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Polka Dot Definition and Designs

The polka dot has been and will always be a classic pattern. A basic favorite among textile patterns, it has never been out of style. The polka dot is a classic spring pattern, particularly in the colors of navy and white. It takes its name from a Bohemian folk dance, first performed in Prague in 1837 and brought to Paris by 1840. By 1845 the polka had spread to England. In the United States, Godey’s Lady’s Book (https://www.accessible-archives.com/collections/godeys-ladys-book/), featured a...

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What is Color?

Part 1: What is color? Itten said in The Elements of Colour, “Colour is the children of light”. Leigh Hunt, a 19th century poet wrote, “Colors are the smiles of nature”. Goethe wrote in his Theory of Colour. “ Colours and light it is true stand in the most intimate relation to each other, but we should think of both belonging to nature as a whole, for it is nature as a whole which manifests itself by their means in...

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Neocon 2019 Trends and Analysis

Neocon 2019 Trends and Analysis

Overview It was another great Neocon! This was my 20th, so I probably need to stop counting. No matter how many times I’ve been, I’m always inspired and I truly believe the show is still the best way to see all the latest products in one location while packing in as many customer meetings as possible. The attendance was abundant, which you can always judge by the length of the elevator lines. Most of the OEM, Original Equipment Manufacturers, showrooms...

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Damask Definition and Designs

Produced in China over a thousand years ago, the ornamental reversible weave usually in one color was originally produced in silk and wool. Damask reached Europe from Damascus, then a center of land trade on the silk road, when Marco Polo returned to Venice in 1295 with crimson damask in the bundles he carried with him. The genuine article was once the wallpaper of the wealthy. Very early European damasks featured flowers, fruit and animals The usual designs are in...

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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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InPrint Show and Print on Demand Opportunities

If you are interested in getting involved in the print on demand business and are in need of printing equipment and inks, InPrint is the place to go! This unique show is highly focused and very well organized. Admission includes access to all the presentations and the chance to network with a wide range of people from different industries. I attended InPrint for the first time as a keynote speaker, presenting on “print on demand” capabilities and customization for commercial...

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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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