9 Free Geometric Patterns & Backgrounds


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Ever since I tucked into Jude Stewart’s new book, Patternalia, I’ve been hooked on intriguing patterns—and their equally intriguing histories.

“In Gestalt terms, visually we crave Prägnanz, or ‘pithiness,'” Stewart writes. “Our brains like symmetry, orderliness, and simplicity—in short, pattern—so we use those principles to define whole forms in everything we see.”

In the same vein, I occasionally learn about a killer offer from one of HOW’s spectacular sponsors— and this is a pretty exciting one. If searching for graphic elements or photos for your latest project, GraphicStock.com is currently offering 7 days of free access to its compendium of images.

Since I’m always hunting for interesting patterns and backgrounds, I pulled out a few of my favorite pattern images from GraphicStock’s archives. Some are zany, some more mellow—all pretty sweet.

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If you’re on the prowl for patterns and inspiration, we’ve selected a few snazzy-looking geometric patterns and backgrounds you might like for your next design project.

Geometric patterns for every purpose: