    • Final Analysis

    • Your Class Project


About This Class

Hi! I'm Danielle Kinley Ryland, a surface pattern designer and owner of Tiger Tale Designs. In my previous course, we talked about how to gain inspiration from your own life, and in the process how to create a Surface Pattern Idea Book.

In this course, we are going to talk all about how to gain inspiration from other surface pattern designs. The key word here is inspiration. We are not going to copy anything. We are going to break down other designs and decide what it is about them that we are attracted to, and explore how to utilize those things in order to find our own creative voice.

We all know in order to get better at anything, we need to be practicing, and a lot! So in order to get better at surface design we need to be sketching daily, exploring new techniques on a regular basis, and I think anyone can do that. One of the hardest part about developing as a surface designer is drawing things in a way where someone can look at it and know that it's yours, and the other difficult part is knowing what to draw and gaining inspiration.

In this class we are going to do a creative exercise using Pinterest in order to further develop your style and voice as a designer. This class is meant for designers who already know how to technically put together a repeat but are looking for inspiration to create their next hero pattern. 

My inspirational pattern by next:

Music: Springish by Gillicuddy

26 of 26 students recommendSee All

Simple yet highly useful steps to get started on creating a surface pattern that speaks directly to ones interests and potentially ones signature style.
Sand Oei

Digital + Design

absolutely and utterly amazing - turned it on as background noise for doodling, ended up taking notes like crazy. LOVE the idea of not copying, just figuring out what makes the pattern tick for you - LOVE IT. thank you.
I have been wanting to make a surface pattern design but didn't know where to start. This tutorial taught me how to organize my thoughts so I could organize a cohesive pattern.
Brenda Reeves

Artist and Writer





Danielle Kinley Ryland

SP Designer, Owner of Tiger Tale Designs

Hi there! I'm Danielle Kinley Ryland. I am a former professional athlete, current athletic coach and owner of Tiger Tale Designs. I have a Bachelor's in Film, a teaching Credential in English, and a Masters in Random Creative Studies from Skillshare, Youtube, and CreativeLive ;). I love diving into anything creative and continually learning new skills. I love making patterns, drawing, painting, refurbishing furniture, screenprinting, designing landscapes, block printing, and doing arts and cr...

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