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TDL News 8-26-19

Goal Reset: Looking Ahead to 2020

Please join me on Tuesday, August 27th at 12pm EDT for a private Goal Setting Chat for TDL members.

In this chat we’ll set ONE goal for the remainder of 2020 and there will be lots of time for questions and discussion about “next steps”.

The chat will be recorded and posted for those unable to attend. If you can’t attend and want to post questions for the event please do so as a comment here.

Follow this link to join.




Laura Coyle Training: Reducing File Sizes In Illustrator

In this presentation Laura Coyle shared tips for “Managing Files for Better Performance in Illustrator.” She explored various ways to minimize the size of your Illustrator files and how to work more efficiently in this powerful program.

Members can watch the recording here.






Surface Pattern Design Mastery Group-Study

Mark your calendars! Our Surface Pattern Design Mastery Group-Study starts on August 26th. In this course you’ll learn how to turn your sketches, paintings and illustrations into surface pattern design layouts in both Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. You’ll also have free access to WGSN, the industry’s leading resource for trends and design direction.

Members can register here.





Fall Schedule Released

MARK YOUR CALENDARS! In this Pattern Observer blog post you’ll find our schedule of events for the remainder of 2019. ⁠

One of the most exciting changes is that we are extending our partnership with WGSN to include access to WGSN Insight. If you are not familiar with the platform, Insight “provides original intelligence and research on the latest consumer, marketing, retail and innovation trends.” We will be using this tool in new bimonthly marketing workshops held within our #textiledesignlab community. These workshops will help to improve the connections that members are making with buyers, clients, consumers, while also helping to inform on the design process to make our members more attractive candidates for in-house design positions and internships. ⁠

All events listed in our schedule are free for members. There are no additional fees for these events or courses. Here are just a few of the upcoming events, you can see the entire list in this blog post.

  • Sept 2: Design opportunity for Pattern Observer Studio
  • Sept 23: Marketing Workshop, includes access to WGSN Insight
  • Oct 14: Sellable Sketch Group-Study, including access to WGSN Fashion or Home
  • Oct 28: Print Studio Workshop


Weekly Art Critiques. Please join the TDL community on THURSDAY at 1 PM Eastern for a live art critique. Our art critiques are fun events where Lab members come together to review artwork and ask questions about pattern design, marketing and sales. A registration link will be emailed the morning of the critique and will also be posted in our Weekly Art Critique forum. Textile Design Lab members can watch past critiques here.

August 26, 2019

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