Wednesday, August 12, 2009

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

WHAT IS PRINT & PATTERN ?

print & pattern is a UK based website that celebrates all aspects of printed surface pattern. i look at textiles, cards, gift wrap, stationery, wallpaper, tableware, books, illustration, and anything
that fits my love of printed patterns and motifs.

HOW DOES IT WORK ?

i usually post new features everyday monday to friday.
if you see something you like just click on the links (featured in turquoise text) and they will take to you to the relevent website, shop, or designer.
i feature lovely products you can buy, designers or studios you can commission, graduates you can hire, and collect inspirational design from all over the world that will get your creative juices going.
everything that falls off of the front page goes into the archives and you can click any month from the menu on the right to see all the earlier posts.

WHO COMPILES IT ?

thats me. im a designer based in the UK. "bowie style" is just a pseudonymn i made up the day i signed up to blogger to publish print & pattern. i needed a username and glanced around the room looking for ideas. i had a book on the shelf called 'bowie style' by mark paytress. it features one of my heroes david bowie and the many different looks he has had over the years. since then the name has stuck and ive been posting under the name bowie for a few years now. i didnt realise at the time P+P would take off so big or i may have thought harder about a name !


CAN I BE FEATURED ON PRINT & PATTERN ?
anyone can submit images for a possible mention or feature. but please bear in mind the print & pattern aesthetic. a glance through the pages will show you the sort of topics and styles covered.
images should be sent as jpegs no smaller than 500 pixels wide, and dont forget to attach your website details, and any relevent info. i get dozens of requests each day so dont panic if you get no reply - its just that i dont always have time to reply to each one personally. it doesnt mean that i dont like your work or that it wont be featured.


NO pdf files please
submissions can be sent to bowiestyle@hotmail.co.uk

ps. as editor of P+P i have to set a certain standard and you are also at the mercy of my taste.

for example i dont approve of any cruelty to animals : including leather goods, suede, furs, skins.

im really sorry but i can only accept emails written in english.

CAN I LEAVE COMMENTS ?

you can leave comments for any posts - designers love to hear if you like their work. but abuse, criticism, moaning or blatant advertising wont be tolerated and will be deleted.
you can comment even if you are not a member of blogger, just type your name or pseudonym in the appropriate box.
if you see anyone has spammed the comments section NEVER click on their links - we dont want to encourage spamming and their website could be dangerous to your pc.


HOW DO I BECOME A SPONSOR ?

you can purchase a square advert in the left hand column of print & pattern if you want a more permanent feature on the site. advertisers will need to be relevent to P+P readers though, ive turned down unrelated requests such a wood flooring, mobile phones, and diamonds.
but etsy shops, designers of all kinds, card companies, fabric stores, books publishers, studios, and anything arty and creative is of interest.
prices are available on request - just email me for rates and please include your website address.

CAN YOU HELP ME IN MY DESIGN CAREER ?

i get tons of emails asking for advice on how to get into design work.
unfortunately i dont really have all the answers and simply dont have the time to advise everyone personally. but if you are a designer, student or graduate one thing i can probably do is give you a shout out here on print & pattern. providing your work fits the P+P quality standards and aesthetic. just email me to request a potential showcase.


my general advice to anyone wanting to find design work is :
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job hunting/commissions : try and find out the names of design studios or companies. they could be looking for designers to work in house or freelance.
research your fave companies and designers and approach them with a link to your online folio site.

freelancing try and get yourself an agent in london, new york, or locally.
if your work is good enough they will take you onto their books and will then find projects for you. obviously they take a cut of the fees but at least you will only need to concentrate on the designing.

courses in the UK you can choose to take a degree course in 'surface pattern design' and this will give you a grounding in all aspects of the field. other relevent courses are 'graphic design' and 'illustration'.

general advice : create a fab portfolio of work, get yourself a website (even if its just a free blog or flickr) it will be your online showcase and is vital in this day and age, research your chosen area of interest and google to find relevant companies and studios to target.
visit trade shows such as the USA's surtex and printsource in new york and the UK's spring fair, birmingham.
for europe check out heimtextil, frankfurt and indigo, paris.
design artworks are sold at all of these shows and this is where big companies do there buying.

HOW CAN I PLACE A JOB VACANCY AD or RECRUIT FREELANCERS ?

all adverts for design jobs, freelance opportunities, and competitions can be advertised for free on the jobs board. ads should be supplied as jpegs measuring 400 pixels wide by anything up to 800 pixels high. email your adverts to bowiestyle@hotmail.co.uk and i'll do the rest

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

THE PRINT & PATTERN BOOKSHOP

the print and pattern bookshop is a selection of amazon products put together by me to help you search quickly for relevant titles. anything i review on the website can be found in the store.
just click the links which can always be found in the right hand column.