A Useful Mid-Century Plaid

sketch_21_01_3d_800

Plaid patterns are very useful and have been in existence for many years including, of course, a variety of mid-century plaids.

I have to be honest with you and admit that I am very pleased with this design as I have tried over the years to make check and plaid patterns in both Adobe Illustrator and other drawing programs that I use without a lot of success. However, I was pleasantly surprised to find that it was quite easy to make the pattern in Processing – after a little trial and error to get the rectangles to fit. There is nothing special about my scrappy coding and if it helps anyone I reproduce it below.

// sketch 21
 void setup() {
 size(1000, 1000) ;
 background(#187198, 255) ; // Pacific blue
 // green
 noStroke() ;
 fill(#008C50, 150) ; // Paris green
 rect(400, 0, 200, 1000) ;
 rect(0, 400, 1000, 200) ;
 // black
 noStroke() ;
 fill(#2B3E33, 150) ; // marble green
 rect(600, 0, 40, 1000) ;
 rect(360, 0, 40, 1000) ;
 rect(0, 360, 1000, 40) ;
 rect(0, 600, 1000, 40) ;
 // red
 noStroke() ;
 fill(#92252A, 150) ; // post office red
 rect(480, 0, 40, 1000) ;
 rect(0, 480, 1000, 40) ;
 // yellow
 noStroke() ;
 fill(#F0DA5E, 100) ; // jasmine
 rect(0, -20, 1040, 40) ;
 rect(0, 980, 1000, 40) ;
 rect(-20, 0, 40, 1000) ;
 rect(980, 0, 40, 1000) ;
 }

On our Flickr page, which is here, there are larger versions of images together with swatches and a different colour variation. Note that sketch 21 does not use a background image where sketch 22 (see it on Flickr) does use a background image in maroon made to resemble a fabric using Filter Forge. It interesting to compare the effect that a background image makes.

About Mike
I design and create 3D interiors and mid-century inspired surface patterns

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