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It’s Design Pool’s Third Birthday!

It's hard to believe it, but January marks Design Pool's third birthday! As we look back on the past three years we are feeling proud of all we have accomplished. Especially when we factor in the surprise wrench thrown into our plans (and everyone else's on the planet) back in March 2020. But, we've rolled with it. We adjusted where we had to, pivoted where we could, and learned to take things as they come and try to enjoy...

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Top 10 Blog Posts of 2021

Each year we round up the most popular blog posts on the Design Pool blog. We want to make sure you don't miss out on any good ones! It's also super helpful to see what interests you as we plan out content for 2022. This year our Top 10 includes some of the top posts from 2020 and also some new ones. Did you miss one of these? We link to all of them below so you can go...

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2022 Colors of the Year

It's that time of year when we gather everyone's pick for 2022 Colors of the Year in one place. Not only is it inspiring to see the beautiful colors companies have chosen to represent the upcoming year, but it's even more interesting to hear why they chose what they did. What happened in the year we just lived through that informed their selection? What are they seeing on the horizon that helped them choose this particular color this year?...

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What is a Landscape Pattern?

In our licensable library, we have many different categories to make searching through our 600+ patterns easy. There are filters for shape, technique, theme, market, and color family. We also have three main categories: Geometric Patterns, Landscape Patterns, and Organic Patterns. Geometric and organic are probably easy to visualize. A geometric pattern has harder edges and defined shapes. Organic patterns have softer edges and elements you might find in nature. They also have more movement and space. But,...

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What is an Ombré & How Do You Make One?

An ombré is a stripe or pattern with gradual shading and blending from one color to another. In fact, the word ombré itself comes from the French word meaning shaded. A designer or artist can create an ombré using most textile techniques, including knitting, weaving, printing, and dyeing. Ombrés first appeared in pattern designs in prints in the early 1800s on wallpaper made by the wallpaper firm Zuber. These designs often used the ombré in a solid area of a...

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Graphic Design Kate Huot Bruzzi Talks Trends

Talking Trends with Graphic Designer Kate Huot Bruzzi

Kate Huot Bruzzi is a graphic designer based in East Providence, Rhode Island. Throughout her career, she has designed for companies with a focus on branding and marketing. She has skills in packaging design and most recently works building digital marketing packages for businesses. When she’s not working at her day job (or running a half marathon), she designs logos and branding on a freelance basis for local nonprofits and independent artists.    What types of trends does Kate Huot...

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The Design Pool Terrazzo Collection, Now Available

This month, we are excited to announce the release of our new Design Pool Terrazzo Collection. This collection of 9 patterns includes 3 allover textures and 6 patterns created using the textures as design elements in tile looks. All patterns work well on their own and also coordinate perfectly when used together in a residential or commercial interior. Inspired by the beautiful tiles and floors seen on travels through Italy, Kristen Dettoni designed this collection to bring the look and...

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Animal Skin Prints and Where Our Love Affair Started

Whether chic and elegant or wild and punk rock, animal skin prints are seemingly always on-trend. In fact, it's almost as if our affinity toward them is in our collective DNA. Animal skins and hides were used around the world to clothe people for hundreds of years out of necessity. Some cultures even believed the skin gave the hunter the power of the animal. Think cheetah for speed. Eventually, humans began primarily using fiber to clothe themselves. Yet we...

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Coordinate Patterns Perfectly with these 5 Tips

If it wasn't obvious by now, I'm a pattern lover! I love designing patterns and surrounding myself with them in my home. (Not to mention wearing them!) As a result, I often get questions from friends and clients about how best to coordinate patterns in a room or project. I'm not an interior designer, however, during my career as a textile designer, I put many collections of fabrics together for presentations. This was usually the final step of the...

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Good Design in Healthcare Enviornments

There is no doubt that good design makes for a positive aesthetic experience, but does it make for a healthier one? As hospitals and healthcare facilities look to build new spaces and upgrade existing ones, they are more often requesting that these spaces be more humanized. Good design in healthcare environments can have a positive impact on the patient’s health by making them more comfortable and less anxious in the environment where their healthcare treatments are taking place. In...

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