Hey vintage surface pattern design lovers! Here's another post in my series of lessons from my 1953 educational text Commercial Art and Design. Today's exercise involves working with straight and curved lines. This section of the booklet takes inspiration from our humble alphabet. It makes sense, because after all, aren't letters just different combinations of simple straight and/or curved lines?
Let's get started. First, study the following alphabet and numbers that the booklet has printed in this elegant vintage font. Take note of where the lines meet in each letter and digit, as well as the positive and negative spaces.
Okay, now your turn! Open up your sketchbooks. Pick out a letter and start pairing it with other letters or numbers, or repeat it and see what you get. Overlap them, stretch them, squish them, line them up, flip them—whatever you feel like doing! After you try creating several new shapes with your letter/number combinations, have a go at creating a pattern. You can also make interesting border designs with letters and numbers. On the left are some examples to help get you going.
Don't stop 'til you fill a page . . . or two. Have fun!