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Final Black and White Pattern

Design Studio Unit 2 

Rhode Island School of Design 

Fall Semester

Section Professor: John Caserta 

Unit Two Professor: Tom Ockerse  

Prompt: How can we reveal the subtle in the obvious, the limitless in the limited?

When investigating modules I found that the designs I quickly made were the most successful compared to ones I looked at for more than five minutes. By this I mean that overworking such a simple icon was not the right way to go about my process because when I did, it become too concentrated or overworked. Once settling on my three favorite modules, I began to play with each by creating patterns and ended up choosing the one I selected because I enjoyed how the straight lines would meet and disconnect throughout the various patterns I made. At times I would get lost in the pattern and this was something I enjoyed, I didn’t want the pattern to be straight forward right away at a first glance. I also picked my module because I felt it had the most possibilities in its form and would not become an expected pattern but rather transform each time.


After critique, the only correction I really found necessary was the addition of continuous lines in order to connect the module throughout the pattern. After both adding and subtracting lines, it became pretty clear how to avoid large empty spaces while still instilling the original characteristics of the first module.


When converting my patterns into color, I made a decision to only use primary colors because I wanted to test the visibility and power of the pattern without an overwhelming amount of color. I thought this design choice served me well as I could make variations throughout the various patterns even though my color palette was relatively limited. My pattern may have been simple in its geometric form but even in black and white and very much so with the addition of color, the patterns became comic like.

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