Another formative influence. I learnt about the elements and principles of design whilst studying, but it took several years for me to track down the source. The quantity of exercises and interdisciplinary nature of this book make it a must-read for me.
Translations such as drop repeats and reflections relate to the details, textures or images that make up a pattern. Tessellations refer to the geometric plan of the pattern as a whole.
This was the book that made me see that perhaps I could be a designer after all. The focus on product design, engineering and empathy was refreshing because of the focus on people, and designing products and systems that work for the people using them, not the other way around.
If you have been steadfast about the design process as a whole and held onto the integrity of your vision, at this point you look over your inspiration, innovation, and development work and make executive decisions about what is or what is not right for your design or collection. Curation is not a selection or editorial process; it is a means of opening a dialogue so that you can evaluate intentions and progress…
The development phase is one of the longest stages of the design process because it’s when you start transmuting ideas from imagination into reality.
With knitting (and crochet too), you’re aiming to speak with colour, pattern and texture; know that if you can find the words, you can find the stitches. Only the medium of communication has changed: you are learning and using a different language, that’s all.
If inspiration is finding your voice, then innovation and development is the first stage of learning how to speak. Without good, well-developed ideas, you will have nothing. After all, you’re a designer!