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Early Cyber was an aesthetic movement that was was predominant from the late 1980s to mid-1990s. This aesthetic consisted of harsh pixelated thermographic imagery with warped fonts made newly possible through the proliferation of the first wave of desktop publishing and image manipulation software, often with Cyberpunk themes. It had overlap with the Cyberdelic aesthetic.

By the late 1990s, this aesthetic had fallen out of style and was replaced by the Y2K Futurism and Metalheart aesthetics (i.e. The Matrix).


  • Dot matrix pattern
  • Harsh pixelated thermographic imagery
  • Head-up displays
  • Rave flyers



  • The Boy from Andromeda
  • Finders Keepers/The Finder
  • GamesMaster intro
  • ITV's The Chart Show sponsored by Twix
  • Red Dwarf
  • Scavengers game show


  • Mr. Manic and Sister Cool by Shakatak
  • Instruments of Darkness by The Art of Noise and The Prodigy
  • In Yer Face by 808 State
  • Rhythm is a dancer by Snap
  • Tribal Dance by 2 Unlimited


  • Max Headroom: 20 Minutes into the Future (1985)
  • The Lawnmower Man (1992)
  • Hackers (1995)
  • Alien (1979)
  • Aliens (1986)



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