October 12, 2010

Textiel Weekend workshop fun

Category News, Parametric Design, Repper, workshop — Tags: , , , , , , , — studioludens @ 12:36 pm

A week ago, we had a fun and rewarding weekend doing workshops at the TextielMuseum. There were two workshops powered by us: design your own sustainable packaging and design your own fabric design.

At the lasercutter, people could use Magic Box (our parametric design tool) to create there own packaging. We used a humble material -corrugated cardboard- and turned it into something precious, worth giving and worth keeping.

Repper pattern on the surface. The flames of burning cartboard were mesmerizing to all of us.

Girl mesmerized by the laser

The magic of technology revealed

Busy designing boxes

Designing boxes with Harry, Magic Box master

A finished box

A “bon-bon” box design by one of the participants

At another location in the TextielLab was a workshop making textile designs with Repper Pro. People could take a photo of anything, turn it into a pattern and print it on cotton. We don’t have the photos yet, but when you got the results, we’ll share them here on our blog!

We were featured on Brabant10, as part of the coverage of the Textiel Weekend. Check out the below video for our 5 minutes of fame on Brabant television:

May 17, 2010

Repper workshop: wallpaper designs

Category Creativity, Repper, workshop — Tags: , , , , , — studioludens @ 4:10 pm

The 2nd year students from the interior design school HMC explored wallpaper design through our introductory Repper workshops. After a short introduction to Repper and using patterns in Photoshop, they jumped right into the tool and made these wonderful patterns:

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You can view more of their creations in our gallery.

We were particularly amazed by the design below by Tara Smit, who simulated a 3D surface. In 1 word: wow!

Repper workshop: design-a-lamp

Category News, Repper, workshop — Tags: , , , , , , , — studioludens @ 3:35 pm

Two weeks ago we did two workshops with 3rd year interior design students from HMC (Rotterdam) in which they designed a lamp shade in under 3 hours. Quite a challenge, or so we thought, but the students absolutely baffled us with their creative designs!

First they designed a set of patterns with Repper on the computer.

HMC computer room

Then it was time to get our hands dirty and started folding, cutting, bending and generally torturing the patterned paper.

students making patterned lamp shades

Here are some of the great prototypes:

designer – Karin Lammers ⇑ designer – Sanneke Tangel ⇑

We would like to thank all the enthusiastic teachers and students for a very educational and fun day!

p.s. tell us if your design is featured here and we’ll put your name under it!

May 12, 2010

How-to: Print your patterns on fabric

Category Creativity, Repper, ideas, products — Tags: , , , , , , — studioludens @ 3:25 pm

We find patterns everywhere around us. One place where you can’t go without some good ol’ pattern-making is fashion design. So what if you made a lovely pattern and you’d like to get it printed on textile? Meet our friends at Spoonflower!

spoonflower logo

Spoonflower is able to print any design you make with Repper. They have a variety of fabrics, including regular and organic cotton, linen-cotton and even exotics like bamboo-cotton. Prices range from 18 to 32 USD per yard (for metric-minded people: that’s about a square meter), with discount if you are the designer of the pattern.

Below is one of our own patterns printed on linen, looking pretty good. This test-print was made at the Textile Museum in Tilburg, NL.

B&W pattern on synethic linen

We hope you feel inspired to use all those pretty patterns and turn them into haute-couture! Send us a photo with your patterned dress/shirt/pants and we will feature you on our blog.

Be sure to keep an eye on our blog, because there is more info & tips coming up for pattern-making fashion fans.

September 28, 2009

Repper Pro – first screens

Category Development, ideas — Tags: , , , — studioludens @ 1:29 pm
Over the past month, we have been busy with the Repper tool. We think there is some amazing potential for improvement and with your input we have decided on a bunch of new features for the next version. These will be:
  • Improved interface You know we love creating easy and fun interfaces so the next one will be even better!
  • New patterns You have seen the two patterns in the current Repper tool, but this is the top of the iceberg in pattern land. In total, there are 19 patterns and we will be implementing more and more of these. To make it even better, we will integrate a lot of them in the online version too!
  • High-resolution input images and resulting patterns This is a much requested feature of all you pattern freaks online, and we’re happy to say that you will be able to go really big with the new version, so it can finally be used for print! We are really curious what you will do with this.
  • It’s faster We have decided that an online app is all good and great, but if you want to use big images this can really put a strain on your internet connection. Therefore, the new version will be a desktop app, ready to use with a click of your mouse.
  • We love the creators All of you who have created one or more patterns know how cool it is to design something yourself. Therefore we want to make it possible for everyone (not just you designers) to make real products with your patterns. This is very much an ongoing process, so we can use all the input from you. What do you want to make with it?
  • Vector support This is more for the fabric creators amongst you. How cool would it be to make patterns for your fabric in any size? Pretty cool, we think.
Apart from these key new features, we will be adding more and more over time, based on your feedback. You might have seen that we put a short questionnaire on the Repper page. By filling in this questionnaire, you will be helping us to get a better idea of what you want. There’s nothing left but showing you some screenshots of our work in progress. new_repper_1 More after the jump… (more…)

September 25, 2009

print pretty patterns on paper postcards

Category News, products — Tags: , , , — studioludens @ 1:10 pm
You may have noticed we have recently included a great way to move your digital patterns into physical reality. With the TouchNote postcard service, you can send your (and others) beautiful patterns to anywhere in the world.

Three steps to send a unique message

  1. create a pattern with our Repper tool or choose one of the many pretty designs made by others in the Repper gallery
  2. click the TouchNote button touchnote_icon2touchnote_icon1
  3. Add your personal message and send it straight away to your loved ones (or yourself)

40% introductory discount

For all you early birds out there, we have a introductory discount of a whopping 40%! Just fill in the promotional code “Repper-Cards” when ordering at TouchNote.

And what does it look like?

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