"Global Village Coffeehouse" aesthetics: C/D?

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Inspired by the discussion of the latest Vampire Weekend album cover

This covers the late 80's - early 90's aesthetics combining vague ethnic signifiers with rudimentary computer graphic design tools.

I think even at the time this looked really ugly, but there's definitely something about its cheesy coziness that makes it ripe for nostalgia.

licorice oratorio (baaderonixx), Monday, 11 March 2019 09:10 (two months ago) Permalink

vague ethnic signifiers are a dud but rudimentary computer graphic design tools are absolutely classic

ufo, Monday, 11 March 2019 09:23 (two months ago) Permalink

It feels SO familiar... yet I can't find the cover it reminds me of !

AlXTC from Paris, Monday, 11 March 2019 09:37 (two months ago) Permalink

I was just about to say "oh of course it looks like..." but all the LPs I'm looking at aren't it. It's a big LP from the early 90s, and I've seen it many times before.

mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Monday, 11 March 2019 10:15 (two months ago) Permalink

ILX's collective intelligence will find the answer to this frustrating quest !

AlXTC from Paris, Monday, 11 March 2019 10:19 (two months ago) Permalink

The orange stripe down the side and the circular type is giving me Neville Brody style top notes.

MaresNest, Monday, 11 March 2019 12:21 (two months ago) Permalink

I was just about to say "oh of course it looks like..." but all the LPs I'm looking at aren't it. It's a big LP from the early 90s, and I've seen it many times before.

THIS EXACT SAME THING happened to me. I thought it was a Jesus Jones or Ned's Atomic Dustbin cover and it wasn't but it was something LIKE that.

Guayaquil (eephus!), Monday, 11 March 2019 12:31 (two months ago) Permalink

Maybe it was just a t-shirt? I'm picturing a design on a shirt (maybe it was a record too though).

change display name (Jordan), Monday, 11 March 2019 12:39 (two months ago) Permalink

I was thinking of this but not sure it fits the bill ... the music, though

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:PlanetDrumCD.jpg

Vapor waif (uptown churl), Monday, 11 March 2019 13:49 (two months ago) Permalink

Made me think of the Nation Records logo (y'know, Transglobal Underground and that crowd), maybe a comp on that label, but it's not all that similar really.

*there's (Noel Emits), Monday, 11 March 2019 13:53 (two months ago) Permalink

I'd swear the earth globe is some 90s clipart.

Uptown VONC (Le Bateau Ivre), Monday, 11 March 2019 13:58 (two months ago) Permalink

Not mad on Bride Father of The as a title tbh.

the word dog doesn't bark (anagram), Monday, 11 March 2019 14:15 (two months ago) Permalink

I used to go to this coffee shop a lot, the name definitely fits here but the graphics are a bit more late 90s cheesy:

http://polarbearhockey.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/oneworldcafe.jpg

joygoat, Monday, 11 March 2019 14:19 (two months ago) Permalink

strongly associate this style with being in church in the 90s

ogmor, Monday, 11 March 2019 14:20 (two months ago) Permalink

Terrible album cover - reminds me of Soho's 'Goddess' from 1990:

https://goo.gl/images/6NPyKM

raise my chicken finger (Willl), Monday, 11 March 2019 14:39 (two months ago) Permalink

The cover for the single for Edie Brickell's What I Am came to mind when looking at the Vampire Weekend cover, but all that really has in common is a drawn round thing on white background.

MarkoP, Monday, 11 March 2019 14:43 (two months ago) Permalink

Small World Coffee in Princeton NJ is my go-to for this aesthetic

http://www.smallworldcoffee.com/_assets/img/common/printHeader.png

Guayaquil (eephus!), Monday, 11 March 2019 14:46 (two months ago) Permalink

Still using it in 2019 but this logo & type definitely dates back to the 90s or, for all I know, farther

Guayaquil (eephus!), Monday, 11 March 2019 14:47 (two months ago) Permalink

That Vampire Weekend cover doesn't really take the 90s aesthetic far enough imo, winds up just looking very generic

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Monday, 11 March 2019 15:02 (two months ago) Permalink

Small World Coffee in Princeton NJ is my go-to for this aesthetic

http://www.smallworldcoffee.com/_assets/img/common/printHeader.png

― Guayaquil (eephus!), Monday, March 11, 2019 10:46 AM (one hour ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Dude are you from the princeton area? That is my spot

Trϵϵship, Monday, 11 March 2019 16:10 (two months ago) Permalink

Or *was*

I like this aesthetic. I think it will become my new aesthetic. The Brooklyn country gentleman thing has gotten tired.

Trϵϵship, Monday, 11 March 2019 16:11 (two months ago) Permalink

I used to go to small world coffee a lot -- Princeton trips were a regular thing from Rutgers. The PREX-Hoagie Haven-small world trifecta. Maybe also throw in a bookstore or two.

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Monday, 11 March 2019 16:12 (two months ago) Permalink

Can trade in my red wings for tevas

Trϵϵship, Monday, 11 March 2019 16:12 (two months ago) Permalink

There is only one bookstore left there. It’s this aesthetic too somewhat. I used to work there.

Trϵϵship, Monday, 11 March 2019 16:13 (two months ago) Permalink

definitely associate this aesthetic with coffee shops that existed in the 90s

some plants around, a counter where you order or someone might take your order if they're out dropping drinks off at tables. big chalkboards listing fresh beans

mh, Monday, 11 March 2019 16:14 (two months ago) Permalink

The green new deal needs a look imo. This might be it

Trϵϵship, Monday, 11 March 2019 16:17 (two months ago) Permalink

Excited to see ezra’s outfits on the new tour

Trϵϵship, Monday, 11 March 2019 16:17 (two months ago) Permalink

I was searching "earth day shirt" to try and find the urtext for this.

change display name (Jordan), Monday, 11 March 2019 16:31 (two months ago) Permalink

Excited to see ezra’s outfits on the new tour

http://www.undertheradarmag.com/uploads/article_images/vampire-weekend-harmony-hall-video-pancakes-ezra.jpg

AlXTC from Paris, Monday, 11 March 2019 16:34 (two months ago) Permalink

different but there's something there

budo jeru, Monday, 11 March 2019 19:33 (two months ago) Permalink

There's the whole line of Putumaya comps that were always displayed at bookstores, global-village type stores, and so on.

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_5XYiqHni398/S72054Z5MOI/AAAAAAAADGg/v23yWYDi87c/s1600/41EXKD6MBKL._SL500_AA300_.jpg

... (Eazy), Monday, 11 March 2019 19:54 (two months ago) Permalink

don't know why my image is broken; here's the link: http://www.sandygarnettstudio.com/files/4514/2232/7992/1992HordePosterw8.jpg

yuh yuh (morrisp), Monday, 11 March 2019 20:05 (two months ago) Permalink

did u all see this exchange, amazing:

We're just waiting for the Global Hypercolour tee shirt

— Jesus Jones (@jesusjonesband) March 7, 2019

goole, Monday, 11 March 2019 20:25 (two months ago) Permalink

I'd forgotten Big Head Todd. They were kinda big, weren't they, though they closed out the era.

eva logorrhea (bendy), Monday, 11 March 2019 20:30 (two months ago) Permalink

Bittersweet you could say

L'assie (Euler), Monday, 11 March 2019 20:38 (two months ago) Permalink

i feel like keith haring was a big influence on this aesthetic.

this is bringing back lots of "going to the houses of friends with aging hippie parents in the early 90s" memories...

also my uncle's recycling/green office supply company totally rode this wave:

https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/1014234044777676800/ryWkJk0z_400x400.jpg

J. Sam, Monday, 11 March 2019 21:06 (two months ago) Permalink

The globe art of this era wreaks havoc on the Canadian arctic.

eva logorrhea (bendy), Monday, 11 March 2019 21:30 (two months ago) Permalink

would not be totally shocked if big head todd could still draw comparable live numbers to vampire weekend

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Monday, 11 March 2019 22:34 (two months ago) Permalink

"jam band adjascent" + "a couple huge 90s alt rock hits" is a powerful combo in the U.S.

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Monday, 11 March 2019 22:39 (two months ago) Permalink

http://i66.tinypic.com/2z54nlw.jpg

... (Eazy), Monday, 11 March 2019 22:48 (two months ago) Permalink

Chagall seems like an influence here too, in addition to haring

Trϵϵship, Monday, 11 March 2019 22:53 (two months ago) Permalink

Also idk if this was linked yet. Good analysis of why these looks might be coming back

this shit is what gives me righteous fury

I typed a thread a while ago on how the obsession w/ graphic design aesthetics of the 80's and 90's among young designers today is a cry of rebellion against... THIS https://t.co/JBZSvz3z7g

— 〽️ax krieger's big mood (@MaxKriegerVG) February 14, 2018

Trϵϵship, Monday, 11 March 2019 22:57 (two months ago) Permalink

Wait, so Jesus Jones and I BOTH think the Vampire Weekend cover is reminiscent of Jesus Jones aesthetic but there's no actual Jesus Jones album cover that looks anything like it? Weird.

Guayaquil (eephus!), Monday, 11 March 2019 22:58 (two months ago) Permalink

Sorry here is the for real og thread

I theorize that the rise in popularity of all sorts of pre-2008 visual designs, from "vaporwave" to synthwave to anime futurefunk to memphis milano to "global village coffeehouse" to y2k to "mcbling", is a cry of rebellion against the modern state of consumer graphic design

— 〽️ax krieger's big mood (@MaxKriegerVG) December 28, 2017

Trϵϵship, Monday, 11 March 2019 22:58 (two months ago) Permalink

See also:

Just found out the wonderful @ScienceMuseum logo designed by @johnsonbanks has been replaced with a simple typeface. From Burberry to Yves Saint Laurent, brands are doing this and IMO it's a shame and a copout. So, coining a #portmanteau for this: brand + brand+ blah = #blahnd. pic.twitter.com/yAy9Jwg5tT

— Irene Hoffman (@ihoffman) March 7, 2019

... (Eazy), Monday, 11 March 2019 23:32 (two months ago) Permalink

xp. ok yah very on brand.

strikes me that the java logo is a bit this

( ͡☉ ͜ʖ ͡☉) (jim in vancouver), Tuesday, 12 March 2019 18:09 (two months ago) Permalink

The white album cover thing is definitely of the time though

It's a shame The Beatles never thought of it.

While My Guitar Gently Wheedly-Wheedly-Wheedly-Weeps (Dan Peterson), Tuesday, 12 March 2019 18:10 (two months ago) Permalink

seems to me that global village coffeehouse aesthetic is very much not what this vampire weekend cover is going for

― ( ͡☉ ͜ʖ ͡☉) (jim in vancouver), Tuesday, March 12, 2019 11:22 AM (two hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

I agree. Someone mentioned Global Village Coffeehouse in a Hipinion thread about the Vampire Weekend album, but I don't think it was in reference to the cover, more just the general ~vibe~ that the band seems to be currently interested in.

The discussion of GVC in the Vampire Weekend FOTB thread was prompted by this Jordan S. post:

idk the visual aesthetic they're referencing in this stuff is pretty obvious to me... i guess ezra & i are roughly the same age and prob grew up around a lot of the same ppl (upper middle class suburban jews) but ironic riffing on the iconography of boomer hippies-turned-settled down adults and their kids (life is good brand clothes, tevas, fonts on the first wave of organic products, environmentalism, jam bands etc) is pretty in the sweet spot of the kind of social milieu this band has always occupied itself with

I was hoping this thread would be more about GVC and less about the VW cover!

jaymc, Tuesday, 12 March 2019 19:09 (two months ago) Permalink

Yeah. This whole aesthetics captured a certain middle aged contentment, still clinging to a vaguely progressive mindset. So boomers in their 50s basically.

licorice oratorio (baaderonixx), Tuesday, 12 March 2019 19:21 (two months ago) Permalink

lol

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, 12 March 2019 20:20 (two months ago) Permalink

I'm very into that gallery

( ͡☉ ͜ʖ ͡☉) (jim in vancouver), Tuesday, 12 March 2019 20:24 (two months ago) Permalink

i don’t know, who cares? design looks this way because this is what design looks like in 2019, we don’t always need to ascribe moral qualities to aesthetics

― marcos, Monday, March 11, 2019 11:50 PM (yesterday) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

this is so motherfucking otm i can't even

macropuente (map), Tuesday, 12 March 2019 20:27 (two months ago) Permalink

I think it’s just the 20 year nostalgia cycle we’ve been experiencing since, like, 1973

ebro the letter (Whiney G. Weingarten), Tuesday, 12 March 2019 20:44 (two months ago) Permalink

i was just thinking about how it was weird at woodstock they had sha na na play dress up 50s rock when many of the original rock n rollers were still doing great work at that time and killing it live

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, 12 March 2019 21:04 (two months ago) Permalink

That's an interesting point, there aren't even any on this list: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Woodstock#Declined_invitations_or_missed_connections

yuh yuh (morrisp), Tuesday, 12 March 2019 21:19 (two months ago) Permalink

Looks like Chuck Berry (for example) was actively playing festivals that year: He also played at large events in North America, such as the Schaefer Music Festival, in New York City's Central Park in July 1969, and the Toronto Rock and Roll Revival festival in October. (per Wikipedia)

yuh yuh (morrisp), Tuesday, 12 March 2019 21:22 (two months ago) Permalink

I tried Googling the question, and the best I could find was a web page containing this info:

Elvis himself had no interest in hippies. He was a part of a previous generation and viewed hippies as a threat to society.

yuh yuh (morrisp), Tuesday, 12 March 2019 21:28 (two months ago) Permalink

i think design trends are interesting, idk

Trϵϵship, Tuesday, 12 March 2019 21:47 (two months ago) Permalink

xp

Trϵϵship, Tuesday, 12 March 2019 21:47 (two months ago) Permalink

You should follow this blog (serious, not snarky, suggestion): https://www.underconsideration.com/brandnew/

What's that Phish song that goes "Bag it, Tag it"? (morrisp), Tuesday, 12 March 2019 21:52 (two months ago) Permalink

i didn't realize 'global village coffeehouse' was actually a term used outside of this thread

https://www.are.na/evan-collins-1522646491/global-village-coffeehouse

anyway this was the first thing that came to mind

http://https%3A//www.nonesuch.com/sites/g/files/g2000005811/f/styles/album_detail__545___545_/public/201709/Le%20Mystere%20Des%20Voix%20Bulgares_1%20black.jpg

akm, Wednesday, 13 March 2019 12:52 (two months ago) Permalink

i think design trends are interesting, idk

― Trϵϵship, Tuesday, March 12, 2019 5:47 PM (yesterday) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

i agree! but finding design trends interesting doesn't require us to imbue them with moral value. brands widely shifting to sans-serif typefaces in their logos in 2019 does not warrant moral outrage imo

marcos, Wednesday, 13 March 2019 13:01 (two months ago) Permalink

I think outrage overstates my position. I love minimalism but don’t like how it’s becoming de rigeur.

Trϵϵship, Wednesday, 13 March 2019 13:16 (two months ago) Permalink

xpost ah, I thought about that "les voix bulgares" cover too !

AlXTC from Paris, Wednesday, 13 March 2019 13:20 (two months ago) Permalink

pink floyd design rules!

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Wednesday, 13 March 2019 14:36 (two months ago) Permalink

Really like this thread! The first thing that came to mind was the second Soul II Soul album:

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/61ISrAr0oUL.jpg

Gavin, Leeds, Wednesday, 13 March 2019 14:46 (two months ago) Permalink

I guess someone mentioned Putumayo comps upthread already, but those are the first things that come to mind. They seemed to be in every bookstore and coffeehouse in the 90s. Were any of them ever any good? I remember listening to a few and not thinking much of them.

https://f4.bcbits.com/img/a3427711619_10.jpg

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Wednesday, 13 March 2019 15:00 (two months ago) Permalink

VW cover feels kinda like a shit ver of this to me

https://e.snmc.io/i/600/w/f59054970a2db9b20278fe89c7617fb4/1931175

(⊙_⊙?) (original bgm), Wednesday, 13 March 2019 23:28 (two months ago) Permalink

This Canadian celtic-tinged college folk-rock thing:

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51huzAlcbRL._SX425_.jpg

softspool, Thursday, 14 March 2019 00:53 (two months ago) Permalink

Nice! Got some globes in various positions, a terrible font, elongated torsos, equitable gender representation...

☮ (peace, man), Thursday, 14 March 2019 08:30 (two months ago) Permalink

The print edition of the New Yorker 3/11 (lol) is plastered with this aesthetic

Vw and the ny’er being synced up seems about right ...

Vapor waif (uptown churl), Thursday, 14 March 2019 13:27 (two months ago) Permalink

xp - when you think about it we all live in this house called planet earth

softspool, Thursday, 14 March 2019 15:35 (two months ago) Permalink

There's a Facebook group simply titled "Global Village Coffeehouse" that has loads of examples, for fans of the style. It's not quite the same but the "Shiny Happy People" video reminds me of this aesthetic--maybe the similar vibe of "earthy multicultural positivity".

Not the same vibe, but speaking of that era's design, also worth a look is the "Factory Pomo" group, which compiles this style:

https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-GNeiWPpVzEc/WAQwxqEMzYI/AAAAAAAAEcs/ekVCMisKDzg8MS8VAAt_7fNJ_3nmvDMcACLcB/s1600/front..jpg

blatherskite, Thursday, 14 March 2019 18:40 (two months ago) Permalink

Thank you, blatherskite! I'm pretty sure that the album cover I'm thinking of would fit more comfortably into the Factory Pomo genre. I joined the group and there are definitely a lot of earth/nature symbols in there too, but in a markedly different style than the Global Village Coffeehouse stuff.

☮, 🐸 (peace, man), Friday, 15 March 2019 08:42 (two months ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

London, Ontario's own!

softspool, Thursday, 4 April 2019 23:57 (one month ago) Permalink

The one I was thinking of was

http://images.amazon.com/images/P/B00000IPKN.01.LZZZZZZZ.jpg

which wasn't as similar as I thought.

☮ (peace, man), Friday, 5 April 2019 22:40 (one month ago) Permalink

not global village coffeehouse or factory pomo really.

☮ (peace, man), Friday, 5 April 2019 22:54 (one month ago) Permalink

Saw a good example of GVC at my mom's house the other day. It was basically a flat metal sculptural form of the woman in this print. My mom said she bought it in Sedona lol.

https://d2w9rnfcy7mm78.cloudfront.net/3980706/original_04f9ea5e120ee6e319a4e217b2cd0b8a.png

jaymc, Saturday, 6 April 2019 05:34 (one month ago) Permalink

I lived in flagstaff in the late 90s and Sedona was like peak gvc then but with bobus kokopelli everywhere

joygoat, Saturday, 6 April 2019 14:00 (one month ago) Permalink

This feels like it fits in with this aesthetic.

https://cps-static.rovicorp.com/3/JPG_500/MI0002/790/MI0002790545.jpg

Dan Worsley, Saturday, 6 April 2019 17:58 (one month ago) Permalink

I have an album in my collection called The Planet Sleeps. It's a collection of lullabies from all over the world. It's really nice! It was released in 1997 (on compact disc only), and it fits this aesthetic to a T:
https://i.imgur.com/m1p45TR.jpg

Ashley Pomeroy, Saturday, 6 April 2019 18:05 (one month ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

happy earth day :)

https://images.app.goo.gl/Mc1Lg2q65ooExs3QA

J. Sam, Monday, 22 April 2019 17:39 (one month ago) Permalink

Feel like the opening titles to Northern Exposure are the purest distillation of this aesthetic: the theme tune already sounds like a Vampy Weeks pastiche.

https://youtu.be/hKDzDA-jgRs?t=83

Stevie T, Monday, 22 April 2019 17:59 (one month ago) Permalink

lol good call

jaymc, Monday, 22 April 2019 18:07 (one month ago) Permalink

I got strong vibes from this plate someone left in the breakroom sink:

https://i.imgur.com/EdccsaY.jpg

I imagine this plate magically adds sun dried tomatoes to anything you put on it.

joygoat, Thursday, 2 May 2019 14:23 (three weeks ago) Permalink

smells like fiddlehead ferns

Guayaquil (eephus!), Thursday, 2 May 2019 14:31 (three weeks ago) Permalink

Feel like the opening titles to Northern Exposure are the purest distillation of this aesthetic: the theme tune already sounds like a Vampy Weeks pastiche.

Can someone start a twitter campaign to get them to cover it?

One Eye Open, Thursday, 2 May 2019 14:53 (three weeks ago) Permalink

place in Raleigh literally called “Global Coffehouse Village”, was this a known fact and I was just i. the dark? And yes, the logo is extremely predictable.

global tetrahedron, Friday, 3 May 2019 02:14 (three weeks ago) Permalink


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