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Designer Spotlight: Courtney Capone

HELLO, PLEASE INTRODUCE YOURSELF:

Hello! My name is Courtney Capone and I am a surface designer/illustrator living in Queens, NY. I work as a graphic designer by day, and spend my nights drawing, creating patterns and watching tv with my cat, Catface. 

HAVE YOU ALWAYS WANTED TO BE SURFACE PATTERN DESIGNER/ILLUSTRATOR?

I did not know that being a surface designer/illustrator was a job option until recently! I always liked art when I was younger, I was always the kid getting in trouble for doodling in class instead of paying attention. I thought that the only way to be an "artist" as a career was to be a fine artist, and I thought being a fine artist was limited to being able to draw or paint photo-realistically, so I reluctantly gave up on that dream. After college, while working an un-inspiring desk job, I discovered graphic design and went back to school. It was actually in my design program that I learned about the wonderful world of pattern design and fell in love.

WHAT DOES A TYPICAL DAY/WEEK LOOK LIKE FOR YOU?

 I do my graphic design job during the day and when I get home I settle in for some sketching/ideation. I try to do this every night, for a half an hour at least, just to make sure I keep my creativity flowing. When I don't have any freelance work coming in I like to give myself challenges, like posting a pattern a day to Instagram for 100 days. I find that these keep me accountable and challenge me to try new styles and techniques. I recently started working with print studio as a freelancer so most of the art i'm working on at the moment is for them. I'm also trying to open my own Etsy shop, so lately i've been working on figuring out which products are the best fit for my designs!

IF YOU COULD GIVE YOUR 10 YEARS YOUNGER SELF ONE KEY PIECE OF ADVICE OR AN INSIGHT, WHAT WOULD IT BE?

 It would be to have confidence in myself! I feel like I lost a lot of time by thinking I wasn't "good enough", and it seems very silly to me now.

WHEN YOU FEEL STUCK OR IN A DESIGN RUT, HOW DO YOU GET YOURSELF OUT OF IT AND BACK ON TRACK?

Usually by getting up and doing something else! I find that stepping away from the project, even just for a few hours, usually does wonders for me. I like to take that time and take a walk, cook a meal, or spend time working on a separate creative project (i've just started to learn how to use my sewing machine, finally!)

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVOURITE DESIGN TOOLS?

Big, inexpensive sketchbooks or a stack of copy paper, 6B pencils, any smooth inky pen I can get my hands on, and Adobe Illustrator/Photoshop.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR DESIGN PROCESS? 

My design process usually begins with a concept or theme. I think about what I want to convey with my patterns and what look and feel I want to capture. Sometimes I create a moodboard if it's a big project. Then I just draw! I just draw motifs without judging, and just try to create as much as a I can within the theme. For example if i'm drawing Unicorns, I draw them in lots of different shapes and styles and then I start to draw things that could live with them in a pattern, like flowers or rainbows, etc. Once I feel like I've drawn all I can , I go through and pick the motifs I like the best and take pictures with my phone. Then I open the pictures on my ipad and trace with a sketch program so that they are vectorized. I then open them on my desktop where I can manipulate them in Illustrator or Photoshop depending on the effect I'm going for. Once I have the layout set, I start to play with color. I have an entire Pinterest board devoted to color palettes and I like to play around with options until I land on something I love.

WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVOURITE DESIGN PROJECTS TO DATE?

 I did a really fun job for a client who makes nutrition bars for pregnant women, I really enjoyed working on the patterns for that one! There are also a few one-off pattern's I've created that I really enjoy because I think they are fun. Lately i've been trying out a new style and I like a lot of that stuff as well even though its different from the way I normally work.

WHO ARE YOUR DREAM CLIENTS OR WHAT IS YOUR DREAM PROJECT?

I would love to design patterns that get used on products for Land of Nod!! I love their aesthetic and it would be so cool for my work to be available on such cute stuff. I would also love to do an entire home line for Target!

THERE HAS BEEN AN ART SUPPLY SANCTION IMPOSED AND DESIGNERS ARE ONLY ALLOWED TO POSSESS 3 ITEMS/TOOLS, WHAT DO YOU CHOOSE?

A pencil, a sketchbook and a smoothy, inky pen.

WHERE DO YOU FIND INSPIRATION?

I am very inspired by things that are unusual. I love a weird flower, or an interesting rock formation, or even a very alien looking insect! Nature is the first go-to for me but I also really enjoy looking at vintage packaging, illustrations and advertisements. 

WHO WOULD YOU SAY THE GREATEST DESIGNER IS?

That's a hard question! I recently discovered the work for Josef Frank and fell completely in love! Close second are not individual designers, but I am endlessly inspired by Marimekko and Liberty of London. 

WHEN I'M LONG GONE:

I hope people remember me for having a good sense of humor and being fun to be around! I strive to be a positive force in the world and hope that my work reflects that.

Where you can find me:

 www.courtneycapone.com

Instagram: @courtneyecapone

Open Call for Features on Rise Design & Shine: Submissions Now Open

Rise Design & Shine was born of the idea that we are stronger and more motivated when we work together. I'm on the hunt for creatives to join our Rise Design & Shine Contributors! From moodboards, to doodles, artist takeovers to your news... If you have something you'd like to share with the RDS community I'd love to hear from you. I'm looking for both one-off contributions (see below for more info) and people who are interested in doing a regular feature.

Designer Takeover (one week stretch)

We're looking for members of our design community to takeover our Instagram account for a week at a time, showcasing their design process, WIPs, studio/working space (warts and all) and give us an insight into their world. 

Guest Bloggers

If you would like to feature as a Guest Blogger, please use the form to submit your post idea or completed post and images. 

Time to Shine (News/Promotion)

Do you have a new product line or have you just finished an awesome new collection? Whatever your news, feel free to send it our way! Remember to include image and links so readers get the full impact and can visit your site(s).

Don't be shy, if you have an achievement you'd like to brag about (or for us to do it on your behalf) let us know. 

Midweek Mood Contributor

Motivational hand lettered words or quotes, mood boards, colours you're loving, this feature is all about positive vibes and inspiration and we're looking to showcase your designs and musings.

Other

Have an idea of your own, a skill or process that you would like to showcase as a one-off post or feature series of post? Pop it in the for to let us know more! 

 

How it Works

Anyone featured will, of course, be fully credited and their links included. Regular contributors will also be featured on our soon to launch Contributors section. 

Submissions will be reviewed and successful designers will be contacted with further information within 1-2 weeks. 

 
 

Designer Spotlight: Allison Romero

HELLO, PLEASE INTRODUCE YOURSELF:

Hey everyone!  I'm Allison!  I currently live in Dallas, TX but was born and spent most of my life in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  I studied graphic design in college and am working as a graphic designer for a paper crafting company.

HAVE YOU ALWAYS WANTED TO BE SURFACE PATTERN DESIGNER/ILLUSTRATOR?

I knew I wanted to have some kind of creative career but growing up I didn't really know what that would be.  It wasn't until I started college that I realized I wanted to be a graphic designer.  I didn't even really think of surface pattern design as a career until I took my current job and had to make a pattern for a project (something I had never done before)!  My love for surface design took off from there!

WHAT DOES A TYPICAL DAY/WEEK LOOK LIKE FOR YOU?

During the work week I design for a paper crafting company. I get to work on everything from surface design to product development.   Every day is something different!  During the evenings and weekends I'm usually designing patterns for personal projects and as a way to continue to develop my skills.

IF YOU COULD GIVE YOUR 10 YEARS YOUNGER SELF ONE KEY PIECE OF ADVICE OR AN INSIGHT, WHAT WOULD IT BE?

My graphic design professor always used to tell us to just do it.   If I could go back and time i would tell myself to listen to him!  I often feel like I spent so much time waiting for the perfect idea or the perfect project and was afraid to start creating for fear that things wouldn't turn out like I pictured them in my head.  The toughest thing for me when I began surface design was just getting started and if I hadn't decided to just do it one day, I probably wouldn't be making very many patterns at all.

WHEN YOU FEEL STUCK OR IN A DESIGN RUT, HOW DO YOU GET YOURSELF OUT OF IT AND BACK ON TRACK?

If I'm in a rut I have to step away from design projects for a while and do something entirely different (which usually means a major netflix binge session).   I'll often scroll through Instagram and Pinterest.  I also often turn to a few of my creative friends who are big inspirations and also great at helping me come up with fun new project ideas!

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVOURITE DESIGN TOOLS?

Adobe Illustrator (the pattern tool changed my life) and my Wacom Tablet.  

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR DESIGN PROCESS? 

I usually start with a little bit of research and inspiration and then pick out a color palette for whatever project I'm working on.  I'm not really a pencil and paper kinda designer.  I jump straight into working on the computer and make everything in Illustrator. I like my patterns to be filled with lots of stuff, so I'll start drawing whatever comes to mind and will fit the theme of the project I'm working on.  Then it's just a lot of moving things around on the artboard until everything fits into a pattern I'm happy with.

WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVOURITE DESIGN PROJECTS TO DATE?

I still feel like I'm fairly new to the world of surface design, but some of my favorite projects have been the scrapbooking papers I've been able to create at my current job!  I love looking through hashtags on Instagram and seeing how crafters are using the papers I created in their projects!

WHO ARE YOUR DREAM CLIENTS OR WHAT IS YOUR DREAM PROJECT?

I'd love to design anything for children!  Children's clothing, bedding, etc.  I'd also love to have a line of fabric!

THERE HAS BEEN AN ART SUPPLY SANCTION IMPOSED AND DESIGNERS ARE ONLY ALLOWED TO POSSESS 3 ITEMS/TOOLS, WHAT DO YOU CHOOSE?

It's a pretty boring answer but I would choose my laptop, Adobe Illustrator, and my wacom tablet!  I do everything on the computer so it would be hard for me to get by without those tools!

WHERE DO YOU FIND INSPIRATION?

I LOVE using Instagram as a way to find inspiration!  There are so many amazing designers, illustrators, and makers there and it's a great way to connect with fellow creatives.

WHO WOULD YOU SAY THE GREATEST DESIGNER IS?

This is such a hard question because there are so many!  I can't pick just one!  

WHEN I'M LONG GONE:

I hope people remember me for creating unique and colorful designs that make them smile! 

Where you can find me:

Website: www.allisonlromero.com

Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/allisonlromero

Instagram: @allisonromerodesign

After Show Meetup - NYC

Hello Rise Design and Shine friends, we are fast approaching Trade Show season and as many of you will be heading to NYC for Surtex and Blueprint, we thought it would be great to arrange a little meetup. 

This will be a chance to celebrate a successful first day of the Surtex and Blueprint over a drink or two, mingle and swap notes about the two shows. It's a gorgeous venue with pretty NYC skyline views, perfect for catching up with old friends and meeting new ones :)

Please add anyone coming to either show to this invite yourselves, and feel free to share in other groups. All are welcome to join us (exhibitors, walkers, partners friends, the more the merrier).

The lounge operates on a first come, first served basis, so check back a couple of days before to see if anything has changed. Guests must be 21 and over

Hope to see you there!

SURTEX Preview Part 1: Art Licensing Trade Show May 2017

Good Morning, as the countdown to Trade Show season continues, it's our pleasure to give you a taste of the eye candy that will be on display (and available for licensing and purchase) this May from our insanely talented design community! Two key shows: Blueprint and Surtex, will be running next month in New York City.

We're kicking off today with some designers showing at Surtex - enjoy! 

emmajayne-designs

Agency: Brenda Manley Designs

http://brendamanleydesigns.com/index.html


 

Courtney Beth Keller

Surtex: booth 3026

Member of the Finch & Foxglove

www.onelittleprintshop.com


Elizabeth Silver

Exhibiting at: Surtex (#2917) and Licensing Expo (#H94)
Represented by Jewel Branding
Weblink: www.elizabethsilver.com


Finch & Foxglove members showing at Surtex booth 3026: 

  • Adriana Bergstrom
  • Bryony Clarkson
  • Courtney Beth Keller
  • Laurence Lavallée
  • Lisa Kirkbride
  • Natasa Kaiser
  • Sharon Montgomery

www.finchandfoxglove.com


Angel Gerardo

Surtex May 21-23 with Brenda Manley Designs

www.angelgerardo.com


Lizzie Clark Designs

Exhibiting at SURTEX

https://lizzieclarkdesigns.com


The Pattern Social: Jessica Hogarth and Jules McKeown

Exhibiting at Surtex

www.thepatternsocial.com

www.jessicahogarth.com


The Patterned Peacock

Exhibiting at Surtex

http://www.patternedpeacock.com


Ask an Agent: Interview with Brenda Manley

Today we have another great interview for you! I had the pleasuring of chatting with Artist Agent, Brenda Manley to ask her about her agency, projects and working life. We talk trends, portfolios and tradeshows!

Grab a cuppa, tune in and enjoy :)


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If you would like to see more from Brenda and her studio, check out the following links:

Website: brendamanleydesigns.com

Instagram: @brenda_manley_designs

Ohn Mar Win and Harriet Mellor are no longer represented by Brenda Manley Designs but you can find them on the following links: Ohn Mar Win  and  Harriet Mellor.