The Transcontinental Railroad united the country, and was the final stitch that wove together the fabric of America. To visually tell the story of the Transcontinental Railroad, we have created a visual pattern is a set of tiles that are placed together to build a variable and unique pattern. The tiles represent both the railway itself, and important impacts and places within the State of Utah.
Building the Quilt
The intent behind the building the Quilt is to allow for flexibility and uniqueness in the pattern, while still holding a consistent look and feel. The pattern is built by first placing the rail way in the center and leaving a white space on either side of the rail line that is 50% the height of the other elements. The tiles then are placed randomly to ensure that the same tile doesn’t touch itself. The tiles are designed to piece together and connect. Then, the tiles should be randomly colored based on the 6 color variations of the Lake and Open Sky color seen below. Additionally below is one example of how the pattern can be built.
Using the Quilt
To use the pattern it should be turned 10 degrees clockwise to represent the date in May the railway was completed. It should also be accompanied by a 10 degree off-set white pattern underneath, set along the second row inwards, to provide a depth and contrast to the pattern. Examples of how these brand pieces come together can be seen below.
Example of Bringing Elements Together