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Repeat Patterns: Drop Repeats

August 17, 2010

The half drop repeat is perhaps the most commonly found of all the repeat systems and is widely used in wallpaper design, where it helps to visually increase the width of the pattern. The repeat is created by positioning each unit half-way down the next unit. Quarter drops and other fractional drops create gradual or steeply stepped arrangements.

Depending on the scale and structure of the design, drops can be used to create diaper effects, strong diagonals or a relatively random appearance. Mirroring can produce zig-zag or serpentine effects, which can be further accentuated by the use of diagonal lines.

… From Repeat Patterns: a manual for designers, artists and architects, by Peter Phillips and Gillian Bunce.

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