Source & Mix: Digital Patterns from Vintage Encyclopaedia Illustrations

Evgeniya & Dominic Righini-Brand, Graphic Design & Photography

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12 Lessons (35m)
    • 1. Introduction & Overview

      0:51
    • 2. Sourcing Images: License & Quality Consideration

      3:17
    • 3. Ideas Behind a Pattern

      1:41
    • 4. Organising Project Files

      1:44
    • 5. Cutting out the Elements

      7:30
    • 6. Setting up the Pattern File

      2:20
    • 7. Putting Cut-outs into One File

      1:32
    • 8. Forming a Pattern

      4:15
    • 9. Creating a Repeatable Seamless Pattern

      2:38
    • 10. Developing Colour Variants

      3:54
    • 11. Saving Your Pattern Tiles

      3:50
    • 12. Making Pattern Presets & Conclusion

      1:52
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Project Description

Create a Digital Pattern from found Vintage Encyclopaedia Illustrations.

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Start by researching patterns and think about the themes which inspire you. You can focus on the story behind the pattern, a typology of objects, or arrangement of elements. Or a combination of these approaches. Also think about what you want to use your pattern for. Don’t hesitate to check out our Vintage Patterns research board on Pinterest to get started with you research.


Complete your class project by uploading the following:

  • original source images;
  • 1 or more final patterns;
  • examples of your patterns's colour variants and any work-in-progress previews (including pattern diamonds) if you want to receive feedback on how to develop your work further;
  • previews of the pattern's applications (optional);
  • a few words about what you want to use your pattern for, how you picked your source images, where the ideas came from and what you have learnt.


Resources:

Biodiversity Heritage Library on Flickr

Bibliodyssey Flickr Library

U.S. Department of Agriculture Pomological Watercolor Collection

The J. Paul Getty Museum

Getty Collection Search Gateway

Vintage Patterns — our research board on Pinterest

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