Today I played in the tie-up. I discovered that vertical and horizontal lines make, not too surprisingly, horizontal and vertical lines respectively. Then I started playing around with curves, and realized that (in general) if you make your lines parallel to each other, they will produce “echoes” of each other, making for a pleasing, repeating pattern.
Here is a plain curve:
And here is the same with an echoed curve:
I like this look; it’s nicely organic.
Then I asked myself what would happen if you combine two different lines in the tie-up, like a curve with a diagonal. The patterns superimposed on each other, leading to a more complex (and I think intriguing) design:
I then tried echoing the lines to see what would happen, and discovered that that way lies madness:
And that’s all I had time for. Off to work!