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Design Pool Collection of Proprietary Designs

Paula Becker and Her Cut Paper Collection

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 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 analog...

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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

Ryan Tirrell on Designing for Brewster Academy

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 he...

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10 Fun Facts About Color

Color can be both amazing and complicated, but how exactly does it work? At its most simple, different wavelengths are reflecting off an object and back to our eyes, where they hit the eye’s retina. Yet, 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...

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Paul Lewin on Designing a 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 wanted...

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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 and...

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VividBoard and Customized White Boards for Healthcare and Education

VividBoard Offers Custom Whiteboards

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 are an important necessity. Now, institutions are looking to companies such as VividBoard to customize those boards. As a result, boards are visually on brand and perfectly suited to their particular needs. VividBoard, a GMI company, has been creating custom whiteboards since 2002. They were...

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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 again....

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Paul Lewandowski -St Mary's Regional Hospital - Facade
Paul Lewandowski -St Mary's Regional Hospital - Waiting Room
Paul Lewandowski -St Mary's Regional Hospital - Entry

Paul Lewandowski Connects With Architecture

Paul Lewandowski, the architect at Paul Designs Project, was design principal at SMRT Architects and Engineers when he got the opportunity to redesign the St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center. A building that he felt a personal connection to. In order to bring this project to life and be meaningful in the community, Paul utilized custom printing to create two unique pieces. What was it about the St. Mary’s Project that got Paul excited to get to work? He was born there!...

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Color Theory Warm and Cool Colors
Color Wheel Analogous Colors Pattern P214 Hawaiian Quilt
Color Wheel Complimentary Colors Pattern P1388 Tile
Color Wheel Analogous Colors Pattern P1146 Knit Stitch Pattern
Color Wheel Complimentary Colors Pattern P1453 Deco Stripe

Understanding Color Theory & Using It Wisely

Whether or not we realize it as we move through our day, color is affecting our mood, our decisions and maybe even our hunger level. People are drawn to that sweater on the rack, the couch on the showroom floor because of its color. It is what catches the eye first and either draws people in or not. If that color is pleasing and harmonious, it can have a big impact on an impression of a product, and ultimately the...

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Geometric Pattern P943 on Bedding
Watercolor Pears Pattern P952 on Kitchen Shades
Plaid Houndstooth Pattern P456 in Hotel Lobby
Blue Tribal Diamond Pattern P685 in Hotel Hallway
Gray Textured Plaid Pattern P3 on Sofa

Vector Patterns for Commercial Use

Over the past few years, we've become an on demand society with much of what we need at our fingertips. We can order a car to our door, food from our favorite restaurant and have any product we want delivered right to our door. In the world of commercial and residential interiors, that is no different. Print on Demand is becoming more and more popular with a wide range of companies. Designers no longer need to pour over books or...

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