#art / Plus Equals #3.

Another quarter brings the latest issue of Rob Weychert’s fantastic zine. The subject is on creating seamless patterns.

In my design career, I’ve created my share of tile patterns, especially in the early days when the background of pretty much every website was a neo-Warholian eternity of stars or balloons or skulls or whatever. In patterns, as in any other aesthetic endeavor, beauty is not easily formulated or defined. Music theory and the golden ratio notwithstanding, the right brain guards its secrets well. But I’ve found that patterns that stimulate my left brain tend to obey a recognizable principle: the harder the individual tiles are to detect, the better. This often equates to complexity: greater complexity equals greater seamlessness equals greater wonder induced.

Achieving that kind of complexity in tile pattern design has typically evaded me, to say nothing of making it actually look good. But recently I started thinking about how complex, seamless tile patterns could be derived from relatively simple systems, and it wasn’t long before combinatorics entered the fray.

Intriguing from cover-to-cover, especially the gallery of combinations made possible by Rob’s process. The whole issue is beautiful, especially if you’re fortunate to receive the printed edition. What I really want now is a series of desktop images and maybe even the tile set to play with on my own.

#art / Behind the decks.

Luxury Luke shares a behind the scenes look at his recent work creating beautiful art using skate board decks as the canvas. Also interesting to see his work using other materials. If you haven’t seen them yet, check out all of Luke’s recent work at Cream Co.

#art / Plus Equals.

Tired of reading about NFT already? Here’s a swell alternative—a quarterly zine in which Rob Weychert explores algorithmic art with a focus on combinatorics (as explained by Pixar animators). This is such a cool project. I especially love the first issue based on a gift Rob made for friends may years ago. If you don’t follow Mr. Weychert you need to. He’s one fo the most creative designer/developers on the planet.