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Patterns have been a part of cultures around the globe for centuries. From fashion and branding to interior design and signage, patterns blanket and beautify our world. Designers are often asked to create new patterns from scratch, and although digital tools make the process easier than ever, it can still be a perplexing task.
In this installment of Drawing Vector Graphics, Von Glitschka demystifies the pattern design process, explaining tessellations (mathematical tiles that lie at the heart of patterns) and visiting the various methods of creating new patterns. He shows how to build repeating patterns with Illustrator's pattern tools and pattern brushes, and incorporate patterns into your design. The course also features patterns from some of the industry's most inspiring designers.
I'd love to show you curtains and lounge chairs using my patterns. But so far, I haven't been able to convince my wife that'd be a good thing. So, you'll have to be content with these throw pillows instead. The pattern design I used on these pillows is called Beautiful Soul. I can't think of a more forgiving surface for a pattern than a throw pillow. A pattern like this can be used for almost any type of surface. Here are two lounge shirts I created using the exact same Beautiful Soul patterns.
It's always good to diversify your creativity, so look around you, and more than likely you'll see something that you can apply your patterns to and transform its visual appeal. Earlier in the course, you saw me creating a floral pattern called Pollinate. I drew out my design concept. Built it using the bounding box method. Ran out test swatches. And ultimately used my finished pattern tile to create the fabric. I turned in this lovely dress for my daughter Savannah.
This pattern is included in the exercise files. All the textile patterns I've shown in this course were created using the online service spoonflower.com. Before you order fabric, you can order a swatch of it first for about $5. This ensures your colors and fabrics are accurate. Pattern design is fun and it's a great graphic medium to create with. And the services available to the design community now are getting better and better.
For more information regarding the services mentioned in this movie, check out the services resource PDF in the exercise files.
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