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Early 90s "Saved by the Bell" graphics

Discussion in 'Fine Living, Home, Design & Auto' started by Kent Wang, Jun 18, 2011.

  1. tagutcow

    tagutcow Senior member

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    I agree that this style of design really represented the tail end of the '80s aesthetic. The '80s essentially lasted until "Smells Like Teen Spirit" climbed the charts in early 1992.

    Another hackneyed visual motif of the era was text set over broad, multicolored chalk marks.

    Also, lest we forget:

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  2. CDFS

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    I agree that this style of design really represented the tail end of the '80s aesthetic. The '80s essentially lasted until "Smells Like Teen Spirit" climbed the charts in early 1992.

    Another hackneyed visual motif of the era was text set over broad, multicolored chalk marks.

    Also, lest we forget:

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    I guess I'm not uniquely insightfull when I say the eighties culminated in the early nineties.[​IMG]
     
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  4. Kent Wang

    Kent Wang Senior member Dubiously Honored Affiliate Vendor

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    I guess I'm not uniquely insightfull when I say the eighties culminated in the early nineties.[​IMG]
    This is an interesting subject. Do you think that perhaps this period actually didn't begin in 1980, but more like mid-80s?
     
  5. tagutcow

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    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:

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    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:

    Mid-1991:

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    Early 1992:

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  6. Kent Wang

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    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.
    The graphic design. Some of the examples posted by our more knowledgeable members show that it originated in the late 70s but I think it took many years before it spread out to popular culture, which is the year I'm trying to pin down here. Also, I think Zubaz pants fit in with this look. Company started in 1988, bankrupt by 1996. [​IMG]
     
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    wtf is going on in the picture on the bottom right???
     
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    The Southwestern Native American design had a large influence on this type of font and graphics, no? I remember the "pueblo" colors of turquoise, coral, etc and the zig-zag patterns were very popular in the late 80s.
     
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    Anyone know the name of this style or artist?

    Artist is Patrick Nagel. He did the cover art for Duran Duran's Rio album as well.

    http://www.patricknagel.com/
     
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    Might want to check out henrik vibskov's work. His clothing collections have always had a "saved by the bell" vibe to them.
     
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    Also, I think Zubaz pants fit in with this look. Company started in 1988, bankrupt by 1996.

    They're back!
     
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    This thread is glorious.

    How about Global Hypercolour t-shirts?
     
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    Behold! I have discovered a living fossil of eightiesness!

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  14. Kent Wang

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    [​IMG]

    I'm not sure where this photo originated, but 'N Sync was founded in 1995, so this would make them a bit late to the party.

    The Lonely Island videos featuring Justin Timberlake, I believe, are set during this period. "3-Way (The Golden Rule)", especially showcases some characteristic colorful outfits.
     
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    this would come in mind..

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