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.
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.
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.
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…