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The Grammar of Pattern

1st Edition

By Michael Hann

CRC Press

209 pages | 39 Color Illus. | 204 B/W Illus.

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The Grammar of Pattern describes characteristics of textile and other surface patterns, and identifies, illustrates, and reviews a wide range of pattern types including spotted, striped, checked, tessellating and other types of all-over patterns with original drawings and images.

This book includes original black-and-white line drawings and color images. The modular nature of patterns is explored, and attention is focused on the vast diversity of pattern types which can emerge from a small inventory of components. The book features material that is easily accessible with obvious mathematical content kept to a minimum and offers fresh perspectives on the nature of tessellating and other all-over patterns.

This book serves as an effective practical guide for both students and professionals. Select sample exercises and student assignments are included, making this an ideal course text for teachers engaged across the full range of design education.

Table of Contents


1. Predominance

2. Fundamentals

3. Types

4. Partitions

5. Symmetry

6. Grids

7. In conclusion

About the Author

Professor Michael Hann (BA, MPhil, PhD, FRSA, FRAS, FTI) holds the Chair of Design Theory at the University of Leeds. He is also Director of ULITA – an Archive of International Textiles, an important international archive (and, in the context of this book, a source of illustrative material). He has published across a wide range of subject areas, has made numerous keynote addresses at international conferences, and is an acknowledged international authority on the geometry of design. Recent book publications include: Hann, M (2012). Structure and Form in Design (London: Berg); Hann, M. (2013), Symbol, Pattern and Symmetry (London: Bloomsbury) and Hann, M. (2015), Stripes, Grids and Checks (London: Bloomsbury). He has held adjunct, visiting or invited professorships at institutions in Belgium, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Korea and the Peoples’ Republic of China.

About the Series

Textile Institute Professional Publications

The aim of the Textile Institute Professional Publications is to provide support to textile professionals in their work and to help emerging professionals, such as final year or Master’s students, by providing the information needed to gain a sound understanding of key and emerging topics relating to textile, clothing and footwear technology, textile chemistry, materials science, and engineering. The books are written by experienced authors with expertise in the topic and all texts are independently reviewed by textile professionals or textile academics.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Chemical & Biochemical
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Textiles & Polymers