Handbook of Regular Patterns

Handbook of Regular Patterns

An Introduction to Symmetry in Two Dimensions

By Peter S. Stevens

This handbook takes a different approach by revealing the structural anatomy of patterns, showing how they are generated and how their parts interrelate.

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This handbook takes a different approach by revealing the structural anatomy of patterns, showing how they are generated and how their parts interrelate.

Most books catalog patterns either by motif or historical period. This handbook takes a different approach by revealing the structural anatomy of patterns, showing how they are generated and how their parts interrelate. It demonstrates how designers and artists, whether students or professionals, can play limitless variations upon a few fundamental patterns and structural arrangements.

The book explores these configurations step by step, starting with simple symmetries of mirror reflections, rotations, translations, and glide-reflections, building to point groups and the seven distinct band or linear arrays, and culminating in the seventeen full-fledged wallpaper patterns. A concluding chapter presents a visual synopsis of the basic patterns.

The author, whose own designs are included here, is a registered architect, practicing artist, and author of Patterns in Nature.

Hardcover

Out of Print ISBN: 9780262191883 400 pp. | 8.3 in x 8.4 in

Paperback

Out of Print ISBN: 9780262690881 400 pp. | 8.3 in x 8.4 in