Pattern and Texture: Abby Larson


Licence Plate Collage

License Plate Collage by Elijah Macleod at

This garage is covered in lots of textures, both virtual and physical. Tangibly, the garage door is made of a grid of license plates, which most people know to be smooth metal with raised numbers and letters, and sometimes a raised frame as well. The walls of the garage appear to be covered in scrap metal, with raised and depressed ridges. These scraps are pieced together like a puzzle. Possibly the most eye-catching feature is the rusty brown tire and tire-cap positioned on the wall above the garage door, noticeably off-center.  This wheel, combined with various other signs and old license plates gives the impression of an old and cranky virtual texture. The greenery in the top left corner of the frame indicates that this garage might be surrounded by trees. The soft, and delicate aura of the nature seen here creates a stark yet ordinary juxtaposition with the industrial and haphazard impression of the garage. Within these textures, one can decipher a patter. Ellen Lupton, and Jennifer Cole Phillips of Graphic Design: The New Basics, say, “Dots, stripes, and grids provide the architecture behind an infinite range of designs.” I think this a well- worded definition for pattern. The metal ridges of the garage wall stack atop one another to create lines of slight color variations. The grid that is formed by the pieced together license plates is another example of pattern. Each license plate could be considered a point and each point is strung together to create a line and those lines intersect one another to arrange a grid. This grid is arguably the most eye-catching pattern in the picture.

Succulent frenzy

Succulent frenzy by Edgar Castrejon at

This picture to the left exemplifies point, line, plane, and volume. Each plant is its own point and each of these points has depth. The points form paths, both vertically and horizontally.  The volume created by the proximity of all these points and lines gives this picture depth and variation. The colors vary seemingly randomly, but the colors are all within a spectrum of blues and green.

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