Mira Kirvesmaki

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The great pattern hunt

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Over the last couple of days I’ve been hunting for patterns that could inspire the background pattern used in my application. With the guidance of few textiles students I hit few recommended pattern books to see what style would hit my fancy. Here are few of the directions that really had something that intrigued me:

“Watercolour” patterns

watercolour inspiration

watercolour inspiration

+handmade quality that would mirror the hand-drawn strokes

-how would the other interface elements fit in?

-/+very different direction in style from what I’ve been previously pursuing. This might not be a bad thing though as I’ve been hitting a wall there too so a change in direction might be just what I need.

 

Circle patterns

Pattern inspiration

Pattern inspiration

+circles could be the “theme” of the app

+the actual UI element circle would be easy to blend into the bg

-is there such thing as too much of a good thing/too many circles?

Two toned patterns

Two tone inspiration

Two tone inspiration

+instead of colour opacity or intensity could be used to create the difference

Other ideas that rose from these:

-I could use the curved lines of the smilies to form the pattern.

-Colour could be used underneath pattern instead of on top of it thus almost like lighting up the pattern in the foreground.

-A ripple effect could be used from the circles, deeply incorporating them into the pattern.

Besides hitting the library I also tapped into the wealth of resources available online. Here is a collection of some of the materials I found. Most of these fall under one of the three categories mentioned earlier.

Pattern inspiration

Pattern inspiration

 

 

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