I am in my 40s. I had my childhood and adolescence centered in the 1980s, and as a result, I have a liking for the art from that period. Additionally, the artwork from that period is both visually stimulating and simple at the same time, allowing them to be the perfect tool for demonstrating the use of Blender’s advanced features for designing logos and animations.
There is one problem, however; while I’m aware of a lot of elements in the genre, I am not sure I am aware of them all, or even the genre’s name. That’s where I need your help.
So far, I am aware of the following elements of 1980s-era art and design, which we will call “RetroWave,” since it dovetails nicely with music attributed to the same era.
Of the elements I’m aware of, we can include the following:
- Memphis Style: Designs based on those produced by the Italian design group “Memphis Design;” the group is defunct, but its style screams 80s. Its elements include:
- A solid color or gradient consisting of white or bright colors.
- The use of multiple bright colors, either solidly, or with grids, lines, scribbles, and dots in patterns.
- Solid geometric shapes, some overlaying others, with using a coloring style based on the above rule. Said geometric shapes does include thick scribbles or squiggles (more rounded forms of scribbles)
- Backgrounds follow the same rule, but are more often white, or something close to white.
- Retrowave Style: This artform is as dark as Memphis style is bright, but no less colorful. There are many elements in this style, but the major ones include:
- Dark backgrounds, either black, or dark blue; sometimes makes use of starfields.
- Heavy use of magenta and cyan, with other colors to add interest.
- Emphasized lines using solid colors and outer glow; includes neon lights, lasers, and wireframe 3D art.
- The wireframes are usually used as the ground, both in flat planes, and in heightfields, simulating mountains.
- Heavy use of the chrome effect, mainly using “landscape” gradients as the reflection.
- Sometimes makes use of “Blacklight” effects; text and art that glows, as if using a ultraviolet-reactive paint.
- Use of text falls in three categories:
- Chrome text, usually making use of block fonts.
- Neon text, often making use of line-based, handwriting fonts.
- “Blacklight” text, often making use of thick handwriting fonts.
- Sometimes includes thick clouds and lightning bolts.
- Frequently includes sport cars, often the classic 80s staples, the Ferrari Testarossa and the Lamborghini Countach.
Okay, so this is what I have so far. Anything you guys can add to this list? And what names would you give the styles? Or the genre in general?