Patternbombing with Make It In Design

Rachael Taylor and her Make it in Design colleagues set a global pattern challenge this Summer; to (digitally) patternbomb landmarks around the world, filling the globe with patterns.

It involved Photoshop.

Photoshop and I are not friends, despite many tutorials and demonstrations. So I couldn't see that this challenge was going to be my cup of tea. But there was a tutorial alongside the challenge, and somehow, for the first time (where many have failed before) the process appeared to make sense. And once I had started, there was no stopping (I highly recommend you try this - it's bizarrely addictive).

Along the way, some Make It In Design school students said they'd be interested to see the pattern on its own, or indeed the photograph before the pattern was applied, so I thought I'd put together a few images showing all the component parts. I'm certainly curious about a lot of the wonderful patternbombs that other students were creating.

It was a really fun project for the Summer holidays, during which I had so little time to sit down and focus on "serious" projects. I've learned a lot about how to use Photoshop better, and had lots of ideas about how to present patterns in fun way in the future.

The Make It In Design team were gracious enough to award me an "honorary mention" for my efforts during the patternbombing challenge! So look out for a feature on their website some time soon. In the meantime, here's the breakdown.

 
There's just one problem with Copenhagen's Little Mermaid: not enough NEON!

There's just one problem with Copenhagen's Little Mermaid: not enough NEON!

 
This is the ruin of the Queenstown/Queensway cinema and bowling alley in Singapore. I absolutely loved this ruin, and used to spend hours wandering around it taking photos. It was the inspiration behind several of my designs, including the one that I've patternbombed it with! It makes me sad that they knocked it down recently.

This is the ruin of the Queenstown/Queensway cinema and bowling alley in Singapore. I absolutely loved this ruin, and used to spend hours wandering around it taking photos. It was the inspiration behind several of my designs, including the one that I've patternbombed it with! It makes me sad that they knocked it down recently.

 
Patternbombing gives my ego a good excuse to wrap one of my scarves around a local landmark, so that's always good :-) Here's my Queenstown/Queensway pattern (also inspired by the old bowling alley in the picture above), patternbombing the Chanonry Point lighthouse, Black Isle, Scotland.

Patternbombing gives my ego a good excuse to wrap one of my scarves around a local landmark, so that's always good :-) Here's my Queenstown/Queensway pattern (also inspired by the old bowling alley in the picture above), patternbombing the Chanonry Point lighthouse, Black Isle, Scotland.

 
Inspired by the white peacocks that wander around Tivoli Gardens, and that lovely blue roof!

Inspired by the white peacocks that wander around Tivoli Gardens, and that lovely blue roof!

 
Blink and you'll miss it as the colours are quite similar to the original sandstone. But the texture of this carpet-like pattern makes this lovely Glasgow tenement even prettier.

Blink and you'll miss it as the colours are quite similar to the original sandstone. But the texture of this carpet-like pattern makes this lovely Glasgow tenement even prettier.

 
The Municipal Casino San Pellegrino is a bit plain, a bit minimal and understated don't you think? Needs a bit more pattern...

The Municipal Casino San Pellegrino is a bit plain, a bit minimal and understated don't you think? Needs a bit more pattern...

 
This leaded plain glass coffee shop window in Bergamo Alta funicular railway station, Italy, was really pretty. Adding an Art Deco-inspired scarf pattern behind it turned it into a stained glass window.

This leaded plain glass coffee shop window in Bergamo Alta funicular railway station, Italy, was really pretty. Adding an Art Deco-inspired scarf pattern behind it turned it into a stained glass window.

 
A sari shop window in Serangoon Road, Singapore. I love the cracked texture of the original wall, and it shows through the pattern so beautifully.

A sari shop window in Serangoon Road, Singapore. I love the cracked texture of the original wall, and it shows through the pattern so beautifully.

 
Here in Aberdeenshire we're lucky to be surrounded by fairytale castles. Many are pink and most are said to be haunted. So I thought this picture of Fyvie Castle, taken last Christmas, could use a rowan tree pattern bomb (to keep any witches at bay!).

Here in Aberdeenshire we're lucky to be surrounded by fairytale castles. Many are pink and most are said to be haunted. So I thought this picture of Fyvie Castle, taken last Christmas, could use a rowan tree pattern bomb (to keep any witches at bay!).