Christine Esperanza

A designer and a dabbler

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Loosely Inspired by the 60s

I had originally wanted to use 1960s architecture as my inspiration for my pattern. Here is my original moodboard:

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I noticed that I seemed to be attracted to outer space-themed objects, including the Guggenheim Museum. I started including images such as "The Jetsons" cartoon. Other elements I started to pull from this moodboard were geometric shapes (circles, squares, hexagons, triangles) and color palette of either primary colors or soothing blues/purples. Shapewise, I also noticed I like weirdly exagerrated things- the stretched stilts that the Jetsons building stood on and the funny fish-shaped space cars they flew in. Also, there seemed to be an element of shape repetition (helpful for pattern design!).

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I had originally meant to draw architectural works and buildings, but since I seemed gather slightly weirder and more abstract elements, I decided to do one more moodboard focusing on pattern design from the 60s. I looked at Marimekko and Biba designs to look at purely the shapes they employed. 

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As I doodled, I found that I preferred more organic shapes and even started warping the triangles, hexagons, and circles into more natural-looking motifs. 

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This is the vectorized version of my doodles.

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I took these doodles and worked mainly in a black and white color scheme. The doodles seemed to take on the life of sea creatures swimming upward toward the water's surface in addiiton to a latent theme of space creature aliens.

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With a space creature/underwater creature theme in mind, I started playing around in color.

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These are the final repeat patterns, in both black and white and in color. I originally preferred black and white, but I now find I prefer the color pattern because the eye seems to bounce around the pattern more. The final pattern design was not what I expected, but I am pretty pleased with it because I think it has a slight Saul Bass vibe! And his work being so heavily featured in the 60s really brings this all full circle.

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