1980s – Page 4 – Design You Trust

1981 SAAB 906 Turbo, Sweden’s 6-Wheeled Colossal With Full Variety of Gadgets

There aren’t a lot of six-wheeled cars out there and often they’re one-of-a-kind mods like this Saab 906 Turbo. It was built by designer Leif Mellberg and it’s the biggest Saab that was ever built. Continue reading »

Stunning Retro Photos of Gene Simmons Rocks a Photo Studio in Full “Demon” Mode in 1980


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After a slow start in the early 1970s, New York glam-metal band KISS rose to stardom after adopting their signature makeup and stage personas.

The Starchild, Demon, Catman, and Space Ace achieved massive commercial success not only through their albums and concerts but through their characters, which they licensed to comic books, costumes, toys, board games and other merchandise. Continue reading »

“Face Values”: The Surreal and Disturbing Collage Portraits of John Stezaker

John Stezaker is a British conceptual artist born in 1949. For the past fifty years, Stezaker has been making some of the most arresting and disturbing collages from found photographs, postcards, book plates, and magazines. Continue reading »

“The Unruliness of Leisure”: Photographs of European Summers from 1979-1984

Every summer from the late 1970s through the mid ’80s photographer Sergio Puritell would buy an inexpensive roundtrip ticket from New York to London, and from there get a Eurail pass. Traveling cheaply, he could move freely around Europe. Continue reading »

‘80s Style Double Exposure Portraits Of Pets With Their Owners By Danielle Spires

Among all the photos of pets and selfies with them flooding the internet, we present you the only timeless portrait you’ll ever need.

Los Angeles pet photographer Danielle Spires has developed her unique style by using stylized backdrops full of kitsch in her photo studio that result in oddly hilarious and quirky portraits of owners with their beloved pets—creative pics that our furry and not-so-furry friends deserve. But her signature photos definitely are 1980‘s-inspired double exposure portraits of pets with their owners. Continue reading »

“Mersey Paradise”: Photographer Tom Wood Spent Decades Photographing The Pubs, Clubs And Bus Rides Of Liverpool – And The People Who Inhabited Them

Looking for Love (‘Anyone got any hairspray?’), 1983

Between 1982 and 1985, Tom Wood took photographs in the now-demolished Chelsea Reach nightclub in New Brighton. Shooting in the dark on busy nights, Wood evokes the noise and heat of the club through the bawdy, drunken and unselfconscious interactions of the customers. These photographs were only possible because Wood was accepted as a regular who was known to many of the clientele. Continue reading »

The Twin Towers During The 1970s And Early ’80s Through Fascinating Photos

The original World Trade Center was a large complex of seven buildings in the Financial District of Lower Manhattan, New York City, United States. It opened on April 4, 1973, and was destroyed in 2001 during the September 11 attacks. Continue reading »

Beautiful Vintage Photos Of The First Miss Soviet Union Beauty Pageant, 1988

“Moscow Beauty” was expected to become an annual event where prizes were free travel passes for trips abroad, cash, and luxurious (by Russian standards) gifts.

Beauty pageants (a mainstay in Western culture, particular America) were banned in the Soviet Union since 1959 – no scantily clad ladies, no cheeky fashion, no celebration of beauty and poise. Continue reading »

Wonderful Sunny Pics Document A Spring Break In United States In The 1980s

These pictures show what was acceptable in the 1980s at Spring Break. Mostly from Daytona beach and Fort Lauderdale, these show a party scene that seems alien, the kind of en masse binge-drinking you could have before the intervention of social media. Take a look at these images for a quality nostalgia of tiny swimsuits, big hair and and most likely loads of cocaine. Continue reading »

Going Down The London Underground In The Later 1980s

Paul Baldesare was taking photographs on the London Underground between 1987 and 1990. He was drawn to recording life on the Tube network. Is that you or someone you know shoegazing or reading the adverts, keeping senses working under-time and waiting to exhale as you or they rode the Tube? Continue reading »

The Wonder Years: Cool Snaps Show Lifestyle Of American Teens In The Late 1980s

The 1980s is the period of multi-style fashion, especially for young people in the United States. From hairstyles to clothes, everything looked pretty rock. Continue reading »

A Snapshot Explosion Of Big Hair And Boozing In The 1980s

In the 1980s, Barcardi rum was the most popular distilled drink in the USA. Rum, the drink of old tars, pirates and last resort, was the tipple Americans most wanted. A drinks trade expert explained why rum was Number 1 in ’81: “Rum is vodka with a sweet taste, whereas vodka has no taste. Continue reading »

In 1980, American Express Teamed Up With DeLorean To Produce A 24K Gold Plated DMC-12, But Only Two Were Sold!

In 1980, American Express teamed up with DeLorean to produce a specialty car to promote their gold card. A 24K gold plated DeLorean DMC-12 was featured in the 1980 American Express Christmas catalog. A limited edition of no more than 100 DeLoreans, with 24-karat gold plating, were offered at $85,000 (about $220,000 today) each though only two were sold through this promotion. Continue reading »

20 Amazing Photos Of A Young And Hot Axl Rose In The 1980s

It’s hard to believe it now, but there was a time when Axl Rose was on top of the world.

Axl Rose was born William Bruce Rose Jr. on February 6, 1962, in Lafayette, Indiana. He eventually moved to California, working odd jobs and playing in bands until the formation of Guns N’ Roses in the mid-1980s. Rose was frequently in trouble with the police and spent time in jail on charges of public intoxication and battery. When the police threatened to charge him as a career criminal, he moved to Los Angeles in 1982. Shortly after, he joined the band AXL. The experience was so all-consuming that he legally changed his name to W. Axl Rose. Continue reading »

Beautiful Pics Of Madonna Photographed In Alphabet City, NYC By Richard Corman In 1982

Richard Corman had just finished an apprenticeship with Richard Avedon in 1982 and was referred to Madonna by his mother who was casting Martin Scorsece’s The Last Temptation of Christ. Continue reading »

Photographer Shows The Atmosphere Of Utopian Hong Kong Of The 80s, Its Landscapes And Surreal Architectural Forms, Frozen In Timelessness Ander The Diffused Sunlight

Alexey Kozhenkov tries to capture the era of change which saw an incomprehensible amount of development as it relates to the business world. Continue reading »

Cool Pics That Defined The ’80s Punk Fashion

Punk fashion is the clothing, hairstyles, cosmetics, jewellery, and body modifications of the punk subculture. It varies widely, ranging from Vivienne Westwood designs to styles modeled on bands like The Exploited to the dressed-down look of North American hardcore. Continue reading »

Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go! Brilliant 1980s Pop & Rock Music Publicity Photos

Can you remember the bands and solo pop and rock music acts in the publicity stills below? Better yet, can you hum one of their hits? Continue reading »

Liverpool In The 1980s: Photographer Dave Sinclair’s Stunning Images Show A City That Refused To Lie Down In The Face Of Adversity

Liverpool in the 1980s were a time of turmoil and upheaval. Unemployment and economic instability led to widespread disquiet which culminated in public shows of resistance such as the 1981 Toxteth Riots. Liverpool also elected its first Labour council in 1983, who promised to stand up for what they saw as unjust cuts under the Thatcher government. Continue reading »

London Underground 1970-1980 By Mike Goldwater: Down In The Dimly Lit Tunnels, The Tube Was One Photographer’s Playground

Wembley Park 1979

The first thing that strikes anyone who regularly rides on the London Underground is how clean it looks in Mike Goldwater’s photographs. Continue reading »

Something’s Going On: Mary Lou Fulton’s Newly Rediscovered Photographs Of Punks, Mods, And Rockabillies From The 1980s

The radio blasted fast, easy headline news. Punks go on rampage at Huntington Park…$25,000 worth of damage…Police called to quell disturbance… Continue reading »

Running In The Night: The Superb ’80s Cyberpunk Artworks By Daniele Gasparini

Daniele Gasparini is an Italian freelance artist who loves art, graphism and web. He created The Skie Graphic Studio project in Rome in 2007. Graduated in graphic design from a school in Rome, he is currently working as webmaster and graphic designer in Adobe Authorized Training Center (AATC). His influences are large: video games, films, art, books, 90’s and also apocalyptic and retro vibes… Continue reading »

Back In 1980, Citröen Had A Somewhat Amusing Idea Of The Future

The French manufacturer Citroën knew a lot to surprise with its incredible design. This is not just about new cars, but cars that in the past have been of great interest to the automotive community. Namely, in 1980, the company introduced an incredible model called Karin. Citroën Karin was a concept car presented at the Paris Motor Show in 1980. Continue reading »

20 Punk Bands Of The 1980s You’ve Never Heard Of

Punk is a rock music genre that emerged in the mid-1970s in the United States, United Kingdom, and Australia. They typically produced short, fast-paced songs with hard-edged melodies and singing styles, stripped-down instrumentation, and often political, anti-establishment lyrics. Punk embraces a DIY ethic; many bands self-produce recordings and distribute them through independent record labels. Continue reading »

In Between Times: Lyrical And Nostalgic Atmosphere Of The Soviet Ural Region In Beautiful Black And White Photographs Of Ivan Galert

People in a hurry, waiting for a tram at a bus stop or resting on the bank of a river, picturesque provincial sketches, new buildings and parades are the main subjects in the photographs of Ivan Galert taken at the end of the Soviet era in Sverdlovsk and nearby. Continue reading »