Let’s talk about how surface pattern designers can take

their designs to the next level! 

1. Keep Your Finger on the Pulse: First off, stay in the loop with what’s hot and happening in the design world. Trends, colors, and styles are like fashion – they come and go. Embrace the current wave to make your designs more appealing.

2. Find Your Design Groove: It’s time to put your own stamp on your work. Think of creating style as your design superpower. Whether it’s a particular color palette, a favorite motif, or a unique technique, let it shine through in your patterns.

3. Get Experimental: Don’t be shy to try new things! Explore different techniques – from traditional hand-drawing to digital. Your willingness to experiment can lead to some amazing breakthroughs.

4. Tell a Good Tale: Your patterns can tell a story. Whether it’s a whimsical narrative or a deep concept, infuse your designs with a bit of visual storytelling. It adds layers to your work and can make it more impactful.

5. Seek Inspiration Everywhere: Look around and let the world be your muse. Nature, architecture, vintage knick-knacks, or even science – they all hold inspiration that can spark your creativity.

6. Embrace Cultural Diversity: Dive into the rich tapestry of global cultures for fresh ideas. Borrow elements from different traditions to add diversity and uniqueness to your patterns.

7. Think About Scale and Harmony: Play with different scales in your patterns. Big, bold designs can be just as captivating as smaller, intricate ones. And don’t forget balance – it’s like the secret sauce for visual harmony.

8. Color Theory is Your BFF: Become pals with color theory. Understand how colors work together, create beautiful palettes, and set the mood with your color choices.

9. Don’t Fear Feedback: Be open to feedback and critique. It’s like a creative workout that makes you stronger. Seek input from others, learn from it, and watch your designs grow.

10. Eco-Friendly is Cool: Think green! Create designs that are eco-friendly and perfect for sustainable products. It’s not just good for the environment; it’s a selling point.

11. Team Up with Fellow Creatives: Collaboration can lead to fresh ideas and fantastic designs. Working with other designers, artists, or manufacturers can be a game-changer.

12. Tech is Your Friend: Stay up-to-date with design tools and software. The digital world offers endless possibilities to take your designs to the next level.

13. Never Stop Learning: Keep the learning fire burning. Take courses, attend workshops, and stay curious. The design world is always evolving, and the more you know, the better you can adapt.

14. Spread the Word: Don’t just make great designs; let the world know about them. Market your work, build an online presence, and use social media and e-commerce to reach a bigger audience.

15. Create a Design Diary: Jot down your ideas, sketches, and inspirations in a journal or sketchbook. It’s your creative treasure chest for future projects.

Elevating your surface pattern designs is a journey – an exciting one! With your creativity, some willingness to contine skill-building, and paying attention to the world around you, you’ll be crafting designs that stand out in no time. Happy designing! 🎨💫



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– Recommended Pitching Timeframes: Each brief is carefully timed to align with the season and industry trends, helping you pitch your work at the right moment.

– Insider Knowledge: Gain access to insider knowledge about what to design and when. Stay ahead of the curve and create designs that resonate with the market. This has taken us years to figure out & perfect!

– Work in Advance: With our design briefs, you can work well in advance, ensuring you never miss out on opportunities. Be prepared and proactive in your creative journey.


We created these design briefs in 2022 because we needed them ourselves. Since then, we’ve used them every month in our own design businesses alongside our members. We pour our hearts and energy into crafting each month’s Design Brief to provide you with quality, well-researched, trend-driven creative design brief challenges.

We’ve done all the strategic thinking and planning for you. All you need to do is show up and dive in. Our design briefs are not only affordable but also packed with value. Plus, there are even more bonuses inside!

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