Coming soon… want to be featured?

Exciting news! I originally started SPL to showcase & cheerlead the surface pattern design community, which is my passion. If you’re visiting from the Instagram account – hello! – please do pop back soon because this will be a fully functioning blog site focussing on showing designer’s works, business resources and industry advice.

With that in mind – I’m looking for contributors! If you’re a designer wishing to show some of your portfolio, or you’d like to support others by contributing to a new industry advice column, please register your interest via the @surfacepatternlife Instagram letting me know what you’re thinking.

I’m starting this blog in tandem with starting a career in surface pattern design, after 6 years as a hobbyist and a lifelong adoration of a repeating pattern, it’s time to make things official…

More to follow soon 🙂

Welcome to Surface.Pattern.Life! A new site dedicated to the world of surface pattern designers and makers

I’ve been wanting to start this site for a while and I’m delighted that you’re here!

Pattern by Claire Brennan Pattern

Surface.Pattern.Life is a brand new site devoted to surface pattern design and everything that makes up this exciting industry!

Here are a few FAQs so you can get an idea of what’s going to be happening over here!

What will I find on Surface.Pattern.Life?

Lots of things! Designer interviews, trend reports, tips & hacks, info on running a surface pattern design business, Industry news, round ups of the retail market, freebies to help your workflow & business planning and so much more!

I’d like to get involved! What can I do?

Well first of all – that’s awesome! There are tons of ways you can join in the fun.

  • Makers – show your work! If you both design patterns / illustrations and manufacture products we’d love give you a place
  • Surface Designers – if you’re mainly portfolio based, we’d love to show your work too!
  • Behind the scenes designer/maker features
  • Guest posts – pitch a topic, so long as it’s relevant and helps others just hit the contact button and tell me what you have in mind 🙂
  • Agents, reps and course sellers – all very welcome! People love to learn and you have so much to teach!

And I’m sure the list goes on but I think you get the gist of how thing are gonna roll around here 😁

Where else can we find Surface.Pattern.Life?

As of today, SPL is on Instagram as @surfacepatternlife and as this is a feature account you can get your work shown on the account by tagging:


Please follow along, it will really help out plus you get to see a load of awesome pattern goodness!

We’re also over on Pinterest where we have a good sized following and a really popular pattern Pinterest board and more to come.

Who created this site?

Hiiii 🤗 I’m Claire Brennan, I’ve been a graphic designer for many years, lifelong pattern and surface enthusiast (literally my whole life although 6 year old me didn’t know that’s what it was called of course!) and I’ve been designing patterns since… oh maybe… Day 3 of my Photoshop learning! It’s safe to say I was hooked from the outset. You can read a little more on the About page.

I’m new to the industry or just starting out and I need help!

Yay! My hope for this site is to give value to everyone no matter what stage of your learning or career, whether hobbyist designer or whether you have plans for world domination, we aim to have you covered!

Tell us what you want to read & learn about! Head to the Contact page and tell us what’s on your mind!

If you need anything, or have any feedback at all, please let me know! I’m friendly and I’ve got your back! Get in touch through the contact form!

That probably wraps things up for now – again, thank you for reading & im so glad you’re here!


xo Claire