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Today while browsing Pinterest I stumbled across the Leta Sobierajski x Print All Over Me collection and stopped in my tracks. I haven’t blogged about patterns/prints too much lately, so consider this post a return to form. I seriously can’t get enough of these images. Great patterns, fun colors + poses … what a fun project! Leta Sobierajski is a multidisciplinary freelance designer & art director in New York City. She combines mediums in design, photography, art, and styling to develop tangible compositions for print, digital, and motion. In 2014, she was recognized as a top 20 under 30 designer in Print Magazine’s New Visual Artists issue. I’m also super-into the typeface she designed, Marle, which can be purchased exclusively at Ten Dollar Fronts. It’s so great to see graphic designers experimenting with patterns. This project definitely inspires me to step up my game and get back into creating patterns of my own. But until then, get into more of Leta’s collection for Print All Over Me below.

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How great are these? If you want to check out more of Leta Sobierajski’s work, check out her site, her collection for Print All Over Me, or follow her on social media. Get into it!

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While searching for pattern inspiration today on Pinterest, I stumbled across a cool blog post on Maharam’s website about a collection of patterns by a group of graphic designers. I (shockingly) had never heard of Maharam before, and I’m so happy I found them! Maharam was founded in 1902. From small beginnings, Maharam transformed from a source of theatrical textiles for costume and set design in the 1940s to a pioneer of performance-driven textiles for commercial interiors in the ’60s. Today Maharam partners with designers from all disciplines creating conceptual, performance and fashion textiles for countless companies.

In the post Maharam writes,

Patterns are the double helix of the textile industry—the visual DNA that serves to establish the identity of a company. In the pre-digital era, companies like Pucci and Marimekko found a way to create and make distinct visual vocabularies their own. As Maharam moved into the digitized world of the 21st century, we challenged ourselves with a design research initiative that could capture emerging post-analog trends and yield a new pattern language that we could call our own. 

In collaboration with Pentagram’s Abbott Miller, Maharam invited an international group of ten entities at the forefront of graphic design to create ten patterns each. The participants included A4 Studio (New York), Marian Bantjes (Canada), cyan (Berlin), Graphic Thought Facility (London), Harmen Liemburg (Amsterdam), Karel Martens (Arnhem), Abbott Miller (New York), Niessen & de Vries (Amsterdam), Post Typography (Baltimore), and Casey Reas (Los Angeles).

As a trained graphic designer that also studied textile design, these two diciplines work so well together. I think all graphic designers should learn about textile and pattern design. The images below are some of my favorites from Maharam’s 1/10 Pattern Stories post. Tomorrow I’m going to share even more patterns and photos from Maharam’s NYC design studio. Get into it!

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Harmen Liemberg (above).

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Niessen & de Vries (above).

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cyan (above).

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Abbott Miller (above and below). This is pretty cool no? Flattening a car and making a graphic pattern. Love it.

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Harmen Liemburg (above).

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Niessen & de Vries (above).

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Josef Frank “Manhattan” textile on Linen (above).

Today I bring you my third (and final) post in a series about Scandinavian textile designer Josef Frank. Originally I’d intended to release these posts back to back (to back) but work got a little crazy, so better late than never! As my other posts focused on nature/plants and bird motifs, this post contains some of Frank’s more unique patterns. “Manhattan” is one of my favorite Frank patterns, partly because I live in NYC, but also because how graphic it is. The way it repeats is also pretty inventive. From 1942-1946, Josef Frank lived and worked as a visiting professor at the New School for Social Research in New York. Frank found Manhattan’s city plan so interesting in its brutal simplicity that he created the Manhattan design which includes a map of the island. Frank designed similar patterns in this style for Stockholm, both of its city grid and another depicting its architecture. I hope you enjoy this final look (at least for now) of one of my favorite textile designers, Josef Frank. If you see anything you like, check out Svenskt Tenn‘s website, or Just Scandinavian here in NYC to see Frank’s work in person.

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Frank’s “Manhattan” textile in person at Svenskt Tenn in Stockholm (above) from my study tour of Sweden. As you can see below, this pattern has been applied to several products at Svenkst Tenn including coasters, laminated wooden trays and pillows. I have one of the small trays, but would love the Manhattan print on just about anything.

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According to Svenskt Tenn’s website, of Frank 160+ patterns, only two varied from nature motifs, “Terrazzo” is one of such prints (below). This print was sent to Estrid Ericson as a gift on her 50th birthday in 1944.

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I was lucky enough to see “Terrazzo” in person during my visit to Svenkst Tenn in 2011. This pattern also comes on everything from pillows to plates (below).

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Interior by Svenskt Tenn (above) – the Stockholm-based store producing Frank’s textiles

Almost 3 years ago, I blogged about the amazing architect turned textile designer Josef Frank during my study tour across Scandinavia. Since it’s been so long I thought I’d refresh everyone’s memory this week with a series of posts devoted to this wondrous designer. For those that don’t know, Josef Frank (1885-1967) is very famous in the Scandinavian design (and especially textile world) but I hadn’t heard of him until studying abroad in 2011. During his long career, Frank designed 170 patterns for printed fabrics, about 125 of which have been printed at least once. Roughly 40 of them are classics, most of them floral patterns, which although more than fifty years old, have not lost their freshness. These fabrics were produced exclusively for Svenskt Tenn, the modern day gatekeeper of Frank’s legacy. Today his fabrics are applied to everything from curtains, pillows, wood trays, handbags and furniture. Visiting their store was an amazing experience and I can’t wait to go back!

Today I’m sharing a few of my favorite floral motif patterns. It’s clear nature served as a hugely inspiring source for the designer. Many of these prints are considered “classics” and are printed on just about anything today. What I love so much about these patterns is that despite having a narrow focus (plants, flowers, etc), each is illustrated so differently. Some prints are very realistic, a few look like botanical specimens, while others are fantastical imaginations of exotic botanical scenes. I hope you enjoy this trip down (blogging) memory lane as I once again share the beautiful work of Josef Frank. Get into it!

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“La Plata” by Josef Frank on Linen (above).

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“Loops” by Josef Frank on Linen (above).

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“Milles Fleur” (the French translation for a Thousand Flowers) by Josef Frank on Linen (above). I love in this pattern, none of the flowers touch, each is an individual precious illustration instead of an all-over pattern repeat, less intertwined and complex, but still beautiful.

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“Primavera” by Josef Frank on Linen (above).

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“Brazil” by Josef Frank on Linen (above). One of my favorites – look at the amazing colors!

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“Celotocaulis” by Josef Frank on Linen (above). This pattern was originally designed by Josef Frank in the 1920s. Caulis is the Latin word for flower stalk and Celoto comes from an Asian flower species characterized by a plume-like flower cluster. This pattern is very different in style and repeat as you can see above with only slight pattern shifts.

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“Djungel” (or jungle) by Josef Frank on Linen (above).

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“Nippon” by Josef Frank on Linen (above).

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“Notturno” by Josef Frank on Linen (above).

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“Drinks” by Josef Frank on Linen (above). Also one of my favorites, love how this pattern looks like botanical illustrations, and how each plant is surrounded by black, making the illustrations look like cutouts. Super graphic!

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“Poisons” by Josef Frank on Linen (above).

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“Tulpan” (or Tulips) by Josef Frank on Linen (above). Huge Frank classic.

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“Vegetable Tree” by Josef Frank on Linen (above).

Hope you enjoyed Day 1 of my Josef Frank series, tomorrow I’ll be sharing more of Frank’s patterns, but with a new theme. Stay tuned.

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4 by Leo Reynolds. See more on Flickr here

This fall, my humble little design blog turned 4! This August also marks my 4-year anniversary of moving to New York City. How time flies. I started this blog while attending Pratt Institute and earning my Design MFA. In a Motion Design studio we were to document process and inspiration for the semester and speak about design. Now, almost 200 posts and 61,000 views later my blog is still chugging along. Today there’s a tighter focus design, be it Scandinavian design, textiles, prints and patterns, photography, advertising, fashion or my rants about life. While this blog is no “Design Sponge,” or the myriad of other blogs out there, it servers as an opportunity for me to share what I’m into, curate content and write about design. This has been particularly useful for getting jobs and getting my name out there, something I never expected. So I just wanted to say thanks for browsing and following me these 4 years. So here’s to the next 4! 

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See more photos by Leo on his Flickr page. Get into it! 

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Kapitza Geometric + 100 Geometic Pattern Fonts

Months ago I stumbled across Kapitza’s Geometic pattern book while researching textile design and feel deeply in love with the colorful visuals. How great is it that designers began developing pattern fonts much the same way pictorial or symbol fonts exist today. The book was developed by sisters Nicole & Petra Kapitza who together run the independent design firm Kapitza. According to abduzeedo.com, “Both sisters share a passion for everyday life, minimalism, patterns & colour. Their studio is based in East London, a vibrant and dynamic area which forms part of the inspiration for their work. Other inspirations include nature, people and software. The sisters have been developing an extensive series of unique picture fonts and illustrations that lie somewhere between image resource and art project.”

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So you may ask, what are pattern fonts? “Pattern fonts can be installed on your computer just like any other font. But instead of letters they contain a graphic shape on the keys. The power of pattern fonts lies in the way they allow patterns to be created in any software application (from word processing to graphics); and standard font features – like size, leading and letter spacing – make tweaking and tuning pattern designs limitless and easy.” – abduzeedo.com

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Sadly, it appears the book is out of stock, but check out the website to see if more are available here. You can also purchase just the pattern fonts (here) or vector art (here). So get into Kapitza’s Geometric pattern book with the video and happy patterning!

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Last week I began following Diane von Furstenburg (@DVF) on Instagram and they’ve been posting some really interesting photos. I love fashion brands that use Instragram, Tumblr, Facebook etc. to give fans a unique behind the scenes look at the brand. DVF does this quite well, and even shares a “Print of the Week” from their pattern/textile library. As a textile/pattern design lover I get so excited when they post them.

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How great are these patterns? The first one is hands down my favorite! If I was a girl I’d dress ALL in graphic patterns.

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I love seeing how they mix patterns and textiles at DVF. It’s a tricky business and they do it so well!

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Couldn’t have a DVF post without posting one of Diane herself!

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So get into the graphic print greatness that is DVF and be sure to check out their Spring 2013 show at NY Fashion Week. Also be sure sure to follow Diane von Furstenburg on Twitter and Instagram (@DVF) for a behind the scenes look at the brand. And remember, love is life! -Diane

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