Designing for You Instead of the Market with Roger Vaughn

Noise. Smudges. Accidents. Chaos. How Roger designs what makes him happy.

Creating for You Instead of the Market with Roger Vaughn


Today I’m excited to share with you the work of Roger Vaughn. He’s new to the surface pattern design game, and has jumped in feet first. He designs what makes him happy and follows his own style.

I love the freedom of Roger’s work and the edginess he brings to surface design. And I’m thrilled that he has decided to enter a field that tends to be dominated by women. I think you’ll enjoy Roger’s point of view…he’ll get you thinking about the work you make and what motivates you to create.


Please tell us a little bit about your background as an artist and how you got into pattern design.

I’d been doing visual art stuff for a few years, solely for my own amusement. It wasn’t a committed practice and it arose out of a desire to do something other than music.

Initially I had no interest in turning it into a career, professionalizing it.  But then I had a number of conversations with my partner, Sofia Englund. She was working towards becoming a surface designer, and together we came to the conclusion that it was probably a field that would suit us both.

Now that I look back, I realize that I’ve had a latent interest in surface design for awhile. I’ve long been a wearer of floral shirts, I have an interest in the work of Liberty London and I’m a fan of William Morris because of his political work. Long before we started looking into becoming surface pattern designers, Sofia and I visited the William Morris gallery in London. It made a pretty strong impression. Continue reading “Designing for You Instead of the Market with Roger Vaughn”