What are textures and patterns?
Texture is what gives a design the feeling of a surface. In web design, texture provides the illusion of physical texture. Something that looks like it can be touched and felt creates an impact on our brains.
Typically, they conjure up moods and memories. Textures can be classified as rough, smooth, hard, and soft. In web designing, textures can be used for backgrounds, to make emphasis, styled designs like engravings or etchings.
Patterns on the other hand, are small, repeating, tileable elements. Patterns can be generated in only a few pixels – and as such are usually extremely lightweight in terms of file size. Usability is concerned in many responsive design and patterns are a useful resource. When used skillfully, patterns can add warmth, personality and feeling to a site.
Showcases of Textures and Patterns in Web Design
The Paisley Farmhouse
This site uses a retro wallpaper tile as its background image.Link: https://www.paisleyfarmhouse.com/
This is an online shop that uses patterns and tiles for the background image, making it unique and attractive.
It has a corporate design with quite strange background patterns.
This site made use of a classic wallpaper pattern.
The site uses crumbly pieces of the ground as its background image. This creates a greener look and feel.
Uturn aims to work together to uplift street people. Their website uses bricks as their background image.
The site uses a fabric style background image with a sewed header at the top of the site.
This popular energy-drink made use of huge ragged cardboard as the background of their website.
The rider’s club website uses rusty road as the background image.
This combines a unique retro-design with grid-based approach and with wood.
With the use of CSS3, different stunning patterns can easily be combined. Today, many of the background images uses wood texture because they seem to have become so popular that designers suggest that wood is the new glossy style and wood is the new white.
Richard is a creative designer & blogger. He writes for Crayonify about Graphics, Creativity and UX Design. Richard loves to unlock his creativity with writing.