Thursday, January 22, 2009


Pattern: N. A decorative design, as for wallpaper, china, or textile fabrics, etc.

This week I want to talk about patterns. Patterns or repetition is one of the principles of art that we as graphic designs know about. To me, patterns have all or some of the principle of art elements some way or another. For example, a wavy pattern can create movement and the proportions of the ‘curved’ wave can be present in the pattern. In any case, my focuses about patterns are how they are created. I have noticed that many websites often use patterns for their backgrounds, layouts, templates etc ... For me; I found these patterns interesting, especially seamless patterns. I often wonder how patterns are made.

How do they do it? How does a designer design such a complex pattern? Those were the questions that I thought about when I see patterns on websites that interested me. Therefore, I set out to try to figure out how seamless patterns are made in my own way. As a result of months of trying and experimenting with pattern making, I finally created my own way to make seamless patterns. I currently have a total of 200+ patterns and here are eight samples of my most recent patterns. Made with Photoshop CS3 and 100x100 pixels each pattern. I guess my next project with patterns will be to try to make them in Illustrator so that the quality is much better.


  1. I agree that patterns are really intriguing. Sometimes when I get bored and look around, my eyes start seeing patterns like in nature, tiles, and fabric. Today I was researching about Zuzano Licko for another class and in one of her fonts called Hypnopaedia, she uses an individual alphabet to create patterns. Something you might be interested since your exploring and designing patterns.

  2. Those are pretty neat patters you created, and are not harsh to eye at all as Ive seen in some websites. Making typographical patters is something you might want explore too. The patters you made are quite interesting, thanks for sharing.