Start As You Mean To Go On
In other words, I would like the first pattern I publish to be as professional as the hundredth. This means that there are a few business things I need to think about and some process decisions I need to make, and, most dauntingly so far, that I need to develop my style as a designer. By style, I don't mean in terms of the items I'll be crafting, I mean in terms of my pattern writing and formatting. I don't want to just slap something together and call it good, I would like a stylish, consistent graphical design for all of my patterns.
This presents a problem for me, because I don't have much graphic design experience outside of high school journalism class and yearbook and I don't deal well with unlimited options. I shop much more happily and spendily in well-curated boutiques than in stores that are packed to the ceiling with choices in every color. I've been a bit frozen trying to figure out how to develop a design style, or even how to figure out who to ask to help me do it. But today, I took the first step.
I spent my lunch break looking through some of my pdf patterns to choose those that have design features that appeal to me. I'm hoping that I will identify things that I consistently find pleasing (or don't) and can collect some information on how I can include those features in my own patterns or contact a graphic designer to help me with a template.
I have many more to go through, but I'm pretty excited about starting down this new path!
In completely unrelated news, I went a bit crazy over the weekend and ordered Interweave Knits's Holiday Gifts 2012, The Unofficial Harry Potter Knits, and a bunch of yarn. I feel a baby knitting spree coming on!
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