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Neoconnect, Trends from Neocon’s Virtual Event

I'm sure I'm not alone in feeling like June just wasn't the same without Neocon. To try and fill the void, organizers produced a month full of virtual content and events called Neoconnect. We attended a few of the seminars and followed along on social media. While it wasn’t the same as being there in person, it was inspiring to see what’s new and what trends are percolating.What was the focus of Neoconnect?The #MetropolisLikes product awards given out by...

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Create a Texture Library & Enhance Your Print Designs

As a textile designer, one of the best tools in my designer toolbox is my texture library. Designing patterns digitally, I sometimes felt the patterns looked a little flat. To breathe life into a pattern, I add texture to a design instead of a flat color. This technique optimizes a pattern by adding depth and dimension. Where it previously felt flat or sterile, the pattern now has the illusion of a woven fabric, regardless of the material on which...

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Giving Yourself Time for Creativity

If you're not careful, work-from-home life can easily turn into work-all-the-time life. Spending more time at home, have you found yourself working more? At Design Pool, we're definitely guilty of it. That's why we've been so inspired lately by friends giving themselves the time for creativity.We're particularly loving those with a daily creative practice. For many artists, that practice informs their work and brings balance to their lives. It's easy to feel like creative time is indulgent or...

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Graphic Image Flooring is Design Pool’s Newest Partner

Design Pool is excited to announce a new partnership with Graphic Image Flooring. Choose any pattern from the Design Pool library to print directly on Graphic Image Flooring’s vinyl flooring.Based in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, Graphic Image Flooring manufacturers durable, recyclable, printed vinyl flooring. Using the latest in digital printing technology all orders are print-on-demand. Their products have a wide range of uses for commercial and residential interior spaces. We deliver orders on finished rolls up to 10’ x 50’ wide. This allows a fast installation...

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Trend or Fad? What’s the Difference?

In our series Talking Trends, we talk to designers in a range of industries from contract textiles, to finishes, to laminates. It’s fascinating to hear their perspective on what is trending, while at the same time they are keenly aware of what’s a fad. That got us thinking about the difference between a trend and a fad.What is the difference between a trend and a fad?According to the Cambridge Dictionary, a trend is defined as “a general development or...

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International Folk Art Market, Shopping Tips & Finds

Some time around 2013, I was watching CBS Sunday Morning and was sucked into a feature on the International Folk Art Market in Santa Fe, New Mexico. By the time they went to a commercial break, Santa Fe was on my bucket list. There are many reasons to go to New Mexico, but there was something about this market that finally got me to buy a plane ticket.What is the International Folk Art Market? ...

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Advanced Digital Textiles Answers All Our Printing Questions

The technology of digital textile printing is changing at an incredible pace. As technology improves, so does capability and quality. It truly is an exciting time in the print-on-demand industry. With advances happening at breakneck speed, it's a challenge to stay up to date. But before you even get to that, you need to know the basics of digital printing for textiles. At Advanced Digital Textiles, we use cutting edge technology to digitally print on a range of fabrics...

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Using the Design Pool Library, Tips for Interior Designers

Interior designers have more flexibility than ever now to customize projects. Yet, many don't realize just how easy (not to mention affordable) it is thanks to advances in print-on-demand technology. What used to be reserved for big projects and big budgets is now accessible to anyone and for any project. There is one problem though. With so many options, where do you even start? How does an interior designer license a pattern? How do you license a design? Who...

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Create Your Own Color Reference Library

How do you make sure you get the right color from print run to print run? For us, it's communicating with our printer and giving them a very clear reference from our color reference library. Whether printing on-demand or with traditional methods, the more clear you can be from the start, the better the outcome will be. Everyone's eyes perceive color a bit differently. Words can fall flat when describing color. To avoid any ambiguity about what you mean...

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Talking Trends with Mark Denecour of P/Kaufmann Contract

Next in our series Talking Trends, Kristen sat down with Mark Denecour, Director of Design, Wovens, at P/Kaufmann Contract. Mark has worked in the industry for over 30 years, most of those years in contract. He and Kristen spent some of those years working together back in their mill days. It was a treat to have Mark join us to talk trends.We spoke to Mark while we were all still following our state’s stay-at-home orders. It was a strange...

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