Author - Kristin Crane

A Creative Vacation to Lisbon Portugal

Running your own creative business can be incredibly fulfilling and rewarding, and the life of an entrepreneur is never boring. But a creative business is not all drawing and drooling over color swatches. It's also sending out checks, figuring out why your website isn't updating and making sure there is toilet paper in the bathroom. It can be a challenge to switch on your creativity after an afternoon of boring bookkeeping. To keep her designs fresh and exciting, Design...

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Common Pattern Repeats

Computer software may make it easy to take a motif and tile it out, but that doesn't mean that a pattern has been designed. In fact, a skilled pattern designer can spot a design that has just been tiled out from a mile away. Ok, maybe not a mile, but definitely from a few steps behind someone on the sidewalk walking with a dress printed with a horrible repeat. How can pattern designers spot it? It hurts our eyes. Well,...

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DRRP Designs a Beautiful Office Space for Alicorp

Using data to support decision making is a trend in nearly every industry. Big brands use data to decide where to open new stores, how to market to their customers and how to get everyone to keep scrolling, clicking and buying. DRRP Arquitectura, an architecture firm in Lima, Peru, is designing buildings with data. DRRP describe its process of designing with data as an intelligent design approach that responds to the specific needs of the people who will be using...

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Tana-Tex Integral Mesh Privacy Curtain
Tana-Tex Integral Mesh Privacy Curtain
Tana-Tex Integral Mesh Privacy Curtain

Tana-Tex’s Revolutionary Print-on-Demand Privacy Curtain

Tana-Tex Inc. is revolutionizing the privacy curtain business with technology that allows for seamless curtains to be produced from an integral mesh fabric. Anat Unruh, owner of Tana-Tex had been in the privacy curtain business for a while, when she got inspiration for this new product in an unusual place: the tennis court. Traditional privacy curtains had long been created with a mesh section sewn into a woven curtain, or connected by snaps. Anat wondered, why couldn’t these curtains be...

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Design Pool Collection of Proprietary Designs

Design Pool Paper Cut Collection by Paula Becker

At Design Pool we offer a range of solutions for your design needs, including an exciting collection of proprietary designs. The "Paint Paper Scissors" collection is perfect for those in need of an exclusive license or purchase of the copyrights. Rhode Island designer, Paula Stebbins Becker, designed the first collection in our proprietary design library. Paula has a love for beautiful materials and rich textures. Though her designs eventually become digital files, she always begins her design process with a more...

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Brewster Academy Project Image by Studio One
Brewster Academy Project Image by Studio One
Brewster Academy Project Image by Studio One
Brewster Academy Project Image by Studio One

Interview with Ryan Tirrell – Brewster Academy Project

Brewster Academy in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire is not the typical high school. It’s a private boarding school founded in 1820 on the shores of Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire’s Lakes Region. When the school was looking to move its admissions office from an old New England house on Main Street to a state of the art facility on campus, Ryan Tirrell was the interior designer at his firm assigned to the project. The first project of his career that...

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10 Fun Facts About Color

Color can be both amazing and complicated. At its most simple, different wavelengths are reflecting off an object and back to our eyes, where they hit the eye’s retina. This simple reflection of wavelengths has an effect on people that is far from simple. Color can change a mood, set a scene, or attract you to a person (or not!). We use color to create a home we feel safe and comfortable in. We dress ourselves in colors before we...

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Interview with Paul Lewin – Custom Restaurant Interior

Paul Lewin was a designer at Tivi in Chicago when he and his partner Ryan Wither got the project of their dreams, by sheer luck. In 2013, their friend and restaurateur Peter Verrill asked them to design his new restaurant Outliers Eatery, in foodie heaven Portland, Maine. What happens when a designer is given complete and total freedom to design a restaurant for someone obsessed with Hunter S. Thompson? For designer Paul Lewin, you get “The unicorn of my career.” Verrill...

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VividBoard and Customized White Boards for Healthcare and Education

Custom Designs on White Boards from VividBoard

Every day, in hospitals and healthcare facilities across the country, healthcare providers are using whiteboards to communicate with patients, their families and each other. Keeping track of medication schedules, shift changes and notes from visitors, whiteboards in rooms have become a necessity. Now, institutions are looking to customize those boards to stay on brand and perfectly suit their particular needs. VividBoard, a GMI company, has been creating custom whiteboards since 2002, when they sought to change how traditional whiteboards are...

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Earth Day Design and Color Inspiration
Earth Day Design and Color Inspiration Floral Squares
Earth Day Design and Color Inspiration Cotton Print
Earth Day Design and Color Inspiration Wheat Print
Earth Day Design and Color Inspiration Stylized Daisies
Earth Day Design and Color Inspiration Zen Garden

Sustainability with Print on Demand

During her 27-year career working in the textile industry, Design Pool founder Kristen Dettoni watched as the industry she worked in produced yards and yards of textile waste while creating large collections twice a year. The standard model was for a traditional mill to create hundreds of designs, each available in multiple color ways, to present to clients. Those clients only had availability to place 3% of those designs, leaving 97% of the designs shelved, never to be shown...

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