Pattern Understanding


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Patterns are an event of form, and there are an infinite number of variations and imperfections within each pattern. They are created by pressure between media, usually just two, and in them and their flows of energy, we can find a huge potential for design.

Though the variations are endless, there are few core patterns upon which everything is model. Waves, for example, are a core pattern, and we can observe them as the ocean (pressure between the weather and water) or dunes (pressure between wind and sand). Other core patterns include streamlines, spirals, lobes, branches, and scatters. All of these are formed by growth and flow.

Lastly, there is a special core pattern, nets, which is formed by shrinkage. We can set net patterns in series of hexagons, such as honey hives, and we can also see them the cracking, such as with dried mud.

Key Takeaways:

∙Patterns are events of form caused by pressure between two (or more) media.

∙While there are many variations and imperfections of pattern, there is a finite number of core patterns.

∙Core patterns include waves, streamlines, cloud forms, spirals, lobes, branches, and nets.

∙Most patterns are formed by growth and flow, except nets, which are formed by shrinkage.