Activating form pattern part 1 & 2: process


The objective for this project was to create a mondola using natural and synthetic form. There were 2 parts to this assignment; For part 1 we designed our Mondola’s in black and white and for part 2 we converted our Mondola’s to color.


Natural forms

      Synthetic forms

We took photos of natural and synthetic forms and turned them into iterations for our mondolas. I used my laptop and a mouse when doing these drawings.


 Exercise 1

For this exercise I used the circle from the Starbucks logo and a leaf. For the leaf, I used the radial effect which created a form that looks similar to a snow flake. I also used the radial effect on my circles. my goal was to create something that showed contrast and repetition.


These are two other mondola grids that I tested out in illustrator. I used the radial and mirroring tools to create these forms however, they were not the look I was going for and I wanted something with a greater emphasis.

I ended up going with this template because it added that more wintery effect that I was going for. I also played with some gradient colors to develop ideas for part 2 of this assignment


My intentions were to use my natural iteration and turn into a winter themed mondola. I named my mondola “Early winter” to shed light on global warming issues that the world faces. We are getting winter weather earlier and it starts to blend in with the fall weather when winter doesn’t even start until December 21st. Essentially, I created a snowflake mondola out of a leaf, mushroom, pine tree branch, Starbucks logo, and spiraling stair case. I think overall my design reflects my intentions and I am overall satisfied with my Mondola. One thing I could have worked on a bit more is with my alignment, it was just very hard to move objects around because of how many lines I had in the illustrator art board.

Pattern part 2


I used adobe color and paletton to find these color scales. I enjoyed the colors on Paletton a lot better than adobe color.


The colors that stood out to me the most were complimentary, split complementary, and tetradic.



I began to test out these colors on my mandala. Paletton helped me to be able to use different saturations of color for my mondola’s.












I emphasized one natural form (A leaf) and one synthetic form (circle around Starbucks logo). The rest of my forms consist of a pine tree branch, mushroom, and a spiraling stair case. In my Mandala, I wanted to base it around global warming and climate change. I named it “Early winter” because every year we experience warmer winters due to global warming. in the midwest, when temperatures warm after hard frost and then rain falls onto frozen ground, it deteriorates the soil. I chose my complimentary colors on my first mandala based on the idea of frost on top of soil. In my second mandala, I used a tetrad color scheme and I wanted it to be more holiday theme and show darker Christmas colors with a darker blue frost to show when winter actually is supposed to start (Dec 21st). I really enjoyed learning about how to make colors work together and how we can get them to function in our design projects. I look forward to using these color techniques in future projects.