What a funny little book about design! The pattern images are all the most basic examples of their kind. Not only that, but they're all printed in black and shades of grey, with a very few pastels thrown in.
Yet inside is enough to satisfy the curiosity and wandering mind of any surface pattern designer, on any venn diagram ever. There's history, sociology, cultural references, anthropology, mythology, poetry, mathematics...you name it! Name another pattern book that can tell you the real reason that some refer to the French as "frogs." (Hint: it's nothing to do with lunch!) Learn what "tribe" your choice of neckwear might be signaling. Or why, in 16th century Kashmir, the gift of an costly paisley shawl put you a rung down on the social ladder.
Throughout Patternalia, you'll find underlined text, rather like hyperlinks. You are encouraged to jump from topic to topic, as these "links" intrigue you. Small enough to reside on the corner of a desk or bedside table, Patternalia invites you to browse at will. Who knows how you might be inspired!
If you are a Surface Pattern Designer, Graphic Designer, Fashion Designer or all around color lover your go to color search starts and stops at Pantone. Pantone's standardized color system enables the designer and the manufacturer to perfectly match the color pallette of the printed piece without being in the same location.
The company has been around since the 1950's. It began as a division of M & J Levine Advertising. The ink and printing division was organized and systematized by Lawrence Herbert, who in the 1960's bought the division and renamed it Pantone. Fifty plus years later and Pantone is still the industry leader in color, and it's no wonder. In the age of computer control and machine manufacturing Pantone still sees the value of the human element. Every color is mixed by hand and then tested by a color technician. Take a look at this great video of two color experts at work.
Liberty London produces some of the most stunning and timeless surface pattern designs to be seen and purchased by all. I came across this great video of Liberty's Design Studio behind the scenes. Each designer talks about their inspiration and the pattern they created for the 2012 line.
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