Pattern Design and Color Interaction – Lisa Gaviglio

Neon Autumn by Dailey Crafton from The Amazing Pattern Library


This pattern is geometric because there is a visible pattern of lines and dots that make up a grid. The tile is repeated in a diamond shape running vertically and horizontally. Each tile in this pattern can be seen as a dot, and is clearly separated by lines. These lines are made up of small dots in the shape of leaves.

It seems that the colors chosen for this pattern are all warmer super saturated colors. There is yellow, dark and light orange, brown, and pink. In terms of line, these colors help to accentuate it by having the small orange leaves contrasted against a dark brown background. Since the orange color is more intense than the brown it stands out and helps to create that line bordering all the dots that makes the grid. In the center of the tile there are two very saturated yellow bells that immediately draw the eye away from the lighter orange of the pattern. The pink that is also creating dots stands out because it too has a very high intensity and saturation. In this particular pattern the darkest color brown tends to recede and the yellow, pink, and then orange stand out more (in that order).


Special Delivery by Matt Delbridge from The Amazing Pattern Library


This second pattern can be considered organic because it is irregular and cannot easily be seen. There are so many stamps at varying sizes and colors that the eye becomes overwhelmed and trying to look at all the little details, missing the repeating pattern.

The pattern is made up of lots of small multiples in the form of stamps. They are all individual dots that can string together maybe four at a time to create a line/stripe. However, there are so many stamp sizes that the lines cannot continue for very long. There are also lines in the border of the stamps that really help separate them from the background as well as from the surrounding stamps. The tiles used seem rather large creating that sense of irregularity and the fact that it seems to overlap on the right side helps as well.

There are many colors in this pattern, but they all seem to be tertiary colors (red orange, yellow green, blue green, purple blue). The colors in most of the stamps seem to have a tint to them making their value lighter. The background is also a very light color (green? brown?) which allows the pattern to achieve a sense of harmony between the stamps and the color they are placed upon. This allows the eye to easily look upon the pattern and flow through it making it seem more organic.  Overall the temperature of this piece seems to be cooler because the colors are all tints.

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