Are you ready to start designing your own merchandise, but aren’t sure where to start? We’ve got your back. Check out these resources and inspiration that will help you design the hottest prints of the season.
Where Can I Find Inspiration?
Follow Fast Fashion Retailers
Retailers like H&M, Zara, and Forever 21 are constantly cranking out fun new patterns and prints that sell instantly. Their goal is to get the latest fashion to the most people at the lowest price, so if you’re looking for insight into what’s on trend, they’re the place to look.
Do Your Research on Social Media
Social media networks like Instagram, Pinterest, and Behance are full of other creators, artists, and designers who regularly post their work. Doing a quick search for “patterns” or “prints” will show you the hottest designs at that exact moment. Taking the time to follow accounts that regularly post fun prints will help you stay up to date on current trends.
Where Can I Create Designs?
The number one question we get on a daily basis is “How do I create my own print?” While you can only upload created prints to Creator Studio, there are so many apps available to help you create your vision. Here are just a few:
Canva is a graphic design platform that allows users to create social media graphics, presentations, posters and other visual content. It is available on web and mobile, and integrates millions of images, fonts, templates and illustrations.
Adobe Photoshop & Illustrator
Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator need no introduction BUT Adobe has rolled out Sketch versions for both applications that are free to download and give you the ability to sketch out a design right from your phone.
While Photoshop is the grandfather of design apps, Procreate a more current contender. It gives you the power to create beautiful sketches, inspiring paintings, and stunning illustrations wherever you are.
Where Can I Purchase Prints?
Creative Market describes itself as the world’s marketplace for design and I couldn’t agree more. Not only do they have quite a selection of prints available for reasonable prices, they also have fonts, product mockups Shopify themes and social media templates.
Etsy is the global marketplace for unique and creative goods as well as digital patterns. Each one is created by an independent seller so every purchase benefits a creator like yourself.
We’re All In This Together!
Don’t forget that you’re all in this together! We have 200,000 creators trying to do the same things that you are, so odds are, you have a lot to learn from each other. Reach out to another creator on Instagram and see if you can swap tips and tricks for designing your own merchandise.
Now that you’ve gotten some inspiration on how to get inspired, it’s time to start creating! Once your new designs are ready, log into the Creator Studio to get started designing your own merchandise.