Patterns

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Why pattern?
Design is not just a free hand drawing or splash of color. It is an art with lines, curves, objects, colours, aesthetics, etc.
One more powerful way to express it is, in the form of pattern. Patterns create a great design. Good color and pattern make a good design.

What is a pattern?
A pattern, apart from the term’s use to mean “template”, is a discernible regularity in the world or in a man-made design. As such. The elements of a pattern repeat in a predictable manner. A geometric pattern is a kind of pattern formed of geometric shapes and typically repeating like a wallpaper.

Where do we find patterns?
Nature: symmetry, spirals, chaos, waves, bubbles, cracks, spots, stipes
Art and Architecture: tilings, architecture
Science and mathematics: fractals
Fashion
Computer science

My personal favourite pattern is chevron because it’s more of simple and decent and soothing.

In my next blog post, I’ll share you the different patterns with different examples following their usage too.

See you all soon!

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2 thoughts on “Patterns

  1. I think one can find patterns in everything, including human behaviour etc. today we are in an era where we have been able to collect, compute and analyze 1000s of terabytes of “data”. Its analysis is the analysis of its pattern, and literally the most intellectual people are currently only and only trying to understand these patterns to formulate Algorithms for it. (check: http://www.processing.org and how they process massive data into beautiful graphics)

    Now, I do understand that here you discuss patterns which are more visual and in a way artistic. But, its interesting how patterns influence us in every way (both known and unknown to us).

    This then strongly supports your argument where you try to convey that design “is not JUST a drawing or splash of colours”. One of the strongest reasons why some people are more creative than others, is because they intuitively happen to make/understand patterns and put them in the right order without much effort. Truly, “Good color and pattern make a good design” as you mention and its well proven that this has a direct impact on how we work, live & organise ourselves. It implicitly affects our mental well being. Almost nothing in Nature is without a certain pattern and hence almost any natural environment is, in a way very soothing. Architecture, art, sculpture etc. are the man-made environments. If the patterns in them are not right it directly affects our mental well being, productivity etc.

    I loved your article for the subtle language, its a great thought provoker. As designers, too we often forget to how patterns, proportions, balance etc. affect visual design and its amazing technology and systems can change with time but these things remain as modern as pre-historic they have been.

    Keep writing! Cheers!

    Best
    Ankit

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