Originally Posted by Kent Wang
This is an interesting subject. Do you think that perhaps this period actually didn't begin in 1980, but more like mid-80s?
Just in terms of graphic design or in terms of the overall gestalt of eighties-ness? I think what we've seen in this thread is the culmination of the whole idea of 80s-cool that was fully-formed by 1983 at the very latest. We might even be able to identify some elements of nascent eightiesness in the last years of the '70s:
It started with the cool, sleek, Europeanized surfaces of New Wave and absorbed elements from Miami style and skater culture- as well as Africanized modern-primitve influences- along the way, but the elements were always there-- solid colors, geometric forms, kooky typography, etc.
It ended very abruptly: