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Acid Design is a graphic design aesthetic heavily associated with Rave culture, particularly influenced by Acid House and New Beat music. This style is primarily present in EDM cover arts, flyers, music clubs, and other trendy brands, among other scenes[1]. The style of this aesthetic is characterized by its dystopian style and trippy imagery, including motifs like Psychedelic art, distorted patterns and typefaces, smiley faces, wireframe objects, world maps and globes, technology and geometric shapes.

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Origin[]

Although the term "acid design" is relatively recent, the origin of this aesthetic can be traced back to Acid House flyers that were popular during the 1990s[2], when Rave culture peaked. This style has seen a revival since the mid-2010s, regaining traction on sites like Instagram under the name Acidgrafix.

Visuals[]

Some visuals prominent in Acid Design include:

  • Wireframes
  • Geometric shapes
  • Distorted patterns and optical illusions
  • Imagery related to drugs like LSD
  • Smiley faces
  • World globes and maps
  • Technology
  • Barcodes
  • Fire
  • Pixel art
  • Symbolism, including arrows and iconography
  • Trippy patterns and hallucinations
  • Neo-Tribal patterns
  • Japanese text
  • Edgy typefaces
    • Liquid metal fonts
    • Melting text
  • Black combined with neon colors

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