I’ve been working on a series of designs for silhouette cutouts but I wanted something adaptable – that would fit any future products I might design. I started with a square with regular breaks – sections where the silhouette would be connected to the outside area.
By putting them in a matching pattern, the design becomes tesselating.
As long as the cutouts stop at those breakpoints, you can repeat the pattern infinitely in any direction.
Given that, I started on a few options.
I used two layers and Illustrator’s offset path tool to create a stacked effect that gives extra visual depth to the pattern, and gives me the option to use different materials or finishes on each layer.
I supplemented them with some of the leaf designs you may have seen in earlier posts. I haven’t quite figured out the tree shape design yet, but I’m getting good lights results from the leaves.
I’ve been having good results with them so far.
You can see that the lamp on the right stacks the cloud pattern on top of itself. I’m testing out the others in the light cube. The eventual idea is that I can use these patterns interchangeably in other designs, allowing people to order a whole line of products with the same design on them.
I’ll share more files once they get to the working prototype stage, but I wanted to share the basic core of the designs now.