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Pattern Pattern


The first in a weekly series of graphic design tools for Néojaponisme readers: a number of red, white, and black patterns based on Modern Japanese graphic design from the 1950s.

I am a big fan of pattern design and have been developing a series of patterns to turn into a book someday. In the meantime, I’ll be picking some of the more choice cuts for you.

These patterns are free to use for non-commercial applications. (For commercial applications, please contact us for a license.)

The patterns are provided in Illustrator CS3, Illustrator CS, and Adobe PDF format. You can download a zipped file containing all three formats here.

July 15, 2008

Ian Lynam is a graphic designer living in Tokyo and the art director of Neojaponisme. His website is located at His new book, Parallel Strokes, on the intersection of graffiti and typography is available now.

11 Responses

  1. jose Says:

    thanks! I love old Japanese patterns. These are very pretty.

  2. Johnny Says:

    really great work! I can’t wait until next week.

  3. Retro Japanese Patterns Says:

    […] director and writer Ian Lynam  has created this first installment in a series of retro Japanese prints inspired by Japanese graphic design from the 1950s.  They are […]

  4. Joseph K Says:

    Ah, this is nice of you.
    Looks like you’re making them fresh, too! I half-thought they might have been lying around for a while, since there were quite a number of Japanese-style patterns in the poster you did for Cafe Pause.

    Got a font missing error in the CS doc, too. Might want to outline everything in the next release~

  5. momodomo » 1950's Japanese Design Says:

    […] Graphic Design from the 1950’s via neojaponisme […]

  6. Ben Says:

    Thanks will use them on next project…

  7. Jayhan Loves Design & Japan » Retro Japanese pattern at Néojaponisme Says:

    […] click here to download the patterns, provided in Adobe PDF, Illustrator CS and Illustrator CS3 format. […]

  8. mexist Says:

    very nice ian!

  9. verena Says:

    wow. fragmented polka dots. post-modern.

  10. Stella Says:

    I like the headline font. Is it selfmade, can I buy it somewhere?

  11. Chris Grayson - Art Director / Creative Director / Designer Says:

    Nice pattern, and what a great site. Excellent even. I came here following a link from a story over at Spoon-Tamago.