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Repeat Patterns: Irregular Repeats

August 23, 2010

Irregular repeats, also known as step or sliding repeats, are based on the same principles as drop and brick repeats. The difference is the consecutive units are not always moved through a fraction of the unit. Both types of repeat may be combined, and the drop is not always continued in a regular sequence and changes in direction and orientation may be applied.

Zig-zag formations and irregular structures give a sense of the irrational and create a more unpredictable effect. These stepped or sliding units can make a big difference to the size or emphasis of the repeats.

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

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