Everything you need to know about graphic patterns

The strange and surprising origins of everyday graphic patterns are explored in this new book.


Patternalia explores everything from polka dots to fleur-de-lis

From striped shirts to gingham tablecloths, it's fair to say that most people interact with patterns every single day without noticing them.

But hidden within these patterns are cultural associations and historical connections, all of which are explored in Patternalia, the latest book by Jude Stewart.

Following on from the success of her book about colour, Jude has now teamed up with graphic designer Oliver Munday to plumb the backstories of individual patterns.

Covering everything from honeycombs to keffiyeh, man-made and naturally occuring graphic patterns are detailed in Patternalia. So if you've ever wondered why an Idian pattern like Paisley is named after a Scottish town, or just why polka dots are patriotic, be sure to check out this book.

Get a taste of what to expect with the images below.

Patternalia cover

Patternalia explains pattern history with eye-catching designs


You'll find out the association between polka dots and bikinis

Patternalia tie

New York designer Oliver Munday created the distinctive illustrations

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Dom Carter is staff writer at Creative Bloq. Coming from an SEO and web copywriting background, Dom first came to Future for a week of work experience at SFX magazine. Away from the office, Dom likes to write scripts and short stories, and watch an unhealthy amount of Doctor Who.