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Friday 10/12/2012, 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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The Well-Rounded Designer with Edie Eckman
How many times have you had a great idea but couldn't actually stitch it? How often have you created something but then not been able to re-create it for yourself or others? Concept, Execution and Communication are all vital parts of design, and each aspect requires a certain skill set. Successful designers understand how these parts are interconnected and the subtly different ways of thinking that are required for each. This overview will help you identify the skills you need to take your idea from thoughts to action, and then on to sharing it with others. Note: This is not a design-your-own-sweater class, but a way of thinking about the design process which should make you a more efficient and well-rounded designer.
Bring the instructions for the patterns you used for your homework, as well as pattern instructions for two to three items you have made but didn't like as well.
Find two to three patterns you like, and take time to study them. What attracts you to a particular design? What makes you decide to actually stitch something? What particular hurdles do you face when attempting to follow someone else's instructions? Is there a particular designer, pattern line, or pattern publisher you particularly like? Why?