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How to get creative using simple geometric patterns in graphic design

Once you begin to explore the art of geometric pattern design, you’ll quickly realize the creative possibilities are literally endless. That’s probably why geometric patterns never go out of style. Not only are geometric shapes visually appealing, but they’re also easy to work with, and add a layer of visual interest to your creative projects whether you’re working on visual branding, web design, illustration, and more.

Before we dive into some visual inspiration, be sure to check out this quick and easy tutorial that will show you how to create unique geometric shapes in Adobe Illustrator almost instantly. Then, keep scrolling to have a look at the many different ways simple geometric patterns can be used in design.

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Brand Identity Systems

One of the most obvious ways to use geometric patterns in design is for any branding project. Combining geometric shapes that riff off of a logo’s basic shapes is a simple yet effective way to create additional brand assets that can be used across various applications—from stationary, merch, marketing materials, and more. Take a look:

  1. Lonely Rhino Business Cards business card brand identity logo design identity typography logo type set seal mark logo icon graphic design geometric design branding brand pattern rhino beer animal
  2. Noteworthy design identity branding pattern vector logo geometric lettering geometry layout
  3. Sibling abstract design poster logo branding pattern geometric modern illustration typography
  4. Financial Shapes 02 brand system playful geometry finance shapes cocktails brand identity brand banking app bank banking bank brand
  5. Geometric Mug cup mug vector illustration design triangles circles geometric patterns
  6. Logo design pattern. branding logodesign pattern colors geometrical shapes abstract
  7. Skilly Logo logodesign online training online education easy online learning educational logo online class logo educational platform logo emblem logo modern logo coral blue green yellow 4 color logo colorful logo abstract logo online course logo
  8. StarBank Branding Final Touch identity logotype logo bank card online banking banking brand identity credit card financial service gradient pattern branding color startup business halo lab halo colorful
  9. Ero Cake Co, Business Card abstract modern brand identity typography design pattern logo branding vector illustration bussines card
  10. Jungle Cafe & Bar Paper Bag cafe logo typogaphy logotype logo branding brand identity jungle paper bag pattern abstract
  11. Pedal geometric branding system process transportation wayfinding elements system app car buying pattern identity branding illustration icon logo color vector design

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Web & Mobile Designs

If you’re a web designer or mobile designer, don’t overlook the use of simple geometric patterns to create a modern, clean, and colorful aesthetic. In the examples below, you’ll see how different digital designers have made use of geometric shapes to enhance their designs and engage the user.

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  2. Header: Photo Stock web page pattern page web design webdesign website web stock header
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  4. Manage card and Service web site website web design web design system user interface site categories product design transfer app design interface fintech finance details transaction banking app application
  5. Picker: Splash, Profile, Discovery screen mobile screen menu explore feed discovery splash profile abstract ui ux ux ui mobile ios app
  6. Paaatterns! illustration design sketch free freebie vector pattern patterns figma
  7. Onboarding walkthroughs typography tour splash screen onboarding mobile app mobile screens launch ios illustration guided tour app
  8. Geometric Art on forms magicpattern create account signin signup login geometric pattern geometric patterns pattern background art background
  9. Grid design interface colours shape app design app mobile ui
  10. Minimal Hero Concept for Studio App interface navigation button color palette shapes geometry cta call to action fonts typography product design app website concept hero clean minimal ui design ux ui
  11. Make creativity your career shape vector branding business ui design web geometry geometric web design ui design

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Graphic Illustrations

If you want to get really creative using geometric patterns, try incorporating them into your digital illustrations. You can simply stack individual geometric shapes on top of one another, or have fun playing with patterns within different shapes to create depth and texture. Here’s a little visual inspiration to get your creative juices flowing.

  1. Geometric Bouquet: Orange/Yellow bouquet series fall spring bouquet retro game 70s vector pattern flower geometric
  2. Volkswagen Beetle blue red pink graphics shapes abstract pattern geometric mural festival car vosvos beetle volkswagen
  3. Peacock Rocks - Ode to India's National Bird shape elements pattern a day feathers bird logo bird icon birds feather pattern bird illustration peacock pattern art geometric design bird
  4. Triangle Nature Scene outdoors forest bird color triangles icons illustration shapes sun trees eagle bear animals nature
  5. Growing neighborhood lockdown street house clouds tree sun growing neighbor neighborhood pattern red blue art illustration design vector
  6. Playing Cards Design - Geometric and Abstract geometry abstraction geomteric design geometric design abstract design abstract art abstract shapes geomteric card design cards design cards playing cards playingcards playing card colorful illustration illustrator vector minimal
  7. Butterfly geometric pattern illustrator illustration butterfly
  8. Nyoni - a bird shot first bird shapes pattern illustration geometric colour art
  9. Elephant & Castle pattern geometric illustrator illustration castle elephant
  10. Vessels geometric truegrittexturesupply halftone patterns pots vessels ceramic pottery retro drawing graphic vector texture illustration
  11. Space Fish pattern color poster texture illustration planets stars ocean fish space
  12. Geometric Space outer geometric halftone stars planet space texture art color design illustration

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Geometric pattern inspiration

If you’re ready to experiment with your own geometric patterns and compositions, we’ve got plenty of visual inspiration here on Dribbble to get you started. Keep your process flexible, don’t worry too much about the end result, and most importantly have fun!

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  2. Floral Pattern geometric abstract pattern floral
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  6. Shape & Color diamond square circle triangle pattern geometric color
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  8. The Zen of Repeating Patterns geometric grid repeating pattern pattern
  9. Pattern dot modern illustration abstract geometric shape pattern paper
  10. Retro shapes and colors shape animation retro circle square shape moving mograph geometric 2d animation animated motion animation
  11. Geometric pattern web design webdesign colours colour colors color neon geometric shape
  12. Pattern geometric vector 2d swiss pattern paper minimal background shape geometric flat design

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If you’d rather download pre-made geometric patterns for your projects instead of creating your own, try this awesome pattern generating tool created by design team at ls.graphics. You can download free simple geometric patterns in vector form and have fun experimenting. Happy designing!

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