Arcade type game screenShort phrase illustrating the font News706A major revolution happened in the 1980s with arcade games and this was spearheaded, in particular, by one game developed originally in Japan and which subsequently appeared all over the world. Unfortunately I have never been able to play games on a computer because I have problems with the flashing graphics and with the sound but if I were then this is one game that I would probably have enjoyed.

Okay, I am not going to incorporate this in the 1989 room or, indeed, in any of the 1980s work that I and doing but, it is part of that decade’s heritage and thus I thought I would take a few minutes and create my own version. Never having played the game I realise now that there are some issues but nevertheless it was an interesting exercise to do and something different to create.

The font used is News706 designed by Jackson Burke who from 1949 to 1963 was director of type development for Mergenthaler-Linotype, an important firm who developed the font, Trade Gothic, that appears just about everywhere. To illustrate the font I have included a demonstration using one of my favourite short(ish) pangrams.

If you wish, you can also see larger versions of this and, of course, my other designs and patterns for interiors on my Flickr page, a link to which is here.

Modern Dining Room

MDR_1200To give you the same chance that I have to see this room with just plain walls, I have removed the wallpaper and produced an image. The room is exactly the same as the image I posted today except that the walls are a plain neutral colour.

Comparing the two images, the difference is quite striking and, although I accept that this is a personal view, I much prefer the walls with wallpaper.

Red And Green Upholstery

Mid-century Inspired Pattern

Red And Green Upholstery

This began life as a furnishing fabric pattern, designed for a corporate relaxation area or lounge but I began to have second thoughts when the pattern was finished.

Although it incorporates mid-century motifs and colours, I was struck by how modern it looked. I still think it will look good as upholstery fabric, but I wondered about it as curtaining material or possibly soft furnishing. I am working on a very rustic theme at present in Cinema 4D which is taking all my time (and more) but once that is done I will return to this design and see what uses I think it can adapt to.

The colour scheme is simple, according to my notes it is chocolate for the background and then Post Office red, marine blue and finally Paris green.

If you would like to see larger versions of these designs and my other work then you can do so on my Flickr page, a link to which is here.

Squiggly Green Wallpaper

Mid-century inspired pattern

Squiggly Green Wallpaper

Mid-century inspired pattern

Squiggly Green Wallpaper

Mid-century, and earlier, wallpapers tended to be motif based – that is they tended to concentrate on producing a motif rather than the perhaps the more modern method of blending the shapes in with the background.

This particular pattern perhaps owes little in the motif to mid-century design although it does use mid-century colours. The intention is to create a modern pattern that looks more ‘solid’ than conventional.

The setting is my luxury apartment overlooking a rather nice bay and the wallcovering is chosen to fill one wall. Although you are unable to see this, the wall would be the one facing a visitor. At first glance the wall seems to be solid with a little squiggle running diagonally upwards, although closer inspection reveals that the pattern is a little more complex than that. Perhaps, with hindsight, the carpet could reflect the background colour more although overall I think that this is a design which works well in the sort of room for which it is intended.

As ever, you can also see larger versions of this and, of course, my other work on my Flickr page which is here.

Cushion Squares

03_1000This is a simple pattern intended from the outset to be used as soft furnishings for the home, either for cushioning or for curtains.

The image above shows how the design would look if it were used for a cushion. For curtains I envisaged the design being used at a slightly smaller scale where the strong vertical and horizontal lines will show the dimensions well.

For cushions I chose two easy colours that have their roots in mid-century although this design could be used with almost any background.

You can, should you wish, also see larger versions of this and my other work on my Flickr page which is here.

Textures For Walls

Modern design tends to use large areas of colour in order to decorate the spaces within a room rather than the more traditional idea of using repeated motifs (patterns) as decoration.

I have no problem with this and many of the rooms decorated this way look extremely attractive but I can’t help but feel that often these rooms look cold and uninviting or perhaps the word should be that they are not homely.

Since I take my inspiration from mid-century design, I would like to see a return to using more patterns and no doubt in the years to come this will happen. However, in the interim, I have turned my attention to producing large areas of solid, or almost solid, colour which is designed to give a room space and dimension but at the same time produce an effect which is perhaps more homely and comforting.

I began doing this by shrinking patterns down to a very small scale in order to produce what is basically a texture effect. Many years ago I began producing patterns by making textures for 3D use and the skills that I evolved helped me to produce the right sort of look. The three images above have all been shown in this blog and they all represent a simple pattern used as a fast repeat are at a very small scale.

The set that I have used is the same in each case and the viewpoint is also the same and represents the view of a person seated towards the centre of the room and looking down the room towards the window. Outside sunlight streams through the window and you can see the effect of the sunlight against the wallcovering in each of the pictures above. As I have set out, my intention is to create a unified look to the wall which is not patterned and yet it presents the look of something similar which has its roots in the decorating habits of previous decades.

To the visitor these rooms do not, perhaps, look modern and yet I believe that they look different enough to be described as ‘of the present day’ rather than dated. The effect I wanted to create was something that aroused a visitor’s curiosity and yet did not provide an excessive stimulus and I also wanted to produce a unified look to the wall so that the pattern was not obvious and yet was there to provide both comfort and a link back, perhaps, to the past.

You can, should you wish, also see larger versions of this and my other work on my Flickr page which is here.

New Software

scene01_09_i1000I’ve been busy just lately changing software and spending some time climbing a, fortunately not–to–steep, learning curve.

I decided to go back to using Shade 3D, an excellent Japanese 3D program, which I started with many, many years ago at about version 8. Shade has grown in the intervening time and now, at version 16, it is a very different program to use. Luckily I kept up-to-date with some of the interim versions but it has still taken me a couple of weeks to begin to feel confident again.

One thing I wanted to do was to make a complete fresh start and create a new series of sets that I could use to display patterns and designs. Of course, it is also necessary to produce all of the furniture and other little bits and pieces that go to make up a room. However work is proceeding quite quickly and I have one room at least which is now complete.

This is probably as far as I shall get before Christmas as it is almost time for me to stop work for the holiday. And so I wish all of those reading this a very happy Christmas and an interesting and productive 2017.

You can also see larger versions of this and my other work on my Flickr page which is here.