Scottish illustrator Steven Bonner creates art and type designs for clients, including the Scottish Government, Harper Collins, Cadbury, The New York Times, Cineworld, Coca-Cola and EA Games.

Creating repeating patterns is a really fun aspect of design and can be used across homewares, product design, clothing and more.

Designer and illustrator Steven Bonner knows a thing or two about repeating patterns, and recently created some graphics for the official Scottish event hotel at this year’s Commonwealth Games. These designs were used to dress the hotel, appearing on everything from cushion covers and curtains, to press conference walls.

It quickly became apparent to Steven that designing the graphics as a repeating pattern was a more practical solution than simply producing a large panel. He set about designing a tiling pattern based on well-known Scottish icons and ornate decoration, tapping the feel of Damask woven fabrics.

In this tutorial, Steven details the techniques he used to create his patterns, using the theme of creative ‘career progression’, and shows how to reach the top of this chosen field.

Time to complete

4-5 hours


Adobe Illustrator CS3 or later, Adobe Photoshop CS3 or later

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