Mathematicians and lava-lamp lovers both share one thing - An appreciation of Parabolas. After spending a little time in illustrator making the absolute perfect drop of water for a logo client, I decided to expand it and flip that shape into an interesting pattern. After plotting that array of inflection points into a grid and adding some effects, I compiled it as this months free wallpaper, the Symmetric Parabola wallpaper.
Symmetric Parabola Wallpaper - Mockup
Say Parabola Pattern Wallpaper Ten Times Fast.
Repeating Parabola Pattern
Download this seamless background png below for websites or Photoshop patterns. If you love repeating backgrounds, you should give that post a look.Download Parabola Pattern
With more and more aspects of graphic & web design moving towards vectors (svg & css3), a lot of designers have been finding themselves referring to middle school era geometry terms. Axes and angles have made a serious comeback. With that and mind (and out of respect to Mrs. Banks) it's worth mentioning that the wallpaper isn't technically a parabola pattern - It'd be more like a series of repeating dual conical ellipses adjoined by an elongated hyperbola... But you get the idea.
Being a bit of a seamless pattern collector I took that vector and defined it as a pattern. Turning that pattern into an aesthetically interesting wallpaper only took a couple more steps. First step was to create a couple color variations - An 80's inspired blue and pink seemed like a solid starting point. The opposing color was then used as a deep drop shadow which created a bit of a trippy effect. A diffuse cloud and lens flare was added for a bit of texture, then the wallpaper was rounded out by adding a blur gradient which creates a focal vignette. The finished wallpaper straddles the balance of being both visually interesting, but also not being too distracting (depending on the strength of your own ADD of course). The final design was imported into various popular wallpaper sizes and available now for downloading.
We've included packaged or individual downloads of this Symmetric Parabola Wallpaper in all major desktop screen sizes, iPad & iPhone variations (including Retina), as well as muted version for homepage background screens on iOS. If you like it, please share on your favorite social. If you actually want to learn more about parabolas, Khan Academy has a nice little course on vertex & axis symmetry of parabolas, but if you'd rather just watch something bizarre the video below will be much better.
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- Available Sizes
- 5120 x 2880 5K
- 1920 x 1080 FHD
- 1600 x 900
- 1440 x 900 WXGA+
- 1366 x 768 WXGA
- 2048 x 2732 iPad Pro
- 1536 x 2048 iPad Retina
- 1080 x 1920 iPhone 6+
- 750 x 1334 iPhone 6
- 640 x 1136 iPhone 5