About Pattern of the Day
Eight years ago I decided to challenge myself to design a pattern every day. The plan was to create a body of work that I could take to Surtex, a big surface design trade show in NYC, and hopefully launch a career as a pattern designer. I posted new patterns every day for about six months, but at that point I had gone to Surtex and actually gotten some projects. I sporadically posted for about six more months, then essentially abandoned POD because I was doing too much actual work plus kids and life and so on.
I consider Pattern of the Day 1.0 a successful endeavor, even though I didn’t make it to my original goal of 365 original patterns. I built enough of a portfolio that I began doing work for CB2, Crate & Barrel’s brand aimed at a younger, more urban demographic. That was really fun work and I’ll post pics of the projects I did during that time.
Now, in 2016, I’m rebooting POD on Instagram, @pattern.of.the.day. I’m posting patterns from this blog plus new patterns periodically. Follow me on Insta for consistent posts. I may also update this blog with my new work. In the meantime, there are some interesting blog posts in the POD archives, plus all those original patterns. Hope you enjoy them.
Following is my original description of the Pattern of the Day project.
Pattern of the Day is a blog project which, at the end of the year, will feature 365 original patterns. I set it up as a personal challenge, a way to gently force myself to make pattern design a priority.
Because POD is a work in progress, there are patterns in various stages of development. I thought it might be interesting for readers to see the design process—experimentation with color, scale, repeats, composition, among other things—rather than seeing only finalized artwork. I will post “final” art on my personal website, verityfreebern.com.
Here are my rules for Pattern of the Day:
- Every day features a unique pattern, designed by me.
- I try to post patterns daily; however, it’s sometimes just not possible. So if I get behind, I will post several patterns at one time with the corresponding dates.
- Pattern elements cannot be reused unless the resulting pattern is significantly changed from the original.
- Sometimes I’ll feature other people’s patterns, or other inspirational material. Those will be in addition to my own original pattern, not instead of.
- Sometimes I’ll blog about other things—there are patterns in just about everything, if you think about it.
All patterns are copyrighted by me and may not be reproduced without my permission. For more info look at the “copyright” page.