I can't believe it has already been 3 months since I last wrote on my blog! So many projects saw the light lately, and I am definitely planning on sharing them with you! For now, I simply wanted to share one great book I found on the topic of Surface Pattern Design, since it has occupied a lot of my time recently.
I have been developing pattern designs for many years now, applying them to different products such as clocks, tumblers and gift wraps. It has been a fun experience and a great side project.
Last summer, I went to the ICON9 conference in Austin and there was a lot of discussions around licensing. It made me consider getting even more information about this industry and I have been working towards bringing this project to the next level.
The first step for me was to research on the topic. I looked for books, websites and people that could help me find what I was looking for. I spent hours browsing and looking for useful information. I found that there is a lot of resources on 'Surface Pattern Design & Licencing' but I define those as 'inspirational resources'. It is great to be able to discover surface pattern designers and their amazing work but I was personally more interested in the history and business side of it, which I found really hard to get.
Patternalia: An Unconventional History of Polka Dots, Stripes, Plaid, Camouflage, & Other Graphic Patterns written by Jude Stewart, has been an amazing book. It plumbs the backstories of individual patterns, the surprising twists in how each developed, the parallels between patterns natural and invented, and the curious personalities these patterns accrue over time. I definitely recommend you start with this little book and I wish you a great reading time!