Uppercase: #57

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UPPERCASE creates beautiful and inspiring books for the creative and curious. Published since 2009, UPPERCASE has an enthusiastic and loyal readership of designers, illustrators, craftspeople, creative entrepreneurs and paper lovers around the world. Ads-free, with high-quality production values and a unique design aesthetic, the content of each issue is eclectic and inspiring. I have a wonderfully talented roster of core contributing writers, illustrators and photographers.

In this issue:

Dear Reader,

Patterns, patterns and more patterns! Welcome to the fifth edition of the UPPERCASE Surface Pattern Design Guide.

When designing a surface pattern, your choice of media, technology, theme, motif, colour palette and scale are only some of the starting technical variables. You also have to choose the method of the repeat: block (motifs arranged in a grid, also called “full drop”), half drop (staggered mid-way), arrangement by brick, nestled tiled shapes (diamond, hexagon or ogee) or simply randomly tossed (scattered) motifs.

In pattern making, the fusion of geometry, colour and creativity offers infinite possibilities. Having skill is certainly important—whether gained through deliberate practice or serendipitous talent—but when it comes to creating a design that is attractive and memorable, it is the artist’s individuality that has the most influence. Personality (with all of its idiosyncrasies!), a knack for storytelling and an eye for colour. Those are the intangible qualities of a successful surface pattern designer.

May this issue be a joyful celebration of pattern and personality!

Janine Vangool
publisher / editor / designer