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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 animal beer brand brand identity branding business card design geometric graphic design icon identity logo logo design mark pattern rhino seal set type typography logo
  2. Noteworthy branding design geometric geometry identity layout lettering logo pattern vector
  3. Sibling abstract branding design geometric illustration logo modern pattern poster typography
  4. Financial Shapes 02 bank bank brand banking banking app brand brand identity brand system cocktails finance geometry playful shapes
  5. Geometric Mug circles cup design geometric illustration mug patterns triangles vector
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  7. Logo design pattern. abstract branding colors geometrical logodesign pattern shapes
  8. Skilly Logo 4 color logo abstract logo blue colorful logo coral easy online learning educational logo educational platform logo emblem logo green logodesign modern logo online class logo online course logo online education online training yellow
  9. StarBank Branding Final Touch bank card banking brand identity branding business color colorful credit card financial service gradient halo halo lab identity logo logotype online banking pattern startup
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  10. Ero Cake Co - Business Card abstract brand identity branding bussines card design illustration logo modern pattern typography vector
  11. Jungle Cafe & Bar - Bag abstract brand identity branding cafe logo jungle logo logotype paper bag pattern typogaphy
  12. Pedal app branding branding system car buying color design elements geometric icon identity illustration logo pattern process system transportation vector wayfinding
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Row 1: Kevin Craft, Matt Pamer, Steve Wolf. Row 2: Josiah Z., Jon Delman, Lucie Bajgart. Row 3: Emir Kudic, Jahid Hasan, Halo Branding for Halo Lab 🇺🇦. Row 4: Stan Aleyn | Brand Designer, Stan Aleyn | Brand Designer, Debbie Trout.


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.

  1. people: mobile app onboarding app application freelance freelancer ios mobile mobile app mobile design onboarding product design productdesign
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  2. Header: Photo Stock header page pattern stock web web design web page webdesign website
  3. Make creativity your career - Mobile abstract branding business concept design geometric geometry graphic design mobile design mobile ui ui ui design
  4. Manage card and Service app app design application banking categories design system details finance fintech interface product design site transaction transfer user interface web web design web site website
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  5. Picker: Splash, Profile, Discovery abstract app discovery explore feed ios menu mobile mobile screen profile screen splash ui ui ux ux
  6. Paaatterns! design figma free freebie illustration pattern patterns sketch vector
  7. Onboarding app guided tour illustration ios launch mobile mobile app onboarding screen screens splash tour typography walkthroughs
  8. Geometric Art on forms background background art create account geometric geometric pattern login magicpattern pattern patterns signin signup
  9. Grid app app design colours design interface mobile shape ui
  10. Minimal Hero Concept for Studio App app button call to action clean color palette concept cta fonts geometry hero interface minimal navigation product design shapes typography ui ui design ux website
  11. Make creativity your career branding business design geometric geometry shape ui ui design vector web web design
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Row 1: Vladimir Gruev for heartbeat, Vladimir Gruev, Ping Lu. Row 2: Vladimir Gruev for heartbeat, Vladimir Gruev for heartbeat, Ruslanlatypov for ls.graphics. Row 3: Vladimir Gruev for heartbeat, Jim Raptis, Lola Kekenadze. Row 4: Tran Mau Tri Tam ✪, Ping Lu, Joanna Charczuk for ETHWORKS.


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

Row 1: Madeleine McMichael, Kemal Sanli, Himanshu Sharma. Row 2: Patrick Moriarty, Tyler Anthony, Ruben Albrecht. Row 3: Tristan Kromopawiro, Luxolo Nqayana, Tristan Kromopawiro. Row 4: MUTI, Patrick Moriarty, Hamza Idrissi.


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 abstract floral geometric pattern
  3. Retro geometric pattern design 2d abstract background design flat geometric graphic green mid century minimal modern pattern rhombus seamless shape swiss vector
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  5. Geometric Pattern abstract branding color flat design geometry illustration line pattern shapes
  6. Shape & Color circle color diamond geometric pattern square triangle
  7. compot branding composition idenity illustration
  8. The Zen of Repeating Patterns geometric grid pattern repeating pattern
  9. Pattern abstract dot geometric illustration modern paper pattern shape
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  11. Geometric color colors colour colours geometric neon pattern shape web design webdesign
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  12. Pattern geometric 2d background design flat geometric minimal paper pattern shape swiss vector

Row 1: Justin Vinalon, Jasmine Whiteleaf, Neo Geometric 👁️. Row 2: Rogie for Dribbble, Julia Packan for Awsmd, Noah Jacobus. Row 3: George Bokhua, Blankenship, Steve Wolf. Row 4: Margarita Ivanchikova, Giga Tamarashvili, Neo Geometric 👁️.


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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Free Paaatterns

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