27 glorious geometric patterns in design

An inspiring collection of geometric patterns featuring illustration, branding and more.

Lately, we've noticed a lot of designers using geometric patterns, shapes and styles in their logo designs, vector art and more. Using these shapes, the designs become a simple yet wholly striking work of art channelling influences from the design era of art deco.

We've rounded up our favourite examples of geometric patterns and designs featuring geometric shapes. See what you think...

01. Eric Broug

Eric Broug's art is inspired by Islamic geometric design

Dutch artist and designer Eric Broug discovered Islamic geometric art as a student in Amsterdam, and has been pursuing it ever since. Because the use of figurative images is forbidden in Islamic art, it often uses intricate geometric patterns, created by the repetition, overlapping and interlacing of squares and circles, following mathematical rules. 

Broug taught himself about Islamic geometric art by trying to deconstruct and recreate its patterns with a compass, ruler, pencil and paper, and today he creates his own Islamic-style designs when he's not travelling the world for an academic publisher.

02. Jeremy Booth

Curiosity demonstrates Jeremy Booth's geometric approach to illustration

Born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky, Jeremy Booth is a self-taught designer and illustrator whose style has been described as 'vector noir', with an emphasis on strong angular lines with plenty of bold light and shadow. 

Much of his work features distinctly geometric elements, as can be seen in one of his recent illustrations, Curiosity. Head to his site to see more examples of his eye-catching work.

03. City of Melbourne

Geometric designs: City of Melbourne

This cool design is as multi-faceted as the city itself

Bringing a city together through branding is no easy task, especially when the city in question is a diverse as Melbourne, Australia. However that's exactly what branding agency Landor had to achieve with their aesthetic for the City of Melbourne Council.

Thanks to a clever geometric design, the chunky 'M' logo is flexible enough to reflect the different aspects and personalities of the city. Accompanied by a broader branding campaign that spreads across print and online platforms, Landor have successfully tied together the city through angular imagery.

04. Olivia King's packaging

Geometric designs: Olivia King packaging

This dynamic packaging really complements the jewellery

Australian designer, printer and podcaster Olivia King created this beautiful collection of concept packaging, which is suitably called Trigonometry. With a focus on angles and a bright visual identity, this design links up physical good with a digital app.

Thanks to its uniform look and feel, this gorgeous design really elevates the value of the products and packaging. Now we want to see it hit the shelves for real!

05. Nancy Mitford covers

Geometric designs: Nancy Mitford covers

This series of 8 novels each have a distinctive geometric cover

Commissioned by Penguin Random House's in-house design team, New York-based artist Lourdes Sanchez created these soothing geometric covers for new editions of Nancy Mitford books.

To take the edge off what could be visually overwhelming covers, these designs were created with watered-down paints that make for a pleasant finish. Each of the eight novels have a different design, ranging from a mosaic effect, diagonal stripes and teardrops.

06. Infinity

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Koseoglu's work focuses on naturally occuring geometric patterns

Based in London, Umit Koseoglu is a digital artist, fine art, and portrait photographer. His work focuses around the beauty of the natural world, with this geometric offering honing in on Iceland's environments.

"Infinity is a body of work created by isolating naturally occuring patterns found within the Icelandic landscape to form tessellating abstract images, which can be infinitely repeated," he explains. You can take a look at more of the images on his website – you can also purchase prints of your favourites!

07. Dogs

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Ty Dale uses geometric shapes in most of his work

Freelancer Ty Dale focuses much of his work using geometric shapes. From hot dogs to actual dog illustrations, his bold use of colours and playful approach means we've fallen head-over-heels for his geometric style. As well as editorial illustrations, he's also produced geometric prints that you'll definitely want to get your hands on.

08. Feedback Cam

"I've been working on a webcam-feedback generator, which makes geometric patterns," explains interactive developer Lawrie Cape. "Basically, it's a website, where you point your webcam back at the screen." Producing breathtaking geometric patterns, it's a unique approach to geometric design. Have a go yourself on the website.

09. Vector animals

Geometric patterns vector animals

This geometric vector series is a marvel of inspiration

This project from designer Hope Little, which began back in 2012, is a marvel of geometric design. These vector animals have proven so popular that Little has even started taking requests for portraits.

"I wanted to steer away from my usual melty, disproportional illustrations and try for something clean and balanced," explains Little. "I started experimenting with shapes, settling on a triangle to keep things clean and simple. I wanted the illustrations to be bright and colourful, so I searched for animals; do to the fact the fur offered a wide variety of patterns and colours."

10. Geometric tattoos

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More geometric animals here, this time on your skin

Combining precise shapes and bold, in-your-face colours, these tattoos are a thing of beauty. The geometric aspect makes them triumph over the usual tattoo offerings, with Russian tattoo artist Sasha Unisex's creations proving a hit across the world.

Operating out of her studio in St. Petersburg, it seems Sasha is booked up for months in advance with just about every tattoo lover wanting a piece of her art on their body – who can blame them?

11. Spray paintings

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This series of paintings were created by New York artist Adam Daily

This series of beautiful geometric paintings was crafted by New York artist Adam Daily, whose work spans a variety of media and techniques, including painting, photography and collage.

These paintings were imagined through a combination of both digital and analog tools and were eventually created by hand, using acrylic on PVC panels and applying paint with a spray gun.

12. Geometric clothes

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Will you really be wearing these geometric patterns in the future?

Icelandic designer Sruli Recht has taken geometric design to a new level with these designs for a range of futuristic fashion. Recht explains the concept as: "The simplified disastery of polygonal geometry - breaking the body down into a pixelated memory."

The clothes are made from "walnut wood material on a wool base. Once grown, the wood is deconstructed into pieces, and then attached to a textile base, creating a material that is half wood, half textile, and completely fragmentary."

13. Justin Maller's Facets

Geometric patterns facets

Number 141 of 365 is called Handsome II - with good reason

In 2013, New York-based designer and illustrator Justin Maller accepted a challenge from his girlfriend to create a new piece of personal artwork every day for 12 months.

He accepted, got to work and is now the proud owner of 365 beautiful, geometric-style images that make a series of artwork titled Facets. You can find out more about it in our interview with Maller here.

14. Landshape

Geometric patterns: Tame Impala poster

The poster was created for a Tame Impala gig in Rio

Liam Brazier is a freelance illustrator and animator based in London. He creates a wide range of geometric inspired designs for a range of clients including Cartoon Network, Dazed & Confused, and Glastonbury Festival. This poster design was created for a Tame Impala gig in Rio and is cased upon the band's album artwork.

15. KYL21 popsicle

Geometric patterns: popsicle

A tasty science experiment with these vegan popsicles!

Developed and designed by The Science Kitchen, founder and food designer David Marx aims to re-invent food in new and innovative ways. The KYL21 popsicle is a vegan and lactose-free popsicle that comes in an array of precisely sculpted geometric shapes.

16. Bird Mural

Geometric patterns: bird

Tobias Hall works as Zizzi's in-house art director

Only graduating in 2010, designer Tobias Hall has been working closely with UK-based Italian restaurant chain, Zizzi, as their in-house illustrator, designer and art director. Creating a number of bespoke wall paintings, we particularly loved this geometric bird design.

17. Portobello Books

Geometric patterns: book

A geometric inspired book cover design by Melvin Galapon

This geometric inspired book cover design for 'Drugs 2.0 - The Web Revolution That's Changing How The World Gets High' by Mike Power was created by British designer Melvin Galapon. Currently based in London, he works on a prolific mix of portraits, type, installations, textile and video work, this is just one example of his inspiring work.

18. Motif wine

Geometric patterns: wine bottles

These geometric pattern wine bottles will certainly brighten up your kitchen

Designed by Motif with geometric pattern lovers in mind, the selection of wines come with its own unique colour that represent each wine's taste and smell – a perfect motif, if you will. "We believe the time is right. For a wine without many words," Motif explain.

19. Pattern Booth

Geometric patterns: Patternbooth

Patternbooth create a number of geometric inspired pattern designs

The patternbooth label is a collection of fresh, abstract and geometric pattern designs created by Cara Holland for interiors, fashion and products. She has a number of inspiring examples on her website but we particularly enjoyed the colour scheme of this one.

20. Matt W Moore

Geometric patterns: mural

Matt W Moore has been painting geometric pattern designs for over half his life

We love seeing inspirational examples of street art – often brightening up grey and drab architecture with a lick of paint and a load of creativity. Boston based artist Matt W Moore has been painting on walls for over half his life and this geometric pattern design is just some one example of his incredible work.

21. Geometric Daily

Geometric patterns: Geometric daily tumblr

An inspiring geometric pattern design is posted up every day on this tumblr

Every day, a new geometric minimal composition is created and posted on the geometric daily tumblr. Proving to be one of the best tumblr blogs for designers, it packed full of minimalist inspiration and gorgeous colour schemes. Scroll away!

22. Oh My God

Geometric patterns: Gods

These well-known Gods were created for an exhibition in Barcelona

This brilliant new series of geometric deities comes straight out of Barcelona-based creative agency Hey Studio. They were created for the aptly titled 'Oh My God' show at the Mitte-Barcelona space. The modern vector illustrations make us look at these well known characters from a new perspective.

23. Little White Lies

Geometric patterns: LWL

This geometric inspired cover even came with 3D glasses

Little White Lies have produced some of the most inspiring and beautiful magazine covers of the past few years. Here, they designed a special cover for Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master that featured clever use of geometric shapes. The issue even came with 3D glasses!

24. Newso

Geometric patterns: Newso

Freelance graffiti artist Newso paints another bespoke set of stairs

Freelance graffiti artist Newso was commissioned to paint another stairway after his work in Boxxed. "Painting stairs is unusual, I wouldn’t have thought I'd have done two sets in one summer," he explains. "I have found the angle of stairs work well with my grid so the triangles fit well in the panels."

25. Sakir Gökçebag

Geometric patterns: fruit

Geometric food art that looks good enough to eat

Who needs Photoshop when you're this handy with a knife? Turkish artist Sakir Gökçebag has breathed new life into every day produce such as apples and watermelons and turned them into something quite beautiful. The geometric shapes created have not been digitally remastered or altered in any way!

26. Emily Forgot

Geometric patterns: poster

A delightful geometric poster design by Emily Forgot

This artwork was created for the Manchester weekender festival 2013 under the art direction of Modern Designers. It was drawn by illustrator Emily Forgot – the appropriately curious moniker of London based Graphic Artist Emily Alston.

27. Mirage animation

This vivid new animation 'Mirage' was created by video and sound designer Frederic Kokott. Using abstract and geometric forms, Kokott brings an unnamed city slowly into focus in the four-minute short. Featuring flat colours and simple shapes, the designer used Adobe Illustrator and After Effects to bring all the elements together.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

A founder member of the Creative Bloq team, Sammy Maine is now a freelance journalist. She also thinks that Buffy the Vampire Slayer is probably the best television series ever created.