Insight

Licensing is Smart in Uncertain Times

A lot of small businesses, freelancers, and entrepreneurs are facing uncertainty these days. We can relate, we are too at Design Pool. In the last two weeks, we've had to look at our 2020 plans and completely reassess what we'll be doing and where we'll be spending our energy. The shows we were exhibiting at have both been postponed. The Licensing Expo in Las Vegas has been rescheduled for August 11 –13, and Neocon has been canceled. As a small business with big...

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Working from Home & Social Distancing

As we all work together to adjust to the new reality of social distancing this month, a lot of people who are used to working in an office are suddenly working from home. We feel for all of you, it can be a challenging transition. Our Design Pool team all work remotely and have each managed to find a way to work from home that is productive and keeps our sanity (and relationships!) intact. In fact, we shared a...

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Print-on-demand Terms to Know

The world of print-on-demand technology is an exciting corner of the world to hang out in, and it's growing exponentially. As technology improves, the opportunities to use this technology have been opening up. Yet, it can also be a little intimidating to enter and confusing if you're not up on what all the terminology means. We put together a handy list for you of a few of the basics terms to get you started.SubstrateSubstrates are the base material...

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Talking Trends with Kathy Phillips of Springs Creative

This month we are talking trends with Kathy Phillips, Vice President Design/Trend/Curator at Springs Creative. Kathy oversees the creative process for all printed fabrics by the yard for stores that cater to home sewers, quilters, and makers, as well as the home furnishings market. She is also a talented and creative woman who has a keen eye for trends and translating those trends to the specific needs of her customers.Kathy starts off her formal trend research by utilizing her...

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8 Fun Facts about Textile Design

Everyone at Design Pool may have different roles, but we all have one thing in common. We all have degrees in textile design. When people ask the standard cocktail party question, "What do you do?" answering, "I'm a textile designer" is nearly always a surprise, which kind of blows our minds.Everyone is covered in fabric all day, every day. Fabric protects us, comforts us, shelters us, but most people don't think much about how it's made or the...

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Let’s Be Partners

Did you recently invest in a digital printer? Do you have a super cool new product but don’t have a design staff? Do you see print-on-demand as a forward-thinking and sustainable way of doing business in the future? If you answered yes to any of these questions, we would love to talk to you about becoming partners.   We launched Design Pool in part because we were inspired by how print-on-demand technology was expanding exponentially. As new printers came into the...

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Design Tip: Creating Custom Color Palettes

I've spent my whole career immersed in the world of home furnishings, commercial interiors, and fabric design. As a result, I am often being asked for advice when people are making design decisions in their interior spaces. (Trust me, you don't want to invite me over to look at paint chips unless you really want my opinion!) Most of the time, people know what they want, but need validation. Other times, they aren't quite sure how to take their...

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Original Artwork Raffle

As Kristen's work with Building on Hope gears up for its May construction, she is raising money for the Nashua PAL Youth Safe Haven. She has already donated hours of her time, but cash donations will go far to turn her ideas into reality during construction. What does she love so much about this project?Nashua PAL's small staff and army of volunteers serve over 2,000 kids in Southern New Hampshire in engaging programming, like afterschool/summer care, football, cheerleading, boxing cross...

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Building on Hope

New Hampshire non-profit Building on Hope will spend two weeks in May renovating the Nashua PAL Youth Safe Haven. Made up of New Hampshire volunteers from all walks of life, this inspiring nonprofit was established to help other nonprofits doing good work in their community. This past year, in addition to launching and operating Design Pool, Kristen Dettoni has been donating her time and expertise to this great cause by serving as their interior designer for the new lobby...

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Talking Trends with Wendy Noory of Panolam

In the latest in our series Talking Trends, Kristen chatted with Wendy Noory, Director of Design for Panolam Surface Systems. Panolam has been in business for over 70 years and offers one of the largest selections of surface options and designs for interior designers and architects. Wendy has a keen eye for design and upcoming trends in the marketplace. In addition, her perspective is unique. While she is always up on the next big trend, she is also realistic about...

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