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

Asked by mazingerz88 (18766points) 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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