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1.1.7-Drawing shapes and making design pattern with shapes

Drawing Shapes and making design pattern with shapes

Making pattern with shapes



  • Rectangles/Squares: Balance and Tradition
  • Circles: Infinity, Protection, and Femininity
  • Triangles: Stability, Energy, and Aggression
  • Rhombus: Vibrant and Contemporary Hexagon: Unity and Balance

Combining these shapes in different ways can create entirely new meanings. For example, creating something out of rectangles and triangles could emphasize a call to return to tradition.

But maybe you don’t want to do something complex; maybe you’d just like to use shapes here and there to give your site or product a little extra vitality, something that makes it stand out and look more professional

As the name implies, geometric patterns are a collection of shapes, repeating or altered to create a cohesive design. While you have the shape meanings down, you might not know where to start. Here we’ve listed few good examples to help jumpstart your design ideas, with tips on how to apply them.

Connect shapes in unique ways.

We’ve already explored how shapes can create images; exploring how those shapes connect can create new and interesting effects. For example, WORK HARD uses a variety of geometric shapes, and creates a flowing image by connecting them in different ways—for example, connecting the edges of the title and the shape for the individual’s head.


Try making a collage out of different shapes—something that guides viewers and makes your pattern easier on the eyes. NEO LAB, for example, uses diamonds of varying sizes, connected by their sides.

Use Diagonals.

Diagonals create a clear path for the eye to follow, offering the bonus of a cohesive design. FINNISH SUMMER is a wonderful example, using diagonal patterns to create a beautiful juxtaposition of images and colors.


Pattern Paired with colour, pattern offers a similar use to texture in that it can add appeal to a room. A pattern is created by the use a repetitive design and can be found in wallpaper, soft furnishings, rugs and fabrics. Patterns come in various types, such as stripes, geometric, pictorial, organic, motif and animal prints.

When implementing pattern, it’s best to firstly consider the size and style of a room. Introducing pattern in a small room should be done sparingly, to avoid overwhelming the space. However, as discussed in the element of line, patterns that create vertical or horizontal lines can be used to give a heightened sense of space.

Complex patterns made up of contrasting colours and lines can liven up a room, however they are best used in the form of a feature wall.

Large scale patterns can flourish in a large space and become a distinct focal point to the room. In regards to style, it’s vital to know what category the pattern falls into to ensure that the essence of the room is maintained. For example, for traditionally styled rooms, incorporate organic, floral prints. For a contemporary touch, geometric and abstract prints should be experimented with.

It’s Fun to use and with an element of functionality, patterns can bring a room to life. As a rule of thumb however, it’s best to include a maximum of three patterns, all drawing from the same colour scheme

Although a pattern can help to add texture to space it has a very different definition. Pattern relates to the repetition of a graphic motif on a material. Remember that texture refers to the 2D quality of a surface, where as a pattern relates to illustrative perception.

In commercial interior design, pattern is often applied using wallcoverings, tile, carpeting, and other graphic elements. Like texture, pattern can also define surfaces, impact scale, convey a design style, and add visual interest to a space. Be careful when applying pattern; if it’s not well balanced it can really overwhelm an interior environment.

As mentioned, texture and pattern have a huge role in defining the design style of a space. This is why in commercial interior design, it is very important that these elements are applied in a way that relate to the corporate brand of the business. Send the right message to your customers by applying the various elements of design in and effective way.

Create Patterns with Fonts

If you want to really stretch your creativity, try using the typeface itself to create your patternsNext Level, for example, uses a variety of triangles and hard lines to create a jagged, edgy effect. Creating patterns this way can help with whatever tone you might like for your site or product.


 Play With Symmetry.

While asymmetry creates a more free-flowing, fun look, symmetry can be used in geometric patterns to create something more elegant. ICP showcases this perfectly, especially on the cover, where the top half of the image perfectly mirrors the bottom.

Use Patterns Within Patterns

If you want something more complex, including geometric patterns within already existing shapes can be the way to go. one using squares to house patterns, the other using circles

Keep it simple.

Conversely, not everything has to be complex—simple shapes can be just as appealing. ASTOBRIGHTS  are great examples, using only a few shapes and lines to create appealing images.

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