1st Edition

The Grammar of Pattern

By Michael Hann Copyright 2019
    229 Pages 39 Color & 204 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    270 Pages 39 Color & 204 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    229 Pages 39 Color & 204 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    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.


    1. Predominance

    2. Fundamentals

    3. Types

    4. Partitions

    5. Symmetry

    6. Grids

    7. In conclusion


    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.