Monday, September 10, 2007

The Very Definition of 80's Graphic Design


This album cover presents a virtual textbook of graphic design conventions during the 1980s.

Witness:
• Loose, handwritten type
• Ultra-condensed san serif typeface anchored in a horizontal bar
• Graphic drop shadows under each design element
• Primary color palette
• Flying triangle

Homework: Now, take these elements and make your very own 80's graphic design!

2 comments:

Brent Wood said...

David, I find your examination of 80s graphic styles to be an excellent start.

However, one trend that's missing from your dissection is this: the use of grey grid lines on a white background, with either splashy typography (as if it were splashed on by a paint brush) or geometric shapes and letters.

I'm thinking particularly of the KJ103 bumper sticker, although I can find no evidence of this at the moment.

Do you know what I mean?

Anonymous said...

you suck