By Madi - Hand Drawn Typography
Hi Madi, I really like your design. The style is original and visually appealing, but more importantly, still easy to read. The tone is also very current – so well done! You might want to reconsider using the word 'Crayola' on your crayon, however, as we wouldn’t be able to use a registered trade name without breaching copyright laws. Hope this helps! Vicky, Editorial Manager.
Your sentiment is really lovely and made us smile. It’s really clever how you integrated your type and illustration. You may want to try reconsidering your colour palette to make it a bit more commercial. Thanks – Vic
Feedback Friday 2 was another great session and we do hope you all got something out of the feedback.
I've posted a few of the designs submitted along with the feedback for those of you who don't use Facebook.
We will keep you posted on when we will hold our next Feedback Friday session.
Some of you may recall a blog post at the beginning of the month regarding The Big Draw. Tigerprinters at both the Bradford and London studios have been taking part. Each morning we have received a new theme and have spent ten minutes doodling away.
Some of us (including me) have gotten a little behind and with the end of the month just around the corner we've been having catch up sessions on a lunch time. It's been a lovely way to spend our lunch hour and we thought we'd give you a sneak peak!
P.s It's not too late to take part. If your local to Leeds there is a Big Draw event taking part in the centre - more details here.
Have a lovely weekend everyone!
Exciting news! Michelle Fifis who runs the textile design blog, PATTERN OBSERVER has a brand new surface design course, The Sellable Sketch. The next on-line next class starts 7th November 2011.
Here is a link to a little introductory video and a few details about the class.
Michelle very kindly agreed to do a mini Q&A session with us below:
Please tell us a little about your background?
Sure! A defining moment in my career happened when I started my internship with fashion and textile designer, Zandra Rhodes. I was a fashion design major at the time, and I honestly knew very little about the textile design industry. Well, after one day on the job I was in love with the world of textiles and knew it was something that I would do for the rest of my life. It was a fantastic experience!
In the ten years since that internship, I have had the opportunity to work for some of the top apparel manufacturers in the business and I have loved every minute of it. I currently work with manufacturers and designers to develop print collections that balance the latest print trends with the lifestyle and desires of their end-use consumer. I work with clients in a variety of industries, but I specialize in and have a passion for the fashion industry.
What made you decide to run the course?
When I left my corporate job I felt lost and struggled to stay motivated. After several unproductive months, I figured out a systematic way of developing print collections that starts with identifying my ideal customer. Once this customer was chosen I then tailored the collection to his or her wants and needs. It gave my work the direction, clarity and focus that I needed to stay motivated. After I launched Pattern Observer, I started receiving emails from designers asking for advice and it just seemed like a system I should share with others!
Who do you see the course being most suitable for?
This course is perfect for designers, illustrators, and artists who want to learn a step-by-step guide to developing an irresistible print collection. The purpose of this course is to create a print collection that a designer can either sell or use in their portfolio, so it is very results driven. I talk a great deal about the surface design marketplace, trend research, and identifying one’s ideal customer. A student’s desire to research, learn, share and grow is more important than their level of experience.
Best words of advice you've ever been given?
The best business/ design advice I have heard is: "It’s not about you, it’s about the customer."
Make sure you check out the course now!
Emily will be available in-store to meet between 12.00pm and 4.30pm and will also be wandering around the centre making lots of new friends.
So you have a few weeks left to enter our latest on-line competition which is Fun Pet Photography which closes for submissions Thursday 10th November.
Because it's Friday I thought I'd have a bit of fun and share a pic of my own dog dressing up taking a few months back. Cute eh?
Also I've pulled together some photography tips for you below which we tend to follow when we have animals in our photography studio.
Have a great weekend everyone - Vic x
Feedback Friday returns!
This is your chance to submit a design entry which didn't win from any of our past competitions via our Facebook Page and get some valuable design feedback.
On Friday 28th October a small team of Tigerprinters will happily provide constructive feedback for entries submitted.
How to submit:
1. Go to our Tigerprint Design Competition Page here. (Make sure you already gave us a great big like)
2.Upload your entry to our wall along with a brief description of your entry and which competition it was for by 10am Friday 28th October.
3. After 1pm Friday 28th October the Tigerprint team will work there way through entries submitted to provide you with some constructive feedback.
Remember all suggestions always welcome and I look forward to speaking to some of you on Friday.
N.B If we are overwhelmed with entries we will only be able to get through as many as is humanly possible in our normal working day accompanied by copious amounts of tea and cake of course :-)
In addition we will only feedback on one entry per person so please be fair!
The brief for this competition was quite a tricky one as it meant getting the balance between really great sentiment and caption with really great design.
We were so impressed by the quality of entries we had through and it was really evident that you guys had considered the person the card would be sent to whilst designing and it paid off! Well done to you all.
The overall winner was Monda's entry as shown above as we really loved both the tone of the editorial and the fresh design. This design is very commercial and also very different to anything we already have so would be a great addition to our range.
It was really great to see multiple entries by Monda as this gave us a real feel for her design style and they would work amazing as a mini collection in their own right. Congratulations Mona!
A firm favourite amongst our judges was this entry by Jaypea. A really lovely and simple caption complimented by the gorgeous colour palette and beautiful illustrations. This design is very commercial and again it could go straight into our range alongside are other designs. Well done Jaypea!
Similar to our winner, Jess had submitted more than one design which all sat together in a wonderful mini collection. The editorial is very much the strong point here as we'd need to make some alterations to the design to make it more commercial. Really great work Jess.
A really nice sentiment which works well with the "Best Friend" caption which is cleverly used within the design. A really fresh take on the brief. Well done!
Again with Isabelle we were pretty much impressed with all her entries. The impact of the designs are great and they are very fresh and innovative. The only area to focus on more would be the sentiment but with some adjustments these would make very commercial designs. Great work Isabelle.
Many thanks to everyone who took the time to enter and we really do love to see your designs. Last week we held our very first Feedback Friday which was the chance for you guys to submit one entry from any of our previous competitions which did not win. In return the Tigerprint team gave you some feedback which will hopefully be invaluable. It was great to see so many of you taking part and we will be running these on a regular basis.
The next Feedback Friday session date will be: Friday 28th October and more details will be released very soon.
In the meantime please check out our latest competition, Fun Pet Photography. I'm so excited about this competition as I've wanted to run the brief for so long - so don't disappoint me! Maybe we should get a canine friend to come help with the judging?
P.S we will be announcing a new competition in the next few days which will be a little different to our normal briefs so keep your eyes peeled!
The Comedy Carpet is a large scale installation on Blackpool beach. The carpet is a tribute to all the comedy greats from the early days of Variety Shows, 80% of which have performed in the town. Look out for phrases, jokes and songs from the likes of Tommy Cooper, Frankie Howerd & Monty Python to name a few. For more info on the carpet & how it has been constructed click here, or see recent photos here. Its a great example of typography and public art.
Phew I've just finished uploading the last of the entries for the Female Special Relationship Card which closed yesterday. Apologies for the delay in uploading some of your entries but I was up in Newcastle yesterday so I got a little behind.
Judging will take place on Tuesday and the winner and runners up will be notified by email and the results announced on the blog and Facebook. So keep your eyes peeled!
This months competition is so exciting - Fun Pet Photography. I cannot wait to see your entries and I may share a few of my own photos with you that I love to take of my westie Fudge.
Thank you and good luck to everyone who took part in Female Special Relationship and have a great weekend!