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Summer Reading, Textile Edition

Summer is officially here, NeoCon 2022 is officially over. We all deserve a little downtime, right? As I stare down the huge pile of books begging to be read, I'm thinking back to a few favorites that have been inspiring the Design Pool team lately. In unique ways, each of these five books offered a seed of inspiration in the creation of our latest collection, Invisible Threads. If you're looking for something to read, especially if you're a textile...

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Find Design Pool at NeoCon in Booth 7-3050

It's almost time for NeoCon! You can find Design Pool at NeoCon on the seventh floor of theMART in Booth 7–3050. The Basics Dates: June 13 – 15, 2022Time: Monday and Tuesday 9 AM – 5 PM, Wednesday 9 AM – 3 PM Location: theMART in Downtown ChicagoOur Booth: On the 7th Floor, Booth 7–3050 Download Map Who will be there? Design Pool's founder Kristen Dettoni will be there with Kristin Crane, our Director of Marketing and Communications. Kristen is excited to introduce Design Pool...

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Fashion Documentaries, Kristen’s Picks

I am a sucker for a good documentary, especially ones focusing on creative people. Fashion documentaries in particular are one of my weaknesses. I find it fascinating to see how creative people work and build a business. Plus, fashion designers are inspiring on so many levels – visually, creatively, and professionally. As an entrepreneur, I love to learn how other people built their businesses and learn from their mistakes. What have I been watching lately? Here's a round-up of...

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Vector vs. Raster. What’s the Difference?

When designing digitally, there are two main types of image files designers work with: vector and raster. For any designer working digitally, deciding between vector vs. raster first considers how the files will be used. But first, what's the difference? Vector vs. Raster Vector According to Adobe, "Vector files are images that are built by mathematical formulas that establish points on a grid." These images can adjust in size infinitely without losing resolution. This ability makes them very versatile for certain...

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How To Request a Custom Color

Each pattern in the Design Pool licensable and proprietary libraries come with a full colorline with a variety of color options. On average, our colorlines have five different colorways to choose from. Occasionally, there are up to ten colors. Though we do our best to have options for everyone, we understand we can't create every possible color. That's why we also offer the opportunity for a custom color if needed. But first, how do we design our colorlines? Our...

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The Design Process Behind Invisible Threads

People who don’t work with textiles are usually surprised to learn that the inspiration for the computer was actually a loom. Invented in Lyon, France, by Joseph Marie Jacquard, the machine Jacquard developed used horizontally placed needles to sense the presence or absence of holes in a card. This told the loom whether to raise a warp thread or not. Jacquard exhibited his invention in 1801 at the Paris Industrial Exhibition and by 1812 there were 11,000 Jacquard...

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10 Quick Tips from a NeoCon Newbie

I worked in the textile industry for many years as a designer, but it was always on the residential side. While our big trade shows were in High Point, North Carolina, I was always jealous of the contract designers who got to go to Chicago. NeoCon seemed fun, hip, and in a big city. Finally, I made it there in October 2021 with Design Pool. I love to travel and love planning trips. I also never travel without a...

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Get Inspired at NeoCon 2022

NeoCon 2022 starts June 13th! We have gone to NeoCon for many years as an attendee and eventually as an exhibitor. It is absolutely one of our favorite shows. If this is your first time, that's so exciting! We highly recommend doing some prep work before you arrive so you're well prepared. With a little bit of pre-planning, you will be inspired at NeoCon and get the most out of your experience. 5 Tips to Get Inspired at NeoCon Make...

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Is Low-Waste Manufacturing the Future?

Kristen Dettoni founded Design Pool out of genuine concern for the sheer amount of waste generated in the traditional textile industry. Early in her career, she worked in mills where she witnessed the massive amount of material destined for the landfill. And that was just in the design and development process alone. She often wondered, were low-waste manufacturing options out there? Today, those same products are manufactured in other countries. In addition to the waste generated in development, the...

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The NeoCon 2022 Survival Guide

NeoCon is one of the most important events in the commercial interiors industry. Since launching in 1969, it has brought together designers, architects, manufacturers, students, and end-users all under one roof. This year’s event is taking place June 13 – 15 at theMART in Chicago. Anyone who has been to NeoCon before knows this is a small industry and this show can feel a lot like a class reunion. You'll likely be bumping into people from different jobs throughout your...

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