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The Thirties - Art Deco and Streamline Style


Federation, the European influence

Contemporary - the Australian way of life

USA in the 1960's and 70's - Kitch, Mods and Hippies.

"Groovy, Baby."

The 1960's and 1970's in America spawned a number of unique design styles. These were not really major design movements as such, but interesting nonetheless.

The somewhat kitsch Lounge styles that developed in the 1950's were still going strong in the 1960's. For example, the primitivist Tiki Style which is currently having a bit of a revival as a retro style.

Another Lounge-style that was popular was the Atomic or Space Age Style. Think, the Jetsons, Lost in Space, B-Grade movies about zombies from outer-space, Sputnik-lamps.
- Some very nice, free retro fonts for PC and Mac

Eames Era is an often overused phrase on eBay that is applied to just about anything from the 1950's to 1970's - and usually inappropriately. Ray and Kaiser Eames were designers who had a huge influence on design for many decades - see my blurb in International Style for Design & Cultures 1

A design style that was very influenced by the Fine Arts movements of Pop Art and Op Art was the Mod look. Although it was centred in London, it was also popular in the US. Fashion was the dominant expression of this look, but it also affected graphic design. Twiggy dressed by Mary Quant; Andy Warhol and Edie Sedwick; Bridget Riley's eye-spinning optical illusions. As with many of the above looks, Mod is currently popular again as part of the retro revival. Hey, my old Vespa's accidentally fashionable :)

Leading on from the Mod style came Psychedelia, also known as the Haight-Ashbury Era. Swirling colours, paisley patterns, flowers, love and "Peace, man...." Influenced by hippy culture and psychedelic drugs such as LSD, this style was pretty out-there - although it had quite a widespread effect on design in the 1970's.

Victor Moscoso was one popular graphic designer who did some very well known rock posters.

Milton Glaser did a well known pschedelic poster of Bob Dylan.

Then there was Disco! The glamour, the shiny, sparkliness...

Some more about the Fine Art styles of this time:

Pop Art

Op Art


retrokat.com quite nice sites

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