TV Tropes is 149% Funded
View Kickstarter Project
Our Kickstarter campaign has received $74,000 from over 2,000 backers! TV Tropes 2.0 is coming. There is no stopping it now. We have 4 days left. At $75K we can also develop an API and at $100K the tropes web series will be produced. View the project here
and discuss here
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).
open/close all folders
- 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 
Live Action TV
- 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.
- Especially from the second half of the 1960s on many album covers by rock bands and artists have become more artsy, especially by psychedelic rock bands. Art photographers, painters and designers were hired to provide beautifully crafted covers that had stunning visuals, lots of Scenery Porn and sometimes even extra details and secret messages for the fans.
- The Beatles:
- With The Beatles: The album cover by Robert Freeman shows the band members as four floating heads against a black background. It's simple, but so striking that countless bands have tried to imitate and parody it.
- Revolver: a collage of various pictures mingled together with hand drawn portraits. The designer was Klaus Voormann, who would also create the collage posters on the cover of The Beatles Anthology.
- Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, designed by Michael Cooper: a large collage of celebrity and more obscure photo cut-outs and wax statues together in an iconic background.
- Hipgnosis and Storm Thorgerson were among the most famous Album Cover Designers and are best known for their covers for Pink Floyd. They made the psychedelic universe cover of A Saucerful Of Secrets, the Droste Image on Ummagumma, the rainbow prisma of The Dark Side of the Moon, the man shaking hands with a Man on Fire on Wish You Were Here, the countless beds on the beach on A Momentary Lapse Of Reason and the ambiguous faces on the cover of The Division Bell.
- The album cover of Diamond Dogs by David Bowie was designed by famous Belgian pop art painter Guy Peellaert and shows Bowie and two other people are man-dog hybrids. Peellaert also did the cover of Its Only Rock N Roll by The Rolling Stones.
- Captain Beefheart painted several of his album covers himself, always in abstract, but very striking art: Shiny Beast, Doc At The Radar Station.
- Andy Warhol was another world famous album cover designer, responsible for the iconic yellow banana on the cover of The Velvet Underground And Nico By Velvet Underground that could literally be peeled and the crotch shot on Sticky Fingers by The Rolling Stones with a real-life zipper.
- The album cover of Appetite For Destruction by Guns N' Roses was first a painting by Robert Williams where a robot has just raped a girl. It was deemed to controversial and replaced by a shot of the band members as skeletons, painted by Billy White Jr.
- Daniel Johnston designs the covers of all his albums, including Yip/Jump Music.
- Derek Riggs made a iconic painting of Iron Maiden's mascot Eddie the Head defeating the devil on the cover of The Number of the Beast.
- Mark Ryden's design of Dangerous by Michael Jackson had a lot of surreal imagery and references to "The King of Pop" himself.
- Peter Saville's design of Unknown Pleasures is based on an image of radio waves from pulsar CP 1919.
- The album cover of The Man-Machine by Kraftwerk was designed by group member Ralf Hütter himself and shows the band members in a pose and typography that resembles a Soviet propaganda poster.
- The album cover of News Of The World by Queen is based on a painting by Frank Kelly Freas, an artist best known for painting scenes of science fiction stories. The image showed a giant intelligent robot holding a human corpse. The members of Queen asked Freas if he could paint the exact same image, only with them in place of the corpse.
- Frank Zappa's albums also often had detail grabbing covers or covers with a visually striking image: Freak Out, Hot Rats (a photograph in psychedelic and bright colors), We're Only in It for the Money (Cal Schenkel's famous Sgt. Pepper's Shout-Out parody), Cruising With Ruben And The Jets, Just Another Band From L.A.., The Grand Wazoo, Waka Jawaka, Ahead Of Their Time (Cal Schenkel's naďve cartoonish drawing style), Uncle Meat and Burnt Weeny Sandwich, Tinseltown Rebellion (collage covers), Weasels Ripped My Flesh (Neon Park's design of man shaving himself with a weasel), Two Hundred Motels, Over-Nite Sensation, One Size Fits All (covers full with details), Studio Tan, Sleep Dirt, Orchestral Favorites (Gary Panter's designs).
- The album cover of Abraxas by Santana, which is a 1961 painting by Mati Klarwein
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.