Author - Kristin Crane

Thanksgiving Pie Color Palette!

This week our color palette is inspired by Thanksgiving. This year, in particular, Thanksgiving has us reflecting on our community. Before we talk color, we want to take this opportunity to thank our followers, partners, customers, families, and friends, who have supported Design Pool this year. We know we are not alone in experiencing the big wrench 2020 threw into all of our plans. As so many of our partners and customers did, we also pivoted where we could,...

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Friday Color Palette: Holiday Baking!

Today we're launching the first in a new blog series: Friday Color Palette! Our original color palettes are popular each week over on Instagram and especially on Pinterest, where we first began sharing them. They're too fun not to share here also! For a little background, we started creating these palettes as a way for us to take an image that was inspiring us and turn it into a useful design tool. Sometimes these palettes start from a photo...

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Using the Design Pool Library, Tips for Digital Printers

At Design Pool we're excited about how quickly print-on-demand technology is growing. We see its potential to change the way manufacturers and designers have traditionally done business. Using our expertise and industry knowledge, Design Pool connects interior designers directlyto both a rich library of patterns and the latest in print-on-demand technology through our partnerships. If you have a digital printer but no design staff, becoming a Design Pool partner is an affordable option to give your customers lots of...

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Batik Fabrics & Different Resist Techniques

In our previous post about resist dyeing, we focused on the 4 most common techniques for creating shibori patterns on fabric. We talked about binding, stitching, folding, and pole wrapping as ways to add pattern to fabric. In this article, we're going to dig deeper into the world of resist dyeing and discuss different types of fabrics created by applying material to the surface of the fabric to create the resist. Whether wax or paste, the resulting fabric falls...

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2021 Spring Runway Trends & Color Forecast

This month we've been poring over the 2021 Spring Ready-to-Wear collections looking for inspiration and trends to share. This year was particularly interesting given the collections were all created in the early days of the pandemic and there were few traditional runway shows. Designers responded creatively in both their collections and how they presented them to the press and public. As always, we created a Pinterest board highlighting the biggest 2021 spring runway trends we spotted. (Be sure to give us...

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Digital Textile Printing Inks, Everything You Need to Know

DigitDigital printing on textiles has opened the door for a new level of accessibility for designers, as well as consumers. Technology is improving quickly and customization is only going to become more and more common. To best understand this technology, it's helpful to know as much as possible about the materials and processes used. There are several different types of inks and techniques for digitally printing textiles, and each has its own set of pros and cons.There are 4...

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Customize Whiteboards for Healthcare & Offices

VividBoard is committed to improving a patient's experience in hospitals and outpatient facilities through clear communication. Their whiteboards make it easy to effectively communicate with patients and their caregivers. Whiteboards may not seem exciting on the face of it. Yet, VividBoard's products stand out because they are well designed and unique to a particular environment. Using print-on-demand technology, they are able to customize whiteboards to a healthcare facility's branding, language, and aesthetic.Senior Marketing Manager at VividBoard, Susan...

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The Design Pool Terrazzo Collection, Now Available

This month, we are excited to announce the release of our new Design Pool Terrazzo Collection. This collection of 9 patterns includes 3 allover textures and 6 patterns created using the textures as design elements in tile looks. All patterns work well on their own and also coordinate perfectly when used together in a residential or commercial interior.Inspired by the beautiful tiles and floors seen on travels through Italy, Kristen Dettoni designed this collection to bring the look and...

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Talking Window Treatment Trends with Cathy Wilkerson

After graduating with a degree in textiles from the Rhode Island School of Design, Cathy Wilkerson spent the early part of her career as a designer and then Design Director at Robert Allen. Each season she worked on their ubiquitous color books. This work kept her intimately in tune with current trends in the textile industry, especially color and design trends. In her current position as a Regional Sales Manager for Norman Window Fashions, her design background and eye...

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Animal Skin Prints and Where Our Love Affair Started

Whether chic and elegant or wild and punk rock, animal skin prints are seemingly always on-trend. In fact, it's almost as if our affinity toward them is in our collective DNA. Animal skins and hides were used around the world to clothe people for hundreds of years out of necessity. Some cultures even believed the skin gave the hunter the power of the animal. Think cheetah for speed. Eventually, humans began primarily using fiber to clothe themselves. Yet we...

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