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With influence from Pop-Art to art deco, this week the c3 design team chose their favourite pattern designs.  

Jane Seymour: Head of Design

Artist: Elizabeth Olwen

70’s-inspired repeat pattern design: This use of pastel colours puts a positive and modern twist on this retro floral print.

This artist perfectly encapsulates positivity and fun with this composition. She takes inspiration from her experiences of travel and nature and aims to “spread beauty” and “amplify joy” in everything that she creates. It’s also clear to see the impact of retro pattern design throughout her work. Looking particularly at the ’60s, ’70s and art deco-inspired design, her colour choices add a modern twist to the nostalgic prints that we all know and love.

Josh Kerr: Junior Digital Designer

Artist: Eduardo Aires

Following in the style of azulejo art, this simple design elegantly represents the culture of the city of Porto in a simple pattern.

This simple design elegantly represents the culture of Porto in a simple pattern. Following in the style of azulejo art, the pattern features a large collection of tiles that all seamlessly link together.

Each tile represents a different part of the city, including the culture, sports, buildings, churches and even the seas and rivers. The tiles are combined with a slick bold font and used to represent the city, and feature on everything from billboards to trams.

Nuno Vidal: Junior Digital Designer

Artist: Hassan Hajjaj

‘M., Kesh Angels’, (2010). The patterns are the main ingredient in these compositions, which instantly catch your eye.

Hajjaj heavily mixes colourful patterns and repeats everyday products (like tea cans) to produce a frame for his works. He manages to bring “London coolness” to the traditional Moroccan lifestyle in these fashion-like photoshoots that won him the status of the “Andy Warhol of Marrakech”. This is pop-art with a Berber Arabic twist.

Oliver Johnson: Digital Designer

Source: Lucy & Yak

This pattern uses repetition and colour to instantly convey the intended message to viewers.

Clothing Company, Lucy & Yak, used this image to accompany a blog post on their website. This pattern uses repetition of a female profile, in various skin tones, to encapsulate the post topic – the fight against racism – perfectly. Visually, the pattern works using a colour scheme that is reminiscent of the ’60s and ’70s but also instantly conveys a message to users about the post subject.

To find out more about our design team and their inspirations, head to our blog.

Jane Seymour

Digital Designer