Introduction to Surface Design: Creating and Mixing Patterns Free class

Jenna Frye, Faculty, Maryland Institute College of Art

20 Videos (1h 42m)
  • Pattern Formation and Fascination

    • Trailer

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      01:23
    • Welcome!

      01:17
    • Lecture 1: Exploring Patterns

      04:32
    • Lecture 2: Building Patterns

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      05:39
    • Lecture 3: Design Elements I

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      07:05
    • Demo 1: The Dot, Stripe, Grid then Crop Method

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      06:49
    • Demo 2: The Design From The Corners Method

      03:43
    • Demo 3: The Outside In Method

      06:55
  • Color, Style and Brand

    • Welcome!

      01:05
    • Lecture 1: Color Stories

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      05:34
    • Lecture 2: Style and Brand

      06:05
    • Demo 1: Digital Albers

      13:02
    • Demo 2: Mixing Complimentary Neutrals

      05:49
    • Demo 3: Repel/Attract

      06:58
  • Mixing Patterns

    • Welcome!

      01:05
    • Lecture 1: Design Elements III - Texture

      02:27
    • Lecture 2: Creating Collections I

      04:26
    • Lecture 3: Creating Collections II

      08:00
    • Demo 1: Making Simple Scallops

      06:14
    • Demo 2: Passing The Apron Test

      04:16

About This Class

Oh, patterns! Beautiful, inscrutable, mesmerizing patterns, I love them so, and as a quick jaunt around the internet will prove, I am not alone in this love. Great pattern design is at once logical and whimsical, repetitive but surprising, intricate and simple. When a beautiful pattern is applied to the right surface it has the power to delight and amaze. Equally so, an unresolved pattern, or poor application, has the power to drive our visual senses to madness. And that’s all before trying to make a pattern work well with another pattern–Amirite?!

What You'll Learn

  • Pattern essentials. The fundamentals of pattern recognition, design and application.
  • Personal style/brand. We’ll focus on creating our own thematic collections of 3 patterns that will mix, match and apply beautifully on a number of surfaces.
  • Expression. Pattern collections are very personal style statements and fabulous opportunities for self-expression. 

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What You'll Do

Design and work with multiple patterns that will be intoxicating, and potentially bring unique visual interest to a project. You'll create pattern designs that hits all the major principles and elements of design with contrast, balance, scale and color being among the chief operating officers. 

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Who This Class is For
This is a fantastic course for beginning and established designers looking to develop their skills with color, texture and personal style. Artists/designers/makers/crafters will all find useful and practical suggestions for creating and mixing effective yet alluring patterns. So yeah, let’s get this pattern party started! All hands in?

To complete the projects, you will need access to Adobe Illustrator or Inkscape (free).

99% Positive Reviews 293 See All

Excellently prepared and clear instructions with exercises to do. A great comprehensive guide to using and creating complementary colours and how to create patterns using the Adobe Illustrator program. She also has attention to detail in explaining the colourways and I also loved seeing examples by key designers she shows you.
An excellent study on the structure of patterns and pattern collections. I've learned a LOT!
Milena Brandao

freelance graphic designer

I am loving this class--so insightful, so much information delivered so efficiently, and so much fun. If you have been struggling on your own with creating patterns this class will be a delight.

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Jenna Frye

Faculty, Maryland Institute College of Art

My name is Jenna. I teach, I make stuff, I talk about teaching and making stuff. I'm a very proud member of the full time Foundation Faculty at MICA where I'm lucky enough to get paid to work with some of the most magical and talented artists in this entire world.