Kapitza just announced a new pattern design app for the iPad called geometric that looks like a great brainstorming tool for designers.
geometric is a powerful pattern designer and cool wallpaper creator rolled into one. To get started simply swipe your finger across the screen and a new pattern is generated on the fly. Motifs can be saved to iPhoto, used as wallpaper or emailed to friends. Each pattern is a one-off and there are unlimited possibilities waiting to be uncovered. Available on the App Store.
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Drip Dot Swirl by Von Glitschka
This eye-popping book/DVD set features handcrafted vector patterns which tile seamlessly. With examples from ten artists, you’ll see how top designers use the patterns in various styles. The DVD contains all 94 source files in vector EPS format (with three color options per pattern), swatch libraries and PDF tutorials on how to use the files.