After reading the comments from my last post about random patterns, I decided to do some rough tests and it totally makes sense! Thank you Claudine for your advice – you are amazing. I basically used two copies of every item in my tile, but randomly positioned them. So you can still find the repeat, but it definitely looks more random than previous tries… I suppose it’s all a mind trick!
Now if I used different illustrations and mixed it up more, things would probably look more random (if that’s what I was going for.) Very interesting how a little change can really alter the perception of a pattern design. I’ve also realized that I like the variation of scale in patterns – at least random design patterns – because it makes it look more filled-up and put together – as compared to purely geometric or one main focal item repeated… Hmm… more experimentations to come!