Repetition In Design

Repetition in design seems to satisfy something in us. If anyone has an idea about what it is, please comment. I know the feeling from the inside, but I’d be hopeless at trying to explain what it is that repetition does to me. Maybe it is the regularity. Maybe it implies continuity – and we like that because it is soothing, like the sound of a train’s wheels on the track. The world is unpredictable and we try to add a degree of predictability to it (and a soupçon of unpredictability to keep up our interest). Perhaps theses are all something to do with it, but the words are as far from the feeling as ducks from an architect.


This is a design I am working on. It’s from a photograph of a flamingo that I took a couple of years ago.

I duplicated the flamingo and placed it behind the original and then added the ripples to give the effect of it standing in water. I made the image a few days ago and haven’t looked at it since.

I like repetition in design, so the idea still grabs me but now that I look at it, the image itself seems a bit heavy handed. The black outline, the violent (yes, violent) colours – I feel like I should tone it back. What do you think? What would you do?

Heads Apart


Looking Towards The Grassmarket In Edinburgh

From Wikipedia

The Grassmarket is located directly below Edinburgh Castle and forms part of one of the main east-west vehicle arteries through the city centre. It adjoins the Cowgate and Candlemaker Row at the east end, the West Bow (the lower end of Victoria Street) in the north-east corner, King’s Stables Road to the north west and the West Port to the west. Leading off from the south-west corner is the Vennel, on the east side of which can still be seen some of the best surviving parts of the Flodden and Telfer town walls.