Those Interesting (Yawn) '90s
There have been a lot of great advancements in graphic design over the decades - from the line art of the 1930s to the bright colors and neon of the 1980s. It seems though that some of the ingenuity and creativity were lost in the 1990s, however. What happened?
I was thinking about this lately and started poking around some articles and files I have from this era and sort of found myself falling asleep. I woke up and started feeling that there must been some sort of lapse of consciousness during that recent decade. Were we too tired from all the work and excess from the '80s and pushed the hold button on the creativity center? I'm not saying it was ALL bad, and I am just as guilty as the next guy in my slackoffishness.
There were some new and innovative design ideas in the 1990s, just the same. We were witness to an onslaught of new and exciting colors and color combinations, thanks to those fantastic design software packages that refined the RGB, CMYK, and, especially, the Hexidecimal systems.
We were also influenced by the fantastic young designers from outside the USA and were able to interact and share ideas with these geniuses unlike never before.
Design schools all over the world were also pumping out hungry creatives like factories working overtime.
So, maybe that's a downside to all this, but what do I know?
Now we're in the '00s and there have been a lot of new graphic design ideas floating around - like those swirling line and floral patterns that are getting passé real quick.
Look! They aleady are.
So, let's learn from the past and set the bar a little higher for our future graphic design solutions. I'm not sayin' they're awful these days or anything, but it's been on my mind and, thus, good for me to share. Please share your thoughts back to me.