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Fresher Styles for Web Designers: More Eye Candy from the Underground by Curt Cloninger

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Chapter 04. Psychedelic Minimalist Style

 

OUR LITTLE LIVES GET COMPLICATED IT’S A SIMPLE THING SIMPLE AS A FLOWER AND THAT’S A COMPLICATED THING

 
 --LOVE AND ROCKETS

The Psychedelic Minimalist style is a schizophrenic combination of two seemingly contradictory approaches. Its layout and typography are very simple, basic, and minimal, but its color and ornamentation are wild, bright, florescent, and psychedelic. The Psychedelic Minimalist style is kind of like the Late(st) Modern style on LSD. Grayscale palettes are replaced by bright screen colors—colors that only exist in RGB light space and are very difficult to replicate in CMYK print space.

This conflict between understated layout structures and unapologetically bright colors gives Psychedelic ...

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