pattern bending

An experiment I worked on as a personal project and then proposed as an exercise to the students of the course in Basic Design held by Jacopo Piccione at the university of Ferrara. After having done some research I believe I can calim to be the inventor of this exercise.













Step one: design¬†a “70′s style” pattern



First step of my experiment was designing a pattern that¬†could be easy to identify as something dating back to the 70′s.
Before¬†asking professor Piccione’s students to draw, I held a lecture on pattern design, focusing on the main characteristics of¬†patterns drawn in the 50‚Äôs, 60‚Äôs, 70‚Äôs and 80‚Äôs.



Exercise two: qualify the pattern as a 70′s design through the use of appropriate colors





exercise three: now start bending!
The perception of this design can now be modified adding various elements.



3.1¬†Make it even more ¬†70′s
Add graphic or visual elements and choose an appropriate soundtrack.





In this¬†case I chose to enhance the 70′s feel representing the pattern also as a wallpaper. In class¬†this became a spark for a digression on home decoration in the 1970′s, the use of patterns on textiles and tapestry.



3.2 Distort the perception of the design bringing it to a contemporary feel.
Elements that can be changed are: color palette, sound track and Рfor the most skilled Рanimation.











3.3¬†distort the perception of the design bringing it to a “different” contemporary feel.
Just like it should be easier for students¬†to name many more different styles of contemporary music than they could name of 70′s music, they should be able to identify many more different contemporary styles in product, graphics¬†and animation. Here are the outcomes of my own attempt.















Here you can see a collection of the best works that were made by the students of the LBD course. I find most of them visually more interesting than this simple example I developed.