Syncopation Surface Pattern Design

Two by One Tiles

Syncopation Inspiration

The design was inspired by a shot I took of tiny mosaic tiles each about 2 x 1 cm (hence the original title called 2-by-1). I was intrigued by how each tile appeared to be unique.

Early Designs

The first designs of syncopation still have the tile-like pattern with a seemingly random horizontal pattern. I liked the idea of exploring how two simple coloured shapes could be rearranged within the 2-by-1 rectangle to form an array of different patterns – coded A. Rollover images to see their coding. At this point the shapes on the tiles were opaque white, the colouring comes from the background. I have been building up background colours adding a few more with each new design. There is a palette of 26 background colours used in these designs.

Revolving the Tiles

Simply rotating the grid of tiles created another set of designs. I brought back the outline of each tile which emphasised the grid pattern more – designs coded B to H. With these designs the tiles themselves were coloured, but wasn’t very flexible as there were few combinations that worked with the background colours.

White Tiles

To create a more flexible design I went back to colouring the tile patterns opaque white, then using the various background colours to show through the areas that weren’t white, designs coded J.

Varying Opacity

I found by making the secondary areas of the design an opacity of 50% white, I could easily achieve a paler version of the background colour – designs coded K. At this point the design was effectively vertical…

Rotating the Design Horizontal

By rotating the syncopation design to run horizontally I saw that each “tile” had what appeared to be a top middle and bottom, which went 50% – 100% – 50%. As a test, I changed the tint of the top to 20% white making it appear darker. Then changed the bottom one to 70% white making it lighter. The effect gives the design three shades (of the background colour) plus white. For this final version I removed some of the odd tiles that stood out in the earlier patterns. This makes the pattern repeat less easy to spot – and reduces the odd rivers that ran through earlier versions.

Placing The Pattern In A Location

I combined each finished design with a straight-on shot of the chair used in my design for mid century modern chairs. Adding a fake carpet and simple skirting board. For every image I altered the colour of the real chair to complement the surface wallpaper. For each design I also created a simple version that was just the pattern, to show how the design could be used for fabric, lampshades, and other surfaces.

Creating This Website Page

I chose a set of my favourite designs from a total of 251 variations. They are roughly sorted by colour. Rolling your mouse over an image will display its code. Each of the slideshows has a different set-up depending on the screen sized used. Those using a small mobile will be shown a lot less images than those using large desktop screens.

The Future

I would love this design to have another life taken up by a manufacturer. Please contact me if you would like a high resolution file or to talk about how we could work together.

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