Design Student's Orgasm

This is something of a fashionable and stylistic approach in visual media. Overwhelmingly, these designs are made with vector graphics, to create solid areas of colour with crisp, geometrically neat outlines. Usually involves vivid colours over a monochrome background (white has preference as a neutral colour, but it can easily be black). The colour patterns can also be switched for the negative space, while the solid colour becomes the foreground.

It's easier to show than to describe, hence the picture. Look for examples of this rather abstract art in commercials and opening credits. In animated works, designs may flow outwards from a central point, gaining variety and complexity as they grow.

Compare this visual trope to the literary-only Purple Prose. Failure to maintain focus on the product can result in What Were They Selling Again? Video versions of this trope might employ Blipvert as well. Contrast Ascetic Aesthetic, Face on the Cover & Minimalistic Cover Art (though this can also be done in a very striking and artistic way).


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  • This commercial from Microsoft describing what they think the future will be like has lots of computer screen images popping out all over the place.
  • A number of television commercials in the UK for HD TV sets use this trend, using "arty" graphics over a white background. Usually in slow motion and with a calming acoustic guitar soundtrack. The tag line usually being some variation of "look at this amazing image and how detailed it is in HD". Which is fine...unless you are watching in standard definition in which case it is no more detailed than any other ad.
  • The recent "a.s.i.c.s." sneakers commercial stars a jogger running through a drippy white M. C. Escher room, leading to his apartment. Wait, will someone explain the pillar jumping and the squishy ground and the gravity problem? Please?
  • Packaging for Wacom pen tablets. Simple backgrounds with the common artsy stuff. The Bamboo Pen & Touch Comic Edition pretty much covers the entire front with cartoony stuff with only small bits of white background showing through.
  • Recent Comcast commercials show inexplicable, joyously erupting rainbow scenery that turns into letters. It's Comcastic!
  • The psychedelic "Feed the Senses" Friskies cat food commercials. Especially the new one — one full minute of a cat jumping through a dimensional portal into 3D Kitty Pepperland.

  • The Axis Powers Hetalia credits fit in as many colours, random shapes, and movement as is watchable within 30 seconds.
  • The "dream" sequences of Black★Rock Shooter are basically this, complex designs and scenarios, with lots of color motifs and use of CGI. All employed to illustrate the conflicts of the main characters.
  • The opening and closing sequences of Tatami Galaxy. Additionally, the black and white background with selective coloring in the opening sequence prevails through the entire anime.

  • Your average deck of hanafuda (Japanese playing cards). The standard western set of cards only gets fancy for the face cards and the ace of spades. Hanafuda have twelve suits of four and each suit has a different motif, and numbers are represented graphically rather than with numerals. Confused yet?

  • Stranger Than Fiction visualizes Harold's number obsessed subconscious by having numbers, graphs, and equations pop up, fall down, or move along with him. You can see the opening here [2]

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  • The Vancouver Olympics graphics. There's spray paint, clip art, and origami-style patterns in them. The colors are springtime-y, but Vancouver's actually like that in February so that's understandable.
  • The 2008 on-air look for Oxygen, of which the primary motif seems to be flying things (such as cell phones, lipstick, disco balls and even lips).
  • The Game of Thrones opening credits are very intricate and stylish, showing the map of the show's setting as something between a pop-up book and a mechanical model.

  • Most of Roger Dean's album covers for Yes were depictions of lush psychedelic landscapes. Tales From Topographic Oceans, Fragile, and particularly Relayer are probably most representative of this style. Also his album covers for Asia. (The covers for Aqua, Arena, and Archiva were done by Rodney Matthews.)
  • Everything Studio Killers does. The music video for "Eros and Apollo" in particular, ranging from 2D art to 3D CGI and adding pixel art to the mix.

    Video Games 
  • PixelJunk Eden uses this almost exclusively, with copious amounts of wiggly, spiraling lines on an abstract patchwork background.
  • A lot of the gameplay in Audiosurf ends up looking like this, especially with the background color set to white, due to the graphics generation engine throwing dancing towers and colorful explosions around.

  • An egregious offender is a particular trend in men's designer t-shirts, to cram as much random stuff on a square yard of fabric as possible. On one particularly offending sample: a skull with a rose between its teeth, five ravens, a statue of Justice, the innards of a cassette tape, a Shinto shrine, some more roses, a wreath of thorns, and what looks like a map of the coast of Norway. This is all on the same shirt.
  • There is a Guitar Hero shirt with a similar baroque-inspired take on this style, involving many vaguely organic shapes centered around a Gibson SG controller, with cherubs facing opposite directions holding Kramer Striker controllers.
  • Design students' orgasms aren't only limited to Western art, either; there are Islamic styles very prone to them such as 15th- and 16th-century Persian architecture. Almost every available surface was decorated with painted tile. Then there's Ottoman Turkish buildings, which don't look like this until you go inside them.
  • Pencil Vs Camera by Ben Heine. A photo background framing a drawing of random stuffnote  'exploding' out of the camera.
  • The 2014 Football World Cup official poster provides a perfect example: vectorized graphics with a net outline made of a myriad of bright blue, orange, yellow, orange and green little Brazilian motives, all on a white background. A textbook (and beautiful) example.

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