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Do you have a favorite graphic design theme that makes you buy stuff?

Asked by mazingerz88 (18766 points ) December 5th, 2012

Whether consciously or subconsciously, what sort of design is guaranteed to catch your interest…compel you to buy a certain item, from a print on a t-shirt to your cellphone case, pajamas, curtains, dinner plates-? Is there a background story on how you ended up preferring this design over others-?

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burntbonez's avatar

Something simple, bold, and interesting, with pleasing colors. No pastels. Unless I’m in a warm part of the world. Even then, I don’t like pink.

Seek's avatar

I love leaves. Particularly grape vines and oak leaves. And I’m drawn to earthy tones – sage, burnt orange, chocolatey browns.

I also like narrow vertical stripes. Once I had a shower curtain with pale blue, orange, brown, black, white, purple, red…. tiny little vertical stripes in every colour. Made the room look huge and it matched with everything. I ended up giving it to my sister. I miss that shower curtain just a little.

fremen_warrior's avatar

(mis)Quoting Max Payne now (lol): “Nothing’s a cliche when it’s happening to you”. Having said this: it depends, because I am such a complex (complicated?) person ;-)

Travel gear: camo / military surplus / dark green / brown and/or black. Built to last.
Casual wear: business casual, or punkish (yyeah…)
Electronics: nothing flashy. I can use the same cell phone for years on end ;-)
Household items and decor: simple is good, the less the better, dark, red, wooden, sturdy.

Overall, since I’m a bit of a minimalist, and a punkrocker-zennite-survivalist-wannabe dude, I tend towards toned down, simple, long-lasting items instead of flashy, colourful gizmos, and “cool” threads.

Interesting question, thank you for asking it.

wundayatta's avatar

I like complex, fractal designs that grab me and suck me in and won’t let me go. I like power colors. Not because they are powerful, but because they happen to be what I like. I agree with earth colors. But I also like sunset colors and desert colors and natural things.

You can take your neon colors and bury them with the nuclear waste. I don’t ever want to see them in my lifetime again.

wildpotato's avatar

I’m a sucker for Roy Lichtenstein style ads. Not sure why, exactly – maybe it’s because the over the top quality makes me feel like the marketer and I are both in on the joke that is advertising, in the effort to make me think I need something I didn’t think I needed. Ads that make fun of their own ad-ishness perform sort of an implicit breaking of the Fourth Wall of marketing.

Or maybe all the dots are just eye-catching…

deni's avatar

If something has a rainbow on it I will always take a second look, therefore much more likely to purchase it than something without a rainbow, or just a lot of color.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

This will be a total surprise, but I like the Adirondack styled items. Natural woods, birch, greenery etc.

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