The retro fashion cycle includes type.
- art nouveau was popular in the 1960's
- art deco returned in the 1970's
- 1950's type showed up in the new wave 1980's
- 1960's interpretations of art nouveau returned in the 1990's as well as a the 3rd Cooper Black wave and 1970's industrial as techno
- 1970's Avant Garde (still popular in the 80's) returned in the 2000's along with geometrics like Pump
- 2010's 8-bit look? Not sure if the retro cycle happened for type in the 2010's
I know fashion doesn't adhere to precise decade boundaries but if you look at album covers and movie posters from the mid twentieth century on, it's pretty easy to see some kind of retro trend for type. But so far, this cycle has mainly dealt with pre-digital typefaces.
Will digital type designs will get pulled to the cycle? Have they already? The 8-bit look is certainly one case that's already happened. By digital type designs, I don't mean digital interpretations of pre-digital typefaces. Obviously they used digital Cooper Black and Avant Garde. I mean original digital type designs like Industria and Museo. I'm more interested in overall trends rather than individual cases.
Does anyone else ponder these things when they should be sleeping or is it just me?
Edit: just remembered a quirk about retro fashion. Things seem to have to fall out of use before they can make a comeback. When I was teenager in the late 1980's it was the paisley underground scene. The 60's polyester paisley shirts and peace sign belt buckles that littered thrift shops in the 70's were now hard to get and came with higher price tags. But most digital type never fell out of use so maybe that's the reason we haven't see a revival yet.