T-Shirt Print Trend - 80's Flashback

February 18, 2017


The 80's was a stylistically distinct decade of bold style, offbeat clashing patterns, celebrated excess (permed hair included) and computers were the size of your living room. For all you children of the 80's, this era is now officially ‘Retro’ and is creeping it’s way back into design trends with full force again.

The 80’s was all about being bold and loud and was a time when people didn’t care if their eyes got strained! Design trends in the 80’s were not for the faint hearted. We’re talking early video game graphics, scattered geometric shapes, pixel art, insane colors, crazy illustrated letters, futuristic themes and of course, those sprinkle/confetti squiggles that messed with your mind. All of these distinctive trends are now mixed up, stylised and poured into a modern context.

Check out some attention-grabbing design trends that emerged during the 80’s that are sure to make whatever you’re creating totally RAD in no time!. All the uniquely colorful (and unmistakably ‘80s)

KEY DETAILS: Memphis Design Elements & Pattern, Geometric Elements & Backgrounds, Iconic 80’s Slogans, Pixelated Fonts and Photography, Saturated Colors, Neon Effects, , Playful San Serif Typography, Arcade Video Games, Airbrushing, Abstract Content, 80’s Pastels, 3D Chrome Fonts.



A Milan-based group of designers formed The Memphis Group in the 80's and set out to shake up the world of design becoming one of the most iconic graphic aesthetics of the time. Known for distinct geometric shapes, clashing colors, unusual compositions and wild patchworks of prints and patterns.




Think waves of light, intergalactic themes, neon bright colors, dark backgrounds, grid design, distinctive retro neon typography, 3D graphics, palm trees, sunsets and fantasy content.




80’s typography knows no bounds making memorable statements with experimentation in size, color, texture and arrangement. Highly visual sans serif typefaces, often in block or bubble styles, 3D rendered type in gradient & chrome finish’s and hand drawn playful type are distinct typography traits of the 80’s.




Nostalgic souvenir travel T-Shirt prints from iconic 80’s travel destination’s influenced by Spring Break and tropical summer beach holidays.




Transforming photos of lush tropical setting’s, fast cars, hot woman with retro filter effects such as fluro duotone, gradient lines, over exposure, glitch effects and CYMK colorised layers.




Miami Vice was the dominate force of 80’s fashion, especially the iconic pastels worn by the actors. It’s all about mixing and matching a bunch of pastel colors in one go with a modern twist.



Southern California in the ’80s was arguably the center of surf culture & the sport achieved unparalleled commercial attention. Everyone was rocking neon colors, reflective sunnies, and clashed retro 80’s prints.


(All images are sourced from DownloadT-ShirtDesigns and Pinterest)


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