Pattern and Texture: Cody Li

Before reading the definition for “texture” in Graphic Design The New Basics, my prior knowledge for texture in terms of art; was that it gave the object more depth. An object could be ‘flat’, in which it looks smooth and dull. By having texture, it gives an object more characteristics to it; texture is what gives bricks that grainy-rock like feel, texture is what allows a wool-knit sweater to have the grooves and bumps, texture is what gives depth to such objects.

My definition of pattern, is simply a reoccurring design that’s been repeated several times; whether the design be copy and pasted in the same manner, or certain repeated ones are slightly modified.


A picture of a giant boulder with holes eroded into its surface that I took when I went hiking in the Ape Caves during summer break.

In this picture example of a giant boulder that I found during my hike inside of Ape Caves, the holes are a great example of texture. Along the cave trail, there are many boulders of all shapes and sizes – and then once in a while; you’ll encounter these boulders. They had holes eroded onto the boulder’s surface, which is done from a long and slow process of water dripping from the ceiling and onto the boulder. The eroded holes in the boulder give it a new texture, from the smooth-grainy texture it had before. It now has a bumpy, indented feel to its surface. The boulder itself was huge, so by assuming that no one will move it in the future, the holes are likely to increase in depth as water continues to erode away the surface.



An overhead look of some fields from my view when I was on my flight to San Antonio, Texas this summer.

This picture was one that I took also during my summer break, when I flew to San Antonio, Texas. The aerial view I had from my window seat gave me the opportunity to take this picture. A bunch of simple rectangular green shapes; reformatted in different angles and sizes, and are in a repeated manner. But the general gist of the rectangles being repeated one next to another is what makes up this image’s simplicity.





Fallen tree from Redwood national park. Photo taken by me.

This photo was taken when I was on a hike with some friends at Redwood national park. It’s a great demonstration of lines, particularly because the national park is full of long trees. Amongst all of the tall vertical trees, there was this particular one that seemed to have fell, and carved into to allow passage through. I like this example because the fallen tree appears to be like that of a perpendicular line on a graph, it contrasts and cuts through the other other vertical lines.

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