Bright Bus Seating

Mid-century inspired pattern

Bright Bus Seating

Mid-century inspired pattern

Bright Bus Seating Swatch

With seating designed for transport it is often useful to look at the various options available to change the scale since this can have a big impact on the overall look of the pattern.

This design is based on mid-century ideas although the colouring makes it look quite modern. I tried several scaling variations and finally decided on quite a large format. These are bus seats designed for use on buses that travel predominantly in urban areas. Here the journeys are short and the travellers often either commuters or shoppers both of whom benefit from an adventurous and stimulating travel experience.

I hoped that at this scale the design would prove inviting and of interest to both adults and child travellers. Inviting people to use public transport in towns is important and I believe that bright and colourful seating can help to encourage public transport use.

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.

Flower Pattern Bus Seating

Mid-century inspired pattern

Flower Pattern Bus Seating

Mid-century inspired pattern

Flower Pattern Bus Seating Swatch

This is a pattern designed especially for transportation seating, being shown here as a bus seat pattern but one designed to fulfil the requirement for a particular type of pattern.

Bus seats and short-haul train seats by their very nature are designed for short term use with a steady ebb and flow of passengers. As such, the pattern can be quite bold to invite passengers to sit and enjoy the short journey and be stimulated and enlivened by the design.

But not all seating should be like this; there are occasions when the journey should be a little more restrained or where the operator does not want such bold seating. To meet such a need this pattern is intended to look striking but restrained, boldly coloured yet not eye-catching and be designed to be pleasing yet restful.

As with most of my designs, the basis is mid-century and colours from the mid-century palette are used. My notes give them as lovely nightshade as the background with poppy red, vanilla, Paris green and Pacific blue for the motif.

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.

Bird Seat Fabric

Mid-century inspired pattern

Bird Seat Fabric

Mid-century inspired pattern

Bird Seat Fabric Swatch

This is a pattern intended for bus, train or coach seats where the journey is perhaps a longer one or for whatever reason high contrast patterns are not required.

The motif has mid-century roots and colours although the actual design is very modern. The idea is that the pattern is much more closely coupled to the background and so the overall effect is more restful and so conducive to longer journeys.

This fabric would also be useful in situations where a high contrast or highly coloured finish is not desired or where such a finish is inappropriate.

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

Green Dotted Seats

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Green Dotted Seats

Mid-century inspired pattern

Green Dotted Seats Swatch

This is a transportation design which was intended for any type of seat, either multi-seating or individual/double seats, the sort of seating you find in a typical bus, coach or train.

The design has mid-century roots being reminiscent of many of the patterns produced in the early 1950s although the colours and the way that the pattern is executed brings the design very much up-to-date.

I thought that the pattern looks best on a row of seats, and I have therefore used my bus set although this pattern, perhaps at a slightly smaller scale, would look good for the double seats on a bus or the train seating that I also use. To make this point I have included on my Flickr page an image created with this pattern using the train set.

The way that the pattern is put together is designed to separate the seats rather than show them as one complete unit and, hopefully, the design takes the passenger’s eye up and down the seats rather than across. Normally this makes the seats best for single or double although I quite like them as a row.

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

Bus Seats

Mid-century inspired pattern

Bus Seats

Mid-century inspired pattern

Bus Seats

Most of us use public transport, and many do so several times a day, and yet how often do we look to appreciate the pattern on our seats?

Designing seats for transportation has been an interest of mine for some time and recently, having taken inspiration from mid-century designs, I have decided to create some more patterns suitable for transportation.

As a vehicle (pun intended) for these designs I have created the interior of the bus with a row of seats stretching lengthways since these show patterns at their best. This first design is based on mid-century colouring and it uses the type of motifs that might have been available in the early 1950s when patterns were just beginning their renaissance after the Second World War.

The pattern is used at quite a small scale and has a strong horizontal component which takes the eye along the length of the seats while the red motif adds a splash of colour and daring to the design. The seats are on a transportation device which is intended to be used for short journeys and so the pattern is a lively and spontaneous design to help the traveller stay energised and enjoy the short journey.

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