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How to Make Repeat Patterns


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By Paul Jackson

This book explains how to create repeat patterns in a line, on the plane, as tiles, and as Escher-like repeats in simple steps and with non-mathematical terminology. Learn how to make ‘wallpaper repeats,’ where the elements of the pattern merge into each other, appearing seamless. 

Using letters as the basic elements, How to Make Repeat Patterns demonstrates how all repeat pattern-making comes out of four simple operations: translation, rotation, reflection, and glide reflection. This guide functions as the definitive one-stop pattern-making resource for professional designers and students across disciplines, from textiles and fashion to graphic design and architecture.

Designed by Nicolas Pauly

Repeat patterns used in the book originated by students in Degree-level courses at the Hochschüle für Gestaltüng in Schwäbisch Gmünd, Germany under Paul Jackson's guidance

Published by Laurence King Publishing, 2018

Softcover, 220 pages, full color, 8.75 × 8.7 inches

ISBN: 978-1-78627-129-7