Design Trends can be a mysterious thing!
They’re influenced by culture and media, past and present, technology, fashion, and other industries. They come and go, but it’s hard to say exactly when. A trend never simply emerges for a single year and then disappears in a puff of smoke. Instead, an aesthetic becomes popular gradually, even mysteriously, over time before fizzling out slowly without much notice at all.
This illustration and t-shirt design (image above) has all kinds of nostalgia going on. The technology theme also ties in nicely with modern-retro influences. As opposed to vintage or “old” retro—styles that draw from the early 1900s through the 60s—“modern” retro takes its stylistic influences from more recent decades, the late 1970s through the 90s. Think early PCs and video games, pixel art, and space themes: nerdy is the new cool. Esthetically it’s a retro look but with a contemporary feel!