Sailing Notan Style — And the Evolution of a Design

Spoonflower’s weekly design contest theme is “Sailing” and I immediately knew I wanted to use the Notan design I wrote about in this post.

That design used 4 different sail boat-inspired patterns (on the left below), combined Nolan-style into the 16 blocks on the right.

And here it is as a repeat:

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The Spoonflower contest called for a limited palette using only these colors (plus white).  I played around with the colors and generated a lot of different options.  I show a number of them below.

Here’s the first one I came up with.  Each different sail design was done in a combination of white and one of the colors.

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Here’s a similar one, but alternating the colored and white squares so there weren’t large white blocks in the design.

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This one uses only white sails, and the different color backgrounds repeat on a diagonal.

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Here the background squares alternate between the light and dark blues.

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Here’s another version, still in blues and white.

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A darker version of the blues and white.

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Here’s another version using all the colors, but with no white squares.  It keeps the Notan style, and I like the movement it creates, with the illusion of overlapping circles and figure-8 patterns.

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The movement is more apparent in this version with more repeating units.

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Next I tried the same color arrangement, but using only one of the sail designs.  I thought this might emphasize the circular movement.  Here’s the block.

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And here’s the repeat.  I like the illusion of circles within the pattern.

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And one last change — here I put the block into a mirror image arrangement.

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Here it is in repeat.  Lots of circles, and it reminds me of a traditional quilt pattern.  This is the one I used for the contest entry.

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You can see all the contest designs here.

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If one does not know to which port one is sailing, no wind is favorable.
–Lucius Annaeus Seneca

To reach a port, we must sail – sail, not tie at anchor – sail, not drift.
Franklin D. Roosevelt

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