Pattern Design: Kai Amos

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This image is of the book cover, “Matisse’s Garden” authored by Samantha Friedman and illustrated by Cristina Amodeo. This children’s book takes an innovative look at the artistic process of Matisse in its own artistic and unique fashion. The book uses cutouts to reveal replications of Matisse’s work,  communicating the complex ideas of art to children.

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In this image of the book cover “One Million” the author, Hendrik Hertzberg, wanted to represent what a million physically looks like. On 200 pages, the author placed 2000 dots and then correlated a statistic with the number of dots. His goal was to allow people to fully grasp and understand how much or little a statistic represents in number.

The image to the left is the front cover of “Matisee’s Garden”, a children’s book. This book contains many different organic patterns in the form of paper cutouts. These cutouts overlap and create images of both the scenes and animals featured and Matisee’s actual work and the narrative of the children’s book. The shapes used appear to be organic due to little to no symmetry. The lines also appear wavy which  give it a feel of human error or imperfection which also adds to the organic characteristic of the shapes.As shown in the cover, the shapes encompass the page, never truly dedicating to a vertical or horizontal pattern. Color plays a large role in the patterns present in “Matisee’s Garden”. To create figure/ground, the author contrasted the shapes with bright and dark colors. This gives the viewer a sense 3 dimension because they eye is 1st drawn to the larger contrasted shapes and then to the light blue background that appears on a flat, single plane further away from the viewer. The use of color contrast creating foreground background and overlapping organic shapes creates an engaging, energetic visual for the viewer which is beneficial for a children’s book.

The next image is the cover of “One Million.” The use of patterns contrasts from the previous book and exemplifies the large scale at which patterns can be used. Unlike the playful feel of the organic shapes, the geometric pattern represented in “One Million,” has a mathematical feel.The book contains one million dots and every dot has its own number in that sequence while annotations present facts about specific  the numbers (represented by dots). The grid, created by each dot, allows the eyes to make vertical, horizontal, and diagonal lines to better understand where each dot is in relation to the others; this is especially useful in regards to comparing the statistics. The use of color, in this case, enhances the geometric pattern by providing lines and even a plane to guide the eye to follow a specific pattern of the dots. The red guides the eye to find the shape of then letters creating the title within the dots. The purpose of the patterns is to be informative.

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