Moody tropical – design

Tropical feather repeat surface pattern print design by Arnold & Bird - product development consultancy and design

Following on from the moody tropical research last week I’ve produced a few designs and paintings to reflect this trend.

The deep hues on the feather print is one of my favourite surface pattern designs. I love the colour combination of the dark teal with pops of yellow alongside the simple repeat. I would definitely want this printed onto any stationery products!

Tropical palm leaf painting with exotic animal print by Arnold & Bird - product development consultancy and design

Personally I love the idea of using animal skins as the patterns within other tropical motifs. When you think an illustration should be designed a certain way, you can create a totally different look by adding in a unique pattern to what is expected or accepted.

I’ve added snake scales to this tropical leaf to add texture and a point of difference. More definition on the pattern would be good to develop this further and create something with more impact.

Making a paper leaf bouquet that has pops of animal print in would an an unexpected twist to wedding styling, plus add a fun element to the day.

Tropical bird illustration painting by Arnold & Bird - product development consultancy and design

To add character and a new take on this trend I love the idea of using exotic animals mixed with leaves, tropical undergrowth and sunsets. It would be super cute for kiddos and tweens if the animals had a bit of personality. Plus it also works well for fashion and home accessories too.

This is my bird of paradise with swishy, bright feathers looking to nest somewhere pretty!

What’s your interpretation of this trend and would you use it? Let me know using #ArnoldandBird on Instagram.

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Photos and designs by Joanne Griffin.

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Moody tropical – mood board

Moody tropical trend mood board by Arnold & Bird - product development consultancy and design
The moody tropical trend evokes a sense of escapism, lush abundance and falling deep into those dark hues. I love the contradition between the tropical vibes and how this totally lifts moody colours into something upbeat, friendly and fun.

Palm, fan and ferns leaves have been popular for a few years and pushing the tropical theme into the mass market. You can’t miss it and people seem to love this style. Nature always has a fresh feel to it and makes everyone happy. I think the tropical aspect gets consumers thinking about far flung travels and exotic holidays they want to take. Day dreaming of this is never a bad thing so makes the perfect style to add to your home or wardrobe.

The addition of tropic animals to this trend (both illustrations and their skin prints) updates this theme and adds a new dimension. Mix it with dense and luscious moody colours and you’ve got a new twist on this popular style.

 

There are many different routes you can take with wild trend and exploring this has been pure wanderlust.

 

Key design styles I’m inspired by:

  • Distorted tropical shapes that are inspired by the trend but not obviously connected straight away
  • Animal skin patterns used within the shape of other tropical motifs
  • Addition of animals to the theme so it not just about the greenery
  • Pops of monochrome or super bright colours mixed with moody shades
  • Oversized palms that are cut off so you don’t see the whole leaf

Do you love the tropical trend? I’d love to hear your thoughts so comment below!

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Image sources (clockwise from top left): 1. Matthew Williamson 2. Lia Griffith 3. Amanda Swart 4. PNG Tree 5. Varpu Kronholm 6. Etsy 7. SF Girl by Bay 8. Iori Tomita

Let’s Get Creatively Inspired!

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Inspiration – it can wake you up in the middle of the night (useful but really not a great time), and sometimes it’s nowhere to be seen.

Creative motivation isn’t going to strike everyday, and working hard at staying energised by seeking out what excites you is key as an entrepreneur.

There are so many ways to stay inspired so I’ve compiled my top list of different ways you can stay ahead of the game. Make sure you pick one that stands out to you, do it and let me know how it goes!

 

INSPIRING SPACES

  • Go to an exhibition
  • Visit trade, retail and craft shows
  • Pop ups – everything from a one-off to a local farmer’s market
  • Go on Pinterest (but only with a plan on what to research!)
  • Trend guides from marketplaces such as Etsy, notonthehighstreet.com and Folksy
  • Magazines (you can find digital versions on Issuu)
  • Blogs – follow your favourites on a reader like Bloglovin
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SOMETHING A BIT DIFFERENT

  • Guided meditations (find one that resonates with you on Youtube)
  • Put on your favourite song and dance around to loosen your body and mind!
  • Journal every day – wake up and do it first (Try The Artist’s Way or The Five Minute Journal)
  • Stand on a chair or in a different part of the room to get a different perspective on your work (instead of just sat at your desk)

 

GO OUTSIDE

  • Get out into nature or be by the sea
  • Leave the studio and work from a different space – try a coffee shop or the garden
  • Visit a historic site or architecture you love

 

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CREATIVE ANALYSIS

  • Go comp shopping to see what your customer’s seeing, research the market and spot repeating themes between shops in products and visual merchandising
  • Sign up for newsletters from inspiring retailers you like
  • Create regular outings for your team which includes all staff members (even if it’s just you!) and go out for 1-2 hours to the local shops

 

BE SOCIABLE

  • Talk to people, particular early adopters and other innovative creatives
  • Collaborate with your best design pal, old uni friend, reach out to someone new or me – I love to talk!
  • Leave one genuine and heartfelt comment on someone’s social media. Could be someone you follow or search a #hashtag you like and comment on someone’s work who stood out
  • Join a business group or forum you feel inspired by (and doesn’t bring you down) – on or offline

Limit social media time so you don’t get sucked in

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What’s your number one way to get inspired? Comment below or on Instagram as I’d love to hear!

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Greenery – Pantone Colour of the Year 2017 – design

Greenery Pantone Colour of the Year 2017 leaf wreath painting by Arnold & Bird

As discussed last week, my recent designs have a direct link to the Pantone Colour of the Year – hence the mood board on this Greenery trend.

To be really honest when it came to painting I’ve struggled and had my ups and downs over the last few months. You know those times when sometimes it seems ok and at other points it feels like all your creativity has wandered off never to return? Yep, I was there.

So I ordered some decent new paints and sat down (after a little frustrated cry) for five hours, took my time and just painted. And you know what…I loved it again.

The painting above is my initial attempt to ease myself in. The snippet below is the piece I’m really happy with. I’m actually planning on using this in a product so I’m keeping it under wraps for now. Sorry there’s no full reveal yet!

Greenery Pantone Colour of the Year 2017 leaf wreath painting snippet by Arnold & Bird
 

Does anyone else follow the Pantone Colour of the Year, and if so does it influence your work? I’d love to hear!

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Greenery – Pantone Colour of the Year 2017 – mood board

Pantone colour of the Year 2017 Greenery mood board trend by Arnold & bird

The Pantone colour for 2017 was released at the end of last year and if you haven’t heard yet…. it’s Greenery!

I’m late to the party writing about this, but my painting this week reflects the mood of this trend so I had to feature it. Kind of a spur of a moment post if you will.

For me, the exact shade of greenery that’s been picked isn’t important. What I love is how Pantone has tapped into the current mood and I think got it really right. Going back to nature, it’s restorative capabilities and bringing a sense of calm in an ever changing world is just what we all need right now.

 

“Illustrative of flourishing foliage and the lushness of the great outdoors, the fortifying attributes of Greenery signals consumers to take a deep breath, oxygenate and reinvigorate.” Pantone

 

Greenery signals freshness, a new start and beautiful ways of combining nature in design. All this equals a 3D mood board I created with leaves from the garden and a whole host of gorgeous product inspiration to be had!

Key design styles I’m inspired by:

  • Greenery is already proving a popular trend for weddings. Use foliage to create a green bouquet (without flowers), table plan or place names
  • Getting children interested at an early age will help to develop their appreciation for nature. Everything from leaf and flower shaped teethers to educational guides for older kids
  • Matcha flavoured and coloured food continues to trend, pair with edible leaf inspired / shaped sweet or savoury treats to bring out a natural vibe
  • Oversized leaves, green watercolour brush strokes and plants popping up in unexpected places such as out of draws, tables and lighting work well for the home

What’s your thoughts on Pantone’s colour for 2017 – are you a lover or a hater?

Or just indifferent!

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Mood board and photo by me. Image sources (clockwise from top left): 1.Rubelli fabric from old Elle Decoration S/S Pattern Book 2. Notebook from Oliver Bonas 3. Wreath hoop by Annesage 4. Cacti from Ikea 5. Elle Decoration feature in June 2010 6. Feature in old Selvedge magazine 7. Wedding cake by Wedding Sparrow via Borrowed & Blue 8. Jungle print by Schatzi Brown

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Favourite sites to be inspired by

Favourite sites to be inspired by - Arnold & Bird

Inspiration – one of my favourite words and let’s face it, who doesn’t love to feel inspired on a daily basis. Visually creative content has a habit of making you internally say, ‘oh wow!’ or even experiencing a little jump of joy inside.

The websites below are my happy places on the internet, somewhere I can go to find something intriguing, beautiful, interesting, helpful or upbeat. Hope you love them too!

Pattern Curator Inspirational website - Arnold & Bird
Sheerluxe Inspirational website - Arnold & Bird
Ecelctic Trends Inspirational website - Arnold & Bird
Oh Joy Inspirational website - Arnold & Bird

 

Where do you go to find inspiration?

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Artist Sarah Delaney – Curiosity of the month

Sarah Delaney artist - Naramata in rose

Every time I see Sarah Delaney post on Instagram I get such a happy feeling. One, because I love her vivid and energetic paintings – the movement in them is just mesmerising. And two, because I instantly recognise her style when it regularly pops up on my feed.

Sarah Delaney artist - Instagram
Sarah Delaney artist - Instagram

Her tonal use of colour and mark making techniques are exquisite, plus I love how she shows work in progress shots on social media. These are a great way to peek behind the scenes to see her processes and style of working.

If you love gorgeous and expressive artwork then please go follow her!

www.sarahdelaney.com | Instagram | Twitter

 

Have a beautiful day,

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Image sources: Sarah Delaney and Sarah Delaney Instagram

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Mark making – design

Mark making mood board design trends Arnold & Bird

Obviously you’d be a fool to think it was easy to put ‘simple’ marks together… Hmm, well I have to admit I was a bit foolish but I’ll own up to it and hang my head in shame.

BUT, what I can also confess is making my mark making mood board really helped collate my thoughts on style, layout and colour which resulted in making the design process really enjoyable! My work is rather a ‘beautiful mess’ but I enjoyed creating both the painted and digital designs. My aim? Keep developing this style as I’d love it to evolve and feel really confident with it.

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Crushing on these fashion designs that have hit the mark making nail on the head!

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How would you use this in your work? Leave a comment below or tag your interpretation on social media with #ArnoldAndBirdTrends. I’ll be @arnoldandbird on Instagram and Facebook looking out for you!

Can’t wait to see!

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Fashion images sources, from left to right: 1. John Lewis 2. Bottega Veneta Resort 2014 collection

 

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Mark making – mood board

Mark making mood board by Arnold & Bird

When mark making is used on patterns, products and art, I find it never fails to inspire. This theme can seem so simple on the surface but when you dive into it there is wealth of little details you can keep discovering. Marks can create texture, depth, pattern and layers of transparency – and that equals a whole host of design potential.

Check out the mood board I curated this week – plus have you seen these brushstroke cakes yet?? Genius!

Mark making mood board by Arnold & Bird

Key design styles I’m inspired by:

  • Making marks 3D – take inspiration from this bakery in Russia and their incredible cakes. How about a cross hatch sketch made into a trim?
  • Kids projects that are based on mark making are ideal for sensory play. Make marks using bubble wrap, foil, vegetables or imprinting marks into play doh.
  • Alternative art kits for adults –  why not create your own mark making brushes and tools out of natural elements. An ideal next step on from colouring in books or calligraphy to occupy busy minds.
  • Layer and layer again different unique marks. Colour and composition are key to bringing a piece together and for creating designs that are perfect for alternative packaging, fashion, home accessories and furniture.

How do you already use mark making in your work? Or would you add it in a different way? Let me know your style on Instagram, Facebook or in the comments below!

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Image sources (clockwise from top left): 1. Hung Kei Shiu 2. Lamai McCarten 3. Hand made brushes by Lorna Crane 4. Tasarım Tabaklar 5. Kalabasa 6. Ah Haa school for the arts 7. Jess Williams 8. Creative Bloq

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Five free trend resources

Five free trend resources Arnold & Bird

Today I’m sharing my top five places for getting free trend information from some of the biggest authorities in the business.

It’s amazing what trend resources you and get for nothing, so I’m hoping you’ll leave this post with inspiring new information you can use in your business – as who doesn’t love a freebie right?

WGSN free trend resource - Arnold & Bird
Trend Bible free trend resource Arnold & Bird
Patternbank free trend resource Arnold & Bird
LSN Global free trend resource Arnold & Bird
TrendStop free trend resource Arnold & Bird

What’s your favourite free trend resource, and which one would you follow? Let me know in the comments below or on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter.

 

I’ll share more places to get inspired from blogs, businesses and influencers soon but let me know if there is anything you specifically want to hear about!

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