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Psychedelic Trend Inspiration

Inspiration, Art, DesignElizabeth DoyleComment

The psychedelic era is back full swing with punchy, vibrating colors, maximalist details, and powerful messaging. 60's and 70's era design influenced the 2018 runway shows and is still going strong in the 2019 shows making it pretty clear we're going to be in a groovy mindset for upcoming consumer products.

The Cooper Hewitt Museum has an extensive collection of psychedelic art. Let's take a look at some classic posters and design for a burst of inspiration, LSD optional.

Icons

Paisley  |  Vivid, close colors  |  Repetitive Imagery  |  People as subject matter  |  Graphic Florals  |  Mesmerizing Patterns  |  Psychedelic Typography  |  Black Ink Outline

Inspired by Tapestries | Cloisters Museum

Inspiration, ArtElizabeth DoyleComment

Medieval tapestry patterns and icons were scattered throughout the 2018 fashion shows so I have a hunch heraldic images and antique floral patterns will be on the rise. I’m releasing a pattern & icon trend report in the coming weeks that will include more trend insight for commercial artists and designers, but in the mean time, I wanted to share with you the recent rabbit hole I fell into. 

I used to live within walking distance to the Cloisters Museum, an off-site MET Museum in the heights of New York City. The Cloisters is home to medieval European architecture and decorative arts, the tapestries and metal working being what draws me there time after time. They also have gardens and a little cafe! 

Medieval art is an interest of mine due to the craftsmanship of the era. I’m naturally drawn to art that has an overwhelming quality, probably because I am a natural collector and love to see an abundance of things organized in some way. Tapestries tend to depict detailed scenes packed with animals, flora, fashion, and pattern, so they are a great resource I refer to often when sketching for illustration clients. You can see the tapestries in all of their glory via the MET online collection.

Icons + Themes

Dragons  |  Unicorns  |  Stags  |  Gilding  |  Dark Backgrounds  |  Black Letter Calligraphy  |  Song Birds  |  Swans  |  Winding Botanical Florals  |  Fruit Trees  |  Grouped Wild Flowers  |  Historic Motifs  |  Conversational Scenes