PATTERNITY is a London based design studio, consultancy and archive founded in 2009 by photographer/art director Anna Murray, and surface/product designer Grace Winteringham. And yet, like me, many surface pattern designers may have never noticed them This almost seems to be "by design." To briefly summarize the PATTERNITY Manifesto, they believe that by drawing from the patterns that occur all around us everyday, designs can be created that are comforting and can effect change.
PATTERNITY projects are driven by the core belief that a shared engagement with pattern can have positive and powerful results.
The book has three sections. Curiousity explores the design elements found in nature, and our urban environments. Collaboration is about the value in creating with others in an age when digital tools so often make it too easy to work in solitude. Connectivity explores the ways in which pattern can connect us to the larger world.
When I sat down with the book, it was just after the holidays. I was feeling a little drained, and creatively blank. Afterward I went for a walk in my neighborhood, and suddenly noticed pattern everywhere, from the local diner's accoustic tiled ceiling, to the metal acces plates in the sidewalks. I can see myself dipping back into this book again and again, for inspiration, and to see the world in new ways. And their online archive is well worth frequent visits too.