Fundamentals of Pattern Design

A course by Michelle Parascandolo , Surface Designer

Surface Designer. New York, United States.
Joined March 2022

Create a stunning collection of patterns you can apply to any surface using Illustrator and Adobe Fresco.

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  • 2611 students
  • Audio: English
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch

Create a stunning collection of patterns you can apply to any surface using Illustrator and Adobe Fresco.

Patterns serve a dual purpose, they are both aesthetic and practical. First and foremost, they should be eye-catching and playful, but they also get turned into something else —a dress, a cushion, wallpaper, or pretty much anything you can think of. Michelle Parascandolo is a freelance pattern designer based in New York City. She has created a library of prints for her clients to choose from and apply to their products. She’s worked with Lucy and Yak, Target, Flow Magazine, and many more. Inspired by nature, bright colors, and a variety of artistic movements throughout history, her style is whimsical and creative.

In this online course, Michelle teaches you how to develop your own collection of patterns that can be applied to any product. She walks you through the early stages of inspiration, to sketching out ideas using a mood board, all the way through to making a production-ready artwork. She explains the importance of color palette, as well as how to come up with a range of patterns, from simple, to complex.

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What will you learn in this online course?

17 lessons & 21 downloads

Choosing Inspiration
17 minutes, 30 seconds
Sketching Motifs
14 minutes, 16 seconds
Applying Color
20 minutes, 57 seconds
Finalizing the Hero
3 minutes, 18 seconds
Finalizing Colors
10 minutes, 1 second
  • 98% positive reviews (60)
  • 2611 students
  • 17 lessons (2h 42m)
  • 21 additional resources (8 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: English
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever

What is this course's project?

Create a collection of prints that can be used on anything.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

Anyone who wants to design patterns or enhance their digital illustration skills.

Requirements and materials

Basic knowledge of Adobe Fresco and Illustrator


Reviews

2611 Students
60 Reviews
98% Positive ratings
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Michelle Parascandolo

A course by Michelle Parascandolo

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Surface Designer

Michelle Parascandolo is a freelance surface designer specializing in floral patterns. She was first introduced to design as a student at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. There, she decided it was surface pattern design she wanted to work with. Her pieces have been used for a wide range of products, from home decor to clothing, to stationery. Some of her clients are Target, Lucy and Yak, and Flow Magazine. She is also the author of a book, From Petal to Pattern, which teaches the basics of pattern design.


Content

  • U1

    Introduction

    • About Me
    • Influences
  • U2

    Inspiration

    • Introduction to Pattern Design and Collections
    • Choosing Inspiration
    • Sketching Motifs
  • U3

    Designing the Hero Print

    • Creating the Hero Print 1
    • Creating the Hero Print 2
    • Applying Color
    • Finalizing the Hero
    • Finalizing Colors
  • U4

    The Rest of the Collection

    • Coordinating Prints: Secondary Prints 1
    • Coordinating Prints: Secondary Prints 2
    • Coordinating Prints: Blender Prints
    • Collection Checkpoint
  • U5

    Applications and Additional Tips

    • Mock-ups
    • Final Tips
    • Collections
  • FP

    Final project

    • Fundamentals of Pattern Design

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Fundamentals of Pattern Design. Design course by Michelle Parascandolo

Fundamentals of Pattern Design

A course by Michelle Parascandolo
Surface Designer. New York, United States.
Joined March 2022
  • 98% positive reviews (60)
  • 2611 students