This Design Challenge is for you if:
You enjoy the creative process
You're interested in expanding your creativity in new ways
You struggle to generate new & unique design ideas that you love
Inside, you will receive:
daily creative design prompts
tips for cultivating your creativity beyond this challenge
access to live calls (and replays) where we work through the prompts and share ideas
It is also for you if...
You're tired of using the same ideas over and over again, struggling to create new design ideas, or out of touch with your creativity in general.
The unique design prompts inside this challenge will help you reframe your creative process and generate ideas without pressure for it to be perfect.
Creativity that's unique to you.
Oh hi there!
I'm Jessica, the knitting pattern designer behind Snickerdoodle Knits and facilitator of the Design Circle. I design knitting patterns and mentor budding pattern designers.
My college degree is in Architectural Engineering; and I worked in architecture, construction management, and interior design before discovering my passion for designing patterns and mentoring pattern designers. I love DK weight yarn and create designs that share the relatable stories of living.
And this is my co-host, Beth.
Beth is the crochet designer, tech editor, architectural designer, and mama behind Fig & Filament. She firmly believes that the creative brain is a muscle that can be targeted and developed like any other as she’s spent the last decade doing just that, both personally and professionally. She appreciates the details of a well designed artifact, whether that's a building, a work of yarn, or still a figment of imagination.
From engineering to architecture to pattern designing, we have a combined 10 years of formal design training and 8 years of practical design experience.
We invite you to join the free Design Challenge.
Inside you will find a warm, welcoming designer community that encourages you to be your best self, love your designs, value your accomplishments, and unleash your unique creative journey.
How It Works
The Design Challenge encourages you to develop at least one design idea per day based on a given prompt that will make you think "outside the box."
These aren’t your typical design prompts. You won’t receive any prompts that tell you what to design, or even what kinds of shapes or techniques to use in your design. Instead, the design prompts give you inspiration from things, places, people, concepts, and emotions that are familiar to you.
You won’t immediately have a design idea. Instead, you’ll be led on a creative thought journey, guided by your brain’s response to the prompt, which often seems entirely unrelated to knit and crochet pattern designing. The process to create your design idea takes about 30 minutes in total and will occur during the daily video calls.
Here's what folks say about the design challenge:
So. Much. Fun. AND I've got several legit ideas I will be using! I didn't quite get the chance to do all of them but I have the ones I didn't get to saved to work through later. Can't wait for the next one!!
I’ve worked my way through a few series of creativity prompts with Jessica now, both in the Design Circle and as part of 52 Weeks of Creativity. I love the intentionality of setting aside a small block of time for design on whatever day I approach them. The prompts are great too, but a little guidance while establishing the mindset that it’s worth making time for yourself to just sit and be creative - with no deadlines, goals or pressure - is irreplaceable.
Beth (yes, that's my co-host!)
I participated in Creativity Burst for the 1st time. It was very interesting, fun, and unusual for me, and definitely different from my routine of creating design ideas. After a week of prompts, I got 5 solid ideas that I plan to convert to patterns. If you have never done it before, it's worth the try to look at the creative process from a different angle.
I had so much fun thinking outside of my typical 'box.' I found it really interesting to pay attention to my thought process, and then identify ideas that fit me/my brand - and ideas that don't fit my brand. The problem is I now have a few design ideas I really love... and I already have all my pattern spots filled for the next 2 years. I might have to do some rearranging...
Jessica (yes, that's me!)
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q: Can I join even if I'm not a designer (yet)?
A: Absolutely! The Design Challenge will be a great opportunity to explore design ideas without needing to know "how" the design would come to life. The Design Challenge prompts are applicable to any creative interested in generating new ideas!
Q: I am a crochet pattern designer. May I join the Design Challenge?
A: Yes, please join us! The principles for creativity and design are the same for knitting and crochet.
Q: What happens after I sign up? When will I have access to the Design Challenge?
A: After joining the free Design Challenge, you will receive an email from me confirming that you're signed up for the challenge. In that email, you will receive the call schedule for the challenge.
The Design Challenge, including the prompts and live calls, will begin Thursday, March 9. You will receive the design prompts and are welcome to exchange design ideas on the live calls.
If you are unable to attend the calls live, replays and prompts will be available for a limited time.