Retro Futuristic Trend

Have you guys seen this stuff around?  The space-age futuristic look is coming back into style. It was pretty big in the 1980’s, so I guess we’re coming into that 30 year cultural cycle when styles come back into fashion.

I really get a kick out of this new wave of futuristic styles. Maybe it’s because I’m a child of the eighties, but I just think it’s cool.  It’s not the most usable method in terms of advertising or branding, but if it’s put with the right message or event, it can be just what the doctor ordered.

Here’s three retro futuristic designs I’ve done recently:

Invite Card for youth eventSermon Series AdvertisementIdea for our church's worship nights

After the Read More link, I’ll have three sources of inspiration for this style.  Click on!

There are a few real experts in this style right now.  One of them is James White, who’s work can be found over at Signalnoise.  Here’s one of his pieces, entitled “Robot Rock”:

Robot Rock

It’s based on a work he did earlier for Daft Punk, an awesome electronica group.

Here’s another one of my favorites from James:

Duo Poster from James White

And finally, a piece from Chuck Anderson, another design heavyweight and source of inspiration for me in my work.


I don’t necessarily think this design trend will last another twenty years, but it sure is fun while it’s here!  I suspect in another thirty years, it will come back around in another form.  It’s that 1980’s vibe of fun, carefree, novelty and hope for the future.  All good things, if you ask me.

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